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Re: joke for sheva brachot i dont understand what you are referring to, but i was talking about calling the kallah a melech when the word melech is inherently male.
i personally find it ridiculous and unfunny, but thats just me

February 19, 2011, 05:28:30 PM
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Cheap chanuka gifts - The 5 Best Toys of All Time http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/01/the-5-best-toys-of-all-time/all/1
December 06, 2011, 07:50:04 PM
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Re: Menorah lighting in Hotels
Has anyone had any experience with this? I'll be out of town for part of chanukah and staying at a hotel. Has anyone had any experience with a lit menorah in their hotel room? That is, were there any problems with the smoke detector going off, or the fact that it was a non-smoking hotel.

Thanks
you can make a shliach to light for you in your house

October 25, 2012, 09:52:45 PM
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Minimum Connection Time is there a database somewhere with the accurate info for this?
February 16, 2013, 06:45:02 PM
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Re: “Light” Trip to Vienna & Prague Thursday morning we took a taxi to the Prague Castle, the biggest ancient castle in the world according to Guinness World Records. We opted to buy tickets for the “short visit” which included entry to the following locations: St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane. As you can see, 2 of the 4 locations are churches which I don’t enter. The audioguide was also extremely expensive so I figured I’d make do with the signposts. In the end that was a mistake as I didn’t get the proper experience at the Old Royal Palace.

There is a changing of the guard on the hour, but the one at 12 noon has the full fanfare and flag ceremony which I attended. Some might say it’s a bit too drawn out.





August 11, 2013, 04:50:13 AM
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Re: “Light” Trip to Vienna & Prague After the changing of the guard, we went to the Golden Lane, included on the ticket. The Golden Lane is a 15th century street with quaint little houses that at one time housed the sharpshooters of the palace. Today, they house reproductions of the old world style of living as well as the very interesting medieval armory displaying suits of armor and weaponry throughout the ages.



Torture chamber


Gun knife hybrid


August 11, 2013, 04:50:46 AM
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Re: “Light” Trip to Vienna & Prague We then strolled down towards the old town, crossing the famous Charles Bridge, dating from the 14th century. I personally didn’t like much of the artwork for sale on the bridge, but as others have pointed out, haggling is possible should you be interested. Coming from the palace, the third to last statue on the left side is the infamous kadosh kadosh cross, paid for by a Jew in 1696 for allegedly “blaspheming” the cross.

We then bought tickets to the Altneuschul and toured it. (Entrance to the Alteneuschul is not included on the Jewish Museum ticket although you can buy it at the same time for a small discount.) As I stated previously, I have a great Jewish guidebook on Prague and we spent some time in the Alteneuschul analyzing the details. After all, it is the oldest continually used synagogue in all of Europe, built in 1270. While no photography is allowed inside, as long as you keep you flash off, you should be fine. Alternatively, you can come for mincha/maariv for free, and can take as many photos as you’d like. Just make sure to come a little early, as during prayer times there’s a guard who asks more questions than security at TLV.





Place of the Maharal, and to the left, the Noda Beyehuda


Attic of the Altneuschul, what lurks within???


August 11, 2013, 04:51:44 AM
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Re: “Light” Trip to Vienna & Prague Adjacent to the Altneuschul is the Jewish Town Hall from 1560. On the side of that building is an interesting clock with the Alef Bais instead of numbers, and runs counterclockwise.





"design" on the facade of a building. Magen david associated with stacks of coins....


We then went to Dinitz for dinner which was enjoyable. TIP: After you exit the old cemetery, there are stalls on the right side selling all sorts of knickknacks. One of the ones closer to the cemetery sells pocket mirrors. That stall also has 10% off coupons to Dinitz if paying cash. As the credit card machine wasn’t working anyways when we were there, it was great to have the coupon.

August 11, 2013, 04:53:05 AM
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Re: “Light” Trip to Vienna & Prague Friday morning, we took a taxi to the old cemetery of Zizkov (near the TV tower) to visit the the kevarim of the Noda Beyehuda and R’ Eliezer Flaklas, the Teshuva Meahavah. My original research led me to believe that the cemetery is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I subsequently learned that it’s open on Mondays and Wednesdays between 11am and 3pm, and on Friday between 9am and 1pm.

Noda Beyehuda


We then took a taxi to the Stefanikuv Bridge where we picked up a Vltava River cruise. We went on the 1pm English cruise offered by Premient Tours, one of the better tour operators. They also offer hotel pickup IIRC.


August 11, 2013, 03:36:13 PM
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Re: “Light” Trip to Vienna & Prague We then walked to the old town square to watch the ‘glockenspiel’ spectacle which occurs on the hour from 8am to 8pm on the old town clock. When the clock strikes the hour, a kind of politically incorrect medieval morality play begins. Two doors slide open and the statues of the Twelve Apostles glide by, while the 15th-century conception of the "evils" of life -- a Death skeleton, a preening Vanity, a corrupt Turk, and an acquisitive Jew -- shake and dance below. At the end of World War II, the horns and beard were removed from the moneybag-holding Jew, who's now politely referred to as Greed. I found it to be far less entertaining than the glockenspiel in Munich.





It's worth climbing the Old Town Hall's tower for an excellent view over the red rooftops of Staromestské námestí and the surrounding area. But be warned: The steps are narrow, steep, and quite physically demanding, so the less courageous should take the elevator, which we did.





August 11, 2013, 03:37:31 PM
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