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Re: free miles on delta how can we get to it
Is this still available? I can't get it to work.

This is from 2008, not only is the promotion dead, the employee who wrote the link may be dead!

December 06, 2017, 08:52:21 AM
Color printers Anyone come across any decent deals? Not Looking to spend more than $150 but also not looking for an insane amount of printing to do at home.


November 27, 2018, 11:04:31 AM
Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread Rabbi Chanina Herzberg of South Shore. BDE
December 16, 2018, 11:40:10 AM
Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread Didn't see this anywhere on the board but figured it should be posted anyways:

Zachary Baumel Z"L 37 years late.

April 05, 2019, 12:26:43 PM
Re: Real Estate investment I have worked in the industry for almost 20 years now and I work for a family who has been around for almost 50 years. They will survive this like they have other dips and dives in the market. But this is who will be affected:

1) The small guy who bought a 6 unit building for his family. Banking on the guy paying $500 a month to move out and putting someone in at $2000. Not going to happen. That guy will have a tenant who won't pay it will take 18-24 months to evict. That guy will hurt

2) Anyone in an associated part of the industry. Our contractor supplier laid of 4 employees already just to try and stay ahead of the game. We do no plan on doing any renovations in the near future until we all sort these items out. So that means our contractors will be forced to lay off employees. Brokers will not sell buildings, brokers will not rent as many apartments (or higher fee apartments etc...) And the trickle down continues.

3) The "tenant in need of low income housing" are not getting the lower priced apartments. We just had a 2 bedroom apartment who if we were able to do our vacancy increase and IAI's would have rented for $2650. Instead we chose not to do the work and kept it at less than $1700. We had multiple application and chose to give it to a student with a guarantor with the hope that in 2 years some aspect of the laws will change and we can adjust then.

These laws were not thought out and will have a ripple effect across the city and state. They simply protect the same people who have been in a $600 4 bedroom upper west side apartment for 50 years that will probably outlive all of us!!!!

June 28, 2019, 01:58:18 PM
Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
Speaking of restaurants, I highly recommend the all-you-can-eat Wok Tov deal on Monday nights. If you order to go, they give you a very large container for the food and sides, and smaller container for sushi, and then a pint container for soup. All for $18.99. I have been known to reverse the plates (which is permissible), and essentially stuff 6 rolls of sushi into the large container, plus a generous serving of meat into the smaller container.

PS: I have no connection to Wok Tov other than liking greasy Chinese food.

Agreed, They have upped their game big time. Don't know about the buffet, but the regular menu has improved.

December 24, 2019, 03:56:45 PM
Re: Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
This Billet fellow has a real leftist agenda.

First of all, out of the 57 signatories, many are not near the stature of the ones that did not sign. In addition, there were more than four that did not sign, and some that did "sign" say their signature was forged. Some of our greatest local Rabbis are either giving permission for people to have legal backyard minyanim, davening themselves by these minyanim, and some are even hosting them. I will not reveal their names, you can do your own homework. There are more than four.

Besides, this issue is issue is not exclusive to our community. In Brooklyn and Lakewood most Rabonim are permitting minyanim within the health guidelines. The police and government officials have visited many of those minyanim and gave their o.k.. In Eretz Yisroel almost everyone is davening in outdoor minyanim with permission of the government. All these places are following the guidance of their Rabonim. Their Rabonim also speak to medical professionals and decided it was fine. Our local doctors and some Rabbis are alarmists. Go listen to Dr. Glatts speech and you'll hear what an unrealistic alarmist he is. (The truth is, right now there are less people who die from Covid per day than there are who die from the flue during flue season. And in NYC every death now is considered a Covid death whether tested or not. The leftists are trying to keep the numbers high.) The true risk factor also plays a roll in Halacha.

I personally spoke to some of the signatories who told me there was heavy pressure from "the left" to sign. But even if 57 local Rabbis did sign. there are hundreds of very great reputable Rabbis who disagree with them. This is not merely a local issue. For Billet to declare "Those individuals and rabbis who continue to violate these directives... are misguided in their actions and are doing the reverse of what Halacha demands. They see themselves as acting for a greater purpose, but in reality they are selfish and guilty of the sin of hubris. Their blood is not redder than anyone else’s blood. And their desire for a minyan is not greater than our desire for a minyan" is total blasphemy and utter Chutzpah. Many of these Rabbis around the world are greater than he, and these 57 are definitely outnumbered.

The government regulations already take into account extra precautions. To add on to them is ridiculous. It ends up backfiring. Billet is not Chazal, and does not have the right to "add chumrot to protect the integrity of halacha". Especially when most Rabbis in the world disagree with him.

I know people are going to say"Well I know Rabbi so and so, and hes also against minyanim". But the truth is, some of the anti-minyan Rabbis are the vocal ones. The rest are just doing what they feel is the right thing, and telling their followers to do the same. I just got off the phone with a friend from Brooklyn. He told me there are four minyanim on his block, three times a day, all strictly adhering to social distancing rules. He told me that's what it like all over Brooklyn. They are not stupid. They also don't want to get sick. They keep all the rules strictly. And they are all under Rabbinic guidance.

I believe Billet missed the point of the letter writer on YeshivaWorld. His point was that for some reason the so called 57 signatories did not write a lengthy letter against cleaning ladies or shopping or the like. They only wrote about minyanim. At this point in time, shopping in our stores is far more dangerous than davening outside. There seems to be a clear agenda against minyanim. It's not only them. For example, the frum webstites post headlines about Rabbi Meir Stern from Passaic prohibiting minyanim, then post a letter from someone else in Passaic not even quoting Rabbi Stern with regards to the current situation! Fake Headline. They do it all the time.

Why do we have a local Rabbi calling the police and being moiser on another Rabbi who doesn't agree with him? Nothing illegal was being done. This conduct is unheard of! Rabbi Shternbauch just put out a very strong letter against being moser other people to the government. He says mesirah has always been from the worst aveiros a person can do. Probably even worse than davening with a minyan.

I understand there are great Rabbis who feel minyanim are a no-no. But those great Rabbis on not belittling those who disagree with them. They are not going on any campaign.

One of the great leaders in America recently spoke privately to his talmidim and slammed the anti-minyan campaign and called it all a maaseh satan. (The speech was not made public. It was over the phone on a hotline and not recorded. It was intended for his kehilah alone.) Somebody told me he spoke directly to Reb Dovid Feinstein who said if a Rov wants to conduct a legal outdoor minyan, he may do so.

So, stop the campaign! We respected you more before you started writing on websites and pushing your agenda. And btw, I assume the letter on YWN was written anonymously because the writer was afraid of Billet and his henchmen. The same reason many of the 57 signed the letter. Look what happened to some of those who did not sign. They are being ripped to shreds.

Even if you do or do not agree with him it is still Rabbi Billet who learnt under Rav Lichtenshtein. And for all those opposed to his opinion, when the YIW opens back up as a minyan factory that the whole community has come to enjoy, will you still go?  I am sure they all will.

April 29, 2020, 11:36:13 AM
Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Rabbonim Ban All Minyanim Due To COVID-19 (Split Topic)
There are many threads with heated arguments, some even got petty and personal, and I'm guilty of being a part of some of that. But this thread has been the most vile and least productive of them all. Time to let it go.

Yes, Close down this thread already.

May 20, 2020, 12:56:23 PM