Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Yet Another Ban - UPDATED



(UPDATE: I apologize for assuming that everyone is fluent in Hebrew. People, this poster is a joke; it's an advertisement put out by the manufacturer.)

18 comments:

  1. When will the madness end???

    People don't have any common sense!!! They blow things way out of proportion! They don't even know basic aleph-beis.

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  2. Why don't the rabbonim sign their names?

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  3. Er, anonymous, unless you're joking, I recommend that you read the ban carefully.
    Also, it's a little peculiar for someone to anonymously complain about people not signing their names!

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  4. Back in Tishrei, I was thinking that whoever distributes Crocs in Israel should make a commercial in which a chareidi rabbi puts on a pair of Crocs and says, "Oy vey 'smir! These are way too comfortable!"

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  5. This just shows how bans have the opposite of their intended effect.
    If you ban it, people will pay more attention to it.

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  6. Rabbi Slifkin-

    I think you're great, but I think that the comments here really shows something about your readership. Legitimate debate is endangered when either side enters into it with serious preconceived notions, as demonstrated here. How can your commentors be taken seriously on other issues?

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  7. Jeremy, I think that my blog has very diverse readership. Each comment should be judged on its own merits. As can be seen on this thread, some people comment without even understanding the post that they are commenting on!

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  8. To be fair to "Anonymous," not everyone can read and understand Hebrew so well, if at all. He can't be blamed for taking Rabbi Slifkin at his word. After all, it's not like RAbbi Slifkin is well-known for pratical jokes like this.

    I'm not saying this humorous post is wrong; I'm simply saying that we should excuse "Anonymous" since he probably can't understand Hebrew well and simply relied on the title of the post.

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  9. I was not aware that there was a tradition-approved type of laundry detergent. Wow. Must've been in that chapter of Aruch HaShulchan I haven't got to yet.

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  10. I apologize for assuming that everyone is fluent in Hebrew. People, this poster is a joke; it's an advertisement put out by the manufacturer.

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  11. Yeah, it's like that Yes HD TV commercial a year back or so.

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you know.

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  12. Dr. Garnel, it's in one of the missing sections of Aruch Hashulhan.

    The best spoofs of this type were done by some guys from Gruss (so I've heard) back about 25 years ago or so. The finest hour was the notice that went up to mourn the passing of Yohanan Belushi. Second to it was the 'severe prohibition' on learning Tanach.

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  13. I like that the ad takes for granted that only women will be interested in the product. In my house, I do the laundry, and I'm a man. It always drives me crazy when modern rabbis (in both Hebrew and English) automatically switch to the feminine gender when they start talking about cooking or cleaning. The Shulchan Aruch did it 450 years ago, but nowadays it is so unnecessary and carries such a risk of rubbing people the wrong way! Besides, men DO do those things too.

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