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I've been thinking of starting this thread for quite a long time.

We see many labels thrown around. Orthodox, frum, BT, FFB, Yeshivish, Chassidish, Lubavitch, Belz, Satmar, etc etc.

I personally detest labels, and try to avoid using them whenever practical, and prefer to use an actual description where possible, or at least a thought provoking statement.

I think it is terrible when we label other people, but anyone can label themselves. But when doing that, what does it mean? I think one of the tests is to ask how one would like to see their kids grow up. Are Levushim, Minhagim, etc. part of your definition?

Please share YOUR OWN label, what it means in your own eyes, and how you would cast that on your kids (assuming you would want to see the same, or what you would actually like to see).

Please try to use ONLY positive language, wherever possible. And please no disparaging remarks about others, or dispute the validity of their definitions. There are no right or wrong answers, it's purely about what one's OWN label is and what it means to THEMSELVES.

I will begin with how I label myself when pushed hard enough for one:

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

The shortest way to say what it means to me, is that I see only this as the kitzur shulchan aruch of what it takes to be a Lubavitcher. I also think that considering every word of the Rebbe an integral true part of Torah is a requirement.

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).

General Discussion / Elder Law in Israel (durable POA question).
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:25:10 PM »
Does anyone know of competent, preferably English speaking, Elder Law attorney in Israel.

I have been trying to get some documents done, but it seems like either I'm not talking to the right attorneys, or laws are very different in Israel than in the US.

The specific issue at hand right now is putting a durable power of attorney in force. It seems like a durable POA is commonly only done in Israel for real-estate transactions, and seemingly only when there's a named counterparty.

There's no transaction now, nor is there a specific contemplated counterparty, but we do want to make sure proper documents are in place, so we are not left scrambling if the need to effectuate a transaction arises, and principal is incapacitated at the time.

Amazon & Walmart Deals / DDMS gets WM stickied ad for BF 2017!
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:17:48 AM »
We know that Amazon has been a revenue source for DDMS, but now it seems like WM is escalating the fight by paying for the lucrative spot of stickied top post for the BF weekend.

Congratulations to the DDMS team on securing this deal. It is definitely a vote of confidence from a major player in the power and influence of DDMS!

Can you imagine if the domain name was still  and this ad deal was secured? ;D

Up In The Air / TUS airways suspending flights to Haifa
« on: October 15, 2017, 10:57:53 PM »

Couldn't find English version.

Seems like main reason is that Haifa airport shuts down at 8pm, which forces diversion to LLBG in cases of delays. Article also cites new route to FCO as a reason, with TUS assigning aircraft previously used for Israel routes to FCO route.

Tech Talk / How to get back old number?
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:18:14 PM »
For many years I had a free incoming fax service from

At a certain point, several months ago, they discontinued their service, something I didn't notice for a while, until someone told me he has a problem sending me a fax.

When I call the number, I get a recording saying it is unallocated.

I tried porting the number to eFax, but they say that they cannot port it because it's not active.

I tried various services that allow ordering vanity numbers, but I cannot seem to get this number.

When I lookup which carrier owns the number, I get Onvoy, LLC, but they don't seem to deal with the retail public, only with carriers.

Anyone have any idea how I can get back my number? (I would take it anywhere, and then port to eFax - or Callcentric).

Booked an award ticket with AA yesterday TLV-AMM-DOH-SIN.

Got an email today that they are having a problem issuing the ticket and I should call. When I called they said can't including DOH and TLV on single ticket. It didn't make much sense, as just a few weeks ago got the reverse issued going via DOH and AMM to TLV.

I didn't spend much time arguing, as I anyways wanted to make a change to the itinerary, but I did challenge the statement that it can't be on one ticket. Agent said something about passport stamps, not being allowed into DOH with Israeli stamp. When I said that is irrelevant on two fronts, first that Israel doesn't stamp passports and second that passenger has two passports, agent said they have an international department that reviews tickets before being issued, and if they say no, there's no way the ticket gets issued. 

Has anyone had such a problem before? Worked around it?


Didn't find English version of the story.

Seems like an Israeli person redeemed a DL award on Aeroflot metal from TLV to BKK.

He was denied boarding at the airport, because DL voided the ticket.

Initially it was reported that he paid the YQ with someone else's CC, but later on it seems like he used his own CC but a friend's skymilespesos account, but failed to show his friend's ID at check in time.

Judge ruled against DL, saying that T&C of the ticket didn't state that he had to produce the Skymiles account holder ID at check in, or any other such limitation, and that if DL had a problem, they should have notified passenger in advance, and not wait for check-in time.

Amazon & Walmart Deals / Walmart to offer free SAME DAY delivery in NYC
« on: September 27, 2017, 12:58:28 PM »

Another shot fired in the Amazon/WM war.

Interesting, as WM has no NYC presence. Closest is Valley Stream (or some NJ stores, depending on which part of NYC one is looking from). This gives NYC shoppers an interesting opportunity to shop Walmart (though it won't help with reloads, MO's, etc.)

Got a pilot trial offer today.

Buying AA miles at 1 cent isn't too bad. Not sure it's worth the effort. They will probably cut me out if I run a script like I did in the 10+10 days of Freedom.

The spring on one side of my garage door broke (after many years). I called one place that I've used before, came pretty fast and quoted $180.

That sounded excessive to me, as a spring is $20-$30 on Amazon, which would make the labor $150!  I asked how long the job takes, and he said 30-40 minutes.

Paying lawyer hourly rates for garage door repair does seem excessive to me.

Can anyone recommend someone in Brooklyn, or good advice for DIY (I prefer not to).

General Discussion / The value of kids - when parents grow old.
« on: August 28, 2017, 10:43:22 PM »
I just saw this article on, and it struck a chord. I was going to post this in interesting articles, but then decided it deserves its own thread.

The URL is different than the article headline, which is where I got the name for the thread.

This topic ties into the value I find in DDF and DDMS, as it has greatly increased the need for travel in my family in recent years.

The experience DW and myself are having with the older generation, makes this issue something that I think about quite a bit. I actually bought ourselves LTC policies quite a while ago. I wouldn't want my kids to have to deal with anything like DW's family is dealing with. A policy won't change the odds of being in a situation, but it will give a lot more choices and options if/when it comes.

Tech Talk / ISO: SIM card for use in Canada (Quebec)
« on: July 23, 2017, 06:23:51 PM »
My daughter is going to camp in Canada, and I'm trying to find the most cost efficient way to provide her with a SIM card for her phone, so she can call the US while there.

So far I've found the following options (not all confirmed):
  • AT&T Prepaid $45/month plan ($40 with autopay)
  • T-Mobile - find someone with a multi-line plan who would be willing to add a line for a month, $25 for SIM+$20 for one month
  • - 30 days with no talk or text and 2gb of data (to use Whatsapp) for CAD 45, or province wide calling, global texting and 1gb of data for CAD 47

Any suggestion are welcome. Solution needed this week.

Up In The Air / AA ends codeshare with Etihad & Qatar. What's next?
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:01:36 PM »

While Qatar is currently part of oneworld, so there's still some relationship, I just hope that EY isn't eliminated as a redemption partner.

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