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Re: Skydiving I went hang-gliding in Brazil when I was down there on was an absolutely incredible experience.
June 15, 2008, 01:26:25 AM
Re: Dating Spots Master Thread
Chill out...this is a forum not a courtroom

I'm not sure what in there has you believing that I'm not chilled, but if its the fact that a) I'm responding to being called, essentially, the opposite of a mentch for not alerting another poster that I had consulted my LOR before posting, or b) that I find a certain opinion somewhat non-sensical, I'm gonna have to say, I am as chilled as a cucumber 8) and

this is a forum

Take it or leave it.

November 30, 2011, 03:26:07 PM
Re: Dan's Inbox: Where Fun Happens! Edited for posting here :P

2 minutes ago,
yudi: "I reall appreciate getting an e mail at the end of the f--king day of all the deals I missed! Just brilliant."

Last month from someone else,
ephraim: "f--k you dan"
Dan: "Sounds good what time?"

September 07, 2012, 06:27:39 PM
Re: Megilas lester This forum is not where I'd go to find clarity :)
March 13, 2014, 01:01:42 PM
Re: Evolution and the age of the universe

One more thing. The argument that the earth and universe as we see it was created some 5800 years ago in the state we see with fossils as we see them is invalid and cannot be proven either way. My response will be that the universe was created 2 seconds ago and I was put here midway through typing this post. Prove that one wrong.

I can't prove that the world was created in an old state.
But being that it is possible that the world was created in an old state - all the evidence of billions of years is almost meaningless.
Being that the glatte way of reading the Torah is - that the world is close to 5800 years old - I'll continue to  believe that.

February 11, 2015, 10:54:48 PM
Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself) HAV airport with a Cubana Ilyushin IL96-300:

Cubana Tupolev Tu-204CE:

Old Havana:

Panama City in the rain:

August 30, 2015, 04:40:31 AM
Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself) Was going through some old pictures and came across these. All were taken EWR-LAX.

Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado:

The San Bernardino Mountains and Bear Mountain ski area. RBF airport is visible in the lower right-hand corner:

April 05, 2016, 12:01:10 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread Honestly my favorite thing (right now) about Trump winning is watching you Left wing hacks having a meltdown.
November 16, 2016, 11:26:10 AM
Re: Abortion = Murder? @JTZ,

I've often read your posts and I respect you a lot, but i've have thought that many of your post indicate that you seem to misunderstand something basic about Judaism.

While Judaism contains many elegant and neat truths, and is taught and studied and expounded upon by intellectual greats who use logic to decipher it's codes and come up with new laws and rulings- ultimately, it is NOT a logical or rational religion.

At first, however, in our search for Truth we are bound to logic and our limited capacity to understand truth.
When Abraham looked around the world, it was with logical conclusion that realized that there must be G-d in the world, and that it wasn't those idols his fellows worshipped.
So, acknowledging a Higher Power, and evaluatinge a religion is still within the realm of logic. And every ounce and every capacity for our human brains to evaluate and arrive at the truth, must be used. But anything after that point, logic is futile. G-d and his Torah are not bound to the limits of logic, because they are greater than logic. Suprarational, not subrational. It would seem ridiculous to try to understand G-d or his Torah through the lens of logic.

We do NOT do acts of charity out of kindness because it is the 'good' thing to do.
We act charitably with kindness because G-d commanded us to.

We are forbidden to murder, NOT because rationally it seems inhumane, unfair, evil or immoral.
We don't murder because we were forbidden to do so by a Higher Authority that we sumbit completely to, G-d. Period.

In a case such as Amalek, we can try to understand it as best as we can, with many beautiful midrashim and explanations... But ultimately, it's another commandment, and we quiet the resistance of our human minds, and accept that this is what G-d wants.
And it doesn't matter whether it makes sense or not. And it doesn't matter if it makes us look evil in the eyes of others.

(A. And how do we know this is what G-d wants? Different Discussion. B. And why can't other violent religions use the same ideas to explain their violence? While we are commanded to love and respect and tolerate all human beings, it doesn't mean that we need to agree with them, or accept their religion as truth. A deeper investigation will show falacies in the original thinking that led them to their belief. But that brings us back to A)

I am an openly unapologetic American, Jewish woman from Brooklyn.
I don't apologize for my religion even when it seems at odds with the rest of 'modern' thought.

So, under Jewish Law, even though a fetus isn't considered fully a human, if it is not Amalek and it is not posing a threat to its mother, and it seems to be healthy with normal potential for life- (of course, each case must be analyzed by Drs and competent halachic authority) then it is forbidden to kill it via abortion.

Inopportune time or unwanted pregnancies are not (usually) considered a threat to the mother's health- and therefor are forbidden.

At all times, the question is NOT, "Is the right or humane thing to do?" rather, it is "In this case, what has G-d commanded"

ETA: This doesn't mean that religious people can shut off our minds and disregard logic. We always use logic to explore any topic to the limits of our minds, but ultimately we understand that logic is not the be and end all. There's more.

January 27, 2017, 08:44:46 AM
Re: NYC/LAX/NYC as low as 119$ OW
January 08, 2018, 10:49:53 AM