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Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law

Book Review: Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law

In an immaculate display of sheer intelligence, raw understanding, and intimate insight into the religious world, Chaim N. Saiman, Professor of Law at Villanova University, broaches an unexplored topic that is the true nature of Halacha, in his new and groundbreaking book: Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law. 

    In his work, Professor Saiman astutely delineates the difference between Jewish Halacha and the normative law usually found in societies around the world. Using keen insight into the Frum Jewish sphere, Saiman provides valuable insight and provokes deep thought on a ubiquitous aspect of our lives, a topic that isn’t normally broached in yeshiva circles. Never has a work delved so deeply into the nature of Halacha, to force the reader to take a step back from everything they were taught and led to believe, in order to gain a true understanding of the very construct that governs our everyday lives!

       To merely read Professor Saiman’s chapters on Halacha as Non-Applied Law (plainly: that much of Halacha is written, taught, and learned in a way that makes it nigh impossible for it to ever be realized in actuality), or  the chapter on Halacha in relation to its current state and previous transformations throughout the ages (from Gemara to Tur, etc.) warrants the purchasing of this book.

    This book truly frames Halacha in a novel light and allows the reader to observe something they have known all their lives in a whole new light. The book first seeks to truly define what Halacha is and then moves on to explore its history and application. Saiman explores the many aspects of Halacha, such as: Halacha as Torah (Revelation on Sinai, learning for G-D), Halacha and Governance (Enforcement of Halachos and the legal system), Halacha as Theology (addressing laws of prayer and Shabbos), and Halacha as Education (how Halacha works in relation to human interactions with one another). In just a few hundred, well written pages, Saiman is able to present this familiar concept in a novel way to help the reader think as few ever have.

       I will not delve any deeper into the contents of this seminal work, as I fear, at worst, misrepresenting Professor Saiman’s message, and at best, depriving another reader of enjoying this epic journey on their own.

Click the image below to check out this amazing work and discover a world beyond everything you’ve been taught to believe!

There Is NO REASON Any Jew Has Not Read This!

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Purchase KACH Here

 

The message clearly drawn out in this short read is something that has never been more true than it is today!

 

After the recent and horrific events this has never been more important!

Everyone should be heading down to the country clerk and applying for (CCW) concealed carry permits. No reason for not exercising the second amendment right. Everyone should do the necessary research and commit to the required and proper training for owning and operating a firearm. We can do something that our ancestors before us were unable to do in the countries before this one. We can defend ourselves, we can use deterrents that were unavailable to our predecessors. Be responsible. Get a conceal carry permit. Pick up a home-defense shotgun. Read the necessary literature. Take courses at the local range. There is no excuse not to.
Exercise your right as an American and your duty as a Jew!

It is far beyond worth the 5 dollars it costs to purchase! The ideology and message expressed within should be promulgated to every Jewish household!

Something Mr. Moster Doesn’t Care For

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The ongoing issue regarding the education debate in the American Chasidish community is one that has many people scrambling to take sides in. Although there will be exclusive Thinking Yid articles dressing this situation posted in days to come, the following article, written by Rabbi Avi Shafran, hits the nail on the head. His eloquence and careful word selection easily conveys an important message to all those who support Moster’s (at best) misguided efforts.

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-don-t-pity-u-s-orthodox-jewish-kids-who-don-t-study-english-and-math-1.6216758

Monsey School Buses RAMPAGE! (updated)

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BEWARE!!!

There has been another reporting of a child being hit by a school bus in Monsey!! Enough is enough!!

School Buses in Monsey are NOTORIOUS for speeding, running red lights and completely disregarding stop signs.

Please be extra cautious around them (as a driver and as a passenger).

The writers at Thinking Yid are working to raise awareness of this growing issue. The sheer madness must stop! No one should see a massive school bus barreling towards their car at 50 MPH in 5 inches of snow!! But they do!!!

It’s bad enough that the days of children walking to school bus stops and buses not stopping on main road is now over, but not only do buses rule the roads now and just stop and create traffic wherever the driver pleases, they also speed and ignore the basic conventions of the road. 

If you’ve observed (or have a recording) of a school bus in Monsey committing a traffic violation or driving unsafely, please forward it to Notarebba@gmail.com

For even more videos than what is posted below, check out this account dedicated to posts about the rampaging Monsey School Buses!

Updated List:

November 2018:

RPD is currently on scene of a roll-over on South Monsey Road involving a milk truck. The driver states he attempted to move over to avoid a school bus that entered his lane, causing him to leave the roadway. Tow companies are on scene. 

Bus forces trucks to swerve out of their OWN LANE! To avoid school bus!!!

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MONSEY SCHOOL BUS RUNS OVER CHILD!!
Rt. 306 and Maple!

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I said this once and I’ll say it again! Until People Die NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE RAMPANT BUS SITUATION IN MONSEY!!! Buses in monsey need Dashcams (inaccessible by the driver) and GPS Monitoring speed at all times!! The Drivers are beyond RECKLESS! Why do people need to be maimed or killed until we do something about monsey school buses?!?
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MONSEY SCHOOL BUS BLATANTLY BREAKING THE LAW!!!

Credit: SK

 

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Capitalizing on a “Crisis”

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As the point of this article has been made and in compliance with a large number of our readers, this article has been archived. The original version is available for reading upon request.

There are still some of the main points of the article detailed below.

The purpose of the original article was to shed light on the efforts of some groups in our community and to help express a large majority’s opinion of those efforts. Now that a new reasoning has come to light, there is a chance that it will be employed and utilized to help our community in the shidduch sphere. We are sorry for those who were offended by the article and we would just like to point out that the purpose was not to bash those seeking to aid the community but to just guide them in a direction that many members of the community deem more suitable for our society as a whole.

Thank you for reading.

-Editor

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A plan to help our singles in the community:

 

Gather together all of the best shadchanim and hire them as full-time employees. Regular, 9-5 employees. Pay them a salary, whatever makes sense, say, 65k to 80k per year. Give the shadchanim office space, phones, computers, give them all the tools they need to succeed in shidduchim. These shadchanim will be considered regular employees, they can even be assigned quotas and have goals set to determine a certain amount of dates per week they must “set up” etc. Let them work solid week after week to help marry off the singles in our community.

If these shadchanim make a successful shidduch and the parents want to pay them for the shadchanus, great! Let them pay! But it isn’t required, as they are already being paid by the caring wealthy people (and supported by the rabanim, of course) of our community! Paying these salaries should not prove too difficult for the outspoken wealthy families in our community. Hopefully. I am certain that others would be more than willing to donate money to such a lofty cause.

If more money is donated to this cause? Great! Hire more full-time shadchanim! The more the merrier!

A program like this not only ensures that there are top shadchanim working tirelessly to aid our community, but it also ensures that:

  • They are fairly compensated for their time, work, and effort.
  • Everyone in the community has access to top shadchanim.
  • Shadchanim are no longer incentivized to set up rich families with other rich families over families of lower socioeconomic status.
  • Families are no longer pressured into paying “high-end” shadchanim more than they can, for shidduchim they present to the family.

The Bottom Line:

Hire full-time shadchanim and pay them regular salaries. If others want to donate to the cause, let them, but it cannot be required of them.

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RESPONSE: Why I Chose to Attend a Public High-school

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This is in response to the article found here.

I hope to write a full response soon, but for now this will have to do.

After reading this article, all I could think to myself was, “Oy. When will this stop?”

It seems the cinematic drivel that is One of Us, has released the flood gates. It’s now an “in” thing to bash and debase the frum/yeshiva community for all the “oppressing” it commits and to “uncover the truth” of its primary goal (to  raise their children as uneducated morons).

In lieu of my full response to the above article and this new, sickeningly inane, phenomenon. And to all those poor unfortunate souls who were so downtrodden by their religious Jewish communities, I say this:

OYY!! I feel so bad for you! Wahhhhhh Wahhhhh! Hope you feel better soon! Free hugs!!

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Note: Been getting texts from many of you asking what set me off on such an angry tirade. At least, angrier than usual. Well it’s simple. This issue is something that started popping up everywhere. It’s becoming increasingly popular to blame everyone else (as opposed to one’s own self) for one’s shortcomings. This has to be nipped in the bud. Obviously this requires extensive conversation. Feel free to call during business hours. 2097838369 – A Thinking Yid.

I Am A Chareidi Jew. And I Am LIVID.

This is unspeakable and BEYOND HORRIFIC!!!!!

I will not be able to stress this enough. These disgraceful animals are not representative of the Ultra-Orthodox and Chasidic Jewish communities.

If anyone knows this BRAVE חיילת, PLEASE let her know that the orthodox Jewish people of America and Israel stand behind her!!

We know our apologies do not wipe the spittle from her face but we hope she hears and believes us when we say: Thank you for your service. Thank you for standing your ground. Thank you for protecting our land!

מי שבירך לצה”ל

We hope you can find a way to forgive our despicable “brethren”and their inexcusable actions.

I am at a loss for words.

A Thinking and Sorrowful Yid


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Gilgul — Reincarnation

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As part of a recent debate, we would like to poll the knowledge of Gilgulim in the Jewish community. Please respond truthfully. An article regarding this topic and addressing the polling results will be posted in a few weeks.

If anyone would like to submit an article on the topic please use the submit link on the homepage.

 

 

 

 

True Simchas Hatorah

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Something that always irked me but I never really spoke about was the current state of Simchas Torah in our community. To me, Simchas Torah was represented by the usual assortment of rowdy individuals, many of whom picked up a Gemara* maybe 12 times this year, dancing in a raucous crowd of giddy, inebriated, and puerile adults.

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