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Re: Rubashkin freed from prison.
no, you were the only one that actually watches that video lol
Am I the only one that was turned off from the video by the repeated emphasis of "Goyishe"?
No. and I also cringed when he said this is the first time the mishebeirech was said, and then proceeded to read something that is said in literally thousnads of shuls every shabbos. but @Chaikel  got some free advertising :)

January 02, 2018, 06:01:58 PM
Re: Rubashkin freed from prison.
No I am talking about the Federal charges that were dropped after the 86 convictions of fraud. Please letís not pretend there was no child labor. If you want retry this make sure you use facts and not personal feelings.
I don't believe there was intentional child labor. Remember, it's dangerous ground, and often illegal, to ask age or even legal status. Puts employers in a real bind, as many employers and small business owners here can attest to.
The way we find out a social is fake is only when the IRS alerts us months after the first filings, sometimes years.

January 07, 2018, 05:40:52 PM
Re: Random Posts I always call JFK a third world country, seems like it's regressing, is there such a thing as a fourth world country?
January 07, 2018, 06:16:40 PM
Re: Why do some Jewish communities prohibit women from driving? what @chulent said is true, the more schools that become necessary due to community growth the more specificity there is in each school. And sadly, the more in town the city becomes.
For example, LA is well known for the Chabad, Chassideishe and general community being very well integrated. However, consider that when my wife was in HS there was only one Bais Yaakov. Over the past 15 years they have opened a Chabad Bais Yaakov and a Chassideshe Bais Yaakov. They also opened a second, less academic, Bais Yaakov.
 Will my children feel the same integration that we did?
Consider further, that in my children's K-8, mainstream school (there is also a Chabad school, and a chassideshe school which opened in the last two decades) there is still a broad mix of families, from super yeshivish to TV in the living room. (I'd guess that at this point 99% of the parent body cover hair etc.) Most are squarely in the middle. However, the influences that I have trouble with come clearly from the right, not from the more modern side. Because if the Kleins, go to Bermuda for Pesach, or the Friedman's mommy listens to non jewish music, I can explain that to my children, and show how we have such a awesome and beautiful Torahdige life. However, when Rabbi A.'s daughter has a brand new wardrobe every YT, and my son comes home from Rabbi B.'s home, after playing with his son and asking to continue the video, because they 'have a computer that hangs on the wall in the playroom' and were watching LizardLand or whatever, and Rabbi A. and Rabbi B. are considered by all to be chashuva klei kodesh, and Rabbi C.'s wife has a DVD gemach of kosher movies, which we don't like our kids to watch, I sort of feel like I'm better off with my kids having the more modernishe friends.
#stepsoffsoapbox (but reserves the right to step back on)

January 08, 2018, 12:49:41 AM
Re: Do you Daven?
I must have been living under a rock. I and my chevra would never ever ever think of [not] doing those things. Not to show off or ch"v put people down. But to make statements that sounds like what ur saying is the norm is completely foreign to me. Maybe it's my OOT upbringing. IDK. But I'm blown away.
I would imagine most of us are under your rock
I don't think @iAm is describing normative behavior for the average DDF'er.

January 10, 2018, 10:09:20 PM
Re: Why is our divorce rate rising drastically?
In the past decade, the divorce rate in our community has risen several times over.

This is broadly broken down into 3 groups (in decreasing prevalence)
1- Newly weds. 20s. 0-2.7 years of marriage
2- People who have been married for decades. 50s-60s. children are now teens/out of house
3- Some group in between.

Why is this happening?
The same community where no one davens?

January 11, 2018, 12:54:59 PM
Re: Palm Springs, CA Master Thread
Thank you!  Perhaps it should be removed from the wiki...

קריינא דאגרתא

January 16, 2018, 06:20:07 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising There are a number of threads discussing programs, would be good to put them together.
Look carefully at ads, many do not advertise hashgocha. They advertise guest speakers, and people assume that if rabbi X eats there so can I. But does rabbi X actually eat there?

January 28, 2018, 12:35:44 PM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
I don't know this person.  But my gut reaction is that seems very messed up. I can't imagine serving ppl food that I wasn't comfortable with.
Thoroughly discussed and argued elsewhere, there are two distinct schools of thought here. Pesach seems to be more understandable to others than generally serving food you won't eat.

January 29, 2018, 10:36:22 AM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising

1) Reb Moishe never allowed his children to eat CS.
That is straight up baloney

January 29, 2018, 10:37:09 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
I've never heard of a major kasharus agency not willing to certify parsley or the like in a commercial setting.
you just did

April 27, 2018, 11:01:26 AM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
The ou sounds clueless based on the facts presented.
Wouldn't this all be avoided by just bringing back the DE?
#OU EpicFail
This is total sheker, the original press release was very clear,  and I posted it above. TLS misrepresented it originally, and is blaming it on the OU


May 02, 2018, 09:50:20 PM
Re: Kosher, Kashrus and Hechsherim Master thread
Who's there to call regarding this product?
K is put on by the company, so you'd have to call them and ask them if it's their own assessment or under rabbinical supervision. then you'd have to verify with the Rabbi. also, there's a real chashash here of Gelatin -

Supposedly this is why the OK stopped certifying Plantes 20 years ago or so, they didn't like that some products were real treif. The OU has seperate production lines for the kosher stuff. (all this according to the internet).

May 04, 2018, 12:26:33 AM
Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
Delice Pico is reopening without a Hechsher. Claim to still be CY but I doubt anyone CY would step foot in there.
I'll believe it when I see it. They've been saying they're reopening on la brea too. Neither will succeed without hashgocha, and probably not with it either

May 06, 2018, 12:06:08 AM
Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
I've heard that these type of places exist on the non Jewish clientele as well so not having a haschgacha might not be so bad.
Have you been there?

May 07, 2018, 02:26:15 PM
Re: American Airlines Gift Cards
Do you still have any for sell?
I was just being shadchan there

June 11, 2018, 07:36:47 PM
Kosher Phone - US edition All the other threads are Israeli :)
If my daughter's camp wants her to get a kosher phone, what does that mean? talk and text only?
Should I get a sprint $15 plan, or is there a better way?

June 14, 2018, 07:53:17 PM
Re: Forever stamps @ $0.37 Ordered and received the next day. Smooth transaction. Thanks @Iz
June 26, 2018, 11:26:33 AM
Re: PSA: DO NOT BANK WITH CHASE OR YOUR CREDIT CARDS MAY GET CLOSED! This is one of the most panicky, hysterical, irrational threads I've ever come across on DDF.

June 28, 2018, 04:08:28 AM
Re: What's Your Favorite Coffee? @aygart to totally derail this thread, we could discuss why more people, who use timers for everything, don't put their coffee machine on a timer for shabbos morning. I wouldn't expect you to since you probably don't use a timer for lights, but for those that do...
June 28, 2018, 11:19:50 AM
Re: Smoking Meats Pics.
Also presliced the salmon which was clearly a mistake.
Chicken was melt in your mouth juicy.

July 09, 2018, 02:05:03 AM
Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
I'm a huge fan of Lieders. I got them to do frozen double-wrapped meals for a trip to OGG a few years ago, and they nailed almost everything and worked to accommodate our pickup schedule. Prices were reasonable as well.
that's great. La Gondola does it too, but probably much more pricey.

July 09, 2018, 12:15:16 PM
Re: Starbucks lost its hechsher!?! To clarify. Starbucks never had a hechsher. The few things and few Baltimore store that the star K vouched for, they no longer do.
July 10, 2018, 10:34:58 AM
It can also be that credit piggybacking doesn't work for business cards.
Could be. Exactly my point. Business cards is a normal place to have multiple unrelated users for a legitimate purpose. Personal cards are not

July 10, 2018, 10:51:21 AM
Re: Starbucks lost its hechsher!?!
That doesn't make any sense.
Sure it does. If you go to McDonald's and buy a black coffee you won't have a Hava Amina to buy a burger. If you go to Starbucks you might get a latte and then you might get a flavored mochiato

July 10, 2018, 09:24:43 PM
Re: JJ1000's 10,000 Post Featuring: A day in the life of Dan, Giveaway, & More
DDFers anonymous?
That's everyone, :)
Congrats @jj1000, I was really happy when you joined the forums, us old timers were glad to see some new blood

July 11, 2018, 12:08:39 AM
Re: How many sheitals does your wife have?
So maybe single girls in shidduchim should start wearing sheitals...
They do. They call them extensions

July 15, 2018, 03:55:26 PM
Re: Home Wi-Fi Mesh.
You can walk around the house with no handoff issues?

July 15, 2018, 11:07:45 PM
Re: Have you switched from Android to iPhone? I find the Pixel family vastly superior to the Samsung family. Android isn't and should not be, synonymous with Samsung
July 16, 2018, 12:31:53 AM
Re: Hotel or motel for 2 nights every week
My husband will be commuting to Monsey and staying there 3 days a week this year. Is there a hotel or motel that has a program where there is an incentive when you sleep over twice a week on a weekly basis? Nothing fancy needed, just no bedbugs. Thank you.
Might be worth renting a basement and having his own private space

August 12, 2018, 07:17:33 PM
Re: Liqour/Whiskey/Bourbon Master Thread
Some Poskim hold itís not a problem, since bourbon is only kitniyos sheavar Pesach.
Didnt think of that, interesting to hear that there's 2 sides to the argument, I guess that's why you should ask your LOR.
This is inaccurate, bourbon has actual chametz. Bourbon mash has to be 51% corn, and usually contains rye or barley as a significant second ingredient. There is a different heter, not to buy, but to keep, because of hefsed, discussed on the forums previously.

August 16, 2018, 03:37:59 AM
Re: Liqour/Whiskey/Bourbon Master Thread
I'm assuming there's an argument the other way, because most kosher stores sell these products, I just haven't heard it yet. All kashrus lists 'do not recommend' them.
Not a rayah to anything

August 16, 2018, 03:38:27 AM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread Just got this from my kids school
August 19, 2018, 11:28:10 PM
Re: Liqour/Whiskey/Bourbon Master Thread
There is so much confusion with alcohol in general.

When a list says 'not recommended' they should explain the reason why, so ppl can make a decison for themselves (ex. Sherry cask).
Imho, when they write 'not recommended' on bottles like glenlivet 18 or glenfiddich 12, 15, 18 etc, w/o reasoning when most ppl drink these, it cheapens the whole list and ppl disregard it.
The CRC, for example, is happy to explain themselves, C and are very well researched. They have different classifications within sherry casks, and are ok with some, not others. (depends on how much final product was in said casks and other factors).
They have no responsibility to explain why they recommend or not recommend, and sometimes they don't have all the facts but also don't know that it's not good either (c.f. some Starbucks products). But if you ask them they're happy to explain.

August 22, 2018, 10:53:46 AM
Re: Google Express Master Thread
Am I missing something or you can literally get any of that stuff at any supermarket?
said like a true new yorker :) Do you think the Albertson's in Yuma, AZ carries Neironim?

September 04, 2018, 05:06:03 PM
Re: Chabad Minhagim: Pros & Cons

Just to put things in perspective: the Ravad held that it's okay to say that hashem has a body....

He does not. Read it again.

General comment to you - it's ok to question why. Especially on a psak, even a hanhaga. It's not at all a stira to emunas chachamim. There is plenty of chassidishe literature that does exactly that.

September 27, 2018, 03:41:37 AM
Re: Los Angeles Minyanim
So that would be finishing Maariv about 15 min after Shkia?
Bais Yehuda specifically starts mincha 15 minutes after shkia. Latest in LA

October 07, 2018, 01:49:26 AM
Re: Smoking Meats
October 24, 2018, 12:59:57 AM
Re: Hamilton Beach 40515 40515R 45-Cup Coffee Urn, Silver, Medium $28.99
Many bad reviews.
In particular: It doesn't keep the coffee/ water hot.  It brews the coffee and then the pot contents cool off.
Not good as a Shabbos urn.
Pretty sure I've been using this as a shabbos urn for the last two years. What's the problem?

November 05, 2018, 09:14:22 AM
Re: Proofread DDMS Posts In Advance...
I was totally waiting for the part where they ask you to moderate their forums.

November 15, 2018, 10:23:49 PM
Re: El al flight arriving close to Shabbos - again That was nice to read. Thank you
November 17, 2018, 09:59:08 PM
Re: El al flight arriving close to Shabbos - again
Some understand what Shabbos means. IMHO the problem is when your needs effects the needs/rights of others.
I understand that. As did most sane people on the flight, which is why they asked to get off.

November 17, 2018, 10:28:44 PM
Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
What do you guys recommend for such a laptop with these specifications, something similar or this very laptop.

Lenovo ideapad 330 15.6inch, intel celeron N4000 dual-core processor, 4gb ram, 1tb hard drive, dvdrw, windows 10, platinum grey-
do yourself a favor and get soemthing with an i3 or i5 and 8 gb ram. you're going to spend a lot of time contemplating life otherwise

November 26, 2018, 12:40:18 AM
Re: El al flight arriving close to Shabbos - again definitely read DDMS :)
November 27, 2018, 09:51:15 AM
Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread @chaimmayer We are going around in circles, and there is inherently a lot of circular logic here. But consider this, and this addresses @mmgfarb point as well. Of course doctors are not all knowing creatures, and of course if you don't have Ruach Hakodesh you can't know facts not presented. But we trust the vast body of doctors scientists, regulators and government agencies to make determinations on our behalf, due to the vast amount of data and evidence available to them.
Let's use GMO's as an example. There is no real science that they are unhealthy. It's something people have done naturally for thousands of years, and now it's being done scientifically, in a lab, with exacting results, which is admittedly scary. However, GMO's are enabling thousands of lives to be saved by having sturdier seeds in extreme third world countries, and so on.
If the government agencies that are allowing this to go on were mere puppets in the hands of industry, as the anti-GMO's claim, and they're really life threatening and dangerous, don't you think that there would have been some sort of mass epidemics across sub saharan africa? Shouldn't there be a stronger incidence of cancer in fast food workers becasue they spend so much time near microwaves? and so on and so on.
Halacha tells us that these governmental agencies have the authority of a Beis Din when it comes to enacting health and safety regulations, and they were talking about much less transparent governments than the USA. (Aruch Hashulchan, Rav Nosson Gestetner, et al). Not because they are all knowing, they aren't, and they admit that. But because they, to the best of current methodology, have determined these products to be safe. And that includes vaccines.
I could go on, and I've given up on farkoifte anti vaxxers. But what I tell people is this:

Kids are dying and getting really sick from measles. I don't know if you've known people who had polio as a child, but I do. When they survive with lungs intact, the rest of their life is still misery. Generally they didn't survive.
We tend to not be aware of how terrible some of these diseases are because they aren't common. But vaccinations have saved untold millions of lives. There were, and even possibly still are issues, but most have been addressed, and there is a ton of circular and quack science out there. It's not about Eastern vs western, I'm all for some alternative medicines. It's about responsible medicine. To blanketly and uncompromisingly not vaccinate is, in my opinion, totally irresponsible. You can slow down the schedule, etc. But it should be done with medical advice, and by all means, find a doctor who understands your perspective. But just like you wouldn't avoid cancer treatment because of your hergesh (I hope, some people would, and are rotzchim beyadeim mamash), this should be no different.
And when it comes to poskim, all the big rabbonim always said to follow conventional medical wisdom. That is our chiyuv hishtadlus. Even if there are some outliers, none will sign a paper that says not to vaccinate, (the psak you sent doesn't say that either), and that isn't normative halacha.
I said my piece, unwillingly. I wish you much siyata dishmya in your decision

November 29, 2018, 02:08:21 AM
Re: Haters, Threats, And Trolls
Like I said, he's unstable. This guy sounds like he has problems. The jaunts on Twitter were completely unprofessional. Anyone who actually cares to preserve the professionalism of their business wouldn't stoop to such levels.
Takes a cue from the president?

December 23, 2018, 11:18:07 PM
Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
Yup. Will try again if it doesn't post this Monday
I had a transfer to QF delayed around 3 weeks. I called MT and rep was really helpful, he claimed he reached out to QF to expedite the transfer and points should post in account within 48 hours. 40 hours later they were in the account. The rep was even kind enough to email me 2 days later to follow up.
Finally posted (I have to confirm it's the right amount), I called Thursday , got a supervisor, who told me that there is a single person on the Marriott side in charge of the transfers. She sent that person an email and gave them all my info. Said I should hear from said person soon.
I didn't hear from anybody (and unfortunately I couldn't get a contact name or info for them), but the points posted today.
Chasdei Hashem, the flight I needed was still available.

December 24, 2018, 08:38:56 PM
Re: My Week in Virginia Beach Great report, glad you enjoyed. Just for next time and others, there's an awesome shwarma place and plenty of kosher groceries in Norfolk, about e half hour drive away
December 26, 2018, 03:28:29 AM
Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
This site legit?
Discovery cube is great.

January 14, 2019, 01:35:47 PM
Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
LY LAX -TLV - LAX x 10 750k UR
Is it worth getting Matmid for all of them?
been on hold for 4 hours because they booked the baby as a lap child (their mistake) and now the prices jumped. keep you posted.
ETA - 6 hours on the phone. First they were saying that the ticket wouldn't be bookable with points. Now they're saying that the flight is full, which is, of course, not true.
ETA #2  - 2 chidushim 1) El AL doesn't allow them to book a child under 1 in its own seat (I presume baloney). 2) they by mistake canceled a different kid on the reservation, and they can't reinstate until they do an investigation to make sure we didn't ask them to. Now we're filling out investigation reports.
They used to be decent, these DChase people. combination of them and LY is terrible.
ETA #3  - case opened. have 5 booked, and 4 being reinstated, and one kid left off. Investigation opened. total time on the call 6:54m. expect results in three days
ETA #4  - plot twist, all 5 tickets appear on the chase portal. lap child is still a lap child though.
ETA #5 - I just called back, because I realized that while they're investigating itinerary #2, #1 will become uncancellable, and then what? So I can bite the bullet and cancel #2 myself and rebook for a slightly higher rate, but alas, they don't let me. because I've already used my courtesy cancellation with them, when they cancelled a ticket - unasked! So back on the phone I go, but when I hit 30 minutes I'm going to hang up

February 11, 2019, 06:38:50 PM