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Friday, December 17 1999

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Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 10:11:37 -0500
From: richard_wolpoe@ibi.com
Re: YH for MZ

I think that as a mamleches Kohanim and Goy Kaddosh we are called to abstain 
form behavior that might be normal for Gentiles.

so I agree that OTOH that YH might be tolerated for goyim and OTOH the same 
behvairo would be a toeivo for an am kadosh.

Just yesterday - off list - I was asked is it true that the chunch says besheim 
the RambaN that the issur of MZ does NOT apply to Goyim unlike other aspects of 
Gilluy Aroyos

IF this is TRUE, it might confirm our undrstanding that MZ is lav davka inately 
evil, but neveertheless a toei'vo for an am kadosh. This dovetails well with the
Ramban's philosphy of Kedoshim tihyu in general in which the high standards of 
behavior are particular to Am Yisroel, Eretz Yisroel

Perhaps if knaanim preactices such in another territory outside EY then the land
would not be "ko'oh" them (kasher ko'oh....)

this is both an agreement and elaboration of some machshovo.

Rich Wolpoe

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1. Many  types of licentious "normal" behavior are called "to'eivah" or 
"ma'aseh Eretz Kena'an" in the Torah.

Do we agree on these points?

Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer
Cong. Bais Tefila, 3555 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659 
http://www.aishdas.org/baistefila    ygb@aishdas.org

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Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 10:17:06 -0500
From: "S Klagsbrun" <S.Klagsbrun@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Re: Avodah V4 #194

From: micha@aishdas.org (Micha Berger)
Subject: Re: problem kids

Carl M. Sherer <cmsherer@ssgslaw.co.il> quotes David Herskovic and writes:
:> Teens leaving the fold are an inevitable consequence of a)the growth in
:> numbers of the chareidi population and b)the ever increasing extremism,
:> insularity and self imposed isolation of the community.

: Then how do you explain why just as many teens are leaving the
: fold in the dati leumi communinty here in Israel R"L? My wife
: caught the end of a speaker at my daughter's (dati leumi) high
: school last year who said that based on statistics of ten years ago,
: one graduate in five in the dati leumi high schools leaves fruhmkeit
: within a few years. And if anything, it has only gotten worse since
: then, according to the speaker. Is the dati leumi population growing
: as fast as the Charedi one? Is it as insular as the Charedi
: population?

I think there's a parallel problem in the dati le'umi community.

Chareidim teach their kids insularity as part of core Yiddishkeit. In the
minds of too many, if the insularity doesn't work, the whole unit goes out
the window, including observing halachah.

The dati le'umi parent is teaching a Yiddishkeit that includes Zionism. But
(for whatever reason) Zionism is failing to grab people's hearts in this
decade. In an era of post-Zionism, perhaps the Yiddishkeit as a whole is
as part of that failing antiquated system.

Also, what percentage of graduates of dati leumi high schools come from
non-frum homes? IOW, what percentage of the 1 out of 5 was never really dati
to begin with?

- -mi

Really Dati?

Hey, watch where you stick that  Frumometer!! You wouldn't want anyone using
it on you now, would you?

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Micha Berger (973) 916-0287          MMG"H for 16-Dec-99: Chamishi, Vayigash
micha@aishdas.org                                         A"H
http://www.aishdas.org                                    Pisachim 84b
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Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 07:25:46 -0800 (PST)
From: harry maryles <hmaryles@yahoo.com>
Re: Yetzer Ha'Ra for MZ

--- "Yosef Gavriel and Shoshanah M. Bechhofer"
<sbechhof@casbah.acns.nwu.edu> wrote:
> I think it is a disservice to
> isolate a certain type of
> aveira and analyze its antecedents independently of
> the more fundamental
> concept of YH that underlies all ta'avos and more.

I disagree.  Generalizations do not necessarily speak
to specific solutions.  In the case of MZ, it seems to
be  a problem of more substantial degree, than not
putting up Mezuzos, both in level of YH and degree of
severity of the Aveirah.  I think we can agree that a
YH for MZ or other types of Issurei ervah, is a more
fundemental problem in society today than many other
types of YHs.

This is largely IMHO due to the society which has
evolved from the "permissive" era of the Sixties and
the Baby Boom generation of which, I am a "not so
proud" member. Mine is the generation  of "make love
not war" and "if it feels good, do it".  This
ultimately evolved into the "Me-ism" of the seventies
and the re-examination by the APA and re-definition of
MZ as normative (alternativre lifestyle), rather than
abnormal behavior.  

The influence of my generation is most felt and
foisted upon society in the entertainment industry
which perpetuates the "myth" and condems more
traditional views of sexuality.  This has been a
highly destructive force in all of society (AIDS being
a direct result of increased promiscuity and
acceptance thereof) and Judasim in particular.  We in
the orthodox community are not immune to those
influences whether we have TV,s or not. That is one of
(but only - ONE OF) the reasons that their are so many
"at risk" children today.  They are vulnerable to a
more sexually permissive society that exposes them to
Sex, Drugs, and all manner of depravity, and labels it
OK as aa alternative lifestyle.

There is more but I have to get of line now as my
daughter needs her computor now (I am in N.Y. visiting
her now.)


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Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 10:22:46 -0500
From: "S Klagsbrun" <S.Klagsbrun@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
Re: Avodah V4 #194

>Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 07:03:03 +0200
>From: "Akiva Atwood" <atwood@netvision.net.il>
>Subject: RE: Avodah V4 #193
>There is "ein simcha ella b'basar v'yayin". in regards to simchas Yom Tov.

Now take out the bassar which refered to the Korban of Yom Tov and you

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