Thursday, November 19, 2015

BenPakuah Born-n-Bred Beef Battle Brewing

All those who have learned Chulin, have probably thought about marketing Ben Pakuah. The Gemara says that if you Shecht the mother cow and find a live baby inside, the baby does not need Shechita. So why not produce a herd of such BP's? If they don't need Shechita, the price of beef could be brought down significantly for the kosher consumer.

See Chulin 74A

מתני' השוחט את הבהמה ומצא בה בן שמנה חי או מת או בן תשעה מת קורעו ומוציא את דמו מצא בן תשעה חי טעון שחיטה וחייב באותו ואת בנו דברי ר"מ וחכמים אומרים שחיטת אמו מטהרתו

As JS pointed out in the comments, once the animal "walks on the ground" it DOES require shechita midrabanan, so as not to have people think that animals do not need schechita.  Yet the advantage is primarily in the hind-quarter, in that we don't need to take out the gid-hanasheh, enabling the HQ to enjoy kosher status.  Also, the halachos of treifos and chailev are relaxed.

see Ben link for more details.

see link for a teshuva written by Rabbi Meir Rabi.

Monday, November 9, 2015

"Marketing Meir" Moves Me - Meir Kalmanson cuts his hair


Many of you have seen marketing wiz Meir Kalmanson's videos on youtube. His genius is apparent, as he pulls off various capers, such as high-fiving taxi hailers in NYC, jumping on a bed on the streets of Manhattan, and engaging an entire subway car in happiness.

Yet I am in awe of this man, as I recently discovered that his long hair was not an act rebelliousness, nor a show of anti-establishment resentment.


I am in awe of this man.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Na Nach Nachman NachmanMeuman

Enough sad videos coming out from the Holy Land. Time for some happiness.
Hat Tip

Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Pepsi" Portrays Penitent Player - The Season of Pepsi Meyers by Abie Rotenberg

Abie Rotenberg has hit it out of the park.

His new novel about a Jewish Yankee baseball star, who is faced with a dilemma of whether to embrace his religion or his passion for baseball, is spiritually uplifting and entertaining at the same time. The quotes from the late great Peter Lawrence Berra (aka Yogi) that begin the chapters are classics and quite apropos. I recommend it for teenagers, as it exposes them to heavy questions about the Jewish religion, answered in simplistic terms. At the same time, one will enjoy Abie's command of the game, in all its technical nuances.

Abie has tantalized his fans for decades, with his haunting melodies and stimulating lyrics on his Journeys and Dvaykus albums.

His song about Yankel was made into a motion picture, with very positive reviews.

Perfect timing, as this is the season for pennants and penance.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dean Decries Dibarnu Dofi

The most recent edition of Jewish Action has several tributes to Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein z"l.

One interesting tidbit brought is the fact that RAL was fluent in Shas, and would often times quote the correct Daf from memory.

As part of his humility, RAL mentioned that this "sin", perhaps of haughtiness in quoting the Daf, was already inluded in Viduy, as we say...Dibarnu Dofi.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Lipa Loves Ladies Locks Long

I hear Lipa's point, as the Gemara says in Baba Basra 109B:
אמרה ליה ילתא לרב נחמן מכדי כל דאסר לן רחמנא שרא לן כוותיה אסר לן דמא שרא לן כבדא נדה דם טוהר חלב בהמה חלב חיה חזיר מוחא דשיבוטא גירותא לישנא דכוורא אשת איש גרושה בחיי בעלה אשת אח יבמה כותית יפת תאר בעינן למיכל בשרא בחלבא
Yet when you are part of a group, one must adhere to the dictates of that group.  The only problem being that if the dictates are too draconian, people leave.

Perhaps he would be taken more seriously if he changed his shirt?
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