Monday, March 16, 2020

Contagious Chinese Corona Curtails, Cancels - Celebrations, Courses, Customs

It is amazing that a tiny microscopic virus has been able to accomplish Takkanos that were heretofore unheeded in Jewish life.

Rabbonim had asked that we limit size on weddings, limit the opulent spending and limit elaborate vacations etc.

We didn't listen, and now we are being forced to comply.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Wise-men Weigh Whether WZO Warrants WWW Win

The age old question of whether to participate in elections for the World Zionist Organization has once again surfaced.

As this is a very delicate topic, the Moetzes has not issued any opinion one way or the other, as there is disagreement as to which course of action to follow. Should we vote and then have a voice, or do we stay away because we don't want to associate with irreligious organizations?
Both sided have legitimate reason as to why they are correct.

It has been reported that R' Chaim Kanievsky supports voting. This is surprising, considering his past vehement opposition to any Zionist controlled entity.

In any event, ask your LOR.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Dialogue Debates Doctor's Doctrines: Dialogue For Torah Issues and Ideas, Fall 5780/2019 Volume 8

There are not that many events that warrant posting on this somewhat defunct blog. I was tempted to emerge out of semi-retirement to comment on the recent Siyum HaShas, but that will wait for another day.

I was pleasantly surprised, however, to see that Dialogue Magazine has been resurrected with the recent publishing of Volume 8.
I haven't had time to completely review it yet, but highlights include an article by R' Aharon Feldman positing that Yo'atzot Halacha is not a positive enterprise, and a review by R' Herschel Grossman of Dr. Marc Shapiro's Limits of Orthodox Theology. It is also nice to see that they have included an article by a female writer.

Perhaps I will have more to write about this once I read the entire periodical.

Yo'atzot Halacha - Are They Good for Jews? Hamashkif - R' Aharon Feldman
The Nebech Apikores by R' Dovid Jaffee
Review of Marc Shapiro's The Limits of Orthodox Theology - R' Herschel Grossman
The Debate over Emunah Education - R' Dovid Sapirman
The Conceptual Journey of a Ba'al Teshuva - Nesanel Yoel Safran
The Doorway to Wisdom - R' Aharon Feldman
Hakafos, Pi and Yichud Hashem - Eli Katz
Suffering, Sin and the Ways of God - R' Yitzchok Oratz
Privacy, Confidentiality and Classified Information - R' Moshe Walter
How to Choose a Kosher Book - Nechama First
Bringing Mesivta High Schools to a Higher Level - R' Yerachmiel Garfield
Letters to the Editor

For some reason, the new volume is not listed on their website (
The address is listed as 85-22 122nd Street, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Telephone: 909.353.3509

Disclaimer: I am not associated in any way with this magazine.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Trump Thanksgiving Turkey Trip Trumps Time

Some Years ago, when President Bush made an unannounced trip to the Gulf to serve turkey to the troops, there was a sense of patriotism shared even among the Democrats.

This time around, they are not so forgiving, especially amidst impeachment hearings.

Yet Time Magazine, in the usual Trump Bashing spirit, claimed that Trump would be spending his vacation golfing.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Hero 'Hunt' Helps Hunt Head Honcho

I just love the way President Trump is exploiting the take-down of the ISIS man.


Update 11/29/2019

Crowds Cheer Canine Conan

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ten Years!

Wow. I can’t believe that it has been 10 years since I started writing on this blog in October of 2009.

  • Although blogging is primarily dead, there are still some diehard bloggers out there, even if the posting has become sporadic.
  • This blog has visited many topics over the past decade, and although the hit counter can not rival the mainstream blogs, we still garnered 120,000 views.
  • I got into blogging when it relatively new, when Making of a Gadol was all the rage, when the Slifkin episode created a firestorm and before the smart phone explosion.
  • I Had one simple goal: to see if blogging and Loshon Hora must go hand in hand. I believe that I have been successful in that mission.
  • Over the past 10 years, I have blogged about internet, technology, music and books of yesteryear, Catskills memories, removal of women from publications, and current news and politics.
  • The trend to digital learning has grown by leaps and bounds, with almost all the standard texts now available on sites such as The laptop continues to make inroads in Batei Midrashos as e-learning is the trend of the future. The internet Asifos have made filters mainstream, as TAG has mushroomed into a world-wide phenomenon.
  • I mourn the early blogs that are now extinct and particularly the Hamavdil blog written by my great mentor, Bray of Fundamentalist. I mourn him not only because his blog is defunct, but because he passed away some time ago.
  • I miss the hat tips, the fierce commenting, the original Hirhurim blog, Dark Blue Hat and most of all, On The Main Line. I miss Mississippi Fred and his incredible insights.
  • I am proud to have made a failed attempt with YGB’s help to resurrect the Jewish Observer, and equally proud to have promoted Dialogue Magazine, even though it seems to have met its demise also.
  • There were many triumphs, such as the discovery of the Chofetz Chaim video, the discovery of the good side of YouTube, where Rabbis and singers from yesteryear came to life once again.
  • The incredible triumph of Trump in the past presidential election, and his strong support of Jewish interests, enables one to see the Guiding Hand that runs the world.
  • We blogged Asifos, the Siyum Hashas, wrote reviews for various new music and followed Israel’s quest to land a craft on the moon.
  • It has been very rewarding to be part of the conversation for the past 10 years, and I hope to continue, albeit sporadically.
  • Thanks to all my readers, commenters and critics.

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Trump bags the ISIS leader loser. Good job!

Who edited out the women from the picture? :-)

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