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Just Shmooze / Re: Interesting Articles...
« on: April 23, 2019, 01:49:28 PM »
Anything is flushable with consequences.

General Discussion / Re: "Tell me' information hotline
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:22:13 PM »
Yeah, I remember guys calling them...

Tellme: What would you like to hear about?

Yeshiva guy: Baseball

TM: Did you say Basketball?

YG: No, BASEball.

TM: Did you say tennis?


TM: Did you say water polo?

Just Shmooze / Re: Why do so many people still support the Mir?
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:44:49 PM »
OK, that's exactly my point.

I'll go with R' Elefant, since I know that situation best. As one friend of mine said, "he has a shiur of 80 guys, but he treats every one like a ben yachid."

Any talmid who wants a connection and puts in the effort, gets one. The ones that don't want, or feel it isn't worth waiting in line by night seder to talk to him, or make an appointment to go to his house to talk to him...don't really want a connection.

Just Shmooze / Re: Why do so many people still support the Mir?
« on: April 08, 2019, 10:36:55 PM »
OK, I usually don't feed the trolls, but I feel without someone giving at least a bit of an answer, it will look like the OP is right.

Disclaimer - OP clearly has a lot of bitterness and anger, and nothing I write can answer or change any of that. I'm sorry for whatever made you feel that way.

First of all, and most of all - hakaras hatov. It may have changed, but the Mir is still the same yeshiva, and those of us who gained from it, owe the yeshiva a tremendous debt of gratitude that no money can ever repay. We also donate because we want to give back, we want to allow other talmidim to have the opportunity of yeshivas Mir - in whatever iteration it currently is.

So - I was in Mir back in R' Nosson Tzvi's days, and while he was alive, changes were made - some I was happy about, others I had more trouble understanding. I spoke to my rebbe at the time, and was able to better understand.

If I was at the point I was 20 years ago, applying to the Mir today, I would probably not get in.

However, the fact remains that the Mir has always been a yeshiva where things are more open, and people can grow at their own pace, from where they are, in their own way. Those of us who were around 15-20 years ago saw the changes when too many people took advantage of that, and the Mir started becoming a place where good bochurim didn't want to go. And so some changes HAD to be made, or the Mir and its legacy would be lost forever - because while they could care less about "top" bochurim, if the good bochurim aren't going there, no one else wants to go either, and the Mire would have lost its ability to give over what it does.

So they adapted, and brought a bit more oversight, but also more warmth. They made changes as needed, and with it more connection with rabbeim. If you're someone who wants to build a real connection with a rebbe, the Mir is unparalleled. The rabbeim will stay in touch with you, and will guide you through life years and years later, regardless of the size of your donations.

If you're looking for a rebbe who will treat you like a child and pretend there's a deep connection when you haven't invested a drop of effort into it, the Mir probably isn't for you.

Finally, despite the fact that the Mir is no longer as opened-doored as it was 20 years ago, it is still, without a doubt, the most diverse of all the mainstream yeshivish yeshivas.

Just Shmooze / Re: Over The Top Purim Parties
« on: March 26, 2019, 08:59:37 PM »
Whoever calls people out by name will have to deal with the fallout - which is why he doesn't want to do it, even in an anonymous letter.

BTW, I'd point out that if it's genuinely an issue of pikuach nefashos, with "countless" young boys being taken to the hospital, then the letter writer should have called the cops.

But you seem to feel that my responses are validating the letter writer, and for that reason, I'm out.

Just Shmooze / Re: Over The Top Purim Parties
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:55:38 PM »
My point is that he's asking "rabbanim" to do something he himself is not willing to do - actually call people out by name.

Ergo, #hypocrite.

General Discussion / Re: Optimum internet
« on: March 26, 2019, 04:41:09 PM »
YMMV, but you can get them to continue your original pricing.

Just Shmooze / Re: Over The Top Purim Parties
« on: March 26, 2019, 04:32:43 PM »
No it does not . Read it slowly and carefully.

I did. Here are some sample quotes:

and not a word from the Rabbonim...The Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbonim should ban every one of these parties.

Translation: I'm not going to actually call anyone out, that seems a bit risky for my own taste, I'm going to write an anonymous letter. But I would like all rabbanim to take a public stance against all the things I think are wrong with the world.

An added note - he's basically disrespecting all daas torah, despite the fact that there may be many rabbanim who do make statements to their kehillah about what they should or should not be doing. But because it's not loud enough for this letter-writer, he saying that "all rabbanim" (a heterogeneous group, as we all know) are culpable.

He does call out Rabbis

LOL. How about calling out specific people making parties that horrify him so?

Just Shmooze / Re: Over The Top Purim Parties
« on: March 26, 2019, 03:58:58 PM »
One more point - the letter/article does not deign to mention any names or actually call anyone out, but it wants OTHER people do so.


For me, it's Brich Shmei if they want me to do psicha - is it possible to do psicha and still say it?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Teaneck, NJ
« on: March 13, 2019, 12:02:56 PM »
I've actually tried to go there twice, and their poor service has prevented it from happening both times - once, I called them and was told last seating was one time (maybe 8:45?) but when I got there at 8:19pm (realt imte based on my cell phone), they told me last seating was 8:20, and according to their clock it was after 8:20.

Too many other options to bother with that.

Just Shmooze / Re: What do you think CM is doing these days??!!
« on: March 12, 2019, 01:47:09 PM »
Whatever Catholics do during lent.

Maybe he's extra machmir, and gave up DDF for lent?

General Discussion / Re: Making Pesach For The First Time
« on: March 11, 2019, 06:03:32 PM »
Figure out where you're going to store all your pesach stuff.

We bought a plastic Keter shelve unit for our kitchen and put lots of stuff in there.

General Discussion / Re: Private Shechita - what should I order?
« on: March 06, 2019, 08:20:10 PM »
Don't you have a bridge to jump from?

A corollary of the famed 11th comandant is: Thou shalt not feed the trolls.

Deals/Deal Requests / Re: Bulk chocolate chips
« on: March 05, 2019, 10:24:09 AM »
These aren't bad (ignore the bizarre price that Walmart charges for it):

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