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Re: Blacklist (TV Show) The unrealisticness is way too over the top. One of the Best "quality" shows on TV that is conceivable is The Americans I love it.
February 11, 2015, 11:00:45 PM
Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
(As for trying DMT, I definitely wouldn't look at it as a religious experience, but certainly a discovery experience, possibly spiritual.
It definitely sounds exciting, perhaps scary, and definitely crazy. Seems like most of the people here are staunchly against it, but I'm sure that we're all curious to hear your experiences if you do try it. That'll make for some TR.)

I spent some time in the Amazon Jungle last year and was seriously considering writing a TR but I feel a big part of the audience here is not 'conscious' enough to hear me out.

As a side note, I met a (semi famous) Native Indian Chief who told me that he led a peyote ceremony for a 'group of rabbis' from LA...

December 31, 2019, 07:40:19 AM
Re: How to contact Dan? Very disturbing incident on Dansdeals social media
Still doesn't explain why it went for so long.

I would have probably blocked the person after the first or second message.

If someone were to send me a message "Hi" and nothing else, I would either check their profile to see if it's someone I know, or ignore.

After the second message of "Just a guy looking for a conversation" it would be an outright block. I have no interest in playing detective and trying to catch predators.

this confirms something i have always suspected! me and you must be different people!

January 09, 2020, 01:45:06 PM
Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha

This is my first post to your great forum. I would like to weigh in regarding the discussion of DMT (and other psychedelics) and Judaism

My name is Rick Strassman, and I live in New Mexico. I'm a psychiatrist, having got my M.D. at Albert Einstein in the Bronx, and psychiatric training in California and New Mexico.

While at the University of New Mexico, I ran the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in a generation, from 1990 to 1995. We focused on DMT. This was because DMT is made in human body and I thought it might be involved with naturally occurring nondrug, altered states of consciousness--including ones considered spiritual, religious, or mystical. I believed the pineal gland might be involved, and sketched out a relevant scenario. My first book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule came out in 2001 and describes that research.

I was raised Conservative, but took a long detour through Zen Buddhism, over 20 years, and that was the spiritual perspective I brought to bear in my studies. It turned out to not be an especially useful spiritual model, though.

I began studying Tanakh searching for a better understanding of my findings, and found that the DMT effect and the prophetic experience shared phenomenological features. What Rambam would perhaps describe as shared imaginative contents. However, the information or knowledge that people in my study received and communicated was not of a religious character.

I wrote a book about my analysis of the DMT state through the lens of Torah: DMT and the Soul of Prophecy. In it, I suggest that the imaginative contents of prophecy may be biologically mediated by elevated endogenous DMT, but the resemblance between prophetic experience is only superficial, not substantive.

On the other hand, carefully supervised sessions combining Torah study, etc. with a psychedelic drug--in order to increase one's imaginative strength--may turn out to have some benefit.
Holy Heavens! We have the real Dr. Strassman in the forums with us??? I am simply star struck!
There is so much I want to learn from you, I wish I could spend a shabbat with you somehow.

January 13, 2020, 07:26:41 AM
Famous people who post on DDF

January 13, 2020, 09:10:37 AM
Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
1. Why do I get the feeling that OP had a Taavah and is trying to use Avodas Hashem as an excuse to justify it?

Because that's what we're trained to think about any divergence from standard orthodox views

Two additional posts in this thread, are from other first time posters who are supposedly subject matter experts on the topic writing in support of the OP. Highly suspicious in my eyes.

That's quite an accusation, can anyone prove that they're real? It would be a letdown to discover that an expert on the forum is actually not who he says he is.

January 16, 2020, 09:45:52 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
It's a poem not a picture but since there's no thread for poems I put it here (and here), ironically it's a poem about a picture

Someone tell the author the picture is just to see if she's pretty

February 11, 2020, 12:27:58 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
Legit spit take
To be fair though, I think if girls have to give a picture, guys should have to turn over their browsing history.

February 11, 2020, 12:53:32 AM
Re: Internet Filters
Since they're latest update I've had several issues.
-Not receiving notifications when connected to wifi

- websites that have been previously allowed, suddenly get blocked.

-required vpn to be activated in order for to download media in whatsapp , but doesn't always work.

**These are issues that I have personally.  Not necessarily are these for everyone using gentech**
I don't think there are any good filters that'll not have problems like that. Maybe when techloq makes an android/apple version.

October 09, 2020, 02:49:03 PM
Re: Random Posts For Non-Meshugeners
Elon Musk made $25,000,000,000 yesterday.

What did you do?
I learned Torah.

March 10, 2021, 11:04:09 AM
Re: Lakewood Rabbonim Ban Use and Sale of Marijuana and Related Products I'm going to leave it at this:

There are religious arguments to be made for or against the recreational use of a number of substances. There are health arguments to be made for or against those same substances. Sometimes, they overlap, but for the most part, they are two distinct issues. Most of the arguments here are making an incoherent cholent out of the two.

From a medical perspective, consuming marijuana is safer than consuming cigarettes, alcohol, and most mood-altering substances. It is also less chemically addictive than cigarettes, alcohol, and most mood-altering substances. Like other things, the danger is greater when it is consumed by younger people whose brains have not fully developed. How safe it is for any individual will depend on that person. It CAN be used as a gateway drug, but it is not inherently a gateway drug.

From a religious perspective, it can be classified among a myriad of things which could possibly distract from Avodas Hashem. IMO, there is nothing about marijuana that makes it rank higher than most of those other things, many of which are accepted mainstays in our lives. Further, it is my opinion that a KK like this one, where anyone who uses marijuana is deemed an oisvarf, does much more harm than good to the respect our young people will have towards the Rabbonus in general. When something that is relatively minor gets this much attention and extreme overreaction, while greater dangers are ignored, people stop taking the signatories seriously. The lack of nuance is, unfortunately, not surprised and is already expected.

(As an aside, my personal opinion is that the lack of nuance in general in our communities is the source of most of our "crises.")

March 16, 2021, 01:42:01 PM
Re: Lakewood Rabbonim Ban Use and Sale of Marijuana and Related Products (Disappointed there's no reference to the בורא עולם in the kk.)
March 16, 2021, 02:21:22 PM
Re: How Would You Know a DDF Account Was Sold? @Dan responds to a PM.
@Lurker implies it might be ok for me to leave my home before we achieve zero Covid.
@CountValentine takes the popular position in any given discussion.
@yuneeq posts something patently false and easily disprovable.
@YitzyS doesn't ask for feedback about his post.

May 04, 2021, 10:53:50 AM
Re: How Would You Know a DDF Account Was Sold? @Yehuda57 posts something that doesnít receive multiple likes.
May 04, 2021, 10:59:13 AM
Re: How Would You Know a DDF Account Was Sold? Randomex posts something I can actually understand.
May 04, 2021, 12:16:07 PM
Re: The Funny/strange/interesting/random Tweets Thread Most shidduchim that are redt are anyway based on very superficial things.
May 05, 2021, 05:07:37 PM
Re: Blacklist (TV Show)
Anyone still following? I think this is quite an awesome season
Yes! Really an awesome season so far.

May 16, 2021, 12:43:10 AM
Re: Blacklist (TV Show)
Now that we know that Townsend is after Liz after interrogating Stepanov, what could he have told him to make her his enemy?
I believe this may be connected to some hints they made in the early seasons about Liz having certain memories in her mind that Reddington blocked from her consciousness using one of the doctors that specialize in memory manipulation from many seasons ago.
I think she may actually be N13 unknowingly, and that would explain Reds connection to her, as he needs her alive since he put this archive in her mind and will someday need to access her memories...

Makes sense. Shame she is such a mediocre actress for such a significant role.

May 19, 2021, 02:37:58 PM
Re: Random questions.
What do you call a female Tina Beigel?

Abby Stein

May 21, 2021, 09:16:28 AM
Re: PC friday question of the day.
I meant most if not all religions are sexist.

The advantage of creating the world and the people within it is that you get to make the rules.

Yes, Judaism differentiates between men and women. G-d creates the different genders, with their differences (one has to be incredibly in denial to think that males and females are identical-plain stupidity without an agenda wouldn't quite cut it here), and set different guidelines for the different genders. While sexism insinuates discrimination in a negative fashion, which I may not necessarily agree with, Judaism certainly does differentiate between man and woman (and Kohen, Levite, Israelite, illegitimate child, and more statuses that are conveyed at birth and the individual is totally not at fault for).

If you want to ask ethical questions on G-d, you can start questioning why children are born with debilitating and excruciating chronic diseases, and so on. There are plenty of more compelling ethical questions to be posed to an All Powerful Being than why He minds homosexuality, or allows polygyny but not polymory.

When you write your own computer program and game, you can decide what you want to include and what characteristics you want different characters to have. You don't have to be worried that the characters created will consider it discriminatory.

May 21, 2021, 10:55:06 AM
Re: PC friday question of the day.
Can we please not get into a "My religion is better than your religion" debate?
I think people can explain their beliefs without putting another's down. That's the key to any good dialogue. What was discussed last night made me upset and I wanted to lock this thread for a few days, but it seems to be ok today.

May 21, 2021, 11:58:57 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...

Seems a bit strange for the owner to be going through the trash

May 24, 2021, 10:51:04 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...
May 24, 2021, 11:37:16 AM
Re: Lighting Deal: AstroAI Multimeter ($7.41) @myi because it's a tool deal
May 25, 2021, 01:47:47 PM
Re: Random questions.
How will you handle such cereal boxes?

Shabbos or weekday? If it's the latter, the usual, slide my finger under the top flap to open the box, and then "squeeze and pull" the plastic bag. On Shabbos, things get crazy and I introduce sharp knives into the process.

May 25, 2021, 02:50:59 PM
Re: Random Posts מִדַּרְכֵי הַתְּשׁוּבָה .. וּמִתְרַחֵק הַרְבֵּה מִן הַדָּבָר שֶׁחָטָא בּוֹ וּמְשַׁנֶּה שְׁמוֹ כְּלוֹמַר אֲנִי אַחֵר וְאֵינִי אוֹתוֹ הָאִישׁ שֶׁעָשָׂה אוֹתָן הַמַּעֲשִׂים וּמְשַׁנֶּה מַעֲשָׂיו כֻּלָּן לְטוֹבָה


May 26, 2021, 01:09:45 AM
Re: US Mint Coins For Sale (Individuals only)
Big understatement.
k bud take it down a notch he made a mistake he corrected it move on

May 26, 2021, 01:21:43 AM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
Thanks for all the answers.

I've occasionally heard a Chabad Rabbi/Rebbetzin say something like "In Chabad, we love every Jew", as a statement of fact.  It would be in a talk to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds, and so I heard "We love you all" as simply a way of making everyone feel welcome.  I had thought this was some kind of uniquely Chabad thing, and hadn't realized it was simply an application of  ואהבת לרעך כמוך , as people are suggesting here.

As far as Chabad ethos and philosophy, loving every Jew is paramount. Buying in to the Chabad way of life (for lack of a better term) says that these are your values. When the Rabbi and/or Rebbetzin say that, it is 100% genuine. Like all things in life, different people achieve different, and ever evolving, levels of success in implementing values into action.

And maybe Lubavitchers who work in Chabad Houses are just more successful than average.

I've been thinking about this because the past year has allowed me time to read writings of some frum Jews whose views and attitudes are so foreign to me that they leave me feeling less loving, more indifferent.  So I was thinking, "These people, too, Chabad R &R?  Even this person you love???"

IME, it is much easier to do on shlichus in the middle of nowhere than in a frum setting. Personally, I believe it's because when everything is the same, we look for differences, but when everything is different, we look for common ground.

May 26, 2021, 11:56:20 PM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
All of Shas, is in the works, trust me. Won't be that much longer.
As far as those names Hemshech Samech vuv, and bas ayin etc what are these? I take it, these are chapters in a safer but doesn't sound like Tanya, which safer are we referring to here?
A hemshech is a series of מאמרי חסידות on the same topic.
ס"ו and ע"ב refer to the year in which the Hemshech began- in this case it's תרס"ו and תרע"ב, respectively...

May 27, 2021, 10:13:12 PM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
But neshamos are connected to עצמות more that אבי"ע.

This is not what I meant by מושרש

I donít know what you mean by this, what your source is, or whether I agree.

May 28, 2021, 07:12:42 PM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything

A story I think you will appreciate.
(Someone will have to chime in with the names)
2 Chassidim were sitting together discussing chassidus.
One turned to the other and asked him "what is Atzmus?"
The other told him he can't answer that.
But the first one wouldn't let up, and kept harassing him for an answer.
Finally the second chossid starting responding "Atzmus is", and as soon as he said that, the other smacked him across the face and told him "as soon as you say "Atzmus is", you aren't talking about Atzmus anymore".

May 28, 2021, 07:51:25 PM
The Tulsa Massacre!

A dark time in our history that many are not aware of. A hundred years ago.

June 01, 2021, 05:17:16 PM
Re: Random Posts With all the talk about Lubavitch trying to overrun Lakewood, it's Lakewood that's going to overrun Lubavitch. I went to Lakewood once, and within a month I was wearing Charles Tyrwhitt shirts.
June 15, 2021, 09:33:20 PM
Re: All Halocha Shailos and Tiffeh Questions
Let's say you get a food delivery for someone you know (Jewish). The food is 100% nonkosher (ham). What do you do?

Had this today and was in a bit of a quandary. I can't throw it out since the food wasn't mine. Didn't want to actually bring the food to the person because I don't want to be accountable for it. but if I left it there then the person would want to know why someone didn't tell them it came.
maybe it was for his non Jewish worker who ordered it under his name

June 16, 2021, 09:42:39 AM
Re: Actual reasons people go OTD
Often, even at the expense of severely harming my loving, warm, relationship with my spouse, children, parents, siblings and many of my friends and acquaintances. Even at the expense of discarding the lifestyle of my parents, grandparents etc.

Because i'm a truth follower.

I think this is the point that many of us have trouble understanding.
If the person made the move out of being a truth follower then it would need to involve there having been extensive research done before making that move. If the person did not do such research by going through the writings of the many theologians who wrote extensively about these topics on all ends of the spectrum, that undermines the argument that it was done out of an unwavering quest for truth.

June 16, 2021, 04:30:33 PM
Re: Actual reasons people go OTD He did lose his mother at age 6 and his older brother and father when he was young and then got into a court battle with his surviving sister so he definitely did not have a happy tranquil existence. In  addition to the fact that even the teachers in his Talmud Torah were largely educated in the Roman catholic schools and there is a doubt as to how much authentic chinuch he actually received. He also fell in with a bad crowd as a teenager when he went into business and was surrounded by friends from various religions who were doubters and Bible critics and had a huge influence on him.

One thing that does stand out is he did not go OTD in order to enjoy a better life physically he was willing to suffer for what he thought was the truth. Thatís certainly more compelling than an OTD individual who claims he is seeking only the truth but is casting aside a lifestyle that appears to restrictive for one that at least has the allure of freedom and pleasure.

June 17, 2021, 02:04:08 PM
Re: Actual reasons people go OTD
He did lose his mother at age 6 and his older brother and father when he was young and then got into a court battle with his surviving sister so he definitely did not have a happy tranquil existence. In  addition to the fact that even the teachers in his Talmud Torah were largely educated in the Roman catholic schools and there is a doubt as to how much authentic chinuch he actually received. He also fell in with a bad crowd as a teenager when he went into business and was surrounded by friends from various religions who were doubters and Bible critics and had a huge influence on him.

Sounds like this guy nebach ticked the "all of the above" option...

June 17, 2021, 02:08:22 PM