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Nice Story During the Holocaust, a large group of Jewish women were rounded up to be sent to the gas chambers. As the group gathered their possessions to take with them into the camp the evil Nazi officers called out to all the villagers who were standing by watching, "Anything that these Jews leave behind you may take for yourselves, because for sure they will not be coming back to collect them!"
 
Two Polish women who were standing nearby saw a woman towards the back of the group, wearing a large, heavy, expensive coat. Not wanting to wait to see if others got the coat before them, they ran to the woman and knocked her to the ground, grabbing her coat and walked away. As the Jewish women were being led away, these two Polish women lay down the coat to divide the spoils of what was hiding inside. As they rummaged through the pockets, they discovered gold jewellery, silver candlesticks and other heirlooms, but still, as they lifted the coat it seemed heavier than it should be. After further inspection they found a secret pocket, and hidden inside the coat was a little baby girl. Shocked at their discovery, one of the women insisted to the other, saying: "I don't have any children, and I'm too old to have now. You take all the gold and silver and let me take the baby".  The deal was agreed and the Polish woman took her new 'daughter' home to her delighted husband. They raised the Jewish girl as their own, treating her very well, but never told her anything of her history. The girl excelled in her studies and became a successful paediatrician, working in the top hospital in Poland.
 
After some years the girl's 'mother' passed away. A week after, she received a knock at the door. An old woman invited herself in and said "I want you to know that the woman that passed away last week was not your real mother..." and she proceeded to tell her the whole story. The girl did not believe her at first but the old woman said to her "When we found you, you were wearing a beautiful gold pendant with strange writing on it which must be Hebrew, I am sure that your mother kept the necklace, go and look" and with that parting advice she left.

The girl went into her 'mother's jewellery box and found the necklace just as the woman described. She had it extended and wore it every day, but thought nothing more of her Jewish roots.
 
Sometime later, she went on holiday abroad and saw two Lubavitch boys. Seizing the opportunity she told them entire story and showed them the necklace. The boys confirmed that a Jewish name was inscribed on the necklace but did not know what to say about her status. They recommended that she send a letter to the Lubavitch Rebbe explaining everything. She sent off the letter and received a speedy reply saying that it is clear from the facts that she is a Jewish girl and since she had a special talent, she should use her invaluable skills in Israel, a place in desperate need of talented paediatrician's.
She took the Rebbe's advice and moved to Israel where she approached a Beis Din who declared her Jewish. She was accepted into a hospital to work, and she met her husband and raised a family.
Some years later...
When there was a terrorist attack at the Sbarro cafe in the centre of Jerusalem in August 2001, this woman was walking nearby with her husband. She told her husband to return home to the kids and she proceeded to rush to the scene where she treated the wounded and helped the injured to hospital.
When she arrived at the hospital she met an elderly man who was in a state of shock. He was searching everywhere for his granddaughter who had become separated from him. She calmed him down and went with him to search amongst all the patients in order to find his granddaughter. Asking how she could recognize her, the frantic grandfather gave a rough description of a gold pendant necklace that she was wearing. After searching amongst the injured, they finally found the granddaughter who was wearing the necklace. At the sight of this necklace, the paediatrician froze. She turned to the old man and said: "where did you buy this necklace from?" "You can't buy such a necklace" he responded, "I am a goldsmith and I made this necklace.  Actually I made two identical ones for each of my daughters. This is my granddaughter from one of them, and my other daughter did not survive the war"
 
...And this is how the Jewish Polish girl was reunited with her father.

November 29, 2010, 02:34:25 PM
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Misc Credit Card Questions How about a place to bounce random "credit card" questions off of the crew. I will start:

When does the AMEX Blue Cash Preferred $6k on groceries reset? is that based on the calender year? Is there a way to know if you have already hit the max on it?

October 16, 2013, 12:05:03 PM
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Re: 説明刺す人防ぐために銃が難しい隠しやすい UGG 通販
Now you how I feel.  :P
Great. Now I can't delete this thread. Comment of the year

November 13, 2013, 02:44:48 AM
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Re: Hard Inquiry - Bankof
hi

i called to the number back of my card to have a increase of my limit, i specifically ask a few time to the rep if i will have a Inquiry (didn't mention hard or soft) for that, she told me NO.

and now i login to 'credit sesame' and it show me a hard pull form Bankof !!

so i called and speak now to a specialist credit (this what she told me) and she told me that they will lessen to the tape of my call in, and if i am right they will turn the inquiry from Hard to Soft.

she will call me back after the week-end with the result

my question is : do i can force them to take it off completely ? and if yes how ?

or what other option i have here ?

Thanks !

* it is a BankAmericard CASH REWARDS VISA

The option is to have it turned from hard to soft, and for your purposes, doing that is what you want. If they do that, you're good.

February 24, 2017, 12:12:13 AM
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Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread what is the cheapest thing to buy on delta so I can get a $50 credit statement? (sorry if this is the wrong thread for this)
March 23, 2017, 04:58:53 PM
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Re: Getting A Green Card\US citizenship
it's not clear from the letter, but i think it doesn't matter, hopefully we will receive the 10y before the end of the 1y

Why wouldn't you apply for citizenship before then?

June 22, 2017, 09:32:41 PM
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Re: Getting A Green Card\US citizenship So lechoirah she could get it after a total of 3 years. There are terms and conditions here.
June 23, 2017, 12:27:55 PM
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Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
I have a Bankof Cash Rewards open in 2014 (was 1 of my first card) I rarely used it, the anuall fee on it is $39, I just realize that they offer the card with no fee, I called and was told by 2 agents that they can't remove the fee ..

what are my best option ?
For $39 it may be worth keeping it for now.
Is this one of your older cards? If yes, does it lengthen your 'age of accounts' significantly? then keep it open.
Does this have a large credit line? If yes, do you have another Bankof card that you can move the credit line to if you close this one?  If not, keep it open.


If it doesn't age your history or if losing the credit line is not a big hit, just close it and don't look back.

November 14, 2017, 10:56:24 AM
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Re: Rubashkin freed from prison.
IE
This explains everything. You should put it in your profile, so anytime someone is about to argue with you, they'll see, "oh, he uses IE. Never mind."

December 22, 2017, 03:09:39 PM
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Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!

hi, what is the best way to do a "direct deposit" to avoid the BankOfAmerica monthly fee of $12..

- my work doesn't offer that.
- i can't switch a bank for now.

i found this : https://www.doctorofcredit.com/knowledge-base/list-methods-banks-count-direct-deposits/#Bank_of_America

but i don't have Serve, i have the redbird (target) so if i understand i need to deposit cash inside in a Target store and then send an ACH to myself ?

or i could put with my Bankof debit card as usual ?

or you have/know a better way.

thanks in advance!

There is the option of $1500 daily minimum balance, or you can open a business account and do your own direct deposit (then you'd have to deal with waiving that monthly fee), and interestingly enough it seems like Robinhood works as well, that should be easy.

January 04, 2018, 11:14:22 AM
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Re: NBA Master Thread Fun cavs game, hope they can keep it up.
February 11, 2018, 05:31:12 PM
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Re: Un-do a new AMEX credit card application?
Amex will take about 2 months to report. So apply during that time.

I won't be eligible for a UR-earning card bonus for about 4 months.

April 23, 2018, 03:28:16 PM
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Re: NBA Master Thread MJ who?
May 05, 2018, 11:26:00 PM
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Re: NBA Master Thread Ftr I don't blame Lebron if he leaves. Rest of the team is pitiful.
May 15, 2018, 11:24:43 PM
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Re: NBA Master Thread LeGoat!!!!
May 27, 2018, 11:04:29 PM
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Re: Misc Credit Card Questions

from the app of each cc :
Amex - 785
Citi - 776
Bankof - 776

thanks, but as davidrotts63 said, i dont want to pay the 5% transfer ...

Those are some decent scores, since you are under 5/24 you can get the Chase Slate for 15 months.
There is the Amex Everydays for 15 months as well, + a SUB.
For a Business option, there is the Amex Blue For Business Plus with a SUB as well.

If you have a history with Amex (credit cards, not charge) you generally can figure out what CL they'll give, but you don't get enough there is no recourse, as you can't transfer credit during the no BT fee period.

With Chase you can transfer credit if they don't approve you for a high enough CL.

BOA has a popular option as well with the Americard, but I don't see an advantage to that, unless you think you can get a nice CL.

June 03, 2018, 01:11:48 PM
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Re: NBA Master Thread Toronto and Boston may be happier than LA tonight.
July 01, 2018, 09:45:52 PM
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Re: United nonstop TLV - EWR roundtrip for $2797 in business class!!
What do you stand to lose?
At least half an hour rounding up valid dates because otherwise people will post 100 comments saying they can't find it.

August 07, 2018, 06:08:32 PM
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Re: If You Could Ask El Al Management One Question...
To what end? People already kvetch about me trashing LY.

Since when does Kvetching stop you from posting your mind? The website is called Dansdeals.

August 22, 2018, 12:10:41 PM
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Re: Antarctica Cruise Raffle
Final total was about $107,000 of tickets sold/1,139 entries.

Positively astounding!

Total unique purchasers: 648

First purchaser: @mendyt
Last purchaser: @AJK
407 bought one ($48,026)
186 bought two ($33,480)
43 bought five ($15,480)
7 bought ten ($4,900)
5 bought fifteen ($5,000)
=$106,886
Plus several additional donations on top of that.
AZ: 3
CA: 33
CO: 1
CT: 3
DC: 1
FL: 26
GA: 2
IA: 2
IL: 23
LA: 2
MA: 2
MD: 21
MI: 4
MN: 3
NC: 1
NJ: 120
NY: 341
OH: 27
OR: 1
PA: 8
PR: 1
TX: 4
TN: 2

ON: 4
QC: 2

Australia: 1
Israel: 5
UK: 3
Panama: 1
Switzerland: 1

August 26, 2018, 06:53:01 PM
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Re: Comments That Leave Me Speechless... OK, this one takes the cake:

Quote
Dan, I spoke to a mekubal in Eretz Yisroel, who warned very strong not to go on the cruise!! He said bad things may happen. Also mimi might leave you while your away.

August 26, 2018, 08:34:13 PM
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Re: New Antarctica Cruise Raffle! Win A Superior Cabin Maybe try PMing @yehuda S  ;)
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=23342.0

October 09, 2018, 10:48:24 PM
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Re: How to ask a non-observant Jew to put on tefillin?
What did you say or do?
The doctor told us how moved and heartbroken he is about the Pittsburgh shooting since he knew some of the people part of that temple. He was telling us about the Red Sox how they put a symbol of the star of David  how meaningful this was to him since he's a Red Sox fan. We asked him if he would do something personal as a merit for the victims of the shooting and also as a merit for our father's recovery. He said of course,  And then my father asked him when was the last time he put on Tefillin?  which he answered; the first and last time was at his bar Mitzvah. He is now 74 years old, so do the math . My father asked him would you want to don my tefillin today,  He was quiet for a moment and then said , yes of course ! He asked us to help him out, said Shema, ( shed 2 tears) It was a very moving scene to see an elderly doctor  married to a non Jew put on tefillin for the first time in so many years in our home. We do feel it as a huge Zcus for our  dear father. He even asked us if he can say kaddish :) we then sang together Ani Mammin.

October 30, 2018, 03:00:09 PM
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Targeted: Send a $50 Amazon Gift Card by text message and get a $5 credit Code : SMS2018

https://www.amazon.com/b?node=10143352011

In order to qualify for the $5 promotional credit, you must: (1) be the recipient of this offer (either via email or on Amazon.com); (2) purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com eGift Cards in a single order at Amazon.com by December 22, 2018, 11:59 PM (PT); and (3) Choose 'Text Message' as your delivery method.

This limited time offer is good while supplies last and expires at 11:59 PM (PT) December 22, 2018. Any promotional credit remaining unredeemed after February 7, 2019 11:59 PM (PT) will be forfeited.
You will receive an email sent to the primary email address associated with the Amazon.com account used to purchase the Amazon.com eGift Card(s) from Amazon that indicates the dollar amount of the promotional credit and that the dollar amount of the promotional credit has been added to your customer account within three (3) days of the qualifying purchase being completed. The email will also provide instructions on how to redeem the promotional credit.

October 31, 2018, 01:36:04 PM
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Re: Haters, Threats, And Trolls
One example was a person that made an account on DDF and made an Amazon affiliate link that was clO3f-20 instead of ours cl03f-20, and posted it on DDF for a long time he was making sales with his links on here, until we realized and had it fixed. We didn't make him pay anything back because what can you do, people are out there plotting twisted things and hate you just because bh you do well for yourself and your family.

So, DDF what do you make of this?
Have to give the guy credit for that one. He should get a HT.  :)

December 22, 2018, 11:42:38 PM
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Re: Haters, Threats, And Trolls Tell me who this guy is, I'll go give him a piece of my mind, no one messes with my kids.
December 23, 2018, 09:17:12 AM
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Re: Haters, Threats, And Trolls
Please don't bring in politics ;)
Someone say politics?  :)

December 23, 2018, 07:27:30 PM
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Re: Haters, Threats, And Trolls Based on user feedback I will lock this thread, to avoid feeding into the hand of trolls.

I appreciate all the support and feedback, this was just something that to be honest is scary to be threatened and it boggled my mind, so I wanted to see if there was something I was missing, but it seems not.

If said person would like to reply to the 2 very simple yes or no questions I presented he is welcome to, or be a real mentch and make a phone call, say who he is, and don't have double standards.

I suppose that ship has sailed as he was never actually interested in anything being accomplished or any sort of honesty with the situation. The "deals industry" has a standard, right or wrong, and it is how that person has done business since his inception, to now expect others to break that standard only when it's good for him, is of course ludicrous and borderline narcissistic if he even does really believe it to be the case.

I will leave these 2 here and @mbelsky is welcome to PM me a reply to get it posted:

1. Do you post where you get your deals from.

2. If you don't post where you get your deals from why do you think others should post when they get it from you.

ETA:




December 24, 2018, 09:46:22 AM
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Re: Year In Review: 2018 Edition


  • EWR-FLL, PBI-TPA-JFK: JetBlue Y, Silver Airways Y+; Free.
  • SWF-DUB-CPH-OSL-TOS-LYR-OSL-BRU-VIE-MUC-PRG-VIE-LJU-TGD, SPU-ZAG-FRA-EWR: Norwegian Y+, SAS Y+, Brussels Y, Austrian Y, Air Dolomiti Y, Adria J and Y, Croatia J and Y, Lufthansa F; 45k UA + 90k LH + $686.30
  • PHL-MKE-PHL: Frontier Y; $28.80.
  • JRB-EWR: Blade Helicopters; Free.
  • EWR-AUS-OAK, SFO-LAX-JFK: Southwest Y, Jetblue Y; 7764 WN + 10.7k B6 + $11.20.
  • EWR-HNL-ITO-HNL-EWR: United F, Hawaiian F and Y+; Free.
  • PHL-MIA-EZE, AEP-USH-AEP, EZE-MIA-EWR: American F and J, LATAM Y+, Aerolineas Argentinas F; 85k AS + 57.5k AA + $754.42.

36 segments, 47,297 miles flown, 1,314 average length. 295,964 miles + $1480.72.

24 new airports, 13 new countries, 12 new airlines, 8 new aircraft, 2 new continents, 1 new state.

The year included both my shortest and longest flights to date: JRB-EWR @8 miles, and EWR-HNL @4962 miles.

December 26, 2018, 12:45:56 AM
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Miami Weekend Getaway with @Yehuda Introduction
When my mother offered to watch our daughter over a weekend in November, I immediately went into trip planning mode. Having been to Miami once before in 2016 and loving it, we very much wanted to return. I'll spare you the details of being nervous how our daughter would do without us while also dealing with our car breaking down 3 times on the day of our trip, including on the way to the airport 2 hours before the flight while still 1.5 hours away, getting an amazing Chaveirim guy to boost us and drive the car home while we jumped in an Uber, the driver missing an exit, meeting my mom at the airport to transfer all the baby's things, getting into the airport 15 minutes before the flight, choosing the slower Precheck line, my wife getting randomly selected for screening, thanking G-d our gate was somehow the first gate past security, the agent telling us she was about to give our seats away (to other Jews standing right there), scanning our boarding passes to see "BOARDING CLOSED" to finally collapsing into our seats 9 minutes before takeoff. Oh wait, I guess I didn't spare you.

My searches have always found NYC-MIA Area for Thurs night/Friday return on Sunday to be very expensive, so I was happy with our prices, although others seem to magically pull off sub-10k roundtrips.

Trip details (miles per person):
EWR-FLL on UA for 13k MR on Thursday night (free E+ by asking nicely)
FLL-EWR on B6 for 16k B6 on Sunday night (E+ paid for with Ritz travel credit)
St Regis Bal Harbour 3 nights for 120k MT + free night certificate


Thursday
You saw how crazy our trip to the airport was, but things calmed down once up in the air. We chose to Uber to the SRBH since we weren't planning to do any activities and Shul/food is within walking distance. I'm not sure why but Uber was very expensive at $70. It's also a mess in the airport since there's one large area to wait for ride sharing services, where everyone is packed in and no easy way to inform your driver where you are. We stopped by a friend's place to pickup Backyard BBQ we had delivered to him as the SR is supposedly very difficult to work with for deliveries if you're not present when it arrives.

The St. Regis is absolutely beautiful and Surfside/Bal Harbour is a really nice area. I've now been to 2 of the Miami areas, the other being 41st and Collins, and Surfside is way nicer and obviously more upper class. I couldn't secure a suite in advance (as it was, I needed to convince reservations to open one of the nights for me) and at checkin, we unfortunately didn't get a suite either. The good news is that the 1 level room upgrade we did get was huge, so no complaints from us! (I heard even the standard rooms are very large.) I also love how they designed the hotel so every room faces the ocean. We were given a room on the 21st floor and the next morning got them to switch us to the 7th floor because of Shabbos. When we stepped onto the porch in the pitch black of midnight, I could barely make out the glass railing at the edge, saw how high up we were and got a bad case of vertigo. It was much better in the morning when the sun was up, but I was still happy to go down to the 7th floor. We ate our burgers ($30 total) from Backyard BBQ which were still a bit warm and very tasty even a few hours later.




Notice no windows facing the street as all rooms face the ocean




For some reason, the lobby has a display with the Israeli Declaration of Independence and other Israeli items (maybe because of how many Jews go here :P)


The milk chocolates were Kosher and heavenly. We may have had them bring many more to our room ;D








Adult pool on the left; residence pool on the right


Friday & Shabbos
I went to Shacharis at the Young Israel of Bal Harbour, which is just 2 blocks away, although give yourself time to get off the hotel grounds and across 2 long traffic lights.



We then got breakfast at hotel's beautifully decorated Atlantikos restaurant. While another Jew told me they have a separate pan for making Kosher eggs, I'm not comfortable with that, so our breakfast was our usual fruit and cereal.



After breakfast, our new room was ready. We quickly switched over, checked out the new view and then spent the morning at the family pool, which has a bar that sells Kosher smoothies (pre-made Star K mixes). It was okay (added alcohol), but nothing to write home about.


Our new view (that pool is another residence-only pool)





For lunch, we went to 26 Sushi & Tapas, which was really good! The sushi pizza @jj1000 recommends lived up to the hype. Dessert was heavenly and beautifully presented. Hot lava cake took a long time to arrive, although the waiter warned us it would. We spent $90.







By the time we got back to the hotel, it was too late to go back down to the water, so we relaxed for a bit before getting ready for Shabbos. We lit tea lights on the marble sink and headed down to the Young Israel as the sun began to go down.



I'll interrupt here to provide a rundown on the Shabbos situation at the SR:

Lobby door - there is no manual entrance anywhere. The main door opens very slowly and remains open for 15 seconds. Wait a few feet away until someone else comes and then follow them through, was easy to do. Turns out on our stay the lobby door broke, and they ended up keeping it open all Shabbos, so that was lucky. But it's still doable.

Balcony - the AC turns off when the door is open and I was told that having the technician enter VIP mode on the thermostat doesn't work here. The sensor is so high up on the door that even with stacking a few chairs, I couldn't reach it to try and block it. Instead, we kept the door closed to keep AC on and just didn't use the balcony. However, I think you could technically live with door open and no AC. Don't think the room got too hot when the AC was off. Afterwards I heard of someone who managed to get high enough to put tape on the sensor and block it.

Refrigerator - light bulb easily unscrewed.

Closets - closets that have doors have automatic lights, but there is plenty of open closet space to use.

Stairs - no issue with lights. You walk behind reception into their office and take the steps up 1 flight (that's all it goes), then you're on the business office floor, walk down the hall and take another staircase up to room floors. They gladly showed me the first time. After that I just always walked into the office myself. A bit awkward, but they never minded.

Back to our trip...

The main Shul at YI is one of the most gorgeous Shuls I've ever seen, especially those of the modern era. There is so much natural light, and they did a wonderful job of incorporating blues/turquoises to fit into the Florida/ocean theme and really did a nice job with the Jerusalem stone compared to so many other Shuls who seem to do it just to be yotzei, in my opinion.


Not my pic

As opposed to our last trip where we brought food from home for Friday dinner and ate by day at the Chabad on 41st Street's kiddush/lunch, this time we wanted to splurge and eat at restaurants. Unfortunately, all the options are only open for dinner, are very expensive (all appx $100 per person) and the most recommended option (Backyard BBQ) was already booked full early in the week. So, we booked at Kosh. The food is Shabbos style, and while the portions weren't huge, there were lots of options. There were probably 7 salads on the table to start, then gefilte fish, chicken soup, meat, chicken and several sides. Especially after a big lunch (probably not a great idea on Friday), we left full, although we felt $100 is steep for what you get. However, the ambiance was nice, and the manager was kind enough to give us 2 rolls for lunch the next day since our plan was to see what the famed kiddushim of Surfside were all about, but still wanted to ensure we had challah as a backup.


Not mine

In the morning, we davened again at YI and were blown away by their kiddush. First of all, they had challah rolls, so ours were saved for shalosh seudos. More importantly, they had half a dozen hot main dishes, a table of salads and a table of pastries. Just tons of food that also didn't run out. It was someone's birthday who sponsored, but from my understanding, they often have kiddushim like this. Afterwards, we walked to The Shul a block away, which is the Chabad shul (yes, it has a great name ::)) initially because we thought we'd need both kiddushim to get full, but we were already full, so this was to check it out. However, they still had plenty of davening left, so we decided not to hang around and just go back to the hotel. We slept a ton and woke up in time for Mincha/Marriv and havdala at the YI.

For dinner Motzai Shabbos, we went to Rustiko. While the store gave off a very cool vibe, the menu was completely foreign to us - lots of weird dishes that we weren't willing to try. Instead, we each got the mac 'n cheese appetizer (which tasted like... mac 'n cheese), split the mozzarella sticks (which were not good) and got some milkshake type drink. Total $70. We were disappointed, but should have done more research ahead of time to know they had a unique menu. About 15 minutes after we arrived, the place got packed, as apparently all the restaurants did, which I found out is usual for Motzai Shabbos here. Get to your restaurant early.



Afterwards, we went across the street to Serendipity, a small ice cream shop. It's a cute place with interesting flavors, and for those who don't often get to have fresh ice cream, it's nice to have the option, but in our opinion, the ice cream wasn't that amazing. It's about $4 for a scoop. Would we go back? Probably, but it didn't live up to the hype of "you have to try Serendipity." Those people should go to Denver and try Bonnie Brae. ;D


At this point, I don't think I need to tell you when a photo isn't mine


Sunday
We started Sunday with free breakfast again and then went to the beach. There was barely anyone around at 9am.








Back of the hotel. Only the center building is the hotel, the 2 side wings are residences

For lunch, we went to Cina Citte Caffe where we ate outside. Now here was a place we liked! Normal pasta dishes and apps, lava cake for dessert. We may be classic, but we know what we like... And $70 for a full meal, was much better than the previous night.



We checked out of the hotel, leaving our bags by reception and went swimming again. Afterwards, we were able to shower and pack up in the spa. We booked a Lyft (cheaper than Uber) back to the airport for $27. Crazy how different it can be from the $70 we paid on the way in. The flight back went smoothly, we picked up our sleeping daughter from my mom - who handled being away from us just fine b"h! - and went home after a super relaxing, yummy, convenient Shabbos getaway!

December 26, 2018, 03:07:09 PM
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Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Are there any other kosher options in Isla Mujeres besides Cafe Maya? I see that they're closed. Also, is it worth going to the island if there's no kosher food there? Thanks
Isla is a must. one of the nicer places in this world.

December 26, 2018, 09:29:08 PM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report OK, removed over 300 off-topic and random posts.

Moved the discussion about being the "first" cruise to its own thread here.

Moved the discussion about freeloading on kosher cruises to the existing thread on that topic here.

And PenguinBOT can now officially retire.

December 28, 2018, 01:52:09 PM
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Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
I used to work for a public accounting firm in NYC, now I work for www.shtotty.com which is like a Jewish Amazon (free to post your products - but a fully moderated site for Jewish and Israeli related products).  We tell Sellers that they can do whatever they want with their taxes, because we treat our site like the equivalent of a newspaper.  When you post in a newspaper classified you don't expect the newspaper to have anything to do with your taxes.  You report and deal with your own taxes, and you can deduct the ad fees as a business expense.  Same with Amazon or shtotty.  What do you think?

I too work for a new site, it's called Yehuda57'sStuff.com. We're new and can't afford to advertise on DDF. Anyway, we don't treat our site like a newspaper, but more like one ply toilet paper (only 2 ply is taxable. One ply is a write off). What say you? Same with Amazon or Yehuda57'sStuff which now you've heard of on DDF without me advertising. What do you think?

January 02, 2019, 04:10:41 PM
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Re: Resume Builder
Really nice of you. but you saw that's is a post from 2012 .. right ? Lol

Lol! I was thinking to myself, why is he not taking the offer  ;D

January 09, 2019, 04:07:20 PM
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Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others ere is the story in regards to one of the recent credit card swiping scams.

Someone already mentioned the owners name S*****. He has a business reselling toners and other photo electronics.

He's been using people's credit cards for quite a number of years where he would use people's cards and pay the bills when they were due. He also had a lot of loans from loan sharks - paying 30% interest and paying over a year etc.

It reached a point where his business couldn't sustain the extreme amount of interest he was paying for swiping other people's credit cards.

He paid people to get him credit cards from other to swipe by him.
I know for a fact that he and his brother hounded people for credit cards when they already knew that things were going downhill, so all this talk that he's not a ganev, and didn't mean to screw anyone is a load of BS

The straw that broke the camel's back was when his credit card processor froze his processor and alot of money as well, and that is when the whole thing went bust.

There is between 15-18mm dollars owed to over 200 people just on credit cards alone. This doesn't include cash loans that he owes people.

These people live a very comfortable lifestyle, nice houses, expensive cards, own real estate etc.

Unfortunately there are many young kollel guys involved that don't have a single penny to their name and got connected to all this via the guys who brokered credit cards to this business.

At this point he hasn't given any sort of plan on how and when hes paying people back and is mostly just avoiding giving any real concrete plan. The options for all the victims all have downsides to them.

A few people have already disputed 100's of thousands of dollars, and this caused the merchant account to be flagged. Almost every person I know that is involved have gotten FR'ed by Amex.

People are either going to just have to default on the loans and hope for the best, or some may take the dispute route although with this much money at stake I doubt the processing bank will go down so easily. There are ways to dispute legally without saying any lies but it can be expensive and in addition there is a very big chance that this can blow up into an even larger criminal fraud investigation, and people might not want to be connected in any way shape or form to this business.

Its a big mess, and this isn't the only story happening right now - aside from Sterling there are at least 3 more stories that I know of going on right now.

I know it's been said many times here, and I myself always thought it won't happen to me, and its quite embarrassing - I'm a longtime ddfer and know many people on here personally - hence I created a new username for this post.

It's a very unfortunate situation with many victims involved. I know people who were/are on the verge of getting divorced bec of this. It's just not worth it. No matter how much point/money you can make. There are too many risks involved.

I will not answer any pm's and will try my best to answer any questions that are asked here.

February 22, 2019, 01:44:19 PM
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Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others https://www.milemoa.com/bbs/board/5940389
February 24, 2019, 11:02:48 PM
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Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Dans dill.

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=65388

February 25, 2019, 11:41:48 AM
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Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others There seems to be a bigger picture that people are missing out on here about buying groups.

Buying groups are not a legitimate business. They are using workarounds to game the system. The manufacturer or retailer does not want to sell the merchandise wholesale or in bulk to unauthorized distributors, so they crowdsource by asking individuals to buy and deliver them.

Everyone knows by now that the manufacturers and retailers are well aware of this scheme. Google once suspended hundreds of Gmail accounts because of the Pixel buying group (you can thank Dan for getting them to reinstate those accounts). Best Buy, Target and others have blacklisted many buyers. It's not illegal, but it's still not legitimate. (Some have mentioned importing these items to other countries without paying import taxes/tariffs, that is indeed illegal)

To put this in perspective, imagine I said that I had a fleet of taxis in NYC making a ton of money but I don't have a taxi medallion from the city, or I said I owned a hot-dog stand in NYC making a ton of money without a permit. Would you invest $100,000 with me?

Investing large sums of money is risky even when investing in legitimate businesses, how much more so with illegitimate businesses.

Is it less risky than swiping for a merchant? certainly. But consider this: Swiping for a merchant is like jumping off a 100ft building and hoping to survive. Buying for a group is like jumping off a 30ft building and hoping to survive.

February 25, 2019, 03:12:39 PM
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Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread Welcome to the club ;)

what i do with a boxes that are sold as is, ill wrap it it 1st with clear make a single box label and then warp it again and put on the pallet labels, this way i dont have to label each individual box and the costumer wont get a box with fba label on it.

Im not sure what u mean by   "how exactly do i prepare the shipping on Amazon" do you know how to create a shipment?

Yes you need to label every box although u can choose to skip it and amazon will charge X amount per box.

please elaborate a bit more and the other 2 questions and ill try to answer to them best of my ability

March 06, 2019, 11:37:51 AM
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lol thanks, basically i have 4 different "SKU(products)". all of them are boxes(=unite) that sell as is (aka a box of diapers)
1 - 80/box - that it's a pallet.
2 - 48/e, 3 - 12/e, 4, 24/e - that fill a second pallet.

now when i creat my shipment on Amazon to send it to fba, i did as a pallet, but its still showing me 165 labels, meaning that i will need to put on every single box.

the question is, can i create a "box"(pallet) that will have 80 unite of the same sku inside?
and a second "box"(pallet) that will have 3 different sku inside ?

or a pallet can't be called a "box" ?

*of course i will arrange and ship with mine carrier to them ..

so lets say u make 2 separate shipments (its the same if u make 1) the 1st (lets call it  FBA80) should go as 1 box so you sending in 80 unites of diapers and at the Box content information u will put in 80 unites in 1 box, now the same goes for (2nd pallet FBAmix) u put in 48 in 1 box 12 in 1 box etc...  u will end up with 4 box labels  and u can also choose "one sku per box"

March 06, 2019, 03:40:53 PM
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so if i understand correctly, for shipment 1 it will be 1 box of 80unite (but in reality its 1 pallet of 80 box).
it's not an issue with them? that it will not be a physical box ?
being that the actual box is going to the customer u don't want to put a box label on it this is the best way IMO and it saves u from having to label 80 boxes
I have been doing it ever since they implemented this stupid system never had any issues...


March 06, 2019, 03:50:31 PM
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Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
and for the second shipment, i can't find 1 box that will fit 48 boxes inside etc ...
so if i put them all together, (meaning 3 rows from the bottom, separate with a carton, and then 2 rows for a second sku, and again a carton to separate) this will be fine ? and count as 3 boxes ?
Are these boxes sold as is? if yes then do as u said i do this with pallets of 10 15 diff skus any item that is going to the customer the same way im sending it in (meaning amazon wont repack it) it gets done this way i do separately wrap them and put the box label an the wrap.

March 06, 2019, 03:56:50 PM
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Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread


other question, how do i know if i need to add an asin on each box, or the original IBAN/EAN etc is fine ?

Easiest way to tell is if the FNsku matches the ASIN u can also choose to use the manufacturer bar code, now if when y try to replenish a item and there is a error u know they wont allow it

March 06, 2019, 04:33:15 PM
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Re: Optimum internet
whats their phone number ?
The main Optimum customer service number. When the automated system asks say you want to "cancel service" (and you're "not moving".)

March 29, 2019, 11:13:30 AM
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Re: Ticket issued to a car i sold 9 years ago
you should be fine, vehicle shows that you sold it back in 2010 to the dealer and it had 2 other owner after that.

i send you the carfax

good luck

BH. DDF at work איש את רעהו יעזורו.

April 02, 2019, 12:51:09 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread DDMS currently active user search term:

April 05, 2019, 06:04:24 PM
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Re: Selling on Amazon Master Thread
I canceled them .. #newbie mistake (that ends up costing me $$$
we have all been there, just a FYI deleting to many shipments isn't good for u.

April 08, 2019, 04:13:37 PM
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Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report So one of the stops we made was to Argentina's Base Brown station. I'm editing pictures now and the opportunity was just too good to pass up:




April 10, 2019, 11:14:38 PM
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April 19, 2019, 04:36:10 PM
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The other night in my home:

Me, "Do you need anything from Target? We need another $9 for free shipping."
Mrs Yehuda57, "Sure. I'll message you some stuff."
Me, add band aids and other similarly priced items to cart. "Anything else? We're still $1 short."
Mrs Yehuda57, "Sure. I'll message you some stuff."
Me, goes to checkout, total is 278.86

July 22, 2019, 11:38:37 AM
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