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Re: Stroller/Carriage Master Thread My wife went back and forth between the Mountain buggy duet, valco , and Citi mini gt. Eventually settled with the city mini gt. Pros and cons:
Pros: separate "belly" bar,  light weight
Cons: no track record , feels " cheap"
Mountain Buggy
Pros: Narrow, strong, big wheels
Cons: heavy , air filled wheels (air loss, flats) , doesn't fold easily or flat.
City mini gt
Pros: easiest to fold , large foam filled wheels , folds flattest of all, easy to push
Cons: one "belly bar", very wide ,

September 04, 2016, 08:44:29 PM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
bit the bullet on the miix 700.
Will report back after I take it for a spin. The main reason I chose the miix 700 is because I will either be using it at my desk or walking through a facility while taking notes.
Portability is amazing. It's light as a feather (lighter than any laptop I've ever held), tablet detaches quite easily but keyboard also folds back like other 2 in 1s, either way automatic prompt to enter tablet mode. I find it to be a fully functioning laptop when in laptop mode and a fully functioning tablet in tablet mode.
It's sturdier than I imagined in laptop mode.
Lenovo WritIt is pretty much the only software I kept from Lenovo and it works pretty well.
Light as a feather
Bundled with keyboard and pen
Digital pen (vs. capacitive stylus)
Front and rear cameras
Processing power seems up to par
Windows 10 pro

Trackpad - small, sometimes overly sensitive, other times non responsive
Only 2 USB ports - one is the charger and there other is the  pen holder. ( this helps out )

January 25, 2017, 11:24:48 PM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
has anyone ever try a touch screen on a laptop I feel like it might be too shaky
I'd say most DDFr's probably have touchscreen laptops. Welcome to the future
In related news: Palm releases a brand new device called a Treo...

February 19, 2017, 11:21:35 AM
Re: Interesting Articles...

I am not saying that the Taxi medallion business model is right,

that's gotta be the understatement of the year.
The NYC medallion system is legalized racketeering. I can't see it making sense in any universe, to pay a million dollars for the privilege to drive/own a taxi. It defies the law of supply and demand.

March 05, 2017, 06:24:01 PM
Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now!
I definitely understand the idea of being more 'machmir' so not eating the food they serve and there isn't anything wrong with it technically.  But at the end of the day there is something that doesn't feel right about the whole thing. Something that feels off about it. The whole spirit of it. Inviting people to eat food that you somewhere don't think is good enough. I can't quite put it into words but it seems wrong and not in the right kavana of the whole Yom Tov.
it's called a buisness not hachnasas orchim

April 20, 2017, 08:03:50 PM
Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now!

Certain heimeshe soda brands have a distinct flavor, so much so that they must be making it themselves. Anyways as far as a mashgiachs job goes, he's the one supposed to authorize anything.
the distinct flavour is the same flavour that other brands that you've never seen or tasted have. There is another concept known as co-packing where you bring your recipe to a company and they produce it to your spec.
The Rav Hamachshir authorizes, a mashgiach supervises.
In your case you may be right, but many heimeshe products are not produced with hashgacha temidis

April 24, 2017, 06:20:06 AM
Re: People you follow on Twitter. What's Twitter
June 16, 2017, 05:51:33 PM
Re: FBI Raids Orthodox Homes
cant believe that people are stealing from the government, and even worse from the rest of lakewood
everyone pays more taxes because everyone is on programs.

maybe now the taxes will go down?
Taxes don't go down.
As a side note, I know someone who was unemployed, collecting medicaid, unemployment, and food stamps. He then got a job in another state and reported to all 3 agencies that he he got a job out of state and was no longer eligible for services. the only agency that canceled him was unemployment. Recently he told that he still gets gets letters from medicaid office and his current food stamps balance is over $10000.
Obviously he doesn't touch it but for legal purposes he   maintains every document that he ever sent them. So the govt should be arrested for being completely incompetent and tying up taxpayer dollars endlessly in the "system". it almost makes one say that t least with fraud someone benefited. In this case the money is just going to disappear. I can just imagine the accounting nightmare when some wakes up one and discovers thousands of such cases with millions tied up but never spent.

July 07, 2017, 11:44:39 AM
Re: Hot! Ok, you're gonna love this one - Enjoy Life mini chips 10oz ALA $2.02
They're higher quality, yes.
bit the bullet. Ordered 35 bags. Gonna let DW decide on quality

November 28, 2017, 10:28:52 PM
Re: Prison
Maybe it is maybe it isn't, but to think that you can find the way to beat it by reading a book or being trained in some trading system is ridiculous. Pure randomness will include some random success stories. Even if on some level it is not purely random, and considering that it has humans involved it probably isn't, the idea that the system can be beaten by checking some publicly available charts and simple back testing is ridiculous. The Graham market theory of trading short term volatility for long term gains makes sense and is not "beating the system" but being paid for a constructive part in the system. Day trading is not that.
But Online Trading Academy promised...........

December 03, 2017, 12:48:04 PM
Re: Do we really need the US to recognize Jerusalem as the capital?
Am I the only one who read this as Neturei Karta?
I did too. Especially the part about iran funding NK...

December 06, 2017, 08:37:20 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
This sounds like you are referring to the myth that no heimishe product can be better than the OU since they need to rely on the OU for the basic ingredients. This is not the case. First of all, at this point there are many, albeit not all, basic ingredients with supervision other than the OU. Even without that some of the heimishe hechsherim will do their research into the specific OU ingredient before accepting it. While some at the OU will poke fun at the hechsherim which simply call up and ask if an ingredient is good, when speaking to them they will tell you how some will make sure to go to the plant and research exactly which psakim the OU is relying on for each individual ingredient that they allow.
Also there are legitimate chumros that some are makpid on. I manage the Hashgacha for several heimeshe companies produce at our plants. While we accept certain ingredients, they have them replaced for those productions.

December 29, 2017, 09:14:59 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread I'll make this offer...if anyone is in Boston and would like to see how KVH Kosher operates, I'll personally (bl"n) give them a tour of a food service facility of their choice. Answer any question they ask...

January 01, 2018, 08:35:13 AM
Re: School Canceled due to...COLD !
Move to Beachwood :)
in Beachwood they have outdoor heaters in the street....

January 05, 2018, 09:52:18 AM
Re: School Canceled due to...COLD !

I take my kid in the costco fridge every now and then to make sure he remembers what Cleveland feels like :))
funny story. Just talking with one of our caterers. Was scheduled to have refrigerated trailers by 3 events this Shabbos. Just got a call from the company saying that , they  are blessed to deliver but the refrigerated trailers won't stop all the food from freezing.

January 05, 2018, 10:28:54 AM
Re: Why is our divorce rate rising drastically?
This is such a loaded question. When you grow up with certain social norms and values driven into you by everyone around you, you come to think of your actions as voluntary, but are they? It's so complex. It's like the scientologists who willingly go in the "hole." If you ask them, they will tell you they are there voluntarily, but it's all brainwashed BS.
SO all societal values are the result of "brainwashing"?

January 11, 2018, 01:39:46 PM
Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live I'm going to step on a landmine here. I grew up in various out of town communities, then lived and sent a child to school  & tutored boys for 4 years in Brooklyn  after which we then moved out of town. The Yahudus education, specifically in Shabbos concepts (6 yemei bereishes, etc.) & Meleches Shabbos, are considerably stronger out of town. I have found the "in-town" schools hyper focused on "covering ground" and "finishing" while the "out of town" schools were more focused on Yidishkeit.

January 11, 2018, 03:53:22 PM
Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
How many times did you grow up ???
for many of us growing was and is a constant process. For others it ends when they're about 3 years old.

January 14, 2018, 10:21:25 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
I don't know if it's a literal list. He mentioned offhand they're have to have a shabbos elevator, no kashering dishwashers, something about hachana issues. That's all I remember.
Shabbos locks
Shabbos elevator
Separate swimming (exclusively)
No rooms overlooking the pool (unless pool is tented)
Kosher eruv
No hachana

They will kasher dishwashers if done properly. All gaskets and seals removed. All screens and filters removed. Complete breakdown of all parts. If there is a belt, it's crucial to remove it. I have found entire sets of dishes (with dinner  :o under the belts. Then libun kal with a torch to all metal parts and hagala for all rubber parts.
We kasher box dishwashers by several clients for pesach and it's not a big deal.
There are programs that conform but have no interest in paying a hefty OU rate.

January 29, 2018, 10:40:08 PM
Re: Car Lease v. Buying
I have a Honda Civic which I could afford on my own
and.....? im missing the point
Another noob here!

February 14, 2018, 12:26:33 PM
Re: Problem with Elal and Baal teshuva whose father is Muslim...advice?
Crazy story
I do NOT mean to bash Elal. BH EY have had MANY attempted terrorist attempts thwarted.
and I Do not know how serious his allegations of stolen belongings is. See below- any advice? this is a student we purchased a ticket for to attend a baal teshuva yeshiva:

My moms family is all Jewish and my dad's dad is Muslim, from turkey and his mom from Canada. El al was not too happy about my having Muslim family in Turkey. Before I could even check in for my flight, I was held for nearly three hours as they asked any question you could think of regarding my Turkish family. I was one of the first people in line to check in and I was the dead last to get through. Because of my family history, I have gotten used to the extra questioning since this is my fifth time in Israel. It happens every time, but this time was so much worse. They then told me at check in that I had to take my computer out of my carry on and put in into my checked bag. They didnít make any other passengers do that and gave me no reason for it. Once I got through security is where the real problems started. After the hours of questioning, the director of el al security again pulled me aside and accused me of bringing a Muslim prayer rug into Israel, as if it was illegal. It was only my bath towel. Finally, as I am waiting in the line to board, xxxxx and I were asked to go into the side room next to the gate. They frisked both of us from head to toe and then completely picked apart both of our carry ons. They took out all of my electronics and told me that they had to put them in my checked bag. They gave me no reason. They also refused to let me take my sleeping pills into the plane, With no reason. Once in the plane, the director of security again approached me and told me that they had taken my hard drive and to give him an address in Israel to send it to. They did this without my permission and completely unofficially. I wrote my address on a scratch piece of paper that the director just shoved into his pocket. No official paperwork or anything like that. Once I got to Israel, I realized that the el al employees that had searched my checked bag (where I had packed my ďprayer rugĒ) I realized that they had also taken my deodorant, razor refills, my sunglasses and some really nice cologne that my parents had bought me for Hanukkah. I havenít received any emails or confirmation that they have my property and are sending it to me, so I am assuming that I will never see any of it again.
I am sorry for the long write up. I canít do it now, but Iím the morning I will send you what I sent to the travel agent just in case I left anything out. I feel that I was simply punished for having Muslim family despite the fact that I have been to Israel five times and even stayed for a year on a student visa. I hope that I can get compensated for my property and a refund for my flight home. It would be nice to talk to you and xxxxxxx on the phone soon, because aside from that everything is going great!
Twitter war with el Al....

February 15, 2018, 05:59:44 PM
Re: Are You An Organ Donor?
Quote from: Montesquieu
a truly virtuous man would come to the aid of the most distant stranger as quickly as to his own friend. If men were perfectly virtuous, they wouldnít have friends.

Not that this is my personal belief but....

February 16, 2018, 01:36:18 PM
Re: How Much Did You Pay For A Pound Of Matzah
The reason they were lazy by me, probably was because they had group like yours just before
I think it has to with the bakery

March 09, 2018, 03:48:01 PM
Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
That's iruy kli rishon which can't kasher a kli rishon. Some say sinks are a kli rishon since pasta falls on it.
R' Shlomo Zalman says that iriui from a kli rishon while its on the fire boiling works in place of an even miluban

March 27, 2018, 01:11:51 PM
HOT!! 64oz Kedem Grape juice $0.88 (Star Market-Brookline, MA) All varieties. 25oz sparkling also same price (all varieties).
My .02:
3 categories of retailers:
1. Tries selling his pesach cakes on sale for $25.99 for shavuos since his distributor told him it's a holiday item.
2. The guy who finally gets it....marks all Passover items down by 90% on chol hamoed....even his meat and grape juice.
3. The seasoned Jewish retailers who just pack it and sell it next year for $25.99

April 05, 2018, 03:54:47 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
Saw this in another group. Does the below make sense? Product was under KVH:

Was in Costco today and noticed the taboule didnít have a kosher certification on it. I sent a message to the company via their Facebook page and this was their response:


We recently had to make a tough call which required the removal of our kosher  label. The truth is parsley can carry a small insect, aphids. Our parsley is machine washed with top of the line, industrial equipment 3 to 4 times. However, when the Rabbi inspects and finds 1 aphid all of the produce must be thrown out. Knowing how each piece of food must be carefully inspected, our company has much respect for the kosher process. However, if there is 1 aphid found on a parsley leaf we must throw away thousands of pounds of produce. We have now been in the dilemma to either keep up kosher standards, or to not waste the thousands of pounds of food. We have decided to continue our same high standards in the vegetable cleaning process as, but drop the kosher label for our taboule. We are thankful for our Kosher customers, and hope they can understand this decision. "
The gist is correct. Infestation fluctuated well beyond what we were comfortable with and the current wash system relied on human touch to much. There was talk about putting in a fully automated wash system but a apparently proved to difficult to meet the kosher spec.

April 26, 2018, 08:36:58 AM
Re: Quaker Life Breakfast Cereal Variety Pack,(4 boxes) 52 Ounce $6.01
There are SOME poskim who say you cannot buy chametz from non jewish stores (until shavous; which is the when you can assume the stock replenished) if you don't for a fact know that the chometz was owned by non-jews for duration of Passover.
really? Which poskim?

April 30, 2018, 06:49:59 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
Trader Joe's crackers

May 01, 2018, 10:42:09 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
Who's there to call regarding this product?

May 04, 2018, 12:16:40 AM
Re: I have one page with two documents on it I want to split it and print them each.
I'm not too familiar with cutting a picture in half and then printing them in full screen meaning a full size paper if I had access to Microsoft Word or a computer I would actually try to go ahead and split them up and zoom in and blow it up, is there any app or website I could just download this picture or somehow cut it and put them on four pages versus having it on two pages and having the other half of the page blank as you can see in the link below which I'll link, you can even download it if you want beautiful d'var Torah on this week's Parsha.
And if someone does end up helping me if you don't mind and show me the method on how to break them up so I can do it in the future thanks a lot good Shabbos.

Or to actually download the PDF directly you can click on this link..
I was able to open in word, unlock from "read only" (CTL+shift+ F11) and the change the format to one document per page

June 02, 2018, 10:13:16 PM
Re: Which hotels have Two bedroom suites?
i hate opening new threads but i just couldnt find anywhere to post. im looking to go away with the family on points. were a group of 8 and obviously neeed more than a suiite but we did just fine in hyatt houses with the Trio rooms. they give you 2 full closed bedrooms plus a living room area with pull out sofa and full kitchen. they are extremely reasonable too. two regular adjoining rooms wont work for us since we need more room and also need the kitchen. my question is if other hotel brands have similar configurations like candlewood suites or Homewood or something like that. any input appreciated.
IME the 2 bedroom suites at Residence Inns, TownePlace Suites, StayBridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites, Sonesta ES, etc, are not bookable with points. We have often been upgraded for free but only once was I able to get them to confirm the upgrade in advance. I must say, many of these two bedroom suites are bigger than my apartment....

June 13, 2018, 03:45:26 PM
Re: Public letter
If a non-religious Jew became religious would you accept him as you would someone that was religious from birth?
I would point out (also related to our other discussion re: discrimination) that I employ over 50 people as kosher supervisors/inspectors/Mashgichim. At least 1/3 we're not religious thier entire lives. 6 are female (just about every position is open to women). 2 are African American. 1 Hispanic. 2 Iranian. 3 Israeli. 2 converts. Etc. We have a pretty diverse crowd and gladly accept anyone who is a capable, practicing Orthodox Jew (per our Rabbinical Council standards).

June 27, 2018, 11:58:28 PM
Free: 1 night Mt. Laurel, NJ Free night giveaway.
Thursday 8/9
2 bedroom suite (1 queen bed in each bedroom and a full sofa bed in the living  room. Full kitchen with kashered keilim)
TownePlace Suites - Mt. Laurel, NJ. (Cherry Hill/ Philly area)
Need a DDF referral. (So I do t get ripped off with kiosk items being charged to the room)
Looking for advice on how to get the key to someone who wants it.

August 08, 2018, 08:12:11 PM
Re: Free: 1 night Mt. Laurel, NJ
Free night giveaway.
Thursday 8/9
2 bedroom suite (1 queen bed in each bedroom and a full sofa bed in the living  room. Full kitchen with kashered keilim)
TownePlace Suites - Mt. Laurel, NJ. (Cherry Hill/ Philly area)
Need a DDF referral. (So I do t get ripped off with kiosk items being charged to the room)
Looking for advice on how to get the key to someone who wants it.
Taken! Thanks for playing.... :)

August 08, 2018, 11:09:34 PM
Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread
out of town cities dont have shuls that are nearly as busy as lakewood shuls. and if they are as busy they generally have the mikva in a completely separate area which is not possible in a lakewood development
I give up. I guess just stick with qam appointments.
It can be done in a tznius manner with an entrance on the opposite side of the building. It might also help if people weren't so yentish

August 20, 2018, 06:34:21 PM
Re: Chabad Minhagim: Pros & Cons
Most recent occurrence I experienced was next to the Ohel on Erev RH. There was a captive audience there that was going to say Hatoras Nedorim, why not take the time to say the full shiur (including 3 extra Kaptilech) tehillim before starting the Hatoras Nedorim?
interesting anecdote: several years ago at a pesach hotel I noticed people running out of davening early. I wondered where they were running since breakfast was always fully stocked fir several hours. I mentioned this out loud to someone and he shared an interesting observation. He said he had been in prison for a period of time and noticed that there were people who left davening early. He couldn't fathom where they were running. After mentioning it to someone in prison he said it's basically based on habots developed when you had excuses for leaving early....

September 17, 2018, 02:57:07 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
The "Cranberry 100% juice" lists ingredients:

On page: "This 100% cranberry juice contains water, cranberry juice concentrate, grape juice, water, grape juice concentrate, apple juice, water, apple juice concentrate, and pear juice, water, pear juice concentrate."
and they would be correct. It is 100% juice. Not 100% Cranberry juice

October 09, 2018, 10:01:34 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread

Presumably there are all sorts of kulahs used by various agencies on many products. Does that mean one needs to research every product? What about Bishul akum questions that come up on nearly every product? Wouldn't it make more sense to just exclusively use hechshers that conform to one's standards?
bishul alum doesn't come on nearly every product. Probably not even on 1/4 of certified products.
Also, many people on this board have asked specific questions regarding bishul akum. Grape juice is a known red flag ingredient with many known kulos (many of which I suspect would shock quite a few members on this board). Therefore it make sense for someone to ask questions regarding grape juice.

October 14, 2018, 12:07:10 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
On my EWR-TLV flight the FA seemed to know, and took amit back from me and gave me a sealed bag if nuts with a hechsher, that made me assume they know from experience that those who request kosher meals dont eat those.
But then again later on the same FA offered me the Chalav stam ice cream (I assume) after a chicken meal saying that he knows I can have it cuz I only ate chicken not beef....
he was probably from the galil.... :D

October 14, 2018, 12:42:07 PM
Re: Kosher Meals - Can we do better?
Seriously?? Oy another one bites the dust. Growing up thinking the OU was the #1 accepted hashgacha in the US, then finding out reality as an adult. Now you're telling me the OK is not almost-nationally accepted?
you have a lot to learn.....

November 07, 2018, 04:51:31 PM
Re: NYC Master Thread
Does E-ZPass work everywhere in NY/NJ? I have I-Pass and it says works everywhere E-ZPass does.

November 17, 2018, 08:53:32 PM
Unless I am mistaken chicken is raw before it is cooked.  :)
yes. And then most sane people cook it thereby negating most of the my house though, we don't cook our lettuce to kill bacteria

November 20, 2018, 10:02:25 PM
Re: Is Royal Jordanian Safe? Just had a very pleasant flight ORD-AMM seat 1A (1C was empty so that was nice)
No issues at immigration (I wanted the stamp)  or at security.
Sitting in the Crown Lounge now awaiting flight to TLV.

January 28, 2019, 08:08:09 AM
Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Or Gilbert Chikli who invented the "CEO scam" and was able to persuade bank and company officers to transfer money by simply ringing them and impersonating their CEO. He lived in luxury in Ashdod for many years, but was dumb enough to travel to Ukraine to be arrested and handed over to France.
can't put a price on R"H in Uman :P

February 19, 2019, 08:48:53 AM
Re: Kavey El Hashem-Ein Keloykeinu.How come in every shul i'm always falling behind?
The average person speaks around 150 words per minute but many can go much higher (auctioneers can do as much as 400 words per minute). How many words are in תחנון and אין כאלקינו ?

March 10, 2019, 10:22:36 PM
Re: Craziest pesach chumra's!!
1. I'm pretty sure milk and a lot of cheeses and (usually non-processed) prepackaged meat is usually certified Kosher L'pesach year round.

2.  I imagine there a lot of things other than milk and ham which could potentially be used in a butcher shop that are not kosher l'pesach. Unless it's strictly a butcher shop only that sells nothing but raw meat.
1. Added vitamins are problematic
2. Raw meat includes schnitzel and seasoned meats which can contain chometz

April 02, 2019, 04:15:47 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread New logo
April 11, 2019, 09:28:55 AM
Re: Kashering Lodge Cast Iron Pots מרדכי סוף מס' ע''ז
אבל אותם הבלועות התיר ...אז אין צריכין ליבון גדול דנשירת קליפה אלא רק עד שתהא יד סולדת משני עבריה וגם רגילים לבדוק ע''י נתינת קש מבחוץ לראות אם הקש נשרף בהכי סגי דא''כ שליט הליבון מעבר לעבר אע''ג שלא תשיר קליפתו ומ''מ די בכך דכיון
 דהתירא בלע א''כ די להם בהגעלה ואע''ג דתשמישה ע''י האור כדמשמע בשמעתא והא לא גרע אותו ליבון מהגעלה ואותו ליבון מפליט יותר מהגעלה
This is what's brought down in the ב''י  as well. It seems clear from the Mordechai that יד סולדת משני עבריה & הקש נשרף worked about the same. (It seems clear that the Rem"a didn't agree with  יד סולדת משני עבריה but the Shulchan Aruch Harav did. The PM"G makes a 3rd level) but from the Mordechai it should be clear that kash nisraf can happen at below 440F

April 11, 2019, 12:05:30 PM
What is the purpose of this thread?
ironic how a dormant 5 yes old profile bumped a dormant 5 year old   thread

April 12, 2019, 04:06:55 PM
Re: Kashering Lodge Cast Iron Pots

@ 6:50 mark . Rabbi Elefant says they are virtually impossible to Kasher.
very difficult to understand. Cast iron is one of the easiest metals to do a libun gamur on since it can withstand very high temps. I've kashered cast iron with libun gamur many times without any issues.

April 18, 2019, 04:32:18 PM