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Just Shmooze / Re: The Future of Lakewood
« on: Today at 09:02:50 AM »
2. It is wrong for your child or student's chinuch to allow them to join a mob, for any reason.

Wrong enough to have a letter signed by all the RY, rabbonim, and roshei mosdos, or is that reserved for special occasions?

Just Shmooze / Re: Guess The Age Of Fellow DDFers
« on: Yesterday at 10:38:58 PM »
I would've guessed 6 but you spell a little too well for a 6-year-old

This post was written by YitzyS's kids.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: COVIDiots
« on: Yesterday at 10:37:19 PM »

This also belongs in the antivaxxer thread.

How are they gonna get vitamin D through all the tin foil?

Just Shmooze / Re: The Future of Lakewood
« on: May 07, 2021, 04:28:41 PM »
Terrible chinuch, but if the community as a whole is going to allow things to continue instead of refusing to greet him, refusing to allow him to join a minyan etc etc, even if the lack of collective decisive action is out of fear, that is going to lead to a situation of איש הישר בעיניו יעשה which is not a good thing.

There should be no "but" here. You're compounding the community's inability (or lack of desire) to deal with an issue by screwing up the kids. Absolutely mind boggling.

$27k by 150+ donors. Good stuff, DDF.

Credit Cards And Finance / Re: Stocks
« on: May 07, 2021, 03:32:30 PM »
Although options are cheap and potentially have a big upside, they’re time dependent. Do you know the date that the FDA makes their final determination?  Your option has to reach beyond it.

I believe it's July 9th (7th?). I bought Nov 21 and Jan 22.

Credit Cards And Finance / Re: Stocks
« on: May 07, 2021, 02:57:52 PM »
$$$ <---------> (mouth)

Bought options.

General Discussion / Re: Tragedy In Meron!
« on: May 07, 2021, 02:19:54 PM »
by Rabbi Sholom DovBer Avtzon

This week, someone forwarded to me the following story.

There was an Israeli Jew who was completely non-religious. For some reason he “happened” to be in New York for Tishrei and his host was the Rebbe’s secretary, Rabbi Binyomin Klein.

Although he never kept Yom Kippur, out of respect for his host, he refrained from eating or drinking, and came into the shul to see what religious people do on this solemn day. Being that he was an Israeli, and fluent in Hebrew, he had a machzor with him, and was following the prayers.

When the chazzan came to the repetition of the Musaf tefilah, and began chanting the story of the Ten Martyrs, he couldn’t contain himself, and demanded from those next to him to explain the answer that G-d Almighty gave the angels.

The angels protested, Is this the appropriate reward for those who devoted their entire life and essence to learn and teach Your Torah?! Hashem replied, be quiet and accept it, or else I will revert the world to nothingness! What type of answer is this, the man inquired? Finally an entity has the courage to ask, but where is the answer?

Most people replied to him, we don’t understand it, but we have faith that Hashem who is our Creator understands better than we. However, the person was not placated by this explanation, he demanded an answer.

So the people around him, pointed to an elder chossid, Reb Zushe Wilomovsky (or perhaps to Reb Dovid Chanzin), and said, ask him.

Hearing the question Reb Zushe replied:

There was a king that was making a wedding for his only child. Everyone understands that in general everything in the palace is always on the highest standards of excellence and beauty, but in honor of this momentous occasion, the king demanded that it be elevated to even higher levels, a step higher .

Only the tastiest foods will be served, the servants should seek out the most exotic animals, fish, fowl, and produce. The best musicians would be assembled from the entire country, and so on.

The king also ordered the finest silk and material for the clothing the royal family would be wearing, and then search for an experienced tailor to custom-make them. The kings’ offer was a generous one, If you make the clothing to my liking, you will be paid enough to live comfortable for the remainder of your life. However, if I am disappointed for whatever reason, you will be thrown into prison and languish there for the rest of your life.

Understandably, almost all the tailors in the town were hesitant to accept such a challenging condition, however, there were a few tailors who were extremely confidant in their expertise who came forward. The King chose a Jewish tailor who had an impressive reputation. This infuriated his advisors, and they said to the king, the Jews are thieves, even if he makes a most exquisite garment and receives the kings generous payment, that is not enough for him. He is going to steal some of the excess material. After all the material has golden threads and small precious stones in it.

So the king added another condition to the contract, if you are accused by eye witnesses that you stole any amount of the material, you will be killed.

Knowing that he has never held on to any ones excess material, the Jew agreed.

Two months later, the tailor brought all the garments and the king and Queen were raving about its luster and beauty, it was beyond their expectations. Even the advisors admitted that they were a masterpiece. The king instructed the royal treasurer to fill up the bags that the garments were brought in with coins and precious stones, as payment to the tailor.
But then one of the advisors said, your majesty, we were told that the tailor held on to two yards of material.

Hearing this, the king was fuming with rage and according to the agreement the tailor was to be put to death. Knowing that declaring his innocence wouldn’t help him, the doomed man simply asked for the garments and a pair of scissors as his final wish.

The king was aghast, the tailor wants to stick it to me. But it wouldn’t look nice if he didn’t grant the man’s final wish, so they were given to the tailor.

When it was brought to him, he began with great care to undo all the stitches and placed the pieces next to each other unfolding all the folds and opening up all the hems. While the king was aghast that the garments were now destroyed, he saw that all the material was accounted for, nothing was stolen and spared his life.

Turning to the tailor, the king asked why did you have to undo the stitches, and destroy two months of labor?

That was the only way to answer His majesty’s accusation, replied the tailor. Any other answer I would have given would have been rejected by the so called “eye-witnesses.” But, yes, sorry to say, now there is no garment.

Turning to this Jew, Reb Zushe concluded, Hashem was telling the angels, if you want the answer, I can give it to you, but the only way to do so, is to turn the world into nothingness. Accept the fact that there is a reason.

May Hashem comfort all the families and indeed all of Israel that they should only experience revealed kindness.

Credit Cards And Finance / Re: Stocks
« on: May 07, 2021, 02:10:55 PM »
My doctor friend is still sure it'll get final approval.  He's looking at it from the medical viewpoint.
Although they split 9-9 on whether it is effective, they were 10-8 on it's safety and 10-8 on the benefit-risk profile.
This is an orphan drugs; it helps in a disease where there aren't any at all so far.

So I'm not only holding tight - and not locking in my loss - I bought a bit more.  ::)

At this price, the upside is phenomenal. Even if it has to go back to trials for more/better/clearer data, it should rebound from this overcorrection.

עס ברענט

And therefore we're focusing on bandaids, like picture initiatives.

These sound like easily researchable questions.  I would expect a community that puts such an emphasis on marriage to be more proactive in learning what factors facilitate and impede that goal, rather than relying on anecdotes.

As a community, we focus more on trying to contain or put out fires rather than prevent them.

While individual circumstances might be different, I strongly believe (and my mechutenste who has a wedding gown business, and gets to see many kallahs, concurs) that it is much healthier and easier to get married young and to mature together as a couple. The older people get, and the more their own habits and ideas get ingrained in them, the harder it might be to build a harmonious home.

I understand the arguments for getting married earlier, and they definitely have merit. However, I feel that there are many merits to waiting until mid-20s as opposed to early 20s or late teens. There is no one-size-fits-all here, and I think we need to stop looking at it as goal for everyone to be married early and start focusing on what's best for the individual. Generalizations in shidduchim (like in most things) hurt the wider community.

Just Shmooze / Re: Random questions.
« on: May 07, 2021, 12:38:13 PM »
Did @PlatinumGuy sell his account to @shabbosabba? I see some old posts being liked.

That's what happens when no one provides PC threads on a Friday.

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