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In my understanding of the world, through my Jewish and Chassidic studies, G-d is in charge of most of our day-to-day choices, with one exception.

"Everything is in the hands of Heaven, except for the fear of Heaven.”

He allows us freedom of choice in doing good or evil.

An analogy using the game of chess is: We are novices playing chess against a master player (G-d), who can skillfully move us in any direction he wants. (But He permits us “good vs evil” choices.) I assume He uses physics — the laws of nature, which He created — as part of the mechanics.
Oct. 31
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Good point. She should not signal for diamonds with Qxxx. Only with queen third or fewer.
Oct. 29
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50
Oct. 27
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Amen, amen!
And you as well, David
Those who give a blessing are blessed by G-d in return.
Oct. 12
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Tanya,
Hi. I'm happy to say the Polo Grounds was before my time. :)
Oct. 10
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Ron, thanks so much. G'mar Chatima Tova and Good Yom Tov!
Oct. 10
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That’s better!
I was charmed by the 3 jxxx idea. :)
Oct. 8
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Ron and Adam, I don't remember Johnny Rau. But thanks for the info!
Oct. 8
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Probably right to let East win the first trick, because you can get to your hand to play the clubs, if you choose to do this (assuming West follows). Also East might hold two club honors and unblock the next one when he returns the suit.

On this deal, East will probably return a club in case partner led from 10xx.
West must guess well and pitch a spade instead of a heart.
Now declarer might assume Jxxx in each suit, as in those rubber bridge days, leading from Jxxx was taboo.

So cash two diamonds and lead out four hearts.

West wins and must lead a spade or cash the diamond Jack first.
If he leads a low spade you throw him back in for a diamond trick at the end.
If he leads the jack of spades, you win and throw East in for a spade finesse!
Not simple. All based on the 4441 assumption.
Oct. 8
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I don't know. He sometimes came to the Jersey shore in the summers of the 1960's.
Oct. 7
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Exactly!
Oct. 7
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Wow. Now I remember he relief pitched for the Yankees in later years.
Oct. 7
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Harold and his first wife Joyce were friends of ours. We had many good times with them. We also saw Harold and Joyce in Las Vegas sadly right after her son was lost in 9/11. (He worked at the top of the twin towers.) We met Harold's lovely wife Janis at the nationals this summer. A most exciting memory was when I partnered Al Rand with Harold and David, as they carried us to first place in a national Mens BAM teams. I'll say kaddish for him.
Oct. 6
Matthew Granovetter edited this comment Oct. 6
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Josh, just saw this. Can you send me the address or contact info of his wife?
Thanks. I'm at granovetterm@gmail.com
Oct. 6
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My experience is the opposite. It's scribbling on a pad that causes misunderstandings. On many occasions my screenmate or I have had to re-ask a question because we don't understand the writing on the pad. But a type-written prepared explanation is clear.
Sept. 19
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Since we want the trials to simulate the WBF event that it qualifies for, I am wondering why we're planning to use tablets. Is the WBF planning this? I can imagine some players might be more at ease with traditional cards and bidding boxes than tablets. Especially if they're not good at quickly typing explanations and questions. Maybe this is a generation thing.
Sept. 19
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Hi, Brian
It’s unusual to have a job where you need to work on Shabbos, but bridge is one of them. A rabbi of a synagogue also must “work” on Shabbos, and during the High Holy Days, even on Yom Kippur, a cantor can be hired to help inspire the service with his voice. A famous example of an observant Jew who occasionally worked on Shabbos is Joe Lieberman, who was a US Senator — he was known to walk five miles to the capital building on Shabbos to cast a vote. But he couldn’t write because that’s one of the 39 Melachos (these are forbidden actions, based on work on the Mishkan — the tabernacle — when the Jews were in the desert). “Working” refers to doing one of these actions.

Here are more details from the Chabad site.

The 39 Melachot
There are thirty-nine general categories of labor that are forbidden on Shabbat. Each of these categories include a range of derivative laws and activities, some of which are described in “The Shabbat Laws.” The melachot are generally divided into six groups, classified according to the Mishkan's activities with which they are associated.
Field Work
• Sowing
• Plowing
• Reaping
• Binding Sheaves
• Threshing
• Winnowing
• Selecting
• Grinding
• Sifting
• Kneading
• Baking
Making Material Curtains
• Shearing Wool
• Cleaning
• Combing
• Dyeing
• Spinning
• Stretching the Threads
• Making Loops
• Weaving Threads
• Separating the Threads
• Tying a Knot
• Untying a Knot
• Sewing
• Tearing
Making Leather Curtains
• Trapping
• Slaughtering
• Skinning
• Tanning
• Smoothing
• Ruling Lines
• Cutting
Making the Beams of the Mishkan
• Writing
• Erasing
The Putting up and Taking down of the Mishkan
• Building
• Breaking Down
The Mishkan's Final Touches
• Extinguishing a Fire
• Kindling a Fire
• Striking the Final Hammer Blow
• Carrying
Sept. 14
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Suggest that the Trials begin on Sunday or Monday instead of Friday. Then the round-robin will not be affected by these religious issues. In fact, if the goal of trials is to simulate the WBF event, we should consider an off-day in the middle, just like the WBF provides. This is done in all physical sports. For example, start the trials on Monday (this would also be better for pros who play regionals as they all go from Monday to Sunday) and then designate the middle Saturday of a two-week trials as an off day. This will not only completely eliminate the religious issues, but will provide a rest for teams going into the final rounds. We all know the bridge is never the best in the final, partly because players are tired.
Sept. 12
Matthew Granovetter edited this comment Sept. 19
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Regarding natural and supernatural, we all live in the USA, and the USBF represents the USA in world tournaments. The USA allows for the supernatural, and was even founded as a country with the purpose of allowing freedom of religion. Therefore, it would be a nice idea if the USBF made insignificant allowances for some of the supernaturalists to participate.
Sept. 12
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We all agree. The key word here is “significantly.”
Sept. 12
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