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Re: Is this story true?
I really feel bad to bring this up but I feel it's necessary being that I'm related to a young bochur who died of hunger in a Lubavitch yeshiva during WW2 which was right next to one of Aharon Kotler's yeshivas which at the time had a surplus of food. However the yeshiva was instructed by Aharon Kotler not to provide any food to the starving Lubavitch bochurim in the neighboring yeshiva. In fact some of the bochurim in Aharon Kotler's yeshiva took pity and broke the rules by sneaking a bag of rice to the Lubavitch bochurim. Several Lubavitch bochurim died of hunger when the supply stopped.

Another story: My great aunt worked in Aharon Kotler's office and they received a desperate plea from R. Weismandel in Slovokia who had bribed nazi officials to release thousands of Jews. At one point he secured a deal with Eichman to release many of the Hungarian Jews in the camps in late 1944 for an unknown sum of money. The request begged Aharon Kotler to help raise the funds needed to secure their release. His response was "NO" but he went on to print an updated version of "Shita Mekubetzes" (priorities?)

This story was documented a book called "The Unheeded Cry"

Needless to say I have a hard time believing the above mentioned  story...



Where did you pick up all that $%*&?

Not only are you spreading Motzei Shem Ra, you are stomping on the grave of the Gadol Hador responsible for the revitalization of Torah in America and the PREEMINENT fundraiser for the Vaad during the war

September 05, 2011, 07:10:47 AM
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Re: Is this story true?
I really feel bad to bring this up but I feel it's necessary being that I'm related to a young bochur who died of hunger in a Lubavitch yeshiva during WW2 which was right next to one of Aharon Kotler's yeshivas which at the time had a surplus of food. However the yeshiva was instructed by Aharon Kotler not to provide any food to the starving Lubavitch bochurim in the neighboring yeshiva. In fact some of the bochurim in Aharon Kotler's yeshiva took pity and broke the rules by sneaking a bag of rice to the Lubavitch bochurim. Several Lubavitch bochurim died of hunger when the supply stopped.

Another story: My great aunt worked in Aharon Kotler's office and they received a desperate plea from R. Weismandel in Slovokia who had bribed nazi officials to release thousands of Jews. At one point he secured a deal with Eichman to release many of the Hungarian Jews in the camps in late 1944 for an unknown sum of money. The request begged Aharon Kotler to help raise the funds needed to secure their release. His response was "NO" but he went on to print an updated version of "Shita Mekubetzes" (priorities?)

This story was documented a book called "The Unheeded Cry"

Needless to say I have a hard time believing the above mentioned  story...


So basically you are saying that Harav Aharon Kotler didn't care about saving jewish lives, wasn't caring and compassionate, had skewed priorities, and was heartless???    SHAME ON YOU!!!!
Some of the things that Rav Aharon was most famous for was his active work in saving jews in WW2.
There are many stories of how he dropped everything, and went door to door (even on Shabbos when an emergency Pikuach Nefesh situation came up) fundraising to help save Yidden from the holocaust! He used to go to Washington D.C. to Plead with the President and Senators to help stop what was going on in the concentration camps!

I'm not going to go in to his Gadlus Batorah now, but even just on the Chesed aspect and caring for and helping every jew that he came in contact with,  I wonder who made up those fake stories that you wrote!!

September 05, 2011, 10:22:53 AM
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Re: Best US places to live? (Lubavitch version)
no snow flake on the street or sidewalk is left unpunished, etc.
in brooklyn that means you get a ticket from the sanitation department

September 01, 2012, 10:50:11 PM
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Re: Do You Really Think Dan Didn't Read The Baby Present Thread??
What do you think?
I think sometimes you live up to your self-made moniker. ;D

October 08, 2013, 05:25:45 PM
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Re: BOGO Tuition Scam http://www.thelakewoodscoop.com/news/2016/09/update-bogo-tuition-campaign-broke-terms-of-service-host-says-donations-cancelled.html
September 08, 2016, 11:16:41 AM
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Re: Best way to hit the spending limits in first 3 months?
You guys are brutal.
Who's being brutal? I'm usually very helpful when people come and ask for help. What I don't like is when someone says that they don't want to put in any time or effort into reading anything, they just want everything handed to them from the people who have spent many countless hours putting in the time it takes to learn these things. On top of that, he has to come out and insult me, make assumptions about me and assume that he's better than me and deserves to be fed information because "he's not in yeshiva" and doesn't have time for this.

December 06, 2016, 02:57:03 PM
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Re: Mazel Tov!!! Mazel Tov to avromie7 on the birth of a boy!
December 14, 2016, 11:18:58 PM
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Re: Taharas Hamishpacha Article Discussion For The Married Folk...
http://messageinabottle-cs.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-jelly-bean-jar-theory-of-marriage.html
Meh.

12-14 days of no touching means that there is always a healthy desire when it's over. That's why I do think that TM is healthy for marriage. Doesn't mean it's not a challenge or hard at times though.

January 08, 2017, 03:32:33 PM
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Re: Taharas Hamishpacha Article Discussion For The Married Folk...
Never thought of those issues.
Yes, Park Hyatt operator, I want an upgrade due to wedding night and we want a rollaway bed please...  ;D

January 08, 2017, 04:03:36 PM
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Re: Taharas Hamishpacha Article Discussion For The Married Folk... I think a lot of people would benefit from knowing what's permitted AL pi halacha and what's just being more machmir etc.   You'd have less people completely throwing it all away and for those struggling to the degree of those in the article it could help their yiddeshkeit a lot IMO.
January 08, 2017, 08:37:53 PM
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Re: Elite Member Groups!
Huge win today for ddf
<rolling eyes>

February 17, 2017, 12:34:06 AM
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Lowest Ever On Amazon (LEOA) MASTER THREAD Every "deal" that is a deal just because it's the lowest ever on Amazon please post it here...

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@Davidthebest
@myi
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@YossieW
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Add names to the Wiki if more names are needed... ;)

March 24, 2017, 09:48:56 AM
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Re: Rental market implosion in Lakewood- implications
Greeeeeeeaaaaaaat.........another Lakewood thread.....
Boy, if I would open all the threads I have no interest in, and post to complain about them... ::)

May 01, 2017, 08:33:28 PM
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Yammers trip to Yellowstone-Great Tetons-SLC ( Mr.,Mrs. & Tiny Tot (TT))  So here we go.

My real vacation planning started when I confirmed with a relative that will move in for the week (Sunday-Friday) to babysit the pack. Once that was confirmed we went ahead with what we've been thinking about for a while.

Where to go with Tiny Tot (TT)?

After going through the options, we settled on Yellowstone/Teton. It seemed like a good option with a baby.
1. Would travel at our own pace.
2. Would have a car and would be able to attend to TT needs
3. Relatively short flight (TT..)
4. Would have full days based on the availabile flights

So after searching airports we immediately saw that we had an issue. While there was a direct flight EWR-BZN on the return the only direct flight was from SLC. That would be a solid 5hr trip from the Grand Tetons. On the other hand traveling with TT with a stop was a recipe for disaster. With that in mind we started the search for Tickets.

There was only 1 direct flight into BZN. UA. And of course there was no Saver awards available. So we kept checking and 4 weeks ago ( no $75 charge ) we found availablity. But for the way back there was no availablity with UA. There was with DL but that was going to JFK and would complicate parking my car at the airport. I checked the seat availablity on DL and it seemed pretty safe to wait. So we rebooked the UA EWR to BZN every day( hoping that we wouldn't​ run into an Issue with Shabbos) and lo and behold on Friday availability opened up on SLC-EWR and we had our flights booked.

Prices on hotels were crazy. In west Yellowstone ( our destination choice ) The Holiday Inn was $399 a night ( No IHG availablity ) Days Inn $289 etc. They were the only ones with point availability. We ended up booking the Days Inn with Whydahm points, which was the same price for the king's suite @15k per night.

We then booked in Jackson ( in the Grand Tetons ) for 35k Marriott the brand new Springhill suits ( opened on May 15 ) and left the SLC to worry about later.

Then came the car rental.

I've been dealing with car rentals for a long time so this was really a shocker. Avis,Budget & Enterprise didn't allow any one way reservations at all. With National I hit a road block. I burned though the entire list ( that didn't have built-in LDW) nothing did anything for unlimited miles. Even Honeywell came with just 700 miles included. I would need close to 2000 miles ( @.4 per mile..) Hertz the same thing. ( Btw no executive or President isle at either...) After wasting waaay too much time I booked with risk ( after being warned by some DDFers ) hoping for the best for $250. On the Friday before the trip thrifty went down to $300 so I booked that for backup which relaxed the situation.

Got some tips about Yellowstone from @somethingsfishy and @whyme at a little DO I had my trip planned.

And so we we were finnaly ready to go.

To recap
7/16 EWR-BZN 8:48AM arriving 11:33AM
7/16-7/18 Days Inn West Yellowstone
7/18-7/19 Springhill suits Jackson
7/19-7/20 Newpark Park City ( near SLC)
7/21 SLC-EWR 11:37PM arriving 5:51AM

To be continued


July 28, 2017, 01:21:47 PM
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Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread
August 07, 2017, 06:08:40 PM
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Re: Famous people you've met
i always wondered about the obsession with autographs- why does such a thing exist? wouldn't a selfie be way more valuable to you than some guy's signature?
selfie is the new autograph. Back in the day there were no selfies

September 13, 2017, 10:39:18 AM
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Illegal gun murder Let's start a track of all killings with illegal guns. Especially in cities with rigorous gum control/bans.
November 05, 2017, 09:38:33 PM
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Re: Illegal gun murder
rigorous gum control

Paging @ushdadude

November 05, 2017, 09:46:00 PM
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Re: Random Posts
Does anyone know which font Mishpacha Magazine uses?
You can scan and upload an image to https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

November 19, 2017, 10:09:39 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
December 18, 2017, 12:56:06 PM
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Re: Cleaning Glass Cups of the Menorah Anyone else think ner mitzva is like apple they invent things we never knew we needed
December 20, 2017, 12:05:47 PM
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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
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Re: What's your predictions for 2018?
GS will not be NBA champs.
Market will be lower than it started.
By the end of the year Trump will no longer... (not going to say as my words will be twisted)
looks familiar.....
GS will not be NBA champs.
Market will be lower than it started.
By the end of the year Trump will no longer... (not going to say as my words will be twisted)

December 27, 2017, 12:47:07 PM
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Re: Women in Jewish magazines
Yes. Based on letters to the editor. Based on decisions in my daughters schools made by women.
+1 some of the most extreme decisions about this topic specifically have been made by women.

December 31, 2017, 09:46:25 AM
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Re: Why do some Jewish communities prohibit women from driving? Found it in the Yiddish thread as from R' JJ Jacobson

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1noqSdO1s9aHhUtO1MjMY0_LdT_GJHu2Y/view

January 01, 2018, 03:23:24 PM
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Re: Why do some Jewish communities prohibit women from driving?
Also shouldn't smoke. Typically women are more in tune to these health things.

Shvach

January 01, 2018, 03:42:06 PM
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Re: Obamacare Master thread
Maybe the UK, but Canada, Israel (from my own experience) & the Scandinavian nations + Belgium seem to manage very well.
Canada?hahahshahaha

January 10, 2018, 03:08:51 PM
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Re: Do you Daven?
It's not only with spiritual matters.

When asking advice about anything relating to men, I pretty much always get the same answers that give me the idea that men are too fragile. You can't nag, or even ask them to change.

All you can do is reinforce positive behavior (but not so much so that it feels contrived or adds too much pressure) and / or change your expectations.
well clearly I have a very different view point then most men here so maybe I should step out of this conversation.  but I will say there's a big difference between being a nag and having healthy open communication between a husband and wife

January 10, 2018, 08:36:05 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread

In case you forget he apologized and said he supports the president 100%.
And you call others gullible?

January 16, 2018, 11:10:20 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Couple his statements with refusing to answer questions and anyone without their head buried in the sand can see he still supports him.
And that would be why he leaked like a faucet and gave access to the author.

January 17, 2018, 09:31:43 AM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Just double talk like you do most of the time. He has the authority to investigate crimes that the evidence leads him to. IMHO collusion is at the bottom of the list.
That is exactly the problem. He was hired to investigate collusion but now is investigating anything and everything Trump (and yes he has the legal authority to do that) and needs to come up with something to show for himself. That sounds very Hooveresque. The similarities between them are coming out more and more.

January 17, 2018, 11:15:08 AM
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Re: Master Thread of Pet Peeves
The smart ones know it's far more than half.
The smarter you are, the larger the crowd of stupid people get.
-someone great

January 17, 2018, 02:07:29 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread Thereís another reason the media are labeling Trump himself racist: This alleviates the requirement to honestly assess his actions and statements. Rather than analyzing whether a given statement is racist, or whether it could be interpreted otherwise, the media simply use Trumpís alleged racism as a skeleton key answering every question. Trump says he wants immigration restrictions? It must be racism. He slams radical Islamic terrorism? Racism. He condemns violence in inner cities? Racism. Each of those statements could more plausibly be read as non-racist, but the charge of racism papers over all shoddy analysis.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455467/media-call-trump-racist-what-end

There are some very good points there that some here would do well to internalize.

January 17, 2018, 03:29:26 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
We actually agree on this one. He needs to be called out when he doesn't something stupid and wrong. It doesn't have to because the media obsession for the entire week, but yes he should be called out.
Of course, but that is a separate discussion from the one about the policy. Just saying that he is racist and therefore we shouldn't deal with MS13 is stupidity.(yes some in the media did that)

January 17, 2018, 04:25:48 PM
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Re: Signal Jammer Great way to stop ppl from going to shul.
January 18, 2018, 08:29:30 AM
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Re: Signal Jammer
Probably not. Some of it will probably involve the Rov hounding repeat offenders.

Just want to point out that blocking signals doesn't mean they won't be able to use their phones at all. It'll eliminate the noise perhaps, and some people don't do much on their phones that doesn't involve internet connectivity - but it's not a full solution. The only full solution is not to have it in shul at all.

There's a guy I see in shul every so often that davens shmona esrai in a minute or two, and then sits down and plays some sort of candy crush type of game. And this wasn't a one time occurrence.
I'm pretty sure Reb Levi Yitzchok would have something to say about that...

January 18, 2018, 12:08:41 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread Another good example of the high quality reporting  ::)


January 18, 2018, 01:28:15 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

When that was written, immigrants weren't receiving entitlements.
If you take away entitlements, I don't mind if we let in every vetted immigrant (as long as there's still space).

January 18, 2018, 05:10:23 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
So sad!
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/world-respect-for-us-drops-sharply-under-trump-poll/ar-AAuQMEg?li=BBnb7Kz
LOL. I love these numbers. I would do the same would I be living in other countries. As Trump promised. He will stop letting other countries abuse us.  We will stop funding other governments when we cant fund our own. We will pull out of all trade agreements which hurt us so much. Of course other countries don't like this. But finally we will be caring about ourselves. These number show me that these changes are actually coming.

January 18, 2018, 07:35:47 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
I love these numbers.
So take things out of context. He explained it.

January 18, 2018, 07:56:00 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
His explanation was pure Hannity. You can try and explain what he meant but how about you let him explain?

After he called me out last time and was wrong he just disappeared. I expect the same this time.  ;)
He explained it in that post. To take it out of context is dishonest and what I expect from some reporters but not from you.

January 18, 2018, 08:01:38 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Again let him explain what he meant. He could have easily said this is why the numbers are low but he didn't.

Just like you claim the SH was out of context. Now he bans Haitians. Open your eyes.
Hmmmm, he did say it.

January 18, 2018, 08:29:11 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
IIRC they got back pay in the past. Itís not the employees fault. Not fair to punish them.
Of course it is this is who they voted for

January 18, 2018, 10:06:23 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/18/gop-lawmakers-demand-alarming-memo-on-fisa-abuses-be-made-public.html

Why are the Dems trying to keep it sooper seekrit? Does it contain details of the UPS method?

January 18, 2018, 11:31:33 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread Is everyone sitting down?

I am blaming the D's if there is a shutdown!!!

January 19, 2018, 11:29:48 AM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
He knows the rules. His point was obvious which the Rís wont acknowledge.
And that is?

January 19, 2018, 12:06:01 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
January 19, 2018, 02:16:48 PM
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Re: Prison Im kind of lost where I left off. So here are some highlights and I'll go away. I had my talis and tefillin so I was able to help a Russian fellow dorm mate put on tefillin a few times.

A Jewish kid from another dorm stiffed one of my african american dorm mates out of some basic commissary items. He was released a few days after he pulled this stunt. I made good by having money put on his books. Ibran into that kid on the day i went back to pick up my vouchered items after I was released. He laughed it off. The kid could have caused some innocent jew some serious problems, but he didnt seem to care.

There were moments of kindness from, an inmate asking for my help and in return offering to get me a haircut as he ran the barber shop, to getting an entire roll of toilet paper in exchange for my shabbos telephone time, to plain assistance from a muslim inmate who had been a personal trainer when I woke up with a terrible leg cramp.

The flip side was the scary moment when I was asked what I was looking at when I was just spacing out amd when I shared a chicken wing with an inmate who I thought wanted it and then said..."dont put food on my plate".

Being offered cigarettes and weed were par for the course. Thankfully I had quit smoking before I went in and never did drugs.

Some of the inmates were very talented. I had one draw, on cut pieces of bed sheet, Mickey and Minnie mouse drawings with messages to my little kids. I sent them home in the mail and still have one. I paid for these drawings in stamps.

Visits were hell for my family and anyone else who came to visit. Theyw ere degraded and harrassed. I was strip searched after every visit. It became so routine that I asked the guard who was always there if he was enjoying himself.

There were so many more experiences but I'm kind of tired out and feel it would only be cumulative. Plenty have gotten the picture. It's a sick place and it leaves a mark. Yeah, accepting that people chop up their dead relatives as normal maybe is a lasting effect. (For all of the abuse I've gotten over that, just remember,  when you tell me "You're crazy" my default response is "Thank you. I know. Tell me something I dont know.")

The best part is, i no longer live in my past. I have a huge opportunity to grow, move forward and give back to those less fortunate than I and I'm eternally grateful for that.

Before long I should have my law license back and my ability to do good with that will only grow.


January 21, 2018, 01:41:35 PM
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Re: Prison
Im kind of lost where I left off. So here are some highlights and I'll go away. I had my talis and tefillin so I was able to help a Russian fellow dorm mate put on tefillin a few times.

A Jewish kid from another dorm stiffed one of my african american dorm mates out of some basic commissary items. He was released a few days after he pulled this stunt. I made good by having money put on his books. Ibran into that kid on the day i went back to pick up my vouchered items after I was released. He laughed it off. The kid could have caused some innocent jew some serious problems, but he didnt seem to care.

There were moments of kindness from, an inmate asking for my help and in return offering to get me a haircut as he ran the barber shop, to getting an entire roll of toilet paper in exchange for my shabbos telephone time, to plain assistance from a muslim inmate who had been a personal trainer when I woke up with a terrible leg cramp.

The flip side was the scary moment when I was asked what I was looking at when I was just spacing out amd when I shared a chicken wing with an inmate who I thought wanted it and then said..."dont put food on my plate".

Being offered cigarettes and weed were par for the course. Thankfully I had quit smoking before I went in and never did drugs.

Some of the inmates were very talented. I had one draw, on cut pieces of bed sheet, Mickey and Minnie mouse drawings with messages to my little kids. I sent them home in the mail and still have one. I paid for these drawings in stamps.

Visits were hell for my family and anyone else who came to visit. Theyw ere degraded and harrassed. I was strip searched after every visit. It became so routine that I asked the guard who was always there if he was enjoying himself.

There were so many more experiences but I'm kind of tired out and feel it would only be cumulative. Plenty have gotten the picture. It's a sick place and it leaves a mark. Yeah, accepting that people chop up their dead relatives as normal maybe is a lasting effect. (For all of the abuse I've gotten over that, just remember,  when you tell me "You're crazy" my default response is "Thank you. I know. Tell me something I dont know.")

The best part is, i no longer live in my past. I have a huge opportunity to grow, move forward and give back to those less fortunate than I and I'm eternally grateful for that.

Before long I should have my law license back and my ability to do good with that will only grow.
wow! what a thread ! thanks so  much for sharing

January 21, 2018, 02:37:03 PM
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Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
Thats what happens when you have your head buried in the sand. The Rís donít have a monopoly on this.
Anyone can say what they want, but it ridiculous to think that the MSM has an R bias.

January 22, 2018, 03:49:04 PM
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