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Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
   Anyone that holds different?
many allow smoking on fast days, including Tisha B’Av (see e.g. shu’t Har HaKarem siman 19). The Chafetz Chaim (Mishna Berrura 556:sif katan #8) strongly disagrees and disallows smoking on any taanis, especially Tisha B’av by pain of excommunication! Others are lenient (see Yabia Omer 1:33 who allows one to be meikel in private).

source: https://www.bvkkosher.com/smoking HT:google

July 29, 2020, 11:33:14 PM
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Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
There are two shailos here. One is when the heter starts in a year like this, and the other if non tzorchei shabbos are also muter. Rav Falk addresses mainly the first one and is mattir completely. And on the second one he also believes it to be muter, but he has no clear source for it.
Barditchover ruv's psak is brought down in Piskei Thuvos as well, in the bottom notes.
1) To clarify - Rav Falk is dealing with laundry / bathing / haircuts. Not meat and wine. He is very explicit at the end of the teshuva
2) He only discusses non tzorchei Shabbos with regards to laundry. There's a strong sevara because of the takanos Ezra, that he brings in s"k #10 as well. I heard the same from other poskim as well.
3) Haircuts and rechitza lkovod shabbos he is matir as well
4) what he does not discuss is our question - where it's not lkovod shabbos. I'm going to shower tonight, but will shower again before shabbos. (same would apply to shaving).
5) There is no sevara in his teshuva that should be matir that.

July 31, 2020, 02:53:23 AM
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Re: Car Lease Master Thread
Car was delivered today from Rodo. Do typically cars sit at dealers for 10 months? What are these dates on the key ring?

The last 10 months were far from typical...

August 07, 2020, 01:08:35 AM
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Re: Car Lease Master Thread

It makes a difference if you were buying more car (and paying for more gas) than you would otherwise have. The math is pretty simple. When you lease you pay for the depreciation, about 6% interest and whatever the leasing company charges. When you buy you save on the interest rate and cut out the leasing company.

Really my second point is really an extension of my first. Those who can do math understand that people who are struggling to make ends meet, and certainly are not saving for their future, can't afford a new car every 2-3 years. All leasing does is hide that and make them think it makes sense. The leasing trend is as much responsible for the financial struggles of frum families as tuition and simchas.
People who can't afford it shouldn't do it. All I said is that if you're going to get a new car every 5 years it makes financial sense, and if you play your cards right as I have many times, you can pay for a good chunk of your next car with the proceeds of the first.
Even for the people you're talking about, comparing a $3,000 a year luxury to a $50,000 Simcha or $100,000 tuition bill is quite the straw man.

August 09, 2020, 01:19:08 PM
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Re: Car Lease Master Thread
Just got an odyssey from rodo. Thanks to @~King Lake~ for his help! rodo came out almost $20 less then everywhere else. (Yes, as mentioned here there is a stop sale on odysseys but apparently this one was fixed and thus eligible for sale again)

And I sold my old lease to ALGO for a net profit of $1948. I didn't have to fix the scratches or anything else that a lease return inspection would find and I didn't have to pay a disposition fee and came out $1948 on top of that. Thanks to @thaber for his help!

It's times like this I'm grateful to @Dan and crew, without ddf I would not have explored rodo and I never would have dreamed of selling my lease and for a profit  :)
Hats off to @thaber for the idea of selling out my lease to Algo! They’re offering me over $1000 above my buyout price of 9850 to Nissan. I never knew this before! Getting money back from a lease!
Thank you both for the mention. Worth pricing out carvana, vroom, and algo (HT @stooges44 I hadn't heard of them before).
Carmax was they best for years, not recently, but this seems to be cyclical.
Sometimes a local dealer will take it for more too, on a popular Jewish car.
When you call for your payoff ask for the sell to a  dealer number, it's different than your number if you buy it, and no tax.

August 18, 2020, 10:45:21 PM
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Re: COVIDiots
I was davening outside next to a window over Yom Tov since we were exposed to someone who was at our house and then tested positive. I had people trying to convince me to come inside "Nobody cares anyhow". I answered that if they don't care it is more of a reason to stay outside since they would go spread it around if they actually catch it.
Good for you, the peer pressure is ridiculous

October 05, 2020, 11:32:27 PM
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Re: Dealer Lease buyout
Does it affect your next lease price?
no. unconnected.

October 14, 2020, 12:18:42 AM
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread I stumbled across learn.oheltorah.com where apparently people post products and others answer yes or no. From a cursory glance most answers are yes, and they are basing it off of the ingredients, unless they have a secret method of determining kashrus that is not being publicized.
This is all supposedly talmidim of Rabbi Abadi, and Ralph Lasry runs the show. Ralph Lasry also runs kosherstarbucks.com.
Even an educated food scientist paskening based on an ingredient panel doesn't meet my personal standards, which means that I need to fully discount kosherstarbucks.com.
Am I reaching the correct conclusion? any of the lakewood folk like @aygart have any insight?

February 10, 2021, 12:05:19 AM
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Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
It doesn't sound like this is what you're talking about but in Europe it's common for Kashrus organizations to inspect and supervise facilities without printing a Kosher symbol on the package.

There are also plenty of products where everybody agrees the ingredient list is definitive enough. Raw fish, tea, coffee, bear, scotch, and downhill from there
this is cookies, candy and other such things. way downhill :)
fish needs to have simanim according to every shita I know of

February 10, 2021, 12:12:51 AM
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