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Just Shmooze / Re: When is Next Wednesday
« on: Yesterday at 12:11:48 AM »
Came across this tosfos today and has to pause to explain to my chavrusa that it was relevant to the most random DDF thread :-p

On The Road / Re: Israel: Need help finding a rental car? Post here!
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:56:41 AM »
thank you for this did you offer him a tip or he just did it on his own? is this a normal practice ?
He just did it, no tip. I can't imagine it's standard practice.

Just Shmooze / Re: Yes, I'm a Cubs Fan
« on: September 15, 2017, 02:08:08 PM »
The Mets are a sad team.
Had the following interaction on my family whatsapp.

Background: I wore a baseball cap when I flew Royal Jordanian this summer. On the way back, I accidentally packed the cap and only realized when we were about to leave for the airport. I asked the family member we were staying with if I could borrow one, and all he had was something like this:

Naturally I posted a pic of me wearing the ridiculous hat to a family whatsapp group. My uncle and all his kids (one of whom is the first 'censored', the other my brother) are lifelong Mets fans. This is what followed:

I apologize in advance if this was already discussed.

Have not been to Israel in over a decade.

Can I drive to Meoras Hamachpela and Kever Rochel, or do I need to go with a tour bus or another way?

I'm based in yerushalyim and renting a car.

What's the safest and best way to visit those two locations?
Take the bus (Egged) it's usually empty, and if i remember correctly its around 10 Shekel.
There's no egged bus that does both. If you want to do them both on the same day, what I had come up with (didn't actually end up doing it) is this:

Drive to Kever Rochel. When you're done, drive the few minutes to Gilo and park wherever you find a spot (Ha-Rosmarin St would be perfect). Then walk to the bus stop on 60 to pick up the 381 ( ETA: Just make sure you check the schedule and try to time it right (ie leave time to find parking in Gilo), because that bus doesn't come that often.

I apologize in advance if this was already discussed.

Have not been to Israel in over a decade.

Can I drive to Meoras Hamachpela and Kever Rochel, or do I need to go with a tour bus or another way?

I'm based in yerushalyim and renting a car.

What's the safest and best way to visit those two locations?
In terms of driving yourself, kever rochel you can definitely do yourself. Use Waze with the avoid A and B option turned on. The whole compound is walled in, including plenty of parking.

However, the same cannot be said about meoras hamachpela. So if you want to do it cleanly in one trip, you might be better off with a tour or private bus doing both.

Just Shmooze / Re: Interesting Articles...
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:22:45 PM »

Somebody should have told him about CLE.
The whole thing is nonsense. He cut out shul and school. Do we really think his problem with his Judaism was just finances?

While it is pretty cool, I think they're kinda making a much bigger deal out of it than it really is. I imagine it's not that big a deal to get a picture of the ISS transiting the sun in general. True, it adds to the coolness of it that there's a partial eclipse at the time but they seem to me to be overreacting a little bit.
Umm... you yourself wrote exactly why it's a big deal. They combined an fairly rare event (the occasion of a total solar eclipse) with another event that at the very least is not commonplace (ISS solar transit). This is likely the first ever time these 2 things have been photographed together, and it's very possible that they won't coincide again so soon.

They also shot shadow bands, something he talked about in past videos.
Not that hard to do the calculations, and if you're patient you won't have to travel far to see a transit either.

That they found a place within the path of totality that had a transit during the eclipse is kinda cool. But not really that much more interesting than transit without an eclipse. I thought it was going to show transit DURING totality which would have been extremely unique.
It may not be super hard to find opportunities, but I'd imagine that if you went somewhere to photograph any ISS solar transit, and you did all the calculations and prep work necessary, you'd be pretty excited if you pulled it off, even without the added excitement of the eclipse.

There might be a very thread for this, but check out SmarterEveryDay's video on the eclipse. He's done a few videos leading up to the eclipse, but for the actual eclipse they choose a spot where the international space station would be visible transiting the sun during the eclipse!

Just Shmooze / Re: Interesting Articles...
« on: September 07, 2017, 04:51:39 PM »
So advocate for training! I don't have statistics, but I wouldn't be surprised if more people are killed by motor vehicles than by guns, yet we allow all to drive motor vehicles as long as they can get a license which requires skill. We take that license away if they violate too many laws.
Without giving an opinion on guns in general, the comparison to cars is ridiculous. Guns do not provide the massive benefits to every day life that cars do. There's a risk/reward balance to everything in life.

Just Shmooze / Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: September 07, 2017, 04:48:32 PM »
Look at the traffic towards ATL...
I95 too.

Just Shmooze / Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: September 07, 2017, 04:48:11 PM »

A small documentary about the Andrew and the Rebbe
(Don't take the name of the video too personal)
Needs a TLDR(W).

Just Shmooze / Re: Hurricane Irma
« on: September 07, 2017, 10:37:18 AM »
My brother-in-law left with his family. They're in Jacksonville now, I think they're also planning on continuing to Atlanta or farther for Shabbos.

General Discussion / Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:09:34 PM »
I agree that other, larger communities rally together but the day in day living OOT IS more of a community feel. Like what he talked about with the Shabbos invites and being able to be on boards of institutions even if you aren't rich. That stuff is totally true.
Great. I agree. But the whole point of the article was about Dallas stepping up for Houston, allegedly in contrast to larger communities. That's nonsense.

Bunch of garbage. Not sure it's even worth updating the article for.

What did you write back to them? How in the world can they keep going on about them flying without an adult when they a) allowed them to board in MIA and b) eventually allowed them to continue to TLV on the next flight? What does them being booked as adults have to do with anything in the first place?

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