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Re: Free Torah Libraries Online-Torah/halachic resources
Are there any dad yomi shiurim that go thru all the tosfos?
R Asher Arielli  :P

April 29, 2017, 04:21:08 PM
Re: New Like feature Lol
May 03, 2017, 10:11:54 AM
Re: Dan's Deals Resale
There was a spellchecker for sale earlier
Which would find nothing wrong with his post

May 09, 2017, 09:39:05 PM
Re: WOW Air: TLV-NYC for $149 one way!
I can't remember the last time I let an airline weigh or measure my carry on. They only weigh your carry on at check in counters. If I have no suitcase, I skip the counter altogether and if I have a suitcase to check in, I leave my carry on with someone or on the side while I check in and that way they never weigh it.

The closest I got to them catching me was when I flew Wizz air intra Europe. The girl by the gate looked suspiciously at my giant carry on which was significantly larger and heavier than allowed and asked incredulously: Did they measure you bag upstairs. I gave her a huge grin and responded enthusiastically: Of course! It didn't fit at first and I stuffed it and stuffed it until it fit!
I've had carry-on weighed by gate.

(I had left carry-on on side by check-in, but the agent noticed it and made me weigh it on scale. Of course, it was overweight. She tried forcing me to pay, but I refused and said I would leave it by a friend in city and wouldn't be taking it. Of course, she knew I was lying, and warned me that I would get stopped by gate and wouldn't be able to bring it onto plane. I said thank you, left, went through security, and then transferred half the stuff from the carry-on into duty free bags. When I got to gate, waiting there was non other than the witch from check-in, salivating over her prey. She grabbed bag from me, weighed it, and was crushed when it was within the weight limit.)

May 15, 2017, 04:20:36 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread Lol

May 15, 2017, 08:02:50 PM
Re: Global Ransomware Attack
Ransom messages apparently only popped up Friday.  You mean to suggest that peoples data was encripted long before and they just didn't realize it, or that with in the space of a few hours hundreds of thousands of systems were initially infected, encrypted, and ransomed?
The latter. And I'm not merely suggesting...that was how it worked. On mid Thursday the virus was first released in the wild and on Friday it already had 200k+ PCs infected!

That, my friend, is the power of human laziness and ignorance... Or as someone puts it: Microsoft may have patches Windows but has not released a patch for human stupidity...

May 16, 2017, 06:37:23 AM
Re: Keeping Up With The Kushners
May 19, 2017, 11:03:25 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Climbing Down Into Airline Hell, Year by Year

"...You get what you pay for! The airlines, realizing that they’d never make money in a deregulated environment with only 60 percent of their seats filled, shrank their fleets even as they accommodated more passengers."
Thanks to: Tucker Van Eck, Joe Brancatelli, Joe Sharkey, R.D. Sussmann-Dewberry, Brett Snyder (“The Cranky Flier”), Scott McCartney’s “Middle Seat” column in the Wall Street Journal, Airlines For America, The Bureau for Transportation Statistics, Jami Counter, Daniel Eleff, Ed Perkins, George Hobica, Henry Harteveldt and Paul Hudson.

June 20, 2017, 12:36:54 PM
Live maps of public transportation in Israel (and globally) Thought this was super cool and useful!

June 28, 2017, 04:43:12 AM
Re: Installing smart thermostat with no "c" wire Your "g" wire is the "c"
G stands for ground which is a Common wire or Neutral wire in thermostats

July 04, 2017, 04:12:19 PM
Re: BASICS Men's Slim Wallet $10!
In this particular case, there is a significant difference between a +1 and a like.  +1 indicated the poster can confirm they don't fall out, whereas a Like would indicate that the poster likes the fact that they don't fall out.

Also, please PM how I can convert Likes to food for my family.
It's only redeemable in denominations of 100

but I gave you a like to help you along your way.

July 12, 2017, 01:49:56 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...
I was taken by the sincere אהבת ישראל in this article. Anyone else?

July 12, 2017, 02:15:26 PM
Re: BASICS Men's Slim Wallet $10!
+'s don't feed the family.

Likes do. Hit that like button.

July 18, 2017, 10:22:54 AM
Re: Silent Killer
Never gonna happen because of the stigma. Shidduchim etc.

once we can treat a physical, chemical imbalance, or a predisposition to addiction with the same approach as a broken arm or sprained ankle that needs medical treatment, casting/wrapping/support/therapy/healing, and treatment plus prevention from future injuries, then all of Klal Yisroel can be more healthy and confident.

Keeping these conditions quiet and repressing them will only make shidduchim worse (if we can reach that age before becoming addicted or a victim), and can also harm and put at risk one's future children, family, and friends...

July 20, 2017, 01:01:47 AM
Re: Messianism among Lubavitch
Maybe Exgingi can weigh in, but he's prob on the defending side :P

At @jj1000's request, I will weigh in. Though I am not sure who he might think I am defending. I am also definitely not an authority on Chassidus, nor am I an arbiter of who is or isn't Lubavitch (FWIW, I would challenge anyone who threw around the labels "Lubavitch" or "Chabad" claiming that someone is or someone isn't, to explain how he became the arbiter of this, or who is the arbiter he is relying upon).

I've taken hands off for a short while, as I wanted to see how different people would respond. I thank @Dan for putting together what seems to be a synopsis of this thread. I had originally intended to go back and read it on Tisha B'Av, and while I have actually started and gone through the first 10 pages (and found it interesting that @Lamdan who was alerted to his 770 post count, seems to have been deprecated to 749  ;) - sorry outsiders, you've got to be an insider to appreciate that one), this synopsis was helpful.

I will also admit, that I didn't view the video before posting, the link was sent to me, and I watched the first few minutes, saw that he's mostly reading quotes, so I figured that it can't be too bad, as I will never try to deny or try to twist anything the Rebbe wrote or said.

I have gone back and listened to the entire thing now, and read what has been posted since, and have the following takeaways.

CBC isn't doing any good to his arguments by stating something that is simply not there even in the video. We can discuss or argue about what is there, you aren't making yourself any more credible by stating something that isn't even there ("walk on water").

@Dan might not "see the good from the yellow flag movement" and said he may be called anti for that (as a side note, from the first 10 pages of this thread that I read, I've seen @Dan use that word several times, and was wondering how does the concept of "anti" jive with Lubavitch philosophy, and for that matter even "live and let live" in a certain context doesn't seem congruent with Lubavitch teachings). And while I have my personal opinions about the yellow flags, there are quite a few Chabad Houses (or mushrooms, as some might call them) around the world (especially in India, some in Latin America, and other places) that have done very good. I've never been to the Ritzaliya, but every time I am in Israel, I visit Herzliya. That Chabad House is pretty famous for the intensity of Yechi. FWIW It happens to actually be a "non-mushroom", and is lead by a tremendous תלמיד חכם, who has built an amazing קהילה, that could be the pride of many. His weekly shiur in Likutey Torah, as well as other shiurim and farbrengens are available on this YouTube channel.  Has anyone who has been to the Ritzaliya ever benefitted from Chabad of Herzliya? I would also encourage anyone to see the fruit of the yeshiva in Ramat Aviv, many of whom started off in Chabad Houses across India.

In a certain way, one might equate @Dan's statement about not seeing anything worthwhile but restaurants "from yellow flag unofficial chabad houses across the globe :P" (sorry, I am no expert on emoji's and aren't sure how to interpret that one), to how Dr. Dahan paraphrases the Rebbe in the video, saying that if one doesn't see the Rebbe, it is not because there was any real change with the Rebbe, but rather because the viewer is limited.

@Boruch999 is being intellectually honest, in admitting that he is "not at all educated in Toras Chasidus." and that "To the unintiated litvak, this sounds freighteningly Christain" (sic). As I have pointed out several times, in order to be able to make an argument one way or the other, it would be beneficial to at least have a cursory knowledge of what Toras Hachassidus says. As for the "frighteningly Christian", it is very unfortunate that the lack of understanding of Chassidus (and possibly also of Christianity, I wouldn't know), combined with Dr. Dahan's interpretations, half-quotes, or even unanswered questions (such as the "question" he asks at 6:31 - which is simply and truthfully answered with this), would obviously make "the unitiated litvak" feel that way. However, rather than draw conclusions (as others might have), it would be more beneficial to look up the quotes he brings (not too hard these days when GIYF), see them in context, along with the מראי מקומות, before commenting. @Dan's response that "anything can be twisted" does little to contribute. Rather post a link to this where the quote Dr. Dahan brings can be seen in its full context, along with the footnotes.

My dear friend @aygart is totally off base when talking about factions. He seems to be limiting himself to using his own logic and limited knowledge and understanding, rather than willing to actually dig into what's going on, and the underlying quotes, which would seem so atypical for him, but for when it comes to Chassidus. This was well elucidated by CBC. I can easily see that attitude leading one to denounce or even decry Eliyohu Hanovi's actions on Har Hacarmel, and possibly even to call the Rambam an apikuros and denounce not only his philosophy and teachings, but even his actions and rulings (I just recently read that he was mevatel חזרת הש"ץ on Shabbos and YomTov, something that was only restored in Mitzraim some 350 years later!).

Despite pointing out @aygart, CBC seems to be somewhat guilty of the same, when Dr. Dahan mentions the machlokes about צמצום כפשוטו or צמצום לאו כפשוטו (regardless of where he takes that). Are you at all familiar with the concept or some of the sources regarding this?

It cannot be stressed enough, that the trap of labeling or name calling, results falling into the trap of answering questions that should not be answered, not because there is nothing to answer, but because they are relying on hollow labels, attaching assumptions to those, etc. etc.

Also, a point that cannot be left unmentioned, is the constant mixing up (not to mention homogenizing) of terms, labels, groups, etc. Not everyone that says Yechi bares a yellow flag, not everyone that bares a yellow flag and says Yechi doesn't go to the Ohel, not everyone that goes to the Ohel or says Yechi, or bares a yellow flag would be called a Lubavitcher (or Chabad) by those who have been using those titles here (or deemed non-Lubavitchers or non-Chabad). That is one of the reasons why it is totally pointless to discuss "sects" or "factions" but rather one could debate Torah and/or ideology.

Also, taking everything Dr. Dahan is quoting/saying and pinning it to "3 wackos that live in tzfas", is any less twisting than what Dr. Dahan or others might be doing. I am not saying that there aren't "wackos" out there, but most Chasidim or the Rebbe wouldn't be considered "wackos" by most people, yet would stand behind the quotes in proper context, even if they were to sound "out of line" to "the uninitiated litvak".

And while I agree with @Dan that rather than one listening to the way Dr. Dahan reads and interprets מצוות מינוי מלך as explain in דרך מצוותיך, one should go to a local person who is capable of learning the actual source with you, since we know that it might not happen, at the very least, [url]look up the sefer[/url] (and while you're at it you might want to learn some other fundamental concepts in brought in the rest of the sefer) , and/or some online shuirim rather than take the word of an academic with an agenda (are there any without?).

July 27, 2017, 07:23:17 PM
Re: Is It Ethical? A website I frequent has a rule of only one username per person. As far as I know, he has no real good way of enforcing it.

Is it ethical to make and use a second (or more) username?

August 30, 2017, 03:15:05 PM
Re: Lesson we can learn from DDF
TimT is one of the search engines like Google and bing.. ;)
Much better because @TimT  only returns one or two results.

September 18, 2017, 03:16:12 PM
Re: 5 hours layover in Istanbul, time for anything?
Is there anyway to get in the tk lounge without anything?
They are very strict about people wearing clothing in the lounge.

September 19, 2017, 04:12:05 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
If that will help, sure. All joking aside wouldn't that be a site. Perception can do wonders for morale!!!

It would.  He should. 

Also, I just don't buy that the U.S. cannot figure out how to get trucks or off road vehicles, or whatever, there. Or to build bridges, etc.  We're the U.S.  If this was Miami, we'd have figured it out. 

My personal "theory" is that we're showing NK that they think they can threaten us by bombing Guam?  Please, the U.S. doesn't even care about Puerto Rico, let alone Guam.  Heck, you can bomb Japan also, we've done it ourselves a time or two.

September 28, 2017, 10:37:05 AM
Re: Keeping Up With The Kushners
also goes to show that you can have a m(/b)illion dollars and still be 100% fine with a cardboard esrog box. No fancy wood, leather, or silver box is needed.
That's what happens when your Shver doesn't buy you one

October 09, 2017, 04:09:12 AM
Re: Stocks
whats going on with TSLA the last couple of days? :-\
The stock is running out of gas.

October 31, 2017, 08:00:54 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
October 31, 2017, 09:46:34 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...
Probaby that he didn't "choose" it over Abraham, for example, but that he just started using his legal name from birth.

"Other adjustments at City were less pronounced. I became Andrew instead of Avrohom Yehuda."

Point is, he claims to have "chosen" Andrew over his real name to assimilate better into school. But out of school he is still using Andrew, as evidenced by the name on the article.

The issue here, beyond the choice of *what* name to use, and I believe this is what @Freddie was getting at (though he can speak for himself) is why would he feel the need to use his legal name in the first place, and why is he being dishonest about it?

And yes, he's being dishonest - intentionally or not:

If he started using it out of school as well, the change was far more pronounced than he's letting off.
If he always used his legal name, what change is he referring to in the article?

To judge him like this feels gross. But when you write such a piece and imply that others should follow your example, you are opening yourself up for analysis to see if the affects of the school had on you were maybe not quite as rosy as you made out.

November 07, 2017, 01:30:52 PM
Re: Where we would be without hilchos yichud and halachic boundaries
November 18, 2017, 07:37:01 PM
Re: Prison
I work in one. What do you want to know?
How many are there for not reading the T&C?

November 29, 2017, 08:02:22 AM
Re: Prison
Part of my hesitation to share relates to one individual here who at one point tried to use my story to threaten me (i.e. he threatened to post details, which are readily available online, but nonetheless embarrassing) because he disagreed with my opinions.

That is horrible! To explicitly taunt someone who did teshuva, which seems very clear in your case, over his past actions is the epitome of ona'as devorim and beyond the pale.

December 01, 2017, 10:05:27 AM
Re: Prison I have to be honest, some of the comments here make me nauseous. If you haven’t had to deal with the nisayon of committing crime and the experience of jail or prison (myself included BH) then how can you think you know what it’s like? We should appreciate brave individuals that share their stories, to help others and to create an awareness. Not a single person can say with 100% certainty that they would have made different choices. As far as the experience of a jail or prison, obviously everyone has their own experience but just because you know someone who had an experience that was less than pure hell, doesn’t mean that atrocities aren’t committed in many cases.
December 04, 2017, 10:43:15 AM
Re: Prison
I actually had my wife read this thread and asked her this question. She said she would rather relocate elsewhere than have her husband sit even one day. In today's day and age with facetime and Whatsapp, and a practical air bridge between USA and Israel, it isn't worse than sitting (and the attached stigma). But again, no-one in their right mind should use this as leverage.
Running away from your problems doesnt make them go away. The stigma goes away if you contiue to do the right thing for a long time. I know leaders in certain industries who won lifetime achievement awards from the industry after living my exact story. So running away is easier than hard work, I get that. But where is the growth in character and being a normal functioning member of society when you dont deal with your issues amd just run away an hide from them.

I said it before and it bears repeating. As bad as life is now I wiuld do it again to get where I am today. Not afraid to deal with situations and tackle life head on are very high on my priority list today. I have a better relationship with my wife and my kids. I have a difderent appreciation of what is really important in life. I can see through BS much easier.

There are infinite possibilities when someone is abstinent and in recovery that cannot be had when one is in the throes of an addiction.

December 04, 2017, 11:05:11 AM
Re: Do we really need the US to recognize Jerusalem as the capital?
Does a suicide bomber have guts?
Before or after?

December 06, 2017, 03:08:17 PM
Re: Do we really need the US to recognize Jerusalem as the capital?
December 06, 2017, 04:09:28 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...
December 13, 2017, 08:43:18 PM
Re: Rubashkin freed from prison. What's absolutely mind-boggling to consider is if the judge had not been such a zealot, and sentenced him to, say, 16 years (which would have been both (i) far more consistent with comparable sentences and (ii) not more than the 25 years the prosecutors had asked for!), the outcry would not have been as big, the support to free him not as widespread, and the unity among klal yisroel not as strong.

It was precisely because of the unprecedented 27-year sentence that he's out after "only" eight, and not sitting for double that.

I think there's a relevant lesson here. Not often are people in this world afforded the opportunity to see the maxim of "gam zu letovah" come to vibrant life, that if the hand of God is moving, it is only doing so for the best. 

An analogy that has always struck me is embroidery.  As you may know, the bottom of an embroidered picture is a chaotic, haphazard mess.  However, from the perspective of the creator, everything is in deliberate, beautiful, harmonized order.

Too many times in life we look up, shake our heads, and wonder "How could this happen?" "What did we do to deserve this?"

In those trying times, think of Shalom Rubashkin and the embroidered picture, and know that although it may look ugly from our humanly vantage (from the bottom), that is not so in true reality--from above, this, that, or whatever, is deliberate, beautiful, and for the best.

December 20, 2017, 08:01:01 PM
Re: Rubashkin freed from prison. Chabad just declared Washington as the capital of the US. Beginning the process of moving 770 over to Washington.
December 20, 2017, 10:04:21 PM
Re: Prison
I think to deal with the possibility of it happening and the letdown every time he thought it would or could happen, and didnt, would have been such a drain on his psyche that he probably blocked those thoughts over time. (i.e. every time an appeal was filed and a decision was pending by any of the appellate courts or at the end of Obama's term) Even if he knew he wouldnt give the possibility any real credence until it actually happened.

Dont know if this statement is coherent...sorry. I'm still stunned. Even with all that I said about his case here I am still unbelievably happy. I think my days of posting here are done after this. What can I say compared to what he has to offer. I had it good.

His Bitachon is amazing. No article that I read over the last 8 years that described him showed me anything  of the man I saw last night. I'm just blown away. I cried. If a man can speak the way he did last night after an ordeal like his I dont care what he did. He deserves all the respect.
Even if SMR himself would start posting here, we all appreciate your unique perspective on what happened to you.

December 21, 2017, 08:57:25 AM
Re: Rubashkin freed from prison. Not much sensation to be had from a story that the entire political spectrum felt was highly unjust.

There's also no smoking QPQ gun like there was for Marc Rich.

December 22, 2017, 08:39:20 AM
Re: Women in Jewish magazines
I am saying it will effect how you view them. What about school books? Are they stricken from them also?
How about the way women are depicted in secular publications such as the ads in the NYT? How does that affect how people will view women? Is that better or worse?

December 31, 2017, 12:13:55 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
January 03, 2018, 12:30:41 PM
Re: Will pay someone to write 2 essays for me in 24 hours
Also, if you think colleges and universities are bastions of maturity (in terms of the student bodies), they're certainly not - but that's a whole other discussion.

January 03, 2018, 08:52:19 PM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread

Only if he shows us his berth certificate.

January 29, 2018, 10:10:59 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Almost everyone, better?
Maddow, Tapper, Acosta, Joy Reid. Yup almost everyone. That was also before he hired a team of Dems and when the investigation was about Russia. Once it becomes about whether the firing of his friend is criminal that changes things significantly. Once it involves possibility of the politicization of the FBI including members of his team and which may have gone back to while he was director even more so. He should recuse himself since he is more personally involved than Sessions was.

February 01, 2018, 12:28:59 PM
Re: More concerned with the way others dress than hechsher?
No you are afraid to answer questions that don’t support your position.
People don't need to answer every irrelevant question you decide to stick in to a conversation.

February 02, 2018, 11:18:06 AM
Re: US Store That Will Ship Israeli Oreos?
Chabad doesn't eat DE.

What kind of equipment do you eat?

February 14, 2018, 01:35:17 PM
Re: Torah stuff that doesnt make sense Please change title to “Torah verses that I don’t understand”
February 25, 2018, 12:04:54 PM
Re: "A Purim Tribute To DansDeals" I think this worship of dan is avoda zara  :-* :-*
February 28, 2018, 12:50:11 PM
Re: What’s the difference between Kosher, Glatt Kosher, Bais Yosef?
So, in other words, you guys don’t really know whether my simplified description of the difference between the 3 levels of shechita kashrus is correct or not. Or it’s an inside elitist secret that the general public who have not studied all those authorities cited are not worthy of knowing.
Why the animosity? If you really want to know the intricacies of the halacha and aren't just trolling, go ask someone qualified to answer in person. I think it's ridiculous when people ask loaded halachic questions on an anonymous online forum and then get upset about the lack of good answers. Get a life.

March 03, 2018, 10:23:31 PM
Re: Stocks
Can someone give me a crash course on stocks (how to make million in 5 minutes....)?
Invest Billions. You can easily make it into millions in 5 minutes.

March 04, 2018, 12:12:35 PM
Re: So Big Bang theory needs.....Emunah
Has it changed over time?
Well it's changed by over 30 years just during the time that I remember.
I remember when they said it was 5,745 years old. Now they're saying 5,778.

March 04, 2018, 09:19:31 PM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread 250 families to fight schools to let in their children? Thats enough families to open your own schools. I'd call it
מוסדות הורים בלי שכל, אפילו כחודו של מחט

March 08, 2018, 11:58:38 AM
Re: YWN Toronto Airport Agent Takes Apart Jewish Traveler’s Tefillin
What a complete waste of 2 minutes.

Nothing to see here.

ZZZZZZ i thought they broke upon the batim...
A waste of time opening this thread
Mods need to up their act in making sure thread titles actually mean what the thread (or at least OP) is about.
worst thread ever.
Seriously guys? I didn't think the title needed any editing. It said "YWN" as the first words.

What did y'all expect, I thought that was the best disclaimer a thread could have.

March 13, 2018, 09:07:59 AM
Re: Is it safe to fly with Aeroflot and through Moscow ?? I remember flying aeroflot and the KSML was canned and needed a can opener. Of course no one ever had one so they took the can back to reuse for the next guy.
March 13, 2018, 04:43:52 PM