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AMEX Reconsideration I recently applied for an amex Mercedes-Benz cc and was turned down. The letter states it is due to to 1. too many creditors reviewing the report 2. payments in relation to overall balance and 3. past due activity with a.e.  As of April 28th my score was 746.

Does anyone know of the best way to go about trying to get it reconsidered? A regular phone call and begging? Write a letter or email? What has been your experience?

thanks.

June 17, 2012, 01:42:56 PM
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Re: Why do some Jewish communities prohibit women from driving?
Don't be in denial that the hardest cases.
coherence is a virtue

January 07, 2018, 08:44:56 PM
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Re: Shooting In Pitssburgh Shul (Targeted against Jews), 11 Dead
Have no idea and don’t care. Now can you please answer the question?

To answer your question correctly I need to make use of Jewish sources, primarily the Talmud. But you said you don't care about the opinion of the Torah, so what good will it do?

October 29, 2018, 12:47:12 PM
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Re: Shooting In Pitssburgh Shul (Targeted against Jews), 11 Dead
All I am asking is your view. If you want to base it on your religious beliefs that is fine but it is still your personal belief. This isn't that difficult of a question. Let me show you how easy it is. My belief is they do not deserve to die. Now your turn.  :)

Fair enough. My personal belief is that you aren't authentically religious, because if you were you wouldn't marginalize the view of the Torah. That said, I'm happy to respond. But to be clear, your question was whether or not homosexuals deserve to die. It was not about the story in Pittsburgh.

1) Sanhedrin is not in force today so a Bes Din may not put anyone to death, including murderers. So, no homosexuals may not be stoned in our times. 2) In the times of the Sanhedrin [and when Moshiach reinstates Sanhedrin], they stoned Homosexuals. It is a Biblical command: If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13) 3) The Talmud states that while today we do not mete out corporal punishments, G-d does intervene. He sees to it that people get what they deserve. So do homosexuals deserve to die? Yes. Can we do anything about it today? No. Does G-d intervene? That Talmud says yes.

October 29, 2018, 01:09:14 PM
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Re: Lose Your Hechsher In Lakewood If You Fly An Israeli Flag? Losing one's hechsher over a flag aside, why put out a flag if it will bother people in the community? I doubt it helps longterm business and it seems spiteful.

It's kind of like neturei karta bothering people at an Israeli parade.

Being nice goes both ways. Don't attack someone for putting out a flag, but don't either put it out if it will bother people.

May 10, 2019, 03:02:16 PM
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Re: Abortion = Murder?
Ah, so socialist.
I hate to break it to you. Just because you are convinced of the veracity of some tenant of democracy does not mean the Torah accords with it.

May 15, 2019, 07:15:44 PM
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Re: Thoughts on abortion, religion, and morality
The Torah does not agree with the American pro-life version.

Well, lets compare. Checking Wikipedia on Anti-abortion movement it reads: Anti-abortion movements, also referred to as pro-life movements, are involved in the abortion debate advocating against the practice of abortion and its legality. Checking out R' Moshe's tshuvah, it reads:

לברר שהריגת עובר אסורה באסור רציחה בין בעכו“ם
בין בישראל... ולכן לדינא... איכא איסור רציחה מלא
תרצח גם על עובר ורק שפטור ההורגו ממיתה

So it seems pretty compatible.

Quite honestly,  I think that the recent swing to the pro-life side of abortion in the frum community just means that catholic values have infiltrated the Jewish community.

What recent swing are you talking about? Frum people always abominated the pro-choice movement. Actually what we are seeing, based on what happened in Alabama, is the opposite.


May 20, 2019, 09:00:51 PM
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Re: Kobe Bryant, one of the greats RIP!
And what I have a problem with, is you spewing hate on someone who just died, period.
Funny I actually agree with all you said, but why can't you realize you were totally out of line, like c'mon man! not here and not now.

Spewing hate?

He articulated a thoughtful position that actually relates specifically to the here and now. He feels that the mourning (which happens when someone dies) is due specifically to Kobe's sports accomplishments. If it was someone nobody heard of, people wouldn't care. He feels that an authentic Jewish approach should incorporate said individuals principals and morality above all else, which in this case is highly flawed and detrimental.

January 28, 2020, 02:14:11 AM
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Re: Kobe Bryant, one of the greats RIP!
What kind of chutzpa does it take to say that something created by Gd is worthless and offers no lesson in serving Him.

According to that logic we should be sad if a terrorist is eliminated. (I am not comparing anyone to a terrorist, I am simply making a point.)

The fact that G-d creates everything for a purpose has nothing to do with man's free will. Bryant admitted to choking a woman and worse.

If so, why is everyone mourning?

Spoiler: They are not mourning over the loss of a human being. If they were, they would react the same about an unknown who was killed.

They are mourning talent. That's the reality.

From a Jewish perspective it is the exact opposite. We should not respect A more than B because of a meaningless attribute. Judaism doe not attribute greatness to someone for his ability to hit three pointers.

It goes against your grain? I can't help it.

January 29, 2020, 03:50:05 PM
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Re: May Rush Limbaugh have a speedy recovery
Nothing to do with his fitness for office.
Yes it does have to do with his fitness for office. Morality is an important element because it sets the tone for the country. The first husband? Vomitable.

February 14, 2020, 04:09:51 PM
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Meir Kay should take down the homosexual video and issue an apology Meir Kay (Kalmanson) a religious internet personality featured in many music videos including “mach a Baracha” and "Ivri Anochi" released a video in which he gifts a gay "couple" a fun night out in a limo, restaurant, and hotel room – for Valentine’s Day.

We tend to allow our children to watch Jewish videos freely. Unfortunately today more than ever we must ascertain if what they are watching is truly  "Jewish".

Meir should take down the video and issue an apology.




February 21, 2020, 12:06:50 PM
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Re: Meir Key should take down the homosexual video and issue an apology
That is true. What do you feel the guidelines of how to way benefit vs. detriment should be?
I don't know what the guidelines should be or if it is possible to articulate specific guidelines.
I would venture to say that it is something best played by ear.

February 21, 2020, 02:39:56 PM
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Re: Meir Key should take down the homosexual video and issue an apology
Did you try messaging him directly?
Good point. Perhaps I should have messaged him directly first, although I highly doubt he would take it down. He wrote glowingly about how this video was the right thing to do.
What is the purpose of this thread if he won't care? Other than exposing more people to the video and the L"H?
Maybe he will care if many people are talking about it. Also, even if he doesn't care, at least we should care.




February 21, 2020, 02:45:04 PM
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Re: Meir Key should take down the homosexual video and issue an apology
"Whatever you believe and no matter how you believe, let us not forget what it means to be kind and respectful for each other."
This comment, along with the apology to the “LGBT community” posted on Instagram are prime examples of liberal Jewish hogwash. I hate to break it to you, but Judaism isn’t about your personal feel-good vibes, no matter how lovey-dovey they sound. It’s about submitting to the opinions of the Aibishter, whether you like it or not.

I’m sure that if you are alive when Moshiach comes, you will protest killing out Amalek. You wouldn’t want Beth Din to kill sinners.  If you lived in the times of Joshua, you would protest the elimination of the seven nations, despite G-ds repeated warnings to do it.  It’s time to grow up and drop the love-all-of-humanity trash.

Homosexuality is openly proscribed in the Torah in the strongest terms, as well as forbidden to all of humanity, on pain of death. Obviously Beth Din doesn't operate today, but in the times of Moshiach it will. You can dance with Moshiach all you want, and talk about how he will be a light unto the nations, but it wont change the reality that all this liberal garbage will come to a screeching halt. 

February 24, 2020, 01:28:32 PM
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Re: Meir Key should take down the homosexual video and issue an apology
"Whatever you believe and no matter how you believe, let us not forget what it means to be kind and respectful for each other."
Since when does "kind and respectful" include an Orthodox Jew purchasing a hotel room for a homosexual couple so they can "spend time together"?


February 24, 2020, 01:37:02 PM
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Re: Is your Shul Secretly Open Right Now?
queens county has more cases than Brooklyn county w/o any shuls or the sort open.
Huh? Both counties have well over 2 million residents. The Orthodox community of Queens, as large as it is, is a very small percentage of the borough. The fact that Queens has more cases than Brooklyn does not prove that shuls being closed does not work.

Most of the very chashuve rabbanim in the vchassidishe velt have some sort of operational minyan and they are all very well versed in the Halachos and severity of pikuach nefesh.
How do you know this? I don't know how you view "chashuv" but I wouldn't consider such a peson chushuv

April 12, 2020, 10:15:37 PM
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Re: A goy does care.
@CountValentine "Righteous Among the Nations"
He must keep the seven Noach laws, and for the right reasons, for that.

April 13, 2020, 12:28:42 AM
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Re: Halachik Status of Illegitimate Minyanim
My personal take:
In Wuhan, Spain, Italy, and England, there were set times that people went on their porches to sing, serenade each other, yell to each other, applaud medical workers, ect. Everyone in the world thought it was wonderful, and there were laudatory headlines and videos everywhere. Suddenly, when people are doing the same thing to sing and praise Hashem, they're evil. It feels to me like the story with the yid on the train in the 1950s, that someone came over to him and berated him for the chilul Hashem he was causing by dressing in the old world style long coat, hat, and beard. The person looked at the yeller blankly and said "I'm not sure what you're talking about. I'm Amish, and this is how we preserve our traditions. I'm sorry if it offends you." The yeller apologized profusely, and said how wonderful he thought it was that he was preserving the ways of his ancestors and how he should be proud of it... The "Amish" guy said to him "For the Amish it's wonderful and praiseworthy, but for a yid it's a chilul Hashem"?

In addition, many non essential businesses are still open, and I don't see people getting emotional about people attending. I haven't seen a single business where appropriate social distancing measures were maintained. Not a single one. Not banks, not pharmacies, not supermarkets... Nothing. In fact, it's nearly impossible for appropriate non contagion measures to be maintained in these settings. Yet I don't see anyone getting emotional about them. I have seen minyanim where appropriate distances were maintained. An outdoor minyan setting is significantly more feasible to maintain a safe environment than a store, being as not everyone needs to be in the same aisles getting the same items by necessity, it's possible to be over a much larger area, and people are not touching the same surfaces. Yet all these pseudo epidemiologists that speak 3 words of Yiddish and know how to yell in a WhatsApp video are convinced that all these people that ch'v answer amen yehei shmei rabbah are rotzchim.

If we were taking social distancing as seriously as these people feel we should, every store should be closed. Yes, EVERY SINGLE ONE. Forget about the liquor stores and other ridiculous stores that are legally allowed to remain open (I haven't seen a single WhatsApp video ranting about those-in fact, it seems that the august darshanim like to utilize them...)-every food store and pharmacy should be closed too. They can all be converted to deliver only, and organizations can be mobilized and arranged to take orders, pack them, and deliver them. Kreindy won't get the brand mayonnaise she likes, and Berel won't get his favorite rack of ribs? They'll survive on potatoes and matzah. I'm well aware that people need emergency medications ect... They can all be delivered. These stores are infinitely more dangerous than minyanim, based on the apparent impossibility to operate them in a safe mannerism. If every guy that is ranting about people davening with a minyan would volunteer to help take orders and deliver, this would be entirely doable. This is a warzone we're talking about, not peacetime. Nobody should be talking about how this isn't feasible because their kids get cranky if they don't have fresh milk and eggs and their favorite brand cereal every 2 days.

Different people seem to have different priorities. I think the same people that rant about the chilul Hashem of minyanim on airplanes, the chilul Hashem of men not sitting next to women, and the chilul Hashem of the Yidden in the 1950s that walked around with a yarmulke and peyos and beard are ranting about this. It depends which religion you subscribe to.

This is my personal take.

However, I am wrong. That is because I asked my posek, one of the gedolim in America, (and I heard the same from someone else who personally asked another very choshuve posek that has been consulted about life and death questions for decades), and he said not to participate in a such a minyan, even if it is being operated on a mannerism that most doctors would consider 100% safe. He did not explain why.

Every person has to have a Rav that they listen to אפילו אם אמר על שמאל ימין ועל ימין שמאל, and this is what my Rav said. Therefore, I am 100% wrong, and all my logic otherwise is worthless.

I must admit that it's very difficult for me. There is a minyan outside my house that consists of a few different families, each on their own individual property in their single family homes, well more than all the recommended distances apart. I literally just have to walk onto my front porch to be part of the minyan, and I hear them davening. Listening to a ruling that is nearly a chok to me is personally very difficult. However, that is the halacha, and I believe that a person who listens to their Rav no matter what does not regret it, and that is what will being the geulah more than any minyan.

 כשם שמקבלים שכר על הדרישה, כך מקבלים שכר על הפרישה.

(Repost because first got lost.)
Some of your points are well taken. Although not everything can be compared to a real sakana, hence the psak. The fact that many store owners and store goers aren't careful is their own fault. If we lived under the rule of Dovid Hamelech, Shlomo etc., I bet that stores would be shut for anything other than for absolute necessities.

My peeve is about guys who aren't careful with minyan btzibbur screaming at others to close minyanim. Are they right about the danger? Yes. But lets be honest. How many guys fly around the world on vacations or just for fun or because they have the points, who miss out tfila btzibur. Anyone like that wouldn't think twice to not show up to shul if it seems necessary. Their angry for all the wrong reasons.

The people that count are those who never miss minyan btzibur unless for a tzorech gadol. If those people are staying home, you can be sure there is what to rely on.

April 13, 2020, 02:41:58 PM
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COVID-19 Frustrations and Pet Peeves There has been plenty of frustration. The guys making minyanim. The guys yelling not to make minyanim. People not wearing masks. You name it.
Feel free to let people know what you don't like and what ought to be fixed.

For me, its about guys who aren't careful always with minyan btzibbur screaming to shut minyanim. Are they right about the danger? Yes. But lets be honest. How many guys fly around the world on vacations because they have the time, money, points, or whatever, causing them to miss tfila btzibur. Anyone like that wouldn't think twice about not showing up to shul if necessary. Their angry for all the wrong reasons.

The people that count are those who are serious about not missing minyan btzibur unless for a tzorech gadol. If those people are staying home, you can be sure there is what to rely on.

April 13, 2020, 04:31:40 PM
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