Monday, March 16, 2009


Random thought #1.
According to the halachah that you don't have to return lost texting machines, what happens if: You are walking down the street, all of a sudden you see a nice blue blackberry, on the floor. You pick it up remember the halachah and are not going to return it. The someone comes by and asks, "did you find a black blueberry?" you answer "no", he moves on. Then someone comes over and asks, "did you find a blue blackberry?" you say "yes". The guy says "Well I lost it, it has my name on the back, see it says so and sostein (his name)". So the question is, do you not give it back, or do you chas v'shalom (g-d forbid) give back the tumah (impure) machine?

Rabbi Mike will now try to answer: Well in essence you are doing a mitzvah of hashavos aveidah, plus you might be in sakanos nefoshot ( threat of your life) if you dont. On the other hand, the mitzvah of hashavos aveidah maybe a mitzvah that comes through the aveirah of giving it back (it is wrong to do a mitzvah through an aveirah); also it might be worse to give it back, since he will surely kill himself by using the texting machine. Rabbi Mikes psak is a taiku (will find out when elijah the prophet comes).

Random thought #2.
Another useless invention invented by Kosher Innovations. The Machshavah shocker. Have you ever been sitting kollel, (not learning) or were in the outside world not protected by our inner sphere of influence, and have come across thinking of things not in Torah standards (e.g. buying a non-kosher cell phone). Now there is no need to worry, with the Machshavah shocker, if you think outside of Torah standards you will be immediately shocked with over 500 volts of electricity, enough to stop your heart............. from thinking of all these bad things !!!! fits under your hat. Order today! now with a 3 day guarantee, no refunds

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8 people gave their 2 cents:

Ookamikun said...

You should scream at him "It's because of you we have such economy you shaigets", throw the texting machine on the ground and stomp on it until it's broken.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Rav Moshe

Youre right, I forgot about Safek D'rabanan l'chumrah.

frum single female said...

i think that the machshavah shocke will be a big hit at all of the yeshivas. im surprised no one has implemented it yet!

Mikeinmidwood said...

Frum Single Female

I think they will all be shocked at the wonders it can do.

Talmudist said...

Mike, the second idea is pretty cool, reminiscent of something similar in a short story by Kurt Vonnegut called 'Harrison Bergeron.'

Mikeinmidwood said...


I dont believe I know this story

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

I like the idea of a Machashava shaker, really cute idea!

Mikeinmidwood said...

Jewish Side O Babysitter