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Maybe I need to take 101. What did you take "Global. Wow." to mean?
Trying to cheat on your tests, heh?

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Please take reading comprehension 101.
Took it. Saw no metion of  :P or for that matter  ;) :D ;D >:( :o 8) ??? ::) :-[ :-X :-\ :-* or  :'(

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Up In The Air / Re: kosher food in airport lounges
« on: Today at 08:41:59 AM »
Anything kosher in JFK AA Flagship lounge?
Anything?

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Up In The Air / Re: Alitalia: 20% off ANY RT ticket ex TLV
« on: Today at 06:31:52 AM »
What are you gaining by booking one leg fully refundable?

It is YMMV,  almost every CSR will tell you that since you used the first leg it is not refundable anymore.
Well, since I didn't get a timely reply, I didn't book it that way.

I actually took advantage of the RJ sale on 1/1, but am now faced with having to change plans. RJ wants $580 for the change.

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I believe his intentions were to ask, have you been taught these beliefs you have, and if not what have you been taught etc.
Indeed, I am asking if you were taught this way (though from what it sounds, it doesn't necessarily seem so), and if not what was your upbringing and education, and what brought you to see things differently?

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2. What does that mean to me?
The best way I can explain it in short, is that I don't feel the need to listen to halacha. How do I define "halacha"? In this context it means any halacha that I don't think is included in Torah shebiksav. So I guess another label for me would be "someone who is very similar to the tzedokim".

3. How would I like to see my kids?
I would want them to have a very strong belief in Hashem and in תנ"ך. I would want them to have a close relationship with Hashem. And I think "close relationship" is self explanatory but I'll explain what that means to me. It means that you always keep in mind that there's a God and you daven to Him for anything that you feel you want. It means that you thank Him for any small thing that He gives you. It means thanking Him for preventing any damage whether monetary or physical. It means asking for forgiveness for things that you could have done better and didn't (Kal vechomer to wrong things). I think that those 4 things are the basics of how I would define a close relationship.

Though not something I asked in my OP, it is something that some have alluded to, and I would like to ask you (and anyone else who cares to answer the OP, with the addition of this question): What in your background, upbringing, and/or education brought you to define yourself as such?

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"I strive to be a Lubavitcher." (That entire sentence is my own label for myself, and I hope it will always be).

Lastly, when it comes to how I would like to see my kids grow up, I would want my kids to choose their own path, and not do anything just because I do it. I want them to live their lives by conscious choice (and while I hope they make the same choices I made, or even better ones, it is most important to me that it will all be conscious choices).

I've been thinking about what I wrote there, and feel that there might be a serious misunderstanding regarding how I would like to see my kids.

It seems to me that people took this to mean that I would be OK with whatever path my kids choose, as long as it's their own choice.

While that might have some truth to it, it is definitely not what I meant. As a matter of fact, I believe that part and parcel of striving to be, or being, a Lubavitcher, is to do things by one's own choice and cognizance. Though my kids will have grown up with a very different background than I did, I really would like to see them make CHOICES similar to mine. I would be disappointed if they were to look and act similar to me, but that wouldn't be by choice. Dress code, full beard, minhagim, etc. are somewhat meaningless if they are just done by default, with no true awareness and choice. Lack of awareness and choice is to me the antithesis of what being a Lubavitcher means.

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Up In The Air / Re: Infant On Reward Ticket Master Thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:42:18 PM »
Ok so I spent the past hour crunching numbers. I have UA, UR, and MR I can use for this trip. It looks like ANA RT would be 253,500 miles plus 273.66 (economy there business back). The advantage is it would be three separate seats. Valuing MR at 1.5 (because of BP) total would be $4,076.16.

Booking TLV-SFO-DEN would be $2,641.50 in AC (165k MR@1.5 +166.5 fees and infant) vs $2,563.55 for UA (150k@1.35 + 538.55 fees and infant).

Because the leg there I'm ok with Economy and might want a Europe stop I think I'll stick with the UA itinerary for now unless someone knows if ANA doesn't need a third seat for an infant. Thanks!
If the entire trip is on UA, I would assume you can buy a lap infant ticket from UA, even if the adult ticket was purchased through ANA.

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General Discussion / Re: Obamacare Master thread
« on: Yesterday at 10:16:41 AM »
O.
But I thought higher deductable is *more* eligible- Arnt catastrophic ones higher?
Donít think too much. Find out the facts.

I didnít look into the specifics of WHAT makes catastrophic plans as ineligible HDHP for HSA compatibility, but rest assured that it was done deliberately by design.

I would presume that deductible is slightly too high.

ETA:

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HDHP Out-of-Pocket Maximums. The 2018 limit on out-of-pocket expenses (including items such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, but not premiums) for self-only HDHP coverage will be $6,650 (a $100 increase from 2017), and the 2018 out-of-pocket limit for family HDHP coverage will be $13,300 (a $200 increase from 2017).

Catastrophic plans have a $7,350 deductible for individuals in 2018.

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Tech Talk / Re: Signal Jammer
« on: Yesterday at 09:02:46 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Obamacare Master thread
« on: Yesterday at 08:02:50 AM »
Under 30 are not HSA eligible?
Catastrophic plans aren't HSA eligible.

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Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: Yesterday at 07:33:20 AM »
We are booked on AC85, TLV-YYZ, scheduled to arrive at 16:55. We have a separate ticket YYZ- BOS that departs at 20:55. Avoiding checked luggage TLV-YYZ is obviously preferable in terms of minimizing the chance of missing our flight.  But if I do need to check a bag, how much time am I adding to claim and recheck and clear security and US immigration/customs? The only difference I can see between my situation and a typical situation (i.e., having a single ticket TLV-YYZ-BOS) is that in the latter, my checked luggage gets screened behind the scenes by security and customs, but I still personally need to go through security, immigration and customs.
You didn't mention which airline is your YYZ-BOS flight. If AC, you should be able to check all the way through.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Will your federal taxes be going up or down next year?
« on: January 20, 2018, 11:00:01 PM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/business/economy/tax-cut-power.html
But those are the big bad corporations. That can't be benefiting the average Joe. This must be another Fox News scam. Oh wait, was that the old grey lady?

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General Discussion / Re: BitCoin Master Thread
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:45:17 PM »
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-19/as-bitcoin-sinks-crypto-bros-party-hard-on-a-blockchain-cruise

What does this say about the asset class, if anything?

As an outsider (no position one way or another), it scares me. Seems like there's more to it than just cool headed valuation.

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