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Re: What's The Best Coffee you've ever had- The Brand, Style of Preparation & Where? cold brew method, I take a 1-1.5 bag of coffee (whole beans only) and then grind it coarsely (similar to what one would use for a French press) and split it into 2 nut milk bags with room and close them up and put both of those in a bigger nut milk bag and close that one too. then I put it in a big Rubbermaid container and pour in about 3 liters of water and leave it on the counter for 12 hours and in the fridge for about 6. I remove the bag and squeeze out the excess liquid and pour the liquid into multiple mason jars and place them in the fridge. I use medium roasted beans. ive tried peets but the best coffee I've found for cold brew is the kicking horse three sisters blend. the jars last about a month for freshness.
September 13, 2016, 04:58:12 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
One of us is experiencing cognitive dissonance. Here's why I think it's you.

He said "they let you do it." The imagery I get from that is that, as a famous person, he can be more forward and take more risks than other people because he's pretty sure he won't be rejected. I don't see any indication that, if he does get rejected by a woman, he would continue touching her against her will.

Even the women who've come forward say he touched them "without permission." Most socially normal people don't ask permission first. They look for signals. He interprets signals more often than regular people because he gets them more often than regular people.

I'm warning you to stop. Just stop. You don't have to defend sexual assault to explain why you support Trump. You can support Trump for any reason you want. Even just for the hell of it. I'm fine with that. But for the love of G-d, please do not force yourself to rationalize sexual assault. Walk away from this one.

"They let you do it" should send chills down the spine of anyone with a mother or a daughter or a sister or a wife. "They let you do it" is a sentiment completely lacking the slightest comprehension of the emotions of another human being. It doesn't matter if it's wealth, power, or fame, or a knife to your throat, "They let you do it" is not a defense against being labeled a total user but the very definition of it. Can you not see that? "They let you do it" is the defense of every child molester who grooms his victims rather than bashing them in the face and raping them. "They let you do it" is the defense of every frat boy who had sex with a drunk girl. "They let you do it" is the defense of every producer in Hollywood who uses aspiring actors for sex.

Sorry to be so blunt.

November 16, 2016, 10:32:17 AM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread Here's a poem I wrote. It's called "They Let You Do It."

They Let You Do It

A powerful man once told some guy he was trying to impress that
When you're a star
   They just let you do it

It's true. They do. They just let you.

You know what else?

When you pay they bills
   They let you do it
And when you're related
   They let you do it
When you guilt them for leading you on
   They let you do it
And when they have "daddy issues"
   They let you do it
When you are a teacher, a therapist, or clergy
   They let you do it
And when you are a trusted friend of the family
   They let you do it
When they "owe you one"
   They let you do it
And when they're lonely and have low self-esteem and you have social standing
   They let you do it

I tell you, brother, there's no need to lurk in dark alleys anymore
No weapons, no fists
No need to even raise your voice

Because they just let you do it

November 16, 2016, 11:29:56 AM
Re: Should jsk173 be banned? This guy is worse then AJ.
November 27, 2016, 11:08:13 AM
Re: Rabbis Walk From Brooklyn To The Bronx On Shabbos (Interesting Articles Split)
Most reasonable people shouldn't take DDF posts, even from a distinguished member such as yourself, as a Halachic ruling.

I see it like Lubavitchers getting smicha before getting married, it's not in order to be a Rabbi, it's in order to have a proper awareness and to know how to ask a שאלה.
The facts are that people do and therefore the disclaimer is the responsible thing to do.

February 13, 2017, 05:15:31 PM
Re: MS / Churning in Israel No funny business at all.  It was an MS dream, ironically in Israel of all places.  It still works for Israeli cards, but the only somewhat worthwhile card to do it with is the Israeli Fly Card Premium (190 shekels per El Al point).  If you put in the effort to charge 40k ILS a month to the card, you get El Al Platinum in addition to the boatload of points.  Since it still works for that, I'd rather not spill the beans... yet.

There is still another method that is anchored in Israeli laws and works for foreign cards, but it's A LOT more legwork and interaction with people.  No limit either, but I'm sure overdoing it would get you noticed.

March 06, 2017, 04:36:26 PM
Re: Hogwarts hagadah on ddms
Is there anyone who paskened that Harry Potter is Assur B'hanah (or mischar)?
I believe its Potter aval Assur

March 28, 2017, 04:38:31 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
So our yeshivas don't properly prepare kids for jobs or shlichus. Cool.

Wasn't it you who quoted upthread that חב״ד מאנט פנימיות? Yeshiva is not about preparation for a career. I cringe when I hear the expression "going through the system".

Up until a stage when a child begins learning גמרא, it could be argued that there's a dual purpose, learning and preparing for the next level. Once a child has reached the mental capacity of לימוד הגמרא, it's all about learning, not about preparing for a next level.

Obviously, once a person learns at a certain level, one can go deeper and deeper and develop further, but the learning in and of itself is the purpose.

And while there's a lot to improve in our Yeshivos, and introducing some skills (not as a direct learning subject, but as a skill that can be acquired while focusing on something else - case in point: חזרת דא״ח, having bochurim actually say over a מאמר as if they are teaching it to the crowd, rather than reciting something that no-one can follow. My most memorable experience was when I was forced to do it in English, it was the most meaningful one I've done.)

April 16, 2017, 04:57:20 PM
Re: Shlichus Addiction?
Another question to be asked, from all those espousing secular education as a preparation for life/parnossa, is whether the "Al Taharas Hakodesh" Lubavitch curriculum is optimized towards preparing for Shlichus?

I would not be surprised, if educational experts were to be invited to chime in, and be given the ultimate purpose of Shlichus (of which only a percentage of actual work is directly related to what's studied in Yeshiva), they would design an entirely different curriculum. Public speaking, language skills, communication skills, counseling skills, etc. would take center stage of such a curriculum. Yet, our yeshivas do not focus on any of those.
So our yeshivas don't properly prepare kids for jobs or shlichus. Cool.

I disagree with this. Preparation for shlichus is limud haTorah. It's not just my opinion, it's something I've heard from many shluchim including Berel Lazar, who you might think would have benefited from some sort of communications or politics class.

To be sure, the Rebbe demanded shluchim use their talents and skills, and they should certainly hone those skills and improve them. But their job is to be mekabel pnei Moshiach tzidkeinu by being meifitz chassidus and getting yidden to do mitzvos. Their job is not to deliver speeches, give invocations, or write editorials. Sure, those are important tools, but they are only tools with which to impart all the knowledge they picked up in their years in yeshivah.

As in my above example, a shliach's success is not due to his public speaking, writing or counseling acumen. When I was 14 years old on mivtzoim and a man sought my counsel on his failing business, troubled familial relationships and more, he obviously wasn't seeking my advice, but he was benefiting from my compassion. Not that I'm an especially kind personality, just that I happened to be the Rebbe's shliach to that person in that moment. And I did help him out, otherwise why would he keep seeking my counsel every week? My age, skills and knowledge had nothing to do with it, any comfort I brought to that Jew was with the power vested in me by the Rebbe.

In many ways, shluchim are like audacious 14 year old know nothing kids. They are the Rebbe's men on the spot. Sure one might be able to deliver a pilpul, another a punchline, and yet another might be able to explain bilti baal gvul without illustrations. But the power they have to effect the world in the grand way they do comes from the Rebbe, and no amount of vocational training will change that.
By the way, there are some yeshivas that do offer such classes. In fact, a relative of mine told me of a public speaking class in which they had to deliver a speech based on the techniques and skills learned in the class. He gave a speech which had all the bochurim laughing and engaged, but "failed" (I don't believe the class counted for anything) and upset the instructor who complained he didn't use the specific formula he had taught.

Sure, each school could use improvement in any number of areas, just as that public speaking teacher probably wasn't the best guy for the job. But to say that a yeshivah that only teaches bochurim nigleh and chassidus without vocational instruction is not preparing them for shlichus is like saying a medical school that only teaches medicine without communication studies isn't preparing students to become doctors.

April 20, 2017, 05:52:58 PM
Re: Pesach Program in Greece Cancelled Just Now!
I know firsthand of a program that hired a "bochur" who is (לעת עתה) openly not frum.
Years ago, I worked for a caterer (not Pesach) who hired a Mashgiach who wasn't frum (he did wear a yarmulka which on the job). I can't tell you how many times the Hispanic manager corrected him on matters of Kashrus.

Most notably:
Manager to waiter - "Please start putting the bottles of wine on the tables."
Mashgiach to manager: "Oh no, don't tell her that. I need to do that."
Manager to Mashgiach - "That's okay, these bottles are mevushal!"

April 23, 2017, 11:11:11 AM