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Re: What does Chiam Moskowitz do on Shabbos?
He makes sure to carry while walking to shul.

September 09, 2018, 03:28:36 AM
Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
This is an issue that effects all of us and will effect all of us for many years if confirmed. It is all our responsibility to demand a fair an impartial investigation.
If it doesn't happen it will be because she successfully avoided it

September 20, 2018, 04:38:27 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others It would seem that this rule may be fair in concept, but customers are much more encouraged, and likely to participate, when there are clear, transparent, universal rules, knowable in advance before pulling the trigger.
(i.e. if you didn't spend $XYZ/month in the last month/year, you're on your own)
you don't want your good customers needing to guess 'where they stand'
(and no, nobody wants to need to contact customer service for this)

October 23, 2018, 08:37:21 PM
Re: Stocks
I see the market is having a sale on stocks.

Do you think the sale will be extended and they'll slash prices even more or now's the time to buy?
buy on a card with price protection

January 02, 2019, 01:11:47 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I'm glad Dan seems to be writing a piece about this, and IMNSHO it should include buying groups. A look at that thread shows how things can go horribly wrong even with the best intentions. For many buyers, even those who have spent tens of thousands without incident, a loss of $1,000 is mammoth - life altering. A sudden price drop or a large order that isn't received in Delaware can spell disaster for so many.
to put that another way:
even if you're (blinded by the ROI and) decide to go forward, whether with buying groups, day trading, or 1,001 other scams, you need to keep in mind:
never invest/lend what you cannot walk away from and afford to loose. come up with that number and don't deviate. with buying groups it may mean that in the busy BF or prime day season you're not able to maximize, but it'll keep you out of bankruptcy

January 31, 2019, 08:30:08 PM
Re: Taxes: Big Money...?
how poor can you be with a $400k tax bill??
in NY, about $1M
hardly justifies the the 'relative finding' upthread.

February 25, 2019, 11:21:08 PM
Re: Shabbos Bottle Opener
i'm waiting for one sized to smirnoff bottles

March 06, 2019, 03:29:29 PM
Re: Disabling Ring doorbell for shabbos
I'm quite surprised nobody is doing it in NYC for an affordable price.
because the install tech is paying NYC cost of living...

April 03, 2019, 04:39:31 PM
Re: Disabling Ring doorbell for shabbos
Or better yet, a simple kit that you could wire up a shunt switch. It would contain a $0.50 switch, some wires that cause pennies, and little note that explains how to install it. It'll sell at large kosher markets for $29.99

I'm sure people will buy it, just like they buy bedikas chametz kits and pre-packaged 10 pieces of bread
get ner mitzvah logo and go ahead

April 04, 2019, 09:32:37 AM
Re: Re: Impossible Burger 2.0
Anyone know where the CRC gets this from?
“The other issue is that due to the weight and thickness of cast iron cookware, the metal will not get hot if one m erely dips into the hag’alah water for a few seconds. Rather, the items should be put into the boiling water and left there for l ong enough tha t the water itself comes back to a boil, which indicates that the cast iron itself has become heated to hag’alah temperatures.”

You can kasher stone and wood which are much poorer conductors of heat than cast iron, and these things take a long time to conduct heat. (Just think- If you put a decent sized potato in boiling water it will take close to 30 minutes for the center of the potato to reach 200F). One would have to leave the stone or thick wood utensils in the boiling water for ages to get the center of the material to hagalah temperatures. Presumably as long as the water maintains its bubbling and it is al ha’aish it has the ability to draw out beliyos regardless of the utensils internal temperature. The same should hold true for cast iron. I get the need to bring the water back to boiling part since that is necessary for the hagalah to work, but that should have nothing to do with the cast iron utensils temperature. It’s been a while since I’ve gone through the sugya. Is there something I’m missing?
I'd assume, just based on your excerpt:
If they were worried about the internal temperature of the pot, their guidance is pretty weak, as you point out.
more likely, potato/wood etc., being bad conductors, don't much cool the water even while remaining internally 'cool', hence the boiling will resume relatively quickly. Heavy cast iron, being a better conductor, will actually perceptibly cool the water, requiring a short wait until the water returns to boiling. Once the water is back to boiling, we no longer 'care' about the internal temp

seems in psak they agree with you in any case, perhaps just poorly written explanation of the issue

April 04, 2019, 07:17:45 PM
Re: Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black $79.99
They should be similarly reliable, but Toshiba has a much much much smaller market share so it is hard to tell.
Absolutely don't use Seagate, especially the portable drives (I'm doing data recovery full time)

July 31, 2019, 12:26:05 PM
Re: Disabling Ring doorbell for shabbos To clarify my sequence comment :
Regardless of what external display results, the very fact that the sensor noted a motion, sets in motion a programming sequence. Without wifi it may error out at the 'recording' stage, it may not display a light, but the circuits in the program have been set in motion.'
Depending on which shita in electricity shabbos in general, this can be an issue.

(a similar issue was raised by rabbi LY Halperin a"h in response to the kosher switch (which badly resembles his 1970s invention more than anything else))

August 05, 2019, 10:12:34 AM
Re: New Coin Deal Maybe people hanging onto these for pidyon haben
November 04, 2019, 07:24:02 PM
Re: HP Multi Purpose Printer Paper, 20lb, 8.5 x 11, 96 Bright, 2500 Sheets-$19.98 to answer part of my own question:
1 ream $7 -$4 coupon = $3

November 12, 2019, 11:58:36 AM
Re: App that scans handwriting Highly doubtful that any program would have any meaningful accuracy on OCRing handwritten notes, even with a very neat uniform handwriting, and that much more so in Hebrew
November 24, 2019, 11:14:14 PM
Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
Only the jumpover pass. Valid anytime
occasionally includes free lodging

December 02, 2019, 11:50:24 AM
Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?
(as long as no-one became fleishig).
from the sound of thing you are the only one for whom that may be an issue

December 02, 2019, 08:58:28 PM
Re: DDF DO: NYC Edition?

Interestingly enough I think I walked in there many more time when I was half my current age (or less) than I do nowadays.
back then it was cutting edge

December 04, 2019, 10:32:02 AM
Re: Hyperloop
this stuff is all too much for me.
you could have opened with that

December 16, 2019, 07:28:25 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Would an merchant processing account get shut if a brother was making small charges of below$200. But adding up to 70k monthly?
350 swipes a month from a single card, with a name that happens just happens to match the owner...
... No, nothing to see here. Keep moving


January 11, 2020, 09:21:41 PM
Re: Kobe Bryant, one of the greats RIP!
Kobe Bryant - a soul transformed by the Catholic faith

It is clear that Bryant's faith was important to him and it had a transformative impact on his life. This is how all faith should work. Faith which does not transform a person isn't faith --it's nothing.
I hope to see this angle covered properly in the MSM conversation.
It has so much to contribute to literally bettering lives of many people, and is hardly acknowledged to the level it needs

January 27, 2020, 11:52:21 AM
Re: Phrases that Haven't Aged Well
People still fedex?
mostly amazon

January 28, 2020, 01:32:45 PM
Re: Air Serbia NYC-TLV per request:
I was there a while ago (~8-9 years?) sounds like some of the more recent travelers are ahead of me already
If there's something I can contribute, tag me
If you're in touch with Rabbi Kaminetzky, that's probably the best I can tell you.
with <24 hr stopover i think you're sticking to belgrade specifically.

ETA: 5 min on google brought up this:
There is actually a kosher restaurant near one of the stops (easy google)
what can you tell us about the kashrus of this place?
(is it this place? if yes note the comment. In any case it predates my visit. but the local chabad should be able to tell you the status of it)

January 28, 2020, 05:18:59 PM
Re: May Rush Limbaugh have a speedy recovery
Rush inspires and instructs millions in age old Conservative values and makes liberals nuts. As frum Jews I bet we all agree that's a good thing.
Gonna bite. not for the sake of the OP but to call out something we may all fall victim to subtly.
Just because on many of today's hot-button issues one side's positions are more at odds with ours than the other, doesn't obviate the fact that at the same time on other issues Torah's position may be in the opposite direction.
remember the speech from the Monsey Rov following the attack?

perhaps we're in greater danger of overlooking the insidious influence of those who we sometimes agree with than by taking an occasional lesson from someone whose other values are so obviously far from our own.

I vomit a little in my mouth every time I hear some brilliant shul pundit spew "talk show wisdom" as if it's toras emes. read a book for crying out loud

February 03, 2020, 06:00:34 PM
Re: ISO: Large Freezer Recommendations
I guess you didn't see the ice cream deal.
@jj1000 keeps CY

February 21, 2020, 11:41:13 AM
Re: Home improvements that ONLY happened because of Covid-19 A tale of two pandemics
Those with (small/school aged) children
And those without

May 05, 2020, 03:21:18 PM
Re: Covid-19 Symptoms In Toddlers - Rashes / Hives
My only point was that I found it curious that this is popping up now when the virus has been around for 6 months.
Huawei hadn't yet turned on that feature.

May 10, 2020, 01:20:10 AM
Re: Lawsuits Alleging Religious Discrimination - Covid 19
Someone needs to bring a case based on if WM gets to be opened as essential service then houses of worship should also be opened because they are essential services. Until that happens it is only opinion for all of us. It is telling that when they were completely shut down they didn't try.
or if political rallies (or some other essential assembly)is allowed before prayers

June 01, 2020, 03:29:00 PM
Re: Six flags will open safari for public drive thru  
Is there any way to get this cheaper than $20/person over the age of 2?
drive through a major city in the evening

June 05, 2020, 01:12:03 PM
Re: Stocks
Bh, the virus is pretty much gone, how many people do you know that caught virus in the last four-five weeks?
Life is (resuming to) normal in boro park and Williamsburg like it was pre Corona.
after all, aren't they the whole world?
these 2 communities alone will feed the entire airline and cruise industries!

June 08, 2020, 03:54:06 AM
Re: Dave Ramsey Plan
Here is another way to look at this:

Prepaying a (presumably fixed rate) mortgage converts a guaranteed CASH LIQUID asset into non-guaranteed, illiquid HOME EQUITY.

Now I know that when home prices are rising and banks are easily giving HELOCs, many people might not realize the risks involved. But remember that HELOCs can be frozen, shut down, or simply not offerred at any time the banks don't want to lend. Also, while we've seen an outstanding increase in home values (especially in BKLN and LKWD), prices don't always go up (they are possibly a little down from their peak). And here's something many people miss - prepaying a mortgage is irrelevant to your net worth, I actually know people that were kicking themselves for not having larger mortgage balances during the Making Home Affordable loan modification days.

Also, don't forget tax ramifications.
speaking of liquid, how liquid is the cash in a whole life policy?
Easier /more reliably available to access than a HELOC?

June 08, 2020, 06:00:55 PM
Re: Is there any good news in the fight against COVID-19?
YesThere was plenty of evidence of this over the last few weeks and it’s reasonable. What they were originally calling “asymptomatic” usually turned out to be “presymptomatic”. This really only has implications for contact tracing and any guilty feelings you might have harbored if you were indeed asymptomatic ;) (because anybody “asymptomatic” can actually be “presymptomatic” as far as spreading is concerned)
another important difference between 'asymptomatic' and 'presymptomatic' would be children, and the risk of opening schools/camps.
that age cohort has been almost completely asymptomatic

June 09, 2020, 04:49:40 PM
Re: Stocks
these kids are probably spending less on stock slices then they were on game upgrades

June 14, 2020, 12:06:04 PM
Re: Did you test for antibodies? POLL
Can all be the flu, but takes the Labcorp Roche antibody test if you want to know for certain.
loss of smell from flu?

June 14, 2020, 04:55:31 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
My immediate family and almost anyone I know in my community had the virus and recovered. Who do you suggest we protect from whom?
Let me give you an example from our community:
Protect who?
RCSDBL has been locked up at home since after Purim. BH feeling well. this week he was able to leave home for the 1st time for an outdoor simcha. don't you think he'd LOVE to visit his beloved 770? (וכהנה כו"כ לכאורה)

from who?
according to the guidance of our "society", he should be able to. UNTIL next week when the broader Lubavitch community has every intention of ignoring the request against visiting (because: "it's over already/c'mon/it's just me/the vulnerable are locked up/really?" take your pick)

or from:
Indoor weddings with OOT guests. 2 a night.

bochurim coming back to yeshivos (as they perhaps should) from communities that don't have the (earned-in-blood) herd immunity that we do. Is someone guiding them on the proper precautions so they don't bring in a 2nd wave? is there any accountability at all? or איש הישר בעיניו יעשה?

June 14, 2020, 05:46:29 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
His brother has been locked up for months too. He had no symptoms. This past Shabbos he had Yahrzeit and sat together with me at the farbrengen where we heard what I described above from a senior Hatzolah member.
which is why I am advocating that when those senior hatzalah people/doctors give guidance we should listen, not pick and choose the parts we like (everyone is safe) and discard the parts we don't like (continue SD measures, no kiddushim in shul, continue to prefer outdoor events, get a handle on indoor weddings/no visitors/etc.)

My other point is: herd immunity isn't zero. there are some (few), vulnerable victims, some (few, outside) sources of infection, and some (few) un-immune local carriers (me). it would do us well to maintain some small degree of precautions, whatever our local experts are suggesting (they've been wrong. אתה צודק. please אל תהיה צודק תהיה חכם). I don't know about you, but I lost enough relatives this year.

June 14, 2020, 06:01:34 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
Sounds so idyllic, but unfortunately it's quite disconnected from reality.
not quite.
I wear a mask also to protect myself. I practically need to excuse myself for wearing it

June 14, 2020, 07:18:09 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
At what point, if ever, will you stop wearing a mask?
In indoor settings? where others aren't all immune? probably once there's a vaccine...

Unless our local professionals have some different guidance

June 14, 2020, 07:38:38 PM
Re: Violent protests erupt across the country
Hard to tell from the video who shot. The officer chasing him switched hands with the taser and drew his firearm. Either way it was poor judgement to shoot the guy when their lives were not in danger.
it was poor judgment to try and tase an armed officer who is chasing you

June 14, 2020, 11:57:14 PM
Re: Will there be Sleep Away Camp this summer?
I am not disagreeing. There are many things that can't be replaced.
Catholic camps are an integral part of their teachings. Just like when Churches were closed they might not agree but understand why.
when schools closed for a month or three in march, we shut them ahead of gov guidance, for good reason.
this despite the religious imperative of schools being of greater urgency than camps.
the reasons in march no longer apply logically;
they had plans which were prepared and looked over by lots of different people which the governor and his team didn’t even bother to look at. That’s where all of this anger stems from.
this mayor/governor are just enjoying flexing authoritarian muscle. kinda like trump and the protests

June 15, 2020, 09:58:16 PM
Re: Is there a second wave?
C. Yes, it would be interesting to see if large outdoor gatherings can spread the virus, but the riots and protests are not necessarily helpful in answering that question.  Unlike most gatherings, the protesters often didn't know each other or record each others' names, so impossible to know who was near whom. 

how about public announcement: if you were at X protest on Y day at Z time, get yourself tested

June 15, 2020, 10:15:41 PM
Re: Violent protests erupt across the country
The problem is in this country we are governed by laws not a religion. So for this discussion any religion is completely meaningless.
nobody advocated governing by anything other than the law of the land. when my local cop starts enforcing halacha, meet me in supreme court.
that's the law by which the police govern, not what defines moral right and wrong.

June 15, 2020, 10:31:42 PM
Re: yeshivas that are open
How long should we wait until some here are convinced that our community is safe?
The argument made by those better equipped is that high percentage of antibodies /assumed immunity combined with no new sources of infection.

What happens later this week, when 10s (or more) susceptible out of towners with your attitude decide it's OK to ignore the plea of rabbonim and doctors not to visit? Do we risk introducing new infection source to the remaining susceptible population?
Just in time for 770s superspread grand reopening

June 21, 2020, 10:52:39 AM
Re: yeshivas that are open And I'm serious about the attitude. I get that masks are more uncomfortable for @ExGingi than for the rest of us (or is the discomfort in needing to cede some self assurance)
But why does my mask bother you? (not you, the next guy)
Why was I heckled out of a farbrenen yesterday for wearing one?
That's the attitude I'm afraid will start the new wave

June 21, 2020, 10:57:58 AM
Re: yeshivas that are open And I'm not even talking about the silent-shaming/dirty looks/questioning 2 hours before that. Just the outright yelling/cursing/heckling that said what everyone else was thinking
June 21, 2020, 12:16:04 PM
Re: yeshivas that are open
Yes, people wearing masks are the exception rather than the rule in the community. I would guess most get asked in surprise if they didn't have any symptoms. But their own mask wearing is respected, as well as more mask compliance around if indeed a person that hasn't had symptoms is present.
That was 2 weeks ago for me.
I'm no grasshopper, but let's forget the silent stuff. Let's stick with the 3 comments in as many minutes that were unambiguous.
Yes your generation are more respectful. Your kids generation, in the other hand, are more self assured than you, and more black and white (and all they hear from their parents is "אוי ס'איז שווער צו זיין א איד מציל נפשות")

June 21, 2020, 12:36:51 PM
Re: Out Of Control Fireworks
You need to stop it at the source.
the source is in gracie mansion.
with all due sympathy for those who can't sleep, the main problem here is lawlessness. when the city chief executive at whose pleasure the heroes in blue serve has ordered LE to 'stand down', the message to criminals/lowlifes/vilde chayos etc. 'go have a blast, do whatever you please' לית דין ולית דיין. the danger in that goes a lot further than a few sleepless nights.
how many black lives were snuffed out in one night last night by gun violence racist police absence? 20 shooting deaths in one day across the city? how many were 'black or brown bodies'? do their lives matter? and how safe are we?
that must be "the source" that @CountValentine is looking for

on that note
Where are they getting all the fireworks?
if anyone knows the answer to this, I know some bored teens with no summer camp who would love some fun at 2 in the afternoon instead of 2 in the morning. can we hook them up?

June 21, 2020, 10:44:48 PM
Re: Out Of Control Fireworks
I wonder after having a month שכולו July 4, what will be left for Macy's to be mechadesh on July 4?
start with what's left of macys period...

June 22, 2020, 12:32:12 AM
Re: Out Of Control Fireworks
Lawlessness and anarchy is the theme of the month!
what's next month?

June 22, 2020, 10:20:21 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
I'm confused. Why would escalation and charge backs work here? And why should they?
if they aren't accepting your returns, on what basis are they discarding them? They should return them to you at your expense

June 24, 2020, 12:11:51 PM