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Just Shmooze / Re: serious question: chol hamoed & measles
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:17:39 PM »
You can bring a doctor s note that your family is vaccinated.

Better - yet, I will ask the flight crew to show me theirs, and those of everyone on the plane.

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Just Shmooze / Re: serious question: chol hamoed & measles
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:16:36 PM »
You'd make a fortune.

I'd need it - in order to make last minute pesach prep if I can't get to my destination :)

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Just Shmooze / Re: serious question: chol hamoed & measles
« on: April 17, 2019, 04:18:11 PM »
My bigger fear - that someone in the airport will see my Yarmulka and try to get me and my family kicked off the plane

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Just Shmooze / Re: MLB
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:38:17 PM »
w/r/t Free agency

Can anyone explain to me why Keuchel and Kimbrel aren't signed?

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Just Shmooze / Re: MLB
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:37:49 PM »
They are gonna be pulling players out of the stands soon. This is insane

This is what mets fans felt like in 2016,17, 18 :)


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Just Shmooze / Re: 2019 Israeli election
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:34:40 PM »
Do women of communities where they don't drive vote?

Ishto K'Goof oh - their husbands get to vote twice.

In communities where they regulate women's exercise classes and the color of their underwear, I can't imagine they would let them vote.

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General Discussion / Re: Pesach Torah
« on: April 16, 2019, 12:46:14 PM »
I don't think there's any etymological relationship between חית and חטא.

I would agree with you there - same with the letter hay - the only connection to g-dliness is that we use it to abbreviate the word Hashem - which isn't a divine name in and of itself either. The idea was that it was a cute Homophonic addition to the difference between the Hay and the Chet.

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General Discussion / Re: Pesach Torah
« on: April 16, 2019, 11:54:29 AM »
Lol

I hope that was a comment on the word play :)

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General Discussion / Re: Pesach Torah
« on: April 15, 2019, 05:25:03 PM »
Can't remember where I heard this, whom I heard it from, or if I heard the whole thing, but here goes:

If you look at the words Matzah and Chametz in Hebrew:
מצה and חמץ

The letters are pretty consistent - both have the letters Mem and Tzadi(k) and the only difference is the "Hey" of Matzah vs the "Chet" of Chametz. Looking even further, you'll notice that the Hey and the Chet are very similar in form, with the only difference being that the lower leg of the hay doesn't rise as high as the leg of the chet.

That gap in the Hey represents both our humility and our ego. Should we let our ego rise (like the dough of the bread) we're trying to elevate ourselves above our fellow man. Should we contain it, and not let it rise (like the dough of the matzah) we're exercising our personal humility for the greater good of the community. In other words, Matzah is supposed to remind us to Be humble.

Incidentally - the "Chet" in Chametz - is like the hebrew word "Chet" - which refers to the english word sin, while the Hay in Matzah is for hashem's name - being humble brings us closer to G-d and further from sin.

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General Discussion / Re: Pesach Torah
« on: April 15, 2019, 05:16:29 PM »
Rabbi Lopiansky

Do you have a link to the original, or is it from a book? (Is this Rabbi Label Lopiansky?)

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Just Shmooze / Re: Selling Chometz
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:52:25 PM »
This whole idea is interesting. My father z"l didn't have this minhag, but my in-laws do, and my wife insisted that we follow along. I usually give the Rav two checks when I sell chometz one for him, and one for Maos Chitim. I also generally don't share the amount I give with others for a lot of reasons.

I often wondered about how this evolved. In my limited anecdotal evidence, I think it has to do with the financial model of your shul (or of the shul the family member you inherited this minhag from)

Most shuls have one of two models:
- A membership model where you pay one big membership dues per year that covers all costs of the shul
- A pay-for-play model (for lack of a better term) - where you pay a small or no membership fee, but every little thing has a dollar value - i.e. aliyah auctions etc.

in the former, especially in a large shul, I would image tipping the Rav is a lot less prevalent, because the Rav is drawing a decent salary, and it's likely that the shtellar is a his main parnash.

in the latter, especially if it's a shtieble, I think people are more inclined to give, as every little dollar goes to help the Rav and/or Bedek habayis.



 

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Just Shmooze / Re: Bereisheet lands on the moon - live stream
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:29:08 PM »
It's like running a marathon and collapsing 100 feet from the finish line

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Just Shmooze / Re: Bereisheet lands on the moon - live stream
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:27:46 PM »
 it seems that they crashed it into the moon - no photos or communications.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Bereisheet lands on the moon - live stream
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:24:53 PM »
about how much longer?

They're having issues - engine failure, and communications issues.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Bereisheet lands on the moon - live stream
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:16:20 PM »
Silly that they can't caption this in English.

The speakers are occasionally repeating info in English

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