Sunday, December 6, 2009

Yud-Tes Kislevs of My Youth

were a 48-hour haze of farbrenging, learning chassidus, doing mivtzoim in the cold, and late-afternoon naps. And this year? We kicked off Yud-Tes Kislev with a nice hullyenish at the TRS-LE7 residence. 'Twas quite the fun.

Tonight there's another hullyenish, but we'll talk about that later.

54 comments:

  1. what the heck is a hullyenish?

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  2. exactly what I was wondering. please express it in layman's terms

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  3. It was nice to meet you all. And I am grateful to TRS-LE7 team for the hospitality.

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  4. hulyenish is when you get together and "hullyeh zich"

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  5. ...except for some b*tch throwing water at me.

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  6. Sorry, you're not old enough to be remeniscing about your youth. I had a wonderful yud tes kislev, sounds like your silly youth.

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  7. Some folk have no respect. Nope, none whatsoever.

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  8. I was at the farbrengen for flatbush anash and their handful of farchapteh. It was pretty good.

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  10. CA: you only know a biased sample of my clan. And don't forget confidentiality. I'm afraid your comment will have to be deleted.

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  11. Yeah, you’re right. I told you: your home place is like a G-rated version of the place here.

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  12. For one thing, my father tries to be polite.

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  13. First of all, that’s a big thing. But there is also a difference in not bothering about being polite and trying to be insulting on purpose.

    Actually, a friend of mine who knew both of them had your father as a teacher in school. The first time he came in, she expected him to scream at them. She told me she continued to be amazed how polite he was.

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  14. Modeh - Identify thyself!

    http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=6606

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  15. The guy in the beard. More than that you'll get by email.

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  16. Nah, I'm not that paranoid. 6 pictures down lone blue shirted adult at maariv. Face mostly blocked by somebody's hat. Might be a better shot of me lower down but I've got no patience to go looking at the moment.

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  17. I see at least one more blue-shirted sheigitz in one of the pictures ...

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  18. so modeh, how was YY's speech? Why is chassidus relevant to us today?

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  19. and if you remember some of his more heinous abuses of the English language, that would also be appreciated.

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  20. CA remembers, ask him...I counted 4 blue shirts. 2 had beards. Why sheigitz?

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  21. Nemo: I am a bebearded blue-shirted sheigetz. I am the only blue shirt without a jacket in the maariv picture (6 down from the article) I looked last night and I am found seated and in full view in several pictures though non very close up. I have a lighter blue shirt than anyone else. TRS has seen me in the flesh. Ask him.

    e: He didn't actually get to that point though he gave a very nice speech

    e^2: He wasn't that much worse than your average oholei torah alumn.

    Mushkie: CA was there?

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  22. You meant to put the "2" as a subscript, not a superscript.

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  23. how do you know?

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  24. A superscript 2 would mean e*e. Why would you want to say that?

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  25. Because I meant to respond to your 7.3890561th comment. Why else?

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  26. And when I annoy people and they write "e!" they mean Γ(e)?

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  27. no, they mean 3.35493228 (e factorial) of course. I don't know what that other symbol means.

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  28. The gamma function is the factorial function extended to non-integers.

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  29. What’s chakirah without chassidus? An asymptote.

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  30. Modeh: I have no idea how it works. I read about it on wiki. How did you compute e!?

    CA: Are you saying that the snags almost get it, ch"v?

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  31. They are growing infinitely in their attempt to get Hashem, never quite reaching him.

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  32. but are they getting as close as they please?

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  33. Ochin prosta. You're saying that chakirah without chassidus is like an asymptote: it allows one to approach god but not to reach him.

    I'm surprised at the high opinion you have of chassidusless chakirah. A curve doesn't reach the line to which it is asymptotic, but it can get arbitrarily close to it.

    When we say, "the limit as x runs to infinity of f(x) equals L" we mean that one can get as close to L as one pleases, merely by taking a sufficiently large value for x." So in the nimshal, snags can get as close as the please to god, merely by learning enough chakirah.

    a rather surprising statement.

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  34. e:Arithmetically. I computed e * (e - 1) * (e-2) which would approximate a factorial but I just realized that I left out the last term.

    CA: a greyse shkeyach.

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  35. Oh, and I like the image on top of your blog. One picture speaks a whole ten minute shtickl torah.

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  36. Modeh: in general, is that how one calculates factorials for non-integers?

    CA: hmmmm. I wonder if there's an analogous situation in math?

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  37. Dunno.

    Regarding your earlier question, why not? Sure there were gedoilim amongst misnagdim who got to a high level according to their abilities. To a high level, ober nisht Eibeshter.

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  38. CA:Well considering that the rambams definition of yemos hamoshiach is just that, that's pretty high praise. So is it on to Brisk after you graduate?

    e:No, I have no clue how to compute non integer factorials. I was just treating it like an integer and stopped when I couldn't take 1 away and keep it positive anymore. I can find out for you if you like though your the mathematician. As a CS guy I'm just a wannabe.

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  39. Dowy: good point. Thanks for the line.

    Modeh: yeah, I think that's what the gamma function is.

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  40. MBM: "They won’t ask me ‘Why weren’t you Avraham?’ They will ask me: ‘Why weren’t you Zushe?’" That would be a high praise for me or you. For them, it’s an insult. (Not that I am insulting gedoilim... even the ones who failed to achieve their full potential.)

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  41. e, what happened to the highway?

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  42. Contrary to what the Rebbe RaSHaB says in Etz HaChaim, there are litvishe gedeylim who are not baalei gaavah.

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  43. Beein a baal ga'avah has nothing to do with it. That's a very superficial look at what's wrong with non-Chabad Yiddishkeit according to Chabad.

    It has to do with inherent limitation of any derech that doesn't have Chabad Chassidus in it and to a member of which Etzem of Eibeshter is therefore not accessible (or less likely accessible).

    Plus, in order to learn Torah you need to be a ba'al ga'avah, albeit of a holy variety. Even that will trip you up. As Ramak said...

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  44. Mushkie: I got bored of the name "The Highway back to Krenitz."

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  45. CA: etzem of the eibeshter is not accessible to anyone unless we mean two very different things.

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  46. I mean mamosh Etzem of Eibeshter. Not gilui. That's the chiddush of Chabad Chassidus. "Yadativ v'hayisiv."

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