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Re: Arizona Master Thread Went to segals oasis yesterday which was fine (decor/lighting could use an update), but tonight was kitchen 18, which is really a great restaurant option here (prob best fleishigs), and would be great in ny too!
Specials on the board, which were great

Apps avocado rolls and tuna sesame tartar (didn't take pic til most was devoured, both excellent)

Lamb steak with candied figs

Osso buco short ribs with excellent homemade gnocchi (that I liked more than mike's bistro (jawdrop))
Ribs platter, not amazing but very good even though slathered with an obviously commercial BBQ sauce; falling off bones
18 burger was very good even medium well (for kid) but note they put in lots of onions and even cilantro so your kid may get picky about it...
Had a nice full meal for 6 plus a baby and portions were huge, brought half of it home, all for well under $200 after tip.

August 30, 2016, 11:58:31 PM
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Re: Law School
I can tell you that I would no doubt drop everything over the next 2 months and only study for the LSAT 8-12 hours a day until I am consistently scoring my highest test score.

also need to consider your safety net. perhaps u have friends and family that can loan u some money/back u up if things don't work out for some reason (e.g. u freeze on the actual test/get sick) on this calculated gamble. some peeps who are basically on their own can't quit a job and live on unemployment for a year and then have no income for 3 more in law school (even if it works out).

September 29, 2016, 09:47:35 AM
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Re: Law School
Anyways, I'm a BTL guy starting Columbia this year and as I was reading through I noticed that a few times people mentioned that after a few years you have to transition out of BigLaw, and how that is mostly inevitable and difficult. Can I ask why that is? Even though I assuredly won't make partner, why wouldn't a firm want to keep me as long as I am useful until I am able to leave on my terms?
R' JJ's right as to many law firms, but there are more than a handful that dont follow the classic biglaw rules but still pay market. just need to really discriminate and figure out which firm fits your plan. I went to a smaller biglaw place where people are generally more normal/less gunners and we are happy to have and keep people who do good work and make clients happy, even if they dont bring in new business. counsel positions make more than associates, and grow each year basically in line with the associate raise scale, but with bigger bonus opportunities and values for bringing in business (if u do). and if u are really lucky (and this is probably rare and requires special circumstances with rainmakers/imp partners loving u), u can even make equity partner without bringing in your own business, and even with a yarmulke! That will require lots of sacrifice (working all night when needed, going the extra mile for the client to make their job easier etc), but i make much more than most of my inhouse counterparts (based on equiv seniority), and they work prob 2/3s as much as i do. and i dont have a normal 9/5 and can work from home/unlimited vacations etc, being more of a hired gun without 9/5 annoying requirements that inhouse people suffer with.

February 26, 2017, 02:47:11 PM
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Re: Law School
That sounds pretty reasonable. But is your experience more of an exception in your firm (or others), or is it something that they would allow most anyone to do provided they put it the quality work that you do?
I have had lots of crazy luck at my firm, but there are others like mine, and at worst u can move somewhere else where they will value u (depending on practice and market timing). u gotta think of yourself as a rookie looking to be a star on a sports team or something similar (except aging probably helps with experience for a longer period before drop off when u can no longer turn docs overnight). if u do good work and are willing to put in the time (sometimes at the expense of family etc), there will always be a market for u, and u just have to know that and confidently push for what u think your value is. At most non-lockstep firms there are at least a few big rainmakers who recognize when their associates/counsel make the client happy/get the client to give more work and praise. those guys usually have lots of sway in excess of their pure cut of profits and they can push those they feel they need to keep happy to get some of that gravy. To be clear, its not just quality work, its client service, doing everything to make the client's life easier and to make them (the inhouse peeps) look good to their "clients". that means helping on a nonbillable basis where needed, anticipating what they will need before they ask for it etc.

inhouse people in smaller places generally have much less leverage as a cost center, unless/until they push themselves into a stronger business role (esp with corporate lawyers, learning to negotiate all terms of a deal and understanding economics etc, i.e. quitting from the more general inhouse lawyer job) and become a senior exec, which sometimes can be hard and is a much harder "competition" when there is only 1-2 spots. In bigger places, there is a significant fear of being the first cost center and being kicked out right when u join (LIFO) bc the company needs to cut costs, which i saw with a couple friends.
 

February 26, 2017, 03:18:10 PM
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Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants Seriously, Lox is becoming a favorite. This is the lox for 2 special, fills up 2 people with great variety for 36 total.


March 07, 2017, 02:28:03 PM
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Re: Hogwarts hagadah on ddms Thx JJ, keep posting deals like this. i ordered it, will get my kids to actually get excited and read about the hagadah on the plane ride to israel so they will actually understand lots of concepts they prob wont think about until the seder when they are bombed. there are paralells in everything we do and learn between torah and the outside world, and understanding and thinking them through internalizes things and also helps you interact and teach torah lessons to those not immersed in torah.

R Shlomo said we will see mashiach when jews start worrying about their own bein adom lemakom rather than yenem's bein adom lemakom.

March 27, 2017, 02:53:16 PM
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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
I stayed at the Leonardo plaza and had a great time. was pricy compared to other jlem options, but really great food, room and service. obv note that as a normal israeli hotel, the "program" is more barebones than america, no tea room or activities for everyone, though there is a small kids room with video games u can bring kids to no real day camp. pool was not heated but if u really wanted to u could swim.
If you don't mind, please post how much it cost, and how many rooms and people you had. Also, which meals they provided. Thank you!
stayed 10 nights (added nights with no meals/no breakfast before and after Pesach on good prices on the leonardo website i followed off an on), price for all 10 all together with 10 total yom tov/shabbos meals person (2 shabbos, 2 each yom tov day (2 days of start and end of yom tov bc i am a loser, so 8 yom tov meals)) was approx $12,100USD total for 3 adults, 2 children 10 and 9 plus a 2.5 year old classified as baby in 2 connecting rooms. Got upgraded to nice balcony over new city.  had to push hard with a great travel agent to get that price.

April 23, 2017, 01:13:13 PM
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Re: Pesach Hotel Experiences
over $1,000 a night is reasonably priced? wow  ???
for 6 people at a 5 star hotel with loft/le marais+ quality meals, yes.

April 25, 2017, 02:05:58 PM
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Re: Elal airlines
Coming from someone with a name like shiframeir;)
im not kol isha, just chatzi-isha :)

May 03, 2017, 10:13:16 AM
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Re: Arizona Master Thread
Stayed at the Villas and Much prefered having the space and kitchen, additional pool and slide AND you get to use all the main resort amenities too!
if u have kids, villas is pretty much no question for value/privacy/additional facilities (also nice sprinkler area for little kids and ping pong tables/lounges outside with fireplaces that are really nice esp on shabbos). one slight point, if u are there for shabbos and want to walk to the shul (cute place ahavas torah, all within the eruv), the resort is probably about 10 minutes closer than the Villas.

May 03, 2017, 10:17:58 AM
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Re: Arizona Master Thread I miss kitchen 18, and i live in NYC. that place is such a great value.
June 14, 2017, 05:53:39 PM
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Re: Law School
I personally think Penn is an amazing school with the employment stats to back it up. Going there v HLS is not crazy different if you want a corp law job in NYC.
coming from yeshiva i had no idea how good penn is, esp for real corporate law (they have a few great corp law profs and a good dept with a great setup with regular access to the Delaware justices for lots of special symposiums etc which is a treat). but of course living in ny vs philly is a consideration for frum peeps esp with family/wanting to date.

September 13, 2017, 09:41:22 AM
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Re: Law School
monsey to CLS could be public transport, and you can daven/multitask, however if driving-in daily from Lakewood can be challenging.
Great thing about CLS is u can live in KGH (renting obviously) and drive to school and find parking pretty easily (arrange classes based on alternate side) in about a half hour.

September 13, 2017, 04:13:57 PM
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Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread Me and the fam are looking to visit the cedarhurst/woodmere neighborhood for shmini atzeres/simchas torah/shabbos and are looking for good shuls to visit for our wavelength (low-mid 30s with a few kids, prob right-wing modox in action and more central modox in thought/openmindedness).
would love a very carlebachy place and/or a more homey shtiebl-like option (i would probably also join a young israel for basics), but dont see any real options online. I think i would love something like the breslov-inspired white shul side minyan but in the cedarhurst/woodmere location. other than Aish kodesh, where should i go?

I dont like uber-yeshivish davening, or any tunes to kedusha made after 1995. I dont really like shabbos davening speeches that dont teach a real moral takeaway (i love mental tickles, but i think shul rabbis should use that short time for chizuk since most baalei baatim need real mussar/chizuk as its prob close to all they are getting). i love smiles and no shushes (i also love no talking, but if there is, it seems shushes sometimes makes things worse), and i'm fine with kids making noise until someone gives them a candy.

wow, i ended up bearing my soul for my likes and dislikes here :). any suggestions of secret minyanim i am missing much appreciated.

October 09, 2017, 12:16:04 AM
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Re: Law School
Sorry to go a drop OT but I worked once w a shaital at a big4 audit.. she didn't last through April (erev pesach)...
quite relevant. kinda sad.

October 25, 2017, 06:11:02 PM
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Re: Law School
Y sad?  Nobody should have to work my hours, but as between me and my wife,  we're sure glad it's me
i have the same perspective, but you would think there are certain women who are geared to the work and are forced to miss out because it just isnt practical. similar to my issue with not being an R&B superstar.

October 25, 2017, 06:14:52 PM
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Re: Law School
Is it sad you can't be an r and b superstar?
YES
This is a famous argument when it comes to the gender wage gap. Men are willing to sacrifice more overall for higher paying positions.
many times only because they are lucky to have superhero wives who run a house and sometimes work too at a decreased pay level... we are all just counting the days til we retire.

October 25, 2017, 06:48:14 PM
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Re: Paris Master Thread Wife wanted to go shopping instead so we picked up il palazzo pizzas for lunch to bring onto plane (italian KSML), which were both really excellent Pizza dSolo level.
here is my review of the Intercontinental Le Grand, which we absolutely loved (partially bc they treated us great as lowly Plats with 3 free night awards). hoping to put together a mini TR of our 3 night stay at some point but happy to take questions on any current paris stuff i may know about. Meals were both really enjoyable, though the Grand Synagogue davening friday night was a little off putting and not a very religious experience for me. Chabad was much more classic, and food was a bit better (excellent gefilte, shnitzel and chulent).  https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187147-d207742-r543874981-InterContinental_Paris_Le_Grand-Paris_Ile_de_France.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

November 29, 2017, 10:08:17 PM
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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Anyone have any reviews of Shabbos meals?
Deciding between eating at Red Heifer, eating at Chabad, or ordering Chabad food to our hotel.  Will be traveling with 3 picky children and the menu at Red Heifer is not very appealing and is expensive, but not sure if Chabad will be any better.
my son is very picky, ate more friday night at chabad of cancun than we ever saw him eat before :) (this was a few years ago, iirc there was great lo mein that he wouldnt touch but he had a ton of small riblets and chicken). food is excellent, weekday food not as amazing but still great and awesome to have regular delivery to your hotel with fresh yummy food.
 

December 10, 2017, 11:03:07 PM
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Re: Dead Sea, Israel, Master Thread
You float in it.  It is a wild experience especially when it is cold or dark outside....
yup, and its cleaner and easier to access, go from your room in your robe, dip in, float around, wash off and go back to your room. u can get normal pools anywhere, this is a special thing people come from all over the world for...

December 26, 2017, 08:08:21 PM
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Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
Just curious if the gentrification of the neighborhood with a few hundred and growing Chassidish families from Borough Park is bothering some old-timers.
im sure plenty are bothered. But many are happy with them coming for the increase in heimishness and community services, though obviously the huge rise in housing prices has effectively priced willowbrook out of the conversation for most young modox families (they can go to other places with better services for less). I need to update my pros and cons as a lot has changed over the last few years. but still not enough school options (i also used to value schooling less, but i may have grown wiser).

January 09, 2018, 08:03:47 PM
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Re: Do you Daven? I consider myself an orthodox jewish man (30s). i wear tzitzis, go to minyan on shabbos/yom tov (with a sefer so i dont get bored if there isnt inspirational group prayer/singing), learn every day and care about learning/torah/mitzvos, keep shabbos and kashrus generally lechumra (though cholov stam/eat OU and rabbanut mehadrin).

I rarely make it to minyan during the week. i daven parts of shacharis every morning REALLY quickly (im talking 5 minutes, birchas hatora, Baruch sheamar, ashrei, yishtabach, shma shmona esrei, aleinu as tefillin come off). i used to daven mincha with a minyan at work when that was easy, but i'd have to switch elevators to go now so i dont and usually just dont say it :o. My issue is while i love Hashem and mitzvos etc, i dont really connect with the established prayer service, especially the start your engines ashkenaz silent speed read til the chazan says his line and then onto the next (and i just dont have time for more during the week with a family and a demanding job/people who need my attention). i have random heartfelt prayers at least once a week on average while listening/playing music/learning mussar/meditating. but when it comes to most classic davening, my only kavana is modim/sim shalom/occasionally magen avrohom (i know that's key but still). occasionally think of a sick friend/family member, or daven for someone's parnasah.  I have met several people like me, we are a bit to "rational" to get into this whole pray to god for every meal/god changes things just if u ask for it/god craves our prayers.

I wouldnt call myself orthoprax (u are welcome to), but something else. I care/love hashem very much, though obviously dont "fear" him too much bc i think of him like a really chill nice god. I dont think he sweats me skipping out on the rabbinically ordained prayer service/need for attending minyanim, esp if it means i will help my wife/kids/family/friends even a tiny bit more.

my kids are amazing and crazy holy. my son learns so much better than i ever did (im talking reading a whole perek with perfect translation in a hebrew chumash to me with real love and noting questions and answers of rashi with a big smile). i bring my son to shul every shabbos. unfortunately im definitely rubbing off on him (or hes just spoiled) and he obviously doesnt have the same fervor for davening that he has for learning. but i dont know what else i can do. 

My point is @wayfe, your husband is definitely not alone, and if he is a good husband and father and friend, and a grateful human being towards god and observer of his mitzvos, the fact that he doesnt tune into "avodah" doesnt make him bad, he may just be more of a torah or avodah jew.

January 10, 2018, 09:40:23 PM
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Re: Do you Daven? i think thats the first time i called myself a man...
January 10, 2018, 09:40:48 PM
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Re: Do you Daven?
I think a few posters have collectively explained the issue.
To have a connection to tefilla, meaningful, at least, you need a few ingredients. You need to understand what you are saying (and I mean every word), otherwise, you will skip everything. You need to stop and think about what you are saying or you won't connect, even when you do understand. You need to believe that Hashem wants to hear what you are saying.
The first thing can, in theory, be rectified by iyun tefilla. The second, is harder. You need a lot of preparation. You need to shut off your phone  and clear your mind. Third takes a lot of mussar and hashkafa learning.
But it's doable for everyone, they just need to want to do it. They need to want it for themselves. Not for their wife, not for their kids. It can't be forced.

I think the problem is that we are in a world if constant distraction and instant results. That makes it harder. That is why tefillah is an avodah. Especially true today.
i learned in yeshiva for years and was a great davener (and i still am a great davener come tisha bav or other occasions). i know what every word means. i am a good concentrator and dont get distracted easily. but i am also very lazy and like to come up with excuses (i am a lawyer). and when excuses sound reasonable then the war is already lost.

For each their own, everyone is lacking in something. with Davening its all about understanding what you are saying.
If you don't understand its just standing and reading a book.
understanding doesnt give one a reason to take the significant time to say over the same thing again and again without any clear change in circumstance.

@shiframeir, you mention skipping davening to help your wife/kids/friends just a little bit more. Why not daven for them?

You also mention that you and others are "too practical" for the whole tefila idea. Why do you keep kashrus? Taahras hamishpacha? Is there a practical side to that?

I'm not trying to attack. However, @wayfe's husband seems to be maskim it's one of his shortcomings. You seem to be fine with your decisions.
Im not fine at all, i know im living bedieved and wish i was a superhero tzaddik. we have a mechanism that explains away when we are doing wrong (though it leads us to hyperfocus on yenem), and that is an important survival mechanism. i do not find fulfillment with minyan catching anymore. personally, for one reason or another i dont think deep down that its worth bothering hashem for most things for me, which he just always gives me when i need it anyway (bh i am lucky). i daven for my family/friends all the time in silent thought with god, but reading words written a long time ago like tachanun in shul with others just aint appealing and doesnt do the job nearly as good as a real cry to Him.

i dont remember what the practical thing was. i keep kashrus and taharas hamishpacha because God passed it down at sinai (with room for the rabbanan to make the gedarim) as rules of the road. prayer with minyan and by our standard text is a positive concept established by the rabbanan when we lost karbanos (lets not get into avos or karbanos). Im sure Hashem gets some nachas (whatever that means) from those who do it right and whose mindset/personality it fits to have a tight schedule of prayers etc. i did it for a long time and at some point it just wasnt working for me religously (or i'm just lacking or let my yetzer get the better). the point is though, hardly anyone is the whole package, thats what a gadol is. i happen to not be an avodah jew. and i know plenty of others like me.

January 10, 2018, 10:58:29 PM
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Re: Torah stuff that doesnt make sense
Yet to me, the #1 thing that pisses me off is, talking in shull. I never ever saw any one any where write that its OK to shmooze during kaddish or chazaras hashatz, or krias hatorah.. yet its quite normal.
I love shuls/minyanim where everyone comes in knowing the rules and wanting to be part of a place where there is no extraneous talking. Unfortunately in Willowbrook SI there just aren't (m)any (though the young married minyan upstairs in the young israel is pretty good). We had our annual Yachad shabbaton this past shabbos BH in our noisy main shul at the Young Israel. there were kids laughing, screaming etc. at random parts of davening, and several talked a lot to the people they were with. like every year, that does not disturb my davening. though i usually go to a different friday night minyan, i especially go to that minyan, and my davening is always better.

U get disturbed if you want to get disturbed/if u let it disturb u. If u realized that most of the shmo's who walk in late and just talk from start to finish were just as needy and vulnerable as the yachad kids (and perhaps anusim too), your prayers for them might be even better than without such distractions.

February 26, 2018, 01:02:43 PM
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Re: Liqour/Whiskey/Bourbon Master Thread
pathetic pc culture. pretty soon we will have Cow Trace, Kentucky Owlet....
or smart branding, recognizing a growing affluent segment of the population for growing liquor sales...

February 26, 2018, 02:28:02 PM
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Re: Liqour/Whiskey/Bourbon Master Thread
I concede, i did not look at the photo rather read the article which implied that the name would be different. apologies.
ya'asher koach for conceding something on the internet, quite rare. u should be benched, safsel.

February 27, 2018, 05:59:41 PM
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Re: Next Vacation - Ideas We need a relax/chill vacation in late august (no carribean storms), preferably with SPG/marriott top-level options to try to maximize a decent spg point chest. me, the mrs and 3 kids (ages 11 to 3.5). STRONG preference for a place with real kosher food options. any ideas? Have done all of california last few years, along with phoenix and seattle/vancouver. willing to go intl (have a good amount of points for flights as well), but hard to think of a good chill trip to europe vs heavy touring. Help!
April 26, 2018, 10:48:20 AM
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Re: Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts, 34.5 Ounce, 2 Count $9.49 https://www.kashrut.com/Alerts/?alert=A5084 seems like may be an issue.
May 25, 2018, 03:54:48 AM
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Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
Just saw this article.

http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/fire-at-mikes-burgers-in-cedarhurst,15667
BH it was when they were closed. supposedly was bad electrical wiring. that place can get packed, and it would not be so easy to get out.

June 22, 2018, 02:50:55 PM
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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Best food in CUN is from Chabad.
definitely best quality, pricing and ease (they deliver it ready to your hotel :)), but if u want a night out, and maybe with an alcoholic beverage, go to red heifer and dont waste money on the big steaks etc and just get empanadas/nachos, burgers for kids etc and have a good time.

July 09, 2018, 11:03:40 AM
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Re: Queens Kosher Restaurants
What is a good Queens restaurant in the caliber of the higher end places like the Loft, Bison in Brooklyn, or Reserve Cut, Mike's etc. in Manhattan?
u could drive 20 minutes to five towns for DOMA/Five Fifty/Prime Bistro

August 27, 2018, 01:16:15 PM
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
Any experience in the Kimpton properties in Miami Beach?
we LOVED the surfrider in high south beach. really great place.

December 13, 2018, 04:55:04 PM
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
Do you mean SurfComber?
yes sorry :) really great place.

December 14, 2018, 12:41:46 AM
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Re: Amsterdam Master Thread
Has anyone stayed at the IC Amsterdam or the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam? Which one is more shabbat friendly?
LOVED the IC Amsterdam, extremely shabbos friendly in and of itself, though its right outside the eruv. its unclear whether they have hard keys, they told us they do and can have someone bring and use for us whenever we came, though in the end the people they sent up used electric fobs anyway for their convenience (this was bc the doors were heavy and tight and our magnet for the door latch didnt fit). their service is awesome and everyone knew our names and were always watching out for us (possible they showed them our faces so they were ready?). we got a room one floor from the lobby, which u walk up to with nice big staircase in the front https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g188590-d190614-r637353960-InterContinental_Amstel_Amsterdam-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html
was a short simple walk to chabad, about 10-12 minutes, and the other way to porteguese was also easily doable.

February 22, 2019, 08:45:10 AM
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Re: Marriott Hotels
wow, i'm tired!
yeah me too!!  ;D

May 12, 2019, 09:10:55 PM
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Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
Not at all. I'm sure most wouldn't want any neighborhood ruined.
yup. the traffic situation is absurd and there is no possible solution for this suburban area to take on more housing. and i doubt the new housing will lower prices/values materially.

June 18, 2019, 11:30:12 PM
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Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants Some more wsg stuff

Beef Wellington (only Sunday night), was interesting (and really juicy) but prob wouldnít get again when I can get 3 apps for the price:


Brownie smore thing (I like olive oil cake a lil better but good for chocolate people and their pareve ice cream is way too yummy/creamy)

Perfect burger shared (made me feel better about myself)

Poke bowl (pretty good but I didnít love it and u canít customize to exactly what u want).
Literally the best butternut squash soup we ever had (and we are soup people). Not available every day though.

July 03, 2019, 09:42:31 AM
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Re: Law School
I went to law school, borrowed the bucks, been working for just about 6 years, and don't regret it. 

But, I'm still skeptical anytime anyone else goes to law school.  And it has to do with what is your next best option.  For me, there was pretty much no decent next best option, but if you're already been working in business for a couple of years, or if you have relationships that could get you into a job that has some growth potential, the analysis changes dramatically.
Amen, did the same (more than 10 years and partner now, but still paying those loans). i look around at my friends and colleagues and while in retrospect it worked for me, it didn't for many i know.

July 23, 2019, 05:38:17 PM
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Re: Arizona Master Thread
I emailed the shul (office@ahavastorah.org) last week to find out some info about Shabbos during winter break and haven't heard back.

Is there anyplace to buy food for Shabbos?
Kitchen 18 also does takeout friday u can call them up and order whatever u want (preferrably thursday night).

November 05, 2019, 11:44:34 PM
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Re: Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread would these discussions be as mean spirited if we were all sitting around a table with some affordably priced chulent and kugel (obv 6 feet between us, its a big table)? may we be zoche to do that soon, with the biyas hamabingo bemeheirah beyameinu.

Let's try to be nicer on both sides here, everyone is hurting and anxious and out of their routine, lets cut each other some slack. of course for those of us that think we need to be machmir on protecting lives and close minyanim, we can make our point, but nothing we will do here will change those who are secretly making minyanim, so we just make our points respectfully and hope our reasoning affects those who disagree at least to keep very careful to keep guidelines re spreading out etc.

May 04, 2020, 05:31:50 PM
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Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Rabbonim Ban All Minyanim Due To COVID-19 (Split Topic)
Some on there claim to have never signed. Some on there signed because they had to, but privately told people they can daven by safe legal minyanim.
this is not a valid response. whoever says (i) they never signed privately (but doesnt clarify publicly/doesnt let you tell us who he is) or (ii) they were forced is either a total nobody/loser who can't stand for himself and clarify his opinions, or a liar. either way his psak/opinion isnt worth much.

May 08, 2020, 03:20:30 PM
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Re: Amex Platinum Master Thread I just wanted to note @Dan's great thread and experimentation on utilizing the streaming credits for amex plat cards (https://www.dansdeals.com/credit-cards/using-amex-consumer-platinum-cards-streaming-credit-amazon-gift-cards/) and of course can't wait to see all the hundreds of yokels who dont read/dont read with comprehension and will buy the kindle books instead of sending as gifts and wonder where their credits are :).
May 31, 2020, 09:10:14 PM
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Re: POLL: Wedding expenses in the frum Community - BH for simchos? or out of hand?
Call me naive, really seems to be too many people trying to live upto the joneses. Can make a beatiful takanah wedding in lakewood for very cheap, no reason everyone feels the pressure to make a huge ateres avrohom type of event.
i had a "huge ateres avrohom type of event" (at ateres avrohom). it was very nice, but a total waste of money. nonjewish friends talk about their fantastic getaway weddings with only close family and friends and the price is cheaper, and i tell them yeah, i got married in a basement in williamsburg with 500 people (of which i was friendly with about 100)...

June 08, 2020, 01:07:46 AM
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Re: Seattle Master Thread FYI: To our beloved customers: Bamboo Garden will be closing indefinitely for the foreseeable future. We wanted to thank everyone who has supported us all these years. Our last day of operation will be July 31st, 2020.


July 20, 2020, 04:16:29 PM
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$56.99 for Remote Control LED Torchiere Lamp got this last time it was on sale, quality lamp and love the magnetic remote control

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07584P262/?coliid=IVFHNFV1M15E7&colid=2ITCNYTPDJF4W&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

October 19, 2020, 03:38:47 PM
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Re: Manhattan Kosher Restaurants
That looks amazing.
I can't believe I never visited there. My office (pre-covid, who knows when I'll be back) was like a 7 minute walk from there.
great classy option (but u need to go through a metal detector and go up a floor), they even added waiter service (and the prices went up from then, iirc the lox for 2 is now like 54)

October 30, 2020, 01:22:08 AM
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Re: President kamala Harris
Wouldn't she owe her allegiance to those that put Biden and her on the ticket?
you mean the centrist democrat voters who chose them over all the ultra progressives? yeah they understand their mandate, to remain in the middle. and its best that we have some frum jews showing we appreciate them and keep them in power vs the alternative.

November 08, 2020, 06:42:00 PM
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Re: President kamala Harris
This says it all.


what is the problem with this, is it too jewish for you? Chanoch lanaar al pi darko? or the idea that flat taxes aren't truly fair? torah/mussar in many ways addresses different people needing to be addressed differently.

November 08, 2020, 09:45:25 PM
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Re: California Coast PCH Master Thread (Big Sur) I just booked a little Big Sur trip with the mrs. monday morning 7am to red eye flight home friday am.  hope to do a short tr when done.

Transportation: flying AA business on the 321 lie flat for 20K per ticket from jfk to SFO
renting a convertible through costco/enterprise for the 3 nights, flying back thursday night late on Jetblue Mint (used amex points with busplat), COULD HAVE GOTTEN SUITES but wife wants to sit next to me, wierd.

Hotel: Ventana Big Sur (https://www.ventanabigsur.com/) using Hyatt points (some transferred from friend, took about a day, rest from UR transfers).
Booked 2 nights in the Vista Hot Tub Suite for 60K each night, 1 night in regular Big Sur suite for 48K (vista was unavailable).
Hotel is all inclusive, on initial calls they said they would use my pans/pots if i want but it didnt sound like a great matziv as they dont want me in the kitchen (turning on flames etc). Seems chabad of Monterrey delivers meals (attached is supposed to be the menu) i will be talking to guest relations tomorrow re cost.

any other ideas/suggestions? done PCH before and hiked a bit in the big sur park. looking more for relaxation/wellness.

February 22, 2021, 01:03:38 AM
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