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Few in the US have any sense of this. With very few exceptions the civilian US population has not experienced a real war directly since the American Civil War.

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I don't think that Americans grasp what's going on here at all.

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You are right, but I do.

And as someone who knows Ramallah, in inner city ghettos in the united states and other individuals and communities left behind by the societally successful frolicking cows of Bashan, I empathize with them

I received Smicha and lived in Yerushalayim for many years.

I was there during 9/11.

I stepped into a makolet to watch the news, and as first tower started collapsed, the makolet owner ecstatically slapped one hand against the other {so hard it must have left a red mark for hours} and exulted in sheer joy "*F*CK YOU AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!"

Israelis under Bibi (who I actively seriously helped elect in 96) came to believe and to state that כחי ועצם ידי עשה לי את החיל הזה.

Might makes right.

«We have an iron dome and, hey, terrorists are bad so waddaya want us to do?

«Let's focus on the high tech sector and making money. The 6 million Arabs living under our rule, and any of us who can't hack it in the marketplace well -- sucks to be them. We'll raise our children as innocents, help them be successful by any means necessary, and let those who can't hack it become better people or go to jail. Not that we're hard hearted. We give "aid to gaza", and give tzedaka to the nebech schnorrers at home! But, come on, this is ME time. If some Arabs still aren't happy and turn to terror, or if some Jews still feel hurt by society and turn to crime --- well, that's what the army and police are for.

כחי ועצם ידי is all that matters.

Nosson, I teach Jewish History. The Holocaust did not come out of nowhere.

As someone who prefers to follow his mind than his environment or his society's leaders, I was not welcome in the frum world.

I accepted their decision and lived my life in galus. Freely, around the world, amongst all peoples.

Two years ago the velt informed me in no uncertain terms that this would not fly. I may have gotten out of the way (and turned away everyone who wanted to make a rebel group around me) but the velt is so broken that they just couldn't leave a good guy alone.

So I re-entered the public world and began my substack and youtube pages.

At this point I am doing everything I can to speak to the world. What I can not do is promote myself.

Named "Moshe" at my bris I can say that I am a very humble man and that people would be wise and righteous to spread my world and help me speak to all the people of earth, but that didn't work for the first Moshe so I can't say I know how to make it work for me.

If people who read me or watch me think that they understand me on first glance that is because they are comparing me to people they already know.

And they are therefore wrong.

It's up to the few humble souls in the world to find and understand and to share me.

I don't know how to cast my own nets and maybe it's better that way. Maybe I can only succeed in reaching the world if those few people who read me choose to make it happen.

Here is a brief piece of mine on Israel. Not brief by tiktok standards but literally too brief for comprehension on its own, being as (while I am using language you have heard before many times) what I intend to do as soon as I can has *nothing whatsoever* in common with anything any Israeli politician or columnist has ever done or wanted to do.

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/israelis-are-on-edge

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Just found this rant and I'll say I'm more confused than when I started. You're talking but I'm not receiving. Maybe it's me? Can you summarize? Are you anti Israel? Are you just sympathetic to those Arabs who are not trying to kill us? What did your humility have to do with all of this? In what way we you shunned by the mainstream community? Not to be offensive, but taking this rant at face value, you don't sound okay. And if you're going to write like this on a public blog you must expect people to call you out...

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Wait, aren't you the guy who is supposed to interview me on video punim el punim? What's with this barrage of text? Assiming that you are the same Shulman who I spent so much time with yesterday, this comment here is inappropriate after I explained at long length that I ak hard to understand in a way that is shaveh la'kol and therefore gave you my phone number and whatsapp so that we could communicate properly.

This dor is disappointing.

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Same shulman. I'm still very much looking forward to our phone call. but just because we will be talking privately doesn't mean that I can't respond publicly to the things you wrote for everyone to see. Was your plan that anyone who responds to you here needs to wait for a private setting to get a response? This is a public dialogue with public gives and takes.

I mean no disrespect, esteemed sir, but other people are also curious for you to clarify your positions as well. I asked very specific questions on the words you decided to publicly post on this public forum and you're getting insulted when it's too explain? That's not fair, brother.

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Our conversation was to be public, simply videod in lieu of text. I thought that was understood. If it was not then you see my point about the importance of being able to see and hear each other and speaking face to face.

The ideal is here:

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/how-is-this-even-controversial

Face to face and in the flesh. This is the only sort of communication for which we humans are properly evolved. Eveything less than that is a Sodomic Bed (referring to the medrash) where round pegs must be forced to fit into square holes. (Tartei mashma humor unintentional but if the lord gave me those words, who am I to question his sense if humor?)

Regarding how communication was originally intended and how Judaism has struggled to deal with ever-enlarging societies and ever meaner forms of communication see here:

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/is-hollywood-run-by-jews

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Another sukkah-kicker.

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You claim to be a very humble man?

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Yup.

I share comments here:

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/attempting-to-reach-the-great-rabbi

And much more in my whatsapp chabura -- including how the same ventriloquist who played Rav Elyashiv against Nosson way back when was also the cause of the literal torture (fingers cut off, teeth pulled out torture) of a Jew whose life I eventually ended up saving when I found a way to go around "Marjorie M" (vehemavin) by locking myself in Rav Elyashiv's car and refusing to leave until I could speak with him without his handlers.

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What was so urgent they you needed to speak to reb Elyashiv specifically, at the cost of them trusting someone they don't know with the gadol's safety?

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You could have asked me that on the video we spoke of.

Now, as per my comment to you above, I have a hard time believing that a video with you would be worthwhile.

Communicating more clearly than via text is useful when all that is lacking is the ease of informational flow. In this instance your decision to ignore all that I endlessly said --- and which we decided -- about speaking more directly speaks to a more general lack of understanding about right and wrong.

If you truly wanted to understand me you were given the opportunity. To plop criticisms here after all of the pixel I relocated explaining the garua'keit of text speaks to a more fundamental misunderstanding between us.

What a shame. I was looking forward to our conversation.

I was willing to shmooze with you to enfer your kashas. Which I see now would have been an effort with little reward.

Therefore, anybody who wants to interview me should please come to it with a presumption of hope and a desire to be involved in what may be of great positive consequences for all of humanity.

Answering the kasha-askers one at a time is just a bracha l'vatala.

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Oh, and I already answered your stupid question. What was "so urgent" was saving the life of a yid who was being literally tortured to death. Fingers cut off, teeth pulled out, due to be murdered on hitler's birthday, and whom I freed, thanks to God's allowance, on the first day of pesach.

I expected that I would need to cast a wide net to find the yechidim I can work with.

It is no fun dealing with every AkshullyMan on the presumption that he is or can become one of those yechidim. But yechidim, contact me.

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Thank you 🙏.

I am humbled by your appreciation and welcome.

I only had one back and forth email exchange with Rabbi Slifkin many years ago and haven't read all that much from him either, but the impression I get is that he is a better person than most. He seems to like Emet, and to wish/work for the happiness of people more than most. And to have more courage and knowledge than most people.

I'm not a member of any Orthodox Group so I don't know much about the goings-on. The "frumeh velt" and I went our separate ways some decades ago because I could neither abide by its problems, and I hated machlokes too much to try and challenge it.

As you can see about my praise for Nosson's courage, I have come to realize that there is a place, and even a requirement at times to challenge.

I discussed this a few days ago in the context of Rambam's life here:

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/fighting-for-emet-and-shalom

I see from this blog that machlokesim continue and that they appear to be bothering Nosson and his readership quite strongly.

I can't say whether it's good or bad that he's losing followers as you report because I am too far from that world and too disgusted by the way that some people write in the commentary for me to believe that this blog continues to accomplish what I assume are Rabbi Slifkin's genuinely good intentions for both Emet and Humanity.

He himself has been somewhat shrill in some of the bits I read but I can't blame him. Here he is, a human being with a face, a name and an address, and people who are suffering in their lives are alleviating their own suffering by sniping gross personal comments at him --- anonymously!

Internet culture is disgusting.

I recommend you read the beginning of this piece to understand just how unnatural and anti-human it is to communicate the way that we do.

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/is-hollywood-run-by-jews

Finally, your name is hilarious. I didn't get it right away but it's very very funny. Nonetheless, comparing your response to others, I'd like to say that while I appreciate the self-deprecating jewish humor, you should be proud of yourself for hoe you responded.

I wish for you Bracha, and, hearing that this blog is apparently losing followers, I wish for a healthy cleansing and reinvigoration for both Rav Nosson and all of us who csn benefit from his mind and heart.

Kol Tuv

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That's how you respond to somebody who publicly claims to have saved the life of a Yid after nobody else in the world did so and he had to actually had to get around the crud of rhe system in order to speak to Rav Elyashiv privately?

What is the matter of you?

You may be a child, a tinok shenishba by the Ba Lashon Harah that os the internet but you are acting and influencing people b'reshus harabim.

If you were alone in acting this way I would speak squarely to you as befits your disgusting comment.

The chassidim who ban the internet do so precisely so that their children not end up as jaundiced and disgusting as to write the words that you did.

You have a harder nissayon and you can do more good by changing your approach to how you speak to your fellow man. Nobody gets it perfect all the time. It's impossible.

May you reflect and understand and apologize.

No doubt this is antithetical to your online weltanschauung but you should reflect before you decide whether to appeal to shtuch karma or to tzedek because the eyes of God are the only ones that will matter vis a vis our interaction.

May God judge me and you.

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There are many Americans that understand. Obviously not to the same extent as someone going thru it but we do understand what it means to live in fear. And it affects us too. How many times has someone come over to you screaming f*** you jews Hitler should have killed you all? How many times were you physically assaulted on the train just for wearing a yalmuka? That and more has happened to me.

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True. Both those things happened to me in Manchester.

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Time to make alliah!

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I have no doubt the what Isrealis are going thru is a lot worse.

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Imagine the trauma the kids in Gaza are having. Further proof Hamas is just scaring the future generations into oblivion

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Miserable, miserable Gaza children:

https://palwatch.org/page/34818

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Heartbroken for the trauma suffered by Israel and Jews around the globe. Lets hope Israel can quickly wipe out Hamas bringing an end to the terror unleased on Israel by Hamas over about the past two decades. The war is existential to Israel and they must show NO MERCY to Hamas and their acolytes. If Israel fights a "politically" correct war they will lose. Even when Israel fights a PC war they are condemned. I am sorry to say the media, Universities and even large parts of USA government are antisemites and Anti Israel.

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Dec 18, 2023·edited Dec 18, 2023

Israel will not wipe out Hamas or remove the Arabs from Gaza. The conflict will continue and Slifkin's kids, unless they avoid the army service, will end up in Gaza and Lebanon. Identifing with dinosaurs or kangaroos wont help them.

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'My youngest child suffers from anxiety.'

Isn't he taught from the childhood to be ready and proud to die for the country? טוב למות בעד ארצינו?

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Dec 17, 2023·edited Dec 17, 2023

Have a little sympathy. Just a little. Owen's poem put an end to טוב למות בעד ארצינו if it ever existed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_et_Decorum_est

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Dec 17, 2023·edited Dec 17, 2023

I don't know what you are talking about. טוב למות בעד ארצינו, unlike identifing with animals, is an excellent principle that offers an evolutionary survival advantage to a group that adopts it.

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And you wonder why people are not attracted to charedi society.

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Mate, what does this have to do with the charedi society?

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Don't mind Slifkin, he sees chareidim in every corner

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Dec 18, 2023·edited Dec 18, 2023

What does that have to do with trauma? Lots of soldiers put their lives on the line and come back with PTSD.

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I am 65 years old and I and others in the states lived during the days or duck and cover and knowing where the shelter was, etc. I do not recall many children at that time with trauma, nor in my teens and into my 20's where now it is being revealed how close we were to WW3. When I was a child, we would look up in sky to see if there a missile or Russian bombers...there were none. The airforce was in the air and noticable and I others were used to it. Sure it was tense, etc...but no trauma. If there was it was rare. We as a people were confident that we would prevail. Maybe it is because I was part of the generation after WW2 and we were a tougher lot.

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Because "duck and cover" was just practice - there never actually was anything!!

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100% correct.

There was no fear or trauma when it was just drills. But actually hearing (and sometimes seeing) the explosions is another matter.

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Correct...but the danger was real. My father was in the air force and our house was just outside the base. We all knew that if war came, and the city(Denver being the second capitol of the US in case of emergency) would be gone. No trauma as I mentioned before.

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I'm sure you know the real answer. Has absolutely nothing to do with one being more dangerous than the other, that's nonsense. It's that the concept of "trauma" (and "syndromes" and "disorders" etc) wasn't pushed on children and parents like today.

No use to be מאריך on this. Its an old issue, inextricably linked with one's politics on nanny-statism, libertarianism, trust in government, and more. Either you get it or you dont.

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Dec 17, 2023·edited Dec 17, 2023

Very true and Slifkin is a quintessential cry baby.

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And yet you take the time to sign-up, read his post and post a comment...

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Dec 18, 2023·edited Dec 19, 2023

What do you care? Slifkin is a curious case of a once harmless British eccentric, who lost it, and, judging by all current indicators, will likely end up very badly in 15 years from now. I am watching the developments. This post is complete insanity as a response to the perpetual conflict in which Israel has been engaged. Commander Slifkin speaks for herself, a son is a total mess. Instead of sending him to martial arts and teaching him to shoot guns, Slifkin makes him identify with an animal. It's a total disaster, but an interesting case of eccentricity turned into insanity.

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That is true. B'H the vast majority of holocaust survivors and those who were exiled, parentlyess from their place of birth, (yes, I know not all) worked on themselves and managed to live a life post holocaust. And look what they built.

If that had happened today, I dread to think.

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Well, we only saw those Holocaust survivors who built a life for themselves. Those who had to be institutionalized, those who committed suicide, those who lived homeless lives, are nowhere to be found. Many families had siblings that they did not speak of, due to the sadness of the situation.

Survivor bias is a real thing.

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Also just because you build a family, does't mean that you don't suffer.

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That's simply not true. There's always exceptions to everything, even a child knows that. Outliers are not taken into consideration when stating the general rule. And the rule is, the overwhelming large majority of Jews came out of the war, picked themselves up, and moved on with their lives. Because the trauma/crisis/support/therapy industry didn't yet exist. We were still manufacturing things then, and women were home raising families.

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First, I have to point out the sheer tastelessness of R' Slifkin making a post about how he and his institution are trying to do the right thing and immediately attracting a bunch of cynical "experts" who Have It All Figured Out. I don't know if you people are as charming in real life, or you think being anonymous online shields you, or you're just trolls trying to get a rise out of people, but whatever it is, it's not a good look.

Second, you are, of course, wrong. Lots of victims of the Holocaust did *not* turn out OK. First, there were far more many dead than survivors, and studies have shown that the survivors were already more resilient, so there's a bias there. In addition, those who lost it in the camps were of course immediately killed or killed themselves. Next, many survivors came out of it so seriously damaged they had to be committed for life. Or it hit them on delay and *then* the were committed, and of course received psychological treatment that either worked or didn't. And finally, even those who were able to live out in the world were very, very affected. Talk to the children of survivors every now and then.

*Any* societal trauma leads to bad results. Even the relatively peaceful immigration of millions of Jews to America in the late 1800's led to some pretty messed up societies. Soldiers have *always* had post-traumatic stress, it just went under different names. (George Carlin has a bit on this.) There was a big mental hospital in Washington DC full of Civil War veterans who had lost it. World War I, ditto, and so on. Think there were no ill effects of World War I? Read some of the 1920's novels written by veterans. Same for those written by World War II veterans. Think all that duck and cover of the 1950's and the Cuban Missile Crisis had no effect on the young? Why do you think the world went mad in 1968?? And of course it's not just individuals. Western Civilization, one of the most wonderful things man has ever made, committed suicide from 1914-1918 and never came back. That the corpse was basically killed all over again from 1939-1945 didn't help. And, again, 1968, which *really* ended it.

So again, yeah, glad you've got it all figured out.

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Like I said before, Nachum, you've changed.

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The holocaust had tremendous negative impact on survivors. They felt shame over survival in addition to everything else. Read some holocaust literature. It's probably true that today they would be given much better mental health support while at the time that they lived, mental health treatment was probably considered an embarrassment besides the survivor shame.

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Dec 17, 2023·edited Dec 17, 2023

True words, if there were any. I'm 64 and my parents were teenagers in Russia during the war and never spoke of trauma nor have I noticed any. It was clear who was the enemy and the society was united in its destruction. The idea of sacrificing the lives of your soldiers to protect the lives of the enemy's civilians did not exist.

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And that is why USA has essentially not won a single war it has entered since WWII. The Media cries every time a "civilian" dies. It is not possible to fight and win a "Politically Correct" war. The USA is repeating the mantra to Israel of how to fight and lose a war, USA style. In war people, including "civilians" die, that is why war is called hell. Hamas brought this war on itself and Gaza. Gazans support Hamas. Hamas needs to be completely destroyed no matter the cost. If Israel does not do this it faces extinction. Nothing is off the table.

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It's not Hamas - it's the Arab presence in Gaza. The only solution is to remove them.

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One day Israel may have to do just that. No country can or should tolerate a neighboring region sending rockets for almost 2 decades. Their neighbors (not just Gazans) are implementing a death to Israel by a thousand cuts. Including economic, informational, terrorism, militarily including rockets etc:

Whatever happened to "NEVER AGAIN" ?

Israel must inform their neighbors cease and desist or face the ultimate destruction. Give them a sample what may happen to them if they continue. Nothing is off the table.

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But Israel should have destroyed Hamas in its infancy...this is what inherited from the idea of containment and seeking so kind of peace with them. No to mention the utter stupidity of giving them aid, etc.

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In the states, we went about our business. Yes we knew that it could all end in a moment, but if people dwell on that all of the time, people would be paralyzed with fear and easy pickings for any enemy This all changed with the so called nuclear winter theory. In Israel, I live in a place where I can count on my hand how many sirens went off. I did not run to a shelter but looked up and waited a boom. I saw Iron Dome in action and was confident that the rocket would be taken out. Maybe that is just foolhardy fatalism on my part or it could be that when I was a kid, I saw a movie about Churchill and how during the Blitz over London, he would go to the roof of 10 Downing with a pair of binoculars and watch the air raid. I was inspired by that. Lastly, you are right, we win wars by making them die for their cause not the other way around.

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Did you fail to notice that 1,200 people were murdered on October 7?

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Are you trying to be an arse by making a comment like that? But I think you have succeeded at it. No further comment.

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*I'm* the "arse"? (Watch your language, son.) *You're* the one who implied that Israelis have nothing to worry about. My kids see posters for kidnapped kids their age. You think that doesn't affect them?

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The word is apt and I thought it better than that what others could say. If you bothered to read...my point was and is, one should not fear and be confident and if there is fear, to control it and let it pass through you. Again, I am responding to comments from you further.

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Survivor bias. Those killed/hurt by non-intercepted rockets or shrapnel from intercepted rockets are not likely to write such nonsense.

" Maybe that is just foolhardy fatalism on my part"

What fatalism? You can run (or for many of us, walk) to a shelter!

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What bias is in your head?

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Dec 17, 2023·edited Dec 17, 2023

Yup, this book https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Like-Us-Globalization-American/dp/1416587098 describes the issue very well

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Thanks, that looks like a very interesting book. When I was a teen in the 70's they started with all this nonsense about how I feel and not teaching objective knowledge. I remember getting into trouble about never ending debate about Hiroshima, etc. When asked, I just said it was necessary to the end the war avoid more deaths and the possible destruction of the Japanese culture, etc. and it does not matter what I think, it is over and done with. I am of the opinion, when the teaching non objective subjects with shrinks in tow, the generations of Americans and people through the world are much weaker.

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There were and are plenty of WWII veterans with PTSD as with any war.

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Your educational programs are wonderful!

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An article about the conditions of evacuees.

https://www.ynet.co.il/news/article/yokra13714756

For comic relief: I think this ברדק clip is hilarious, but be warned that there's a prerecorded siren at the beginning.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GszCMBK2uJm6PLl-9VB4D3qL1D27zkQx/view?upixel=691bsgq1qj0000000kpli4hh0g6tkl

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Here is a link for medical volunteers. There is a need for therapists also to help with trauma counseling. Therapists need not make the trip to Israel. Zoom sessions with patients can be arranged. New immigrants especially need help; and many of these are English speakers. Hope this helps

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Kz2xuMtqnUC7-8E0GKUKgaORQTQJHnVAif-wPV0UhvpURDJYT0tGMjBBSFFWQTZOT04xWjVKTlpWTCQlQCN0PWcu

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ya my nephew is 11 and is terrified of being stuck in the bomb shelters due to the remote possiblitiy of them running out of air (because of some story his rebbi shared in cheder). having to constantly run to the shelters, this whole thing has been really hard on him traumatically

(not sure his super bnei-braki parents will go for slifkitherapy lol but) tizke lmitzvos on your efforts. it will help many

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I don't know if Rabbi Slifkin reads all of his comments but if you dear reader click on my article and believe that it would be good for Rabbi Slifkin to read it please forward it to him if you have his active email address or whatsapp. Thank you 🙏

It relates to what appears to me (a non-familiar reader) to be the matter most disturbing to him. i.e. Chareidi Separatism.

Thanks again.

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/on-israeli-chareidim

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Please stop commenting on this blog with non-post related content.

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Done. Glad you appreciate what I wrote for you 😂

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I am very sorry that the youngest of children is so badly affected by the war. I can hope that she will get over this as well as many other people soon and grow stronger from this. For me, I have a problem relating to this...I have been through many things(asides from recollection in another reply) in my life from my parents early deaths, a few terrible car accidents, childhood asthma from a few close calls with death. All of them shook me up, but I never went to therapy, etc. I got over it and dealed with things that needed to be done and the lessons from it. We live to say no to death. I think the best thing to do with your youngest, is not to show fear and be confident and this war will pass. Keep faith in Hashem, be smart and do not let fear be the little death. I also wanted to say that it was not my intention of my other reply to detract from your post...I am afraid it did and I am sorry if it caused some to be critical of you what you and your family are dealing with.

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We heard the interception over Beit Shemesh in the eastern part of the Gush, so I can believe the blast must have been really loud.

My kids are in the same situation, so heartbreaking not being able to do more for them....

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Hi Nosson,

First of all, please check out my substack page and especially this entry:

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/israelis-are-on-edge

Second of all, yes they are traumatized. They were coddled because Israel did not have a war in two generations and the yiddishe hartz to care, coddle and keep innocent took over.

We hope and work towards a time when this will be the normal state of affairs... for good reason.

But so long as there isn't justice in the world it won't be, and the Jewish People will be held responsible for it.

I'm sorry if this sounds callous, as I imagine it may, be the Jews do not get to enjoy the rights and privileges of being a Milechet Cohanim until we were the Goy Kadosh.

We do not get to be rich, wealthy, and secure so long as so many other people are not.

I don't know if the Jews had localized beef with the Assyrians or Babylonians but the prophets do not focus on that. They don't refer to Nevuchadnezzar as God's messenger specifically because of how we treated Babylonians.

Our social world was broken. The cows of Bashan were drinking fine wine on their ivory beds while their husbands' workers would labor all day just to fall into their celibate hard beds at night for a few hours of sleep before awakening for another day of demeaning, thankless labor.

I have much more to explain but as you surely know, the shorter the text, the more seriously it is taken.

I have written and recorded a great deal on the same general subject of universal empathy, albeit from numerous different perspectives and experiences. Here I am, for example in Tijuana. https://youtu.be/HUst4zKAVvI?feature=shared

I implore you and your readers to listen to me before it's too late.

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/israelis-are-on-edge

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What's your deal? What are you offering that absolutely no one else in the world can?

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yah it wasn't 100% clear to me (maybe because i refuse to actually believe this?), does he think he's moshiach? am i missing something?

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Hi, the person who responded to you above apologized for his comments and deleted them. Forgive my sounding like an old fuddy duddy but it brought tears to my eyes.

We are living here inside the baal lashon hara that is the internet and yet jews are still special.

As for moshiach, I was asked that earlier and you can read my response at the very end of this page

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/attempting-to-reach-the-great-rabbi

The short answer is that the question isn't even shayach because while yiddishkeit is the main language I know, I use this language differently than most people.

The matter of the messianic era is important. The matter of "moshiach the man" however is treated by most jews very unfortunately almost like a getchka r"l.

I wrote a few days ago an impossibility short summary and explanation of Rambam's view on these matters.

https://ydydy.substack.com/p/maimonides-explained

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hi, i don't mind doing this via email (my email is davidschulmannn@gmai.com) but you didn't answer no to oiberchuchem...

what i'd like to know (and again, you can respond in an email) is what is your agenda? i'm not getting a clear picture. what is your plan? what message are you trying to send to everyone? what do you have to share with us? i'm genuinely curious

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but also - to be clear - you are out here sending some message, and i imagine you expect people to ask to clarify if they don't understand. so maybe it's better if we do it out here and not just privately.

your call

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Things are likely to get much worse when the war moves to the north and the West Bank. You had better think of different way to deal with the problem because identifying with animals not gonna cut it.

If Hamas guys read this post they must be laughing their heads off at the weakness of the Jews.

The cause of trauma is the inability of the state to solve the Arab problem for 75 years. It has no solution to offer and the future is a perpetual conflict out of the position of increasing weakness.

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But is it true?

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Brilliant idea. My youngest also suffers from anxiety. Corona brought it on and she was recovering pretty well till the war hit ...

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I can't believe the double whammy that our kids went through - first corona, and then this. We had such a simple childhood.

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Yeah, but with all the time off school they can't complain they didn't have a childhood!

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I know. A few weeks ago I had some 20yr old American yeshiva students at the shabbat table with my son and his friends from the yishuv who are all in combat units in the army. What a massive difference. Not sure how you would define it but what I felt was these boys have shouldered a historic responsibility and that gives them a weight and a significance beyond their years. Kids are definitely in the eye of the storm here. We grew up in a bubble within a bubble.

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One line was "Our kids are going to think that elections are every six months and school is every other year."

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Not Corona, lockdown, a decision made by human beings to traumatise children so that old people could live a bit longer (which didn't even work).

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Well said.

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I don't think that it's correct to blame the olds.

Besides, they were here before the youngs. The youngs only exist because the olds made them.

More importantly, they were absolutely not the ones who drove the panic.

I understand nearly everything about the virus and the panic even before it came.

I did not stay indoors for One Single Day.

Not One.

It would take a very long conversation to explain everything (and it would be useless too except to secure my credibility as a prognosticator) but in brief, the people who drove the panic were mainly high-IQ, high-Income sci-fi reading men between the ages of 25 and 40, and a very large percentage of women between the ages of 15 and 45. (Not everyone in either category of course.)

It was done *at the expense* of old people. And in my VAST experience at that time (in 4 different countries) the olds were more likely to be opposed to the panic than the youngs.

A separate point is that while I do not believe in any of the popular religions, I tend to like them and I also understand their causes even if their adherents do not.

Covidpocalypse was a religion.

In my opinion it went on too long and had mixed results both at that time and for the long term, but what matters to my point here is that "The Pause" was a good idea. Unfortunately, for humanity to do *anything* different than how they did it yesterday they need to banged on the head, so, lacking any such bang humanity took Covid as their excuse.

Needless to say, with the "reason for the medicine" couched in superstition and power dynamics the dosage came out all wrong and all sorts of other sillinesses were added to resolve the imaginary problem* --- which is why I'm offering myself to a worldwide audience if anybody chooses to arrange it. I understand many things that can not be described in rhe comment section of a blog.

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* The virus was real enough. What was imaginary was its virulence for anyone but the health-compromised and, *more importantly* that we could do anything to "stop the spread" other than prophylactic measures for those at risk (such as making sure that those who cared for the elderly already had natural immunity, etc).

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Societies have traditionally valued the lives of the young over the old. Obviously places with upside-down fertility pyramids are going to do the opposite.

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