Saturday, January 28, 2006

Yeshiva World - Secret Edits

UPDATELATELY Y.W. EDITOR has seemed to stop editing content without notice.
THe recent spam im getting may be an attempt to notify me of this.

However, the bar for being called out on kefirah, according to y.w. editor, is still far lower than i would of thought.


I want to warn folks that Yeshiva World Blogs editor, not only edits your comments, he also doesnt always point out that he did so.

He has also lowered the bar for Kefira to an unprecedented level.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Four Things - Ive Been Tagged - YAY!

Four Things :

Happywithhislot has been tagged by The Jewish Freak (a fine Jew) for this meme,
so here goes:

4 jobs I've had:
1. Arts & Crafts Counselor
2. Store Salesman
3. Programmer
4. Consultant

4 movies I could watch over and over:
1. Star Wars
2. Unfrogiven
3. The Terminator 2
4. Saving Private Ryan

4 places I've lived:
1. Five Towns
2. Boro Park
3. Flatbush
4. Israel (dormed)

4 TV shows I love to watch:
1. Deadwood
2. Curb
3. Sopranoes
4. Lost

4 places I've been on vacation:
1. Vegas
2. Orlando
3. New Hampshire
4. Paris

4 websites I visit daily:
1. Hirhurim
2. Godol Hador

4 Favorite Foods:
1. Sushi
2. Tenderloin
3. Veal with Fried Brown Rice
4. Sea Bass convection baked with olive oil, kosher salt, fresh pepper, and hot fresh paprika.

4 places I'd rather be:
1. Spending time with the wife and kids
2. Enjoying a fine resteraunt
3. At work, on a good day
4. Enjoying the chaburas i attend

4 books I could read over and over:
1. 30 Minute Meals
2. Dune
3. Kahati on Mishnayos
4. Good Night Moon (to my kids)

4 people I'm tagging: (I don't know if these people have been tagged already)
1. Krum as a Bagel
2. Off the Derech
3. On the Main Line
4. Chardal

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Dont get Hacked - PSA

Public Service Announcement
Unorthodoxjew got hacked so he's moved to another site

Apparently people who have recently changed their password may be vulnerable to a email phishing scam. Or weak passwords.

Make sure your password complies with best practices for passwords.
For example, use the first letter of the words of your favorite song combined with some number and special charachters. Use longer than 8 character passwords.

Dont expose your self to dictionary attacks.

Be safe out there.
(Hill Street Blues)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Gemera makes you smarter

Gemera actually makes you smart.

I really mean it.

It will increase the capacity of the brain to learn, analyze and make one sharp, which are life skills.

Neurologists acknowledge the power of the brain to increase capacity because of neuroplasticity.

Gemera targets specific areas of the brain that will increase someone ability to learn in other fields. Law for example. Systems Analysis. Mathematics etc.

The exercise in mastering gemera actually has benefits.

The gemera says that if you have the capacity of 1 cup of brain power, and you learn gemera, Hashem will give you more capacity.

Science has proven this to be true.(obviously its not only gemera, but any intense analytical activities done on a sustained basis for hours at a time, for years)

But the fact our curriculum emphasises gemera is a major boon for our children.

Friday, January 13, 2006

How do Gedolim Become Gedolim?

Just got off the topic of rabbis can do no wrong...

Anyone know how "the" gedolim get to become the gedolim. Is it other gedolim? Why are there no MO gedolim? They seem to be plain rabbis.

I lterally never heard of Rav Steinman (click on name for a video of gedolim dancing at daf yomi, I love the tune,

Rav Steinman is sitting with a long brown beard) until he showed up at Darchei in Far Rockaway as part of a gedolim world tour.

If i never heard of him, how did he become a godol at the age of 95? Is it because rav shach died, and he was number 2?

I do know Rav Moshe Shapiro from my yeshiva days. Everyone was oohing and awing over his shiurim. I didnt speak hebrew, so i had no clue what he said. But he looked impressive. He has that godol penetrating eyes thing going.

Are the gedolim, gedolim because they dont say too much. They are awful quiet, so maybe that makes them appear even smarter than they are.

For that matter, why are there no MO mekubalim?Is it a secret practice of sefardim gedolim?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Myth Moshol is mechazik my emunah

GH had posted about what is mechazek his emunah.

Well I have some of my own.

Jesus is mechazek our Emunah.
He believed in literal bereshis. Now as son of god he cant possibly be right, therefore he can't be son of god. Score one for yiddishkeit.

Islam is mechazek our Emunah.
They believe that Abraham is not a myth. We just got the story wrong. Since we know that the story is really a myth, score one for yiddishkeit.

I think we need to spread the word to the gedolim that myth/moshol proves yiddishkeit.

oh and by the way:
The Jewish Press is mechazek our Emunah.
This week has an ad for dinosaur exhibit. Now i can show my children that dinosaurs and torah are not in conflict.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

What would you leave in?

A constant refrain of Yodeah (of GH fame) is how we need to change to meet his sensibilities, his western values, his comfort level.

Its not only change about our practices, but a kind of active disassociation from our seemingly evil past.

Yodeah feels we can trust his sensibilities to not fluctuate. And even if they do, that is part of the deal. Why do we need to be so rigid.

Yodeah feels that this new briah will be still orthodox. It will have courageous leaders who change the religion to fit our evolving society. One day, our society will say Shechita is immoral, and Yodeah will be at the forefront fighting for change. But thats a good thing, Yodeah assures us. After all, he only wants to save Orthodoxy.

So yodeah has suggested some - in the way - practices that we should abandon:
2 days Yom Tov for starters.

So I ask the skeptics or rationalist out there who want to save Orthodox Judiasm, what would you leave in our religion. And what would you take out? A bonus would be to tell us why you would keep or remove the item.

Im curious how consistent the list will be. And how the result could in any form or fashion be called Orthodox.