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Re: REB SHAYALA KARESTEIRER daven for the two involved in a car accident on their way:
Binyomin Yosef Meir ben Shoshana Shireen and Yehuda Zev ben Irit.

May 12, 2016, 10:29:23 AM
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Re: Nordstrom Excessive return policy is over! Can I request to be put on the list? I am trying to ban my wife from shopping at Nordstrom  ;D
February 02, 2017, 03:21:43 PM
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Re: Budapest Master Thread There are several Danube river cruises. AFAIK, at least the one I took left from the Pest side, from Vigadó téri Hajóállomás. It's a few steps away from Vorosmarty ter (which is also a tourist spot). Vigadó tér is a nice square as well.

In the summer the artists' village of Szentendre makes a nice half-day tour from Budapest. You can take a cruise there as well, or take the train from Batthyány Square.

In Buda the entire castle area is nice to walk around. The Fisherman's Bastion, which is where all tourist flock to and where they stared charging an entrance fee is the most annoying part of the entire castle. A few blocks away is the remains of a synagogue from the middle ages that was used by Syrian Jews during the Ottoman occupation. Yes, hold your hat, Hungary had mostly Sephardi Jews at that time. address: Táncsics Mihály u. 26

Bécsi kapu, or Vienna Gate used to be called Zsidó kapu (Jewish Gate) for a reason.
if you are so inclined, it's good to read Megillat Ofen by R. Yichak ben Zalman Schulhof (his father was the dayan of Prague) about the siege of 1686 before taking this walk.

Széchényi Chain Bridge is definitely something to see as well.

There are kevarim closer to Budapest than eastern Hungary. Vac is a 45 minutes drive to the north. ר׳ ישעי׳ זילבערשטיין זצ״ל אב״ד ווייצען is buried there.

February 10, 2017, 01:09:02 PM
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Re: Budapest Master Thread http://www.minibud.hu/en
Airport Transfer from city center 7 Euro/p
48hrs/21 Euro - hop on hop off sightseeing tour in 22 languages including English and Hebrew

Budapest Card: Services provided free of charge for card holders in 2016:
Unlimited public transport during the validity of the card (bus, metro, tram, trolleybus, cog-wheel railway, BKK boats, suburban railway up to the administrative boundary of Budapest)
One-time, free entry to the permanent exhibitions of the following museums: Museum of Fine Arts; Budapest History Museum; Aquincum Museum; Kiscelli Museum; Vasarely Museum; Hungarian National Gallery; Hungarian National Museum
One-time, free entry to the Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool
Participation in 2 guided, English language walking tours (one in Pest and one in Buda), free of charge
Free mobile application - Pocket Guide app 12 thematic tours

February 15, 2017, 09:38:59 AM
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas
It looks so amazing! How experienced of a camper do we need to be?
You can rent a cabin, then you have a fridge and more comfort. It comes with a fire ring for cooking.
Check out KOA (http://koa.com/campgrounds/bar-harbor-oceanside/) People are usually friendly and kids love it.

There is also an SPG hotel in Bangor, which is within driving distance to the park if you want to use points.

FYI I really wanted to go to Japan largely in part of your great TR but apparantly the summer is an awful time to visit. (We could have tried to work out our passport issue)
Go for it, you are better at finishing TRs than me.

March 31, 2017, 01:06:16 PM
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golf rounds for sale 1 round of golf for sale: $35
or $90 for 3 rounds

May 04, 2017, 06:31:23 AM
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Re: Israel & Bali: around the world in 17 days very nice TR! it made me really hungry and wanting to visit EY
July 20, 2017, 04:42:22 PM
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Re: Thailand Master Thread
Has anyone been to Ayutthaya?
yes, a number of years ago on a day trip from Bangkok. Interesting, mostly Stupas and statues, it was the ancient capital of Thailand. There is a floating market somewhere there but I haven't seen it.

October 20, 2017, 10:56:42 AM
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Re: Hot!!! 75% off spyder coats Partially Shipped
November 29, 2017, 04:19:59 PM
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Re: Prison
I would hope that everyone would answer that in the negativebor at least endeavors to answer is in that fashion. My bracha is you should never be tested.
I will insert the relevant Geschichte here:
R. Chaim Halberstam of Sanz, known as the Divrei Chaim, once stood at his window and called to a passerby.

"What would you do," he asked, "if you found a purse with a large sum of money, and the name of its owner was in it?"

"What kind of question is that?" the man responded. "I would immediately return it."

"You speak foolishly," the Tzaddik said.

He then called in another man and repeated the question, to which this man replied, "A large sum of money? Why, I would keep it."

"You are a scoundrel," the Tzaddik said.

The next person to whom the question was put said, "Rabbi, how can I tell you now what I would do under those circumstances? I might say one thing now and act otherwise under temptation. Right now I can only hope that if I am put to the test, G-d will help me overcome temptation."

"Indeed you are truly wise and your words are spoken with intelligence and knowledge!" said the Tzaddik.

December 06, 2017, 04:16:58 PM
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Re: Cell Phones in Israel
Golan accepts PayPal as a form of payment. You can use that with non-Israeli CC.
I use a US CC with Golan. I signed up on their website not in a store.

December 12, 2017, 02:37:03 PM
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Re: Season's Greetings
Is it assur to greet someone with Merry Christmas?
How about Happy Holidays? (Or Happy holidays)?

א הַנּוֹדֵר אוֹ נִשְׁבָּע בְּשֵׁם עֲבוֹדַת כּוֹכָבִים, הֲרֵי זֶה (הָיָה) לוֹקֶה. וְאָסוּר לְהַזְכִּירָהּ בִּשְׁמָהּ, בֵּין לְצֹרֶךְ בֵּין שֶׁלֹּא לְצֹרֶךְ.
ב שֵׁם חַגִּים שֶׁלָּהֶם שֶׁהֵם כִּשְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי אָדָם, אֵין חֲשָׁשׁ לַהִזְכִּירָם. וְהוּא שֶׁלֹּא יִקְרְאֵם כְּמוֹ שֶׁמַּזְכִּירִים אוֹתָם הָעוֹבְדֵי כּוֹכָבִים, בְּלָשׁוֹן חֲשִׁיבוּת. (מָרְדְּכַי ספ''ק דַּעֲבוֹדַת כּוֹכָבִים בְּשֵׁם ראבי''ה וְהַגָּהוֹת מַיְמוֹנִי וְרַבֵּינוּ יְרוּחָם) .
סימן קמז יורה דעה

It's not assur: Christmas is the name of the holiday not the name of the A"Z.
but ALOR or @aygart :)

December 18, 2017, 04:00:00 PM
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Re: Why do some Jewish communities prohibit women from driving?
In the ultimate world of tzinus woman should not leave their home unless they must. Obviously that’s too hard to enforce such rules in any community so they made a black and white rule no driving.
 I’m not saying that I agree to this and I deff don’t practice it but it makes sense.
In the ultimate world of tzinus men should not leave their home either unless they must.

January 02, 2018, 09:49:09 AM
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Re: Best internet only plan?
Whats my the latest cheapest plan available for internet only ?
I got Verizon 100/100 for $40/month 2 months ago. The first month was $50 but after sending back their router and using my own, my bill is $40.65

February 13, 2018, 03:08:37 PM
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Re: Attitudes towards body odors in various cultures (aka is deodorant permissible)
We all might know individuals who lack awareness to the unpleasantness of body odors. But it seems like in certain cultures it's the norm rather than the exception.
I did not notice it in IST. However, I do occasionally run into the same in NY, in professional office settings. It's always shocking. Inevitably, men of Indian/Pakistani and Russian/Ukranian origins are the perpetrators, although they are BH an absolute minority among their peers. I think it's a result of not using deodorant.

February 20, 2018, 02:23:23 PM
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Re: Travel to Mongolia
My husband and I are honeymooning in Mongolia in July. (We were looking for off-the-beaten-path...)
;D  8)
We are traveling in 3 other countries before Mongolia, and all of the other destinations have access to Kosher food. 
Has anyone ordered kosher food online to be delivered to another country?
I found a website that is willing to do this, and shipping is only $65... but any firsthand experience or suggestions are welcome. (Someone suggested bringing powdered yogurt.... we are open to any/all tips! But we don't want to bring much with us since we are trying to travel very light.)
Thank you  :)
I think your safest bet is to bring some food with you and find local sources for - fish, fruits, veggies
the local milk/yogurt/kumis will be horse milk :)

May 16, 2018, 12:03:50 PM
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Re: Interesting Articles...
We can cherry-pick many different events. Is Japan part of the US because they lost the war? How about Iraq?
To say everyone should feel it belongs to Israel answers the question.
Japan is not part of the US because the US never wanted it. The US is generally uncomfortable being an empire while it is one without admitting it.
I thought the US left Iraq and gave it to Iran as a present.

May 31, 2018, 12:20:07 PM
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Re: Best Spending Practices for People that Lack Discipline. 1) Set up auto transfer x amount to a savings account every month
2) go to a financial advisor/ counselor together with your wife so you are both on the same page and set realistic goals

June 07, 2018, 02:22:26 PM
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Re: Oh uh - El Al #LY8 from JFK to Tel Aviv is diverting to Gander 
Awful.
Really frustrating that they would go to ATH. Where are all the LY defenders??

No way that 747 could deplane with less than 12 minutes to shkia. I wonder what the halacha is in that case?
bein hashmashos has some "leniencies" in such a situation, but better ask your rav. my rabbi always mentions that nowadays we have shomer shabbos yidden, but the shomer erev shabbos yidden are gone.

June 15, 2018, 03:58:35 PM
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Re: Lebanon Master Thread
I’m already in contact with them.
And you know that they are real and it's not a trap? If they are real what would be the reason that you can't meet them in Cyprus or another neutral territory? Anyway, you shouldn't answer this question here but to yourself.

If you know for a fact that they are real because, for example, you went to school with them in Paris, you trust them and they are inviting you, that's a different story. Still, Lebanon is like skating on thin ice.

June 21, 2018, 10:02:17 AM
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Re: Polish Govt Denies Complicity in Holocaust Criminalizes saying Polish Death Camp
I wish I could say I had a part in this.
Was anyone prosecuted during this 4 months?
What started out as internal political maneuvering got quite overblown. Both Israeli and Polish public figures flaming the fires of stupidity.
The truth is that the camps were German, run by Germans during a time when Poland ceased to exist as a sovereign nation.
You seem to have a beef against the Poles  :D

June 27, 2018, 12:01:32 PM
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Re: US passport in Israel- Do they have access to your address? I know bachurim who went to visit/study with their US passport even though the parents are also Israeli citizens and Israelis never figured this out or did not say anything.
July 12, 2018, 03:07:56 PM
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Re: Why I travel on Shabbat
I am proud to be Jewish and love our traditions  I celebrate the  major holidays and family simchas
If you are proud to be Jewish and love our traditions, then try to keep Shabbos and major/minor holidays according to halacha. Many people went down on the road you are, came to a crossroad and if they took the turn that you are justifying their children and/or grandchildren became non-Jewish. You will not be able to transmit your Jewish pride and love without learning and practicing Jewish tradition as it was practiced for thousands of years by your ancestors.

July 13, 2018, 09:33:12 AM
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Re: Can someone help me with a gemara?
I did to until I found out it wasn't to help me with my German.  :P
you didn't try

August 15, 2018, 11:58:33 AM
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Re: Budapest Master Thread
Yep, saw that! I'll be there eating 4 cholents before my flight sunday LOL
Enjoy. I am glad I am not on that flight  ;D

August 16, 2018, 11:00:21 PM
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Re: Prague Master Thread
Anyone have input for the best place(s) to enjoy Shabbos meals for 2 single guys?
we were at chabad, although it was a few years ago.

August 17, 2018, 09:58:38 AM
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Re: LY 26 JFK-TLV delayed! When will they learn??!! they could have gone to Kfar Chabad right next door. it's a ridiculous use of emergency vehicles
September 07, 2018, 12:46:03 PM
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Re: Brooklyn, NY, 1 Arrested During BP Hachnasas Sefer Torah ...!! I still don't get it: why didn't they get a permit for the event? This could have been avoided
October 09, 2018, 11:38:37 AM
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Re: Jury Duty
I am upset for wasting my time on jury duty. I did not want to be there but could not leave, it felt like my freedom of movement was violated. And of course one has to listen to all the goverment propaganda (USA! USA! USA!) that is repeated over and over brainwashing nationalistic superiority using patriotism (a strong feeling, USA! USA! USA!) to justify the waste of time and violation of freedom of movement.

When I got called to the interview, I said that only criminals run from the police, the lawyer, an old man named Goldman, argued that maybe the police had arrested the wrong man, entirely possible!
Next I replied that I believe that the police know what they’re doing, and that was that, dismissed.
Old times who came over from Europe used to make a kiddush when they became US citizens.  ;) I assume you saved yourself a kiddush lol
In other countries, you would have to serve in the army.

November 02, 2018, 10:54:57 AM
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Re: Anti-Semitism and knowing when it may be time to leave All the hand-wringing aside, we are probably living in the best times in history. Do you want to make aliyah? B"H, but go for a positive reason.
November 29, 2018, 09:43:53 AM
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Re: Orthodox College Life Guide?
Obviously not for everyone but I just thought I'd throw out an Israel option.  Bar Ilan has a separate international school that is now offering Bachelor's degrees in English and the tuition is only 13,500 NIS per yer.  Obviously it's a longer flight but with that cheap tuition, it might be worth it! :)
Israel has a lot of options from Machon Lev to IDC, but tuition + other expenses are probably going to be higher than City or State schools in the US, especially if the student lives at home. If you are planning to make aliyah then it's a great choice. You can also go to the army and allow them to pay for your education :) but that's already a completely different ballgame not your standard CUNY

February 28, 2019, 02:28:17 PM
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Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
The need for financial literacy education.  (he will eat this up like crazy) This doesn't mean learning math, science or economics, but the basic concepts of budgeting, interest, loans, etc.
You might just as well learn math, science and economics while you are at it. Rav Belsky zt"l used to stay for the extra mathematics lessons in Torah Vedaas. I don't understand this aversion to anything "worldly". You see where it can lead. I have never met anyone who's bitachon was shaken because of math.

March 05, 2019, 03:39:23 PM
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Re: Private Shechita - what should I order?
It's a desired chumra. But my desire for meat supersedes it.
I know a non-chabad shochet if you are interested. However, I cannot guarantee that he doesn't learn Tanya or the like in secret.

March 06, 2019, 09:56:47 PM
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Re: Top Reasons To Go OTD mixing spring cleaning with Pesach cleaning
March 25, 2019, 10:01:51 AM
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Re: Prague Master Thread
Do you know how to get an international license? Thanks.
you can order it from AAA

May 01, 2019, 02:10:13 PM
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Re: Poland Master Thread If you are interested in a bit more than just visiting kevarim in Krakow and would like to see and learn a bit about the city check out:
https://freewalkingtour.com/krakow/tours/free/old-town-krakow/
We had Big Tom/Tomasz as our guide, a trained historian and an awesome guide. He spoke fluent English, was very engaging, entertaining and very knowledgeable about his city. The walking tour was almost 3 hours, so it may be difficult to do with small kids. You tip at the end.
We also went for a Jewish tour with the same company (different guide), it was also nice, but considering that I knew everything they had to say on that tour I found the old city tour more educational.
Anyway, if you are in Krakow find Big Tom and say hello, he was great.
(fyi: the walking tour did not go into any of the churches)

July 11, 2019, 10:23:41 AM
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Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself) above Hjřrring, Denmark

July 16, 2019, 02:24:12 PM
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Re: ASTC reciprocal science center membership & AZA (zoos)& ACM (children's museums) We used to be a member of McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. Family membership $63.00.
We were invited to a yearly barbecue party in Canton, OH :) Unfortunately I never made it there.
Liberty Science Center gave me a hard time with the ASTC membership the last couple of times.

August 16, 2019, 02:11:09 PM
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Re: 2019 Israeli election
Shas - Sefardic Religious party - politically right, religiously right. Primary leadership and constituents are jews from Africa/France/Middle East Descent
minor correction: Shas played a central role in passing the Oslo Accords, so I wouldn't call them right wing. They will go with whoever will give them some silver and postpone their periodic jail stints.

September 19, 2019, 11:18:15 AM
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Re: Prayers for my father may he have a complete refua shleima
October 31, 2019, 10:10:22 AM
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Re: Coffee Grinder
Been wanting a coffee grinder for some time now. Never bought one before and I got a few bags of beans waiting on me.

Any recommendations? Haven't ever seen one posted on the website either.

Thanks 😊
Supreme Grind 8 oz. Stainless Steel Burr Coffee Grinder with Adjustable Settings

I have been using it for over 10 years

November 20, 2019, 09:58:04 AM
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Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
Dear anti-vaxxer
now is the time to go to China and prove us wrong
;D

February 12, 2020, 04:34:36 PM
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Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
FTR If I walk into a restaurant and the cook is wearing a "clinical mask" and surgeon gloves I'm walking right out and not looking back...
and if he doesn't that makes you more comfortable?

February 27, 2020, 02:32:52 PM
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Re: Stocks it's just so convenient to start the chart in 2009. That's all I need to look at, lol
March 02, 2020, 02:08:17 PM
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Re: Stocks
what's worth buying now ?
canned tuna. toilet paper.
look at the market once people lost hope.

March 12, 2020, 04:02:48 PM
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Re: Corona virus and your shull
I was really enjoying these forums until this count valentine dude came back. He ruins every conversation with his crum hashkofos and drivel.
try not to get personal. Many were missing him already  ;D It's good to have people with different viewpoints.

March 13, 2020, 02:49:34 PM
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Re: Did you cancel your cleaning help? I canceled mine when Lehman went under in 2008 and help DW since
March 23, 2020, 10:49:28 AM
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Re: Seminary/Yeshiva Israel Rebbeim
What are they doing now for the rest of this year?

my daughter's seminary has a few classes a day online. It's not the same as if she was there but at least they are attempting to provide something. Anyway they would have pesach break now. Maybe they will have more classes after pesach.

Additionally what about this years tuition which has  already been fully paid for almost anyone who was in seminary. Are they providing refunds?
yeah, right. Is this April Fools' Day?  ::)

April 01, 2020, 04:32:28 PM
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Re: Everyday day things that you now say "Wow glad I have that". Poskim with sechel
BH

April 02, 2020, 01:47:50 PM
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Re: good board game ideas for Pesach
you didn't seem to understand my question. I was looking for the original of dominion, not settlers
It's called the Dominion the base game. 2nd edition
http://wiki.dominionstrategy.com/index.php/Dominion_(Base_Set)
search amazon for Rio-Grande-Games-Dominion-2nd
sometimes it's on sale, but not today  :(
extensions are great but I would just start with the base game.

April 02, 2020, 10:35:14 PM
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