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Re: Now Live! Antarctica Cruise Raffle
WOW! If anyone knows why it wouldn't be taxable please let me know.

Winning Raffles. If youíre lucky enough to win cash or property with a charity raffle ticket, you should know that the IRS treats your prize as taxable gambling winnings that must be reported on the ďother incomeĒ line of your tax return.

business expense ? meeting with Dan ....

August 09, 2018, 04:46:09 PM
Re: Chabad Minhagim: Pros & Cons
How come chabad can get starbucks but not Dunkin donuts?
Because there is only 1 DD in Chabad.

September 13, 2018, 01:40:54 PM
Re: How to ask a non-observant Jew to put on tefillin?
Can I just say, as a Modern Orthodox Jew I personally get frustrated by being asked to put tefillin on- often while I'm wearing a Kippah?
I give benefit of doubt and overall appreciate the outreach work, but I would also prefer not to be asked to put on tefillin while wearing a yarmulka, if possible :)
Only time I've been asked was when I was wearing black and white. Maybe it was because my tzitzis where tucked in?
Guys, you were being asked to put on Rabeinu Tam...

  • No Yalmuka, ask to put on teffilin.

  • Yalmuka no breard, ask to put on rabeinu tam.

  • Beard plus long payus, ask to learn a chapter tanya.

This is the basics of mivtzoim.

October 30, 2018, 02:24:15 PM
Re: Software to copy folders based on day of week Actually, you can just do the weekday part automatically... so schedule the following once daily:
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set /a day=%date:~7,2% - 1
ren "C:\Users\Username\Cam\%YESTERDAYDATE%" %date:~10,4%-%day%-%date:~4,2%
move "C:\Users\Username\Cam\%date:~10,4%-%day%-%date:~4,2%" "C:\Username\Cam\Desktop\Archive"

December 25, 2018, 11:22:11 PM
Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
How helpful you are! The wiki is not up to date nor does it list a Persian restaurant. Thank you for your amazing insight!
Hey kid, get a few more posts, then try that attitude. Until then, Get off my lawn!

March 10, 2019, 10:48:49 PM
Re: The Pros And Cons Of Where You Live
Any frum single girls live in South Dakota?
Cheapest I could find was KS

September 02, 2019, 11:45:47 PM
Re: Los Angeles Master Thread
son is in LA for a few days what is something he can bring back that is really good and
can't get elsewhere?
Schwartz's bakery kit kat bars and caramel cake.
Cafe Elite crumb ring donuts.
Beverly Hills Thai everything.
Mensch's cheese danish.
Delice lemon tart.

October 27, 2019, 10:03:33 AM
Re: Jewish Music (New CDs, hock, and opinions) I'm so embarrassed but i find him soooo funny!

October 30, 2019, 08:20:19 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...

November 19, 2019, 11:22:56 PM
Re: Dan in the Yated

December 04, 2019, 03:28:09 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
This is kind of amazing. Where's @ExGingi on where his allegiance lies?

You actually have doubt?

There's only one correct way, and that's the way it was done at the children rallies in front of the Rebbe.

January 02, 2020, 05:47:38 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
How about kedusha on shabbos where most chazzanim say
אז בקול רעש גדול
Then full pause followed by
אדיר וחזק משמיעים קול
which seems to completely corrupt the apparent meaning?

Indeed. As well as על כל, pause, דברי שירות ותשבחות, pause, דוד בן ישי עבדך משיח where כל דברי is a סמיכות as evidenced by the fact that the word כל is with a קמץ rather than a חולם. Same goes for תשבחות which has a שווא under the ב rather than a קמץ due to the סמיכות to the next word.

That being said, given the Chazzan I usually daven with on Shabbos, I am somewhat desensitized during Shabbos Davening.

On ימים נוראים I used to enjoy Chazzan Motte Berkowitz so much, especially due to the fact that he while matching tunes to parts of Davening, he would make sure to stick to the punctuation. You could actually hear him paying attention to פירוש המילות. Unfortunately, he barely goes to the עמוד anymore.

January 08, 2020, 12:56:50 AM
Re: COVID-19 (Wuhan Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic Master Thread
Almost passed out.
Yikes!!! We need you here man!

March 18, 2020, 11:34:02 PM
Re: Maimonidies
How can I do that??
For years been looking for a way ..
On DDF, Profile>Modify Profile>Look and Layout

March 31, 2020, 12:42:22 AM
Dan's Deals Magazine? I think it's time for a Dan's Deals Magazine. It can start off as a bi-annual, with editions before Pesach and Sukkos, and can evolve into a monthly publication if it picks up.

Dan's Sunday roundups have become very popular, and many of us really enjoy reading them. Add to that a Trip Report or two with full resolution photos, some submitted content from DDFers, some curated DDF content (like, for example, @hvaces42's prison thread, prepared for print) or even one or two whole threads of special interest, and the result is a great magazine with compelling yom tov reading.

An editor should go through the entire magazine and add descriptive bubbles throughout, so that non-DDFers can read and enjoy as well.

Basically, I believe there is enough quality content on DDF and DDMS for a full compilation of Yom Tov reading, and with a little editing it can be enjoyable by the wider public.

Plus - it's a great magazine for ad content, as Dan's Deals has a unique demographic of savvy readers, and it can be a magnet for certain advertisers.

I would love to hear everyone's opinion, but mainly @Dan and @jj1000, because they are the ones who can make it happen (and of course @mom1000, because nothing happens without her blessing).

April 06, 2020, 12:07:35 PM
Re: Dan's Deals Magazine?

You're fired.
How do you think we're going to sell copies with a נשמה דב"ן on the cover?!?

Good stuff :)

April 06, 2020, 03:02:47 PM
Re: Is your Shul Secretly Open Right Now?
If you didn't go to a grocery store in 4 weeks then kol hakovod. But did you disinfect every item that entered your home for the past 4 weeks?
Including ready made meals and food?
Even if you did, many dont, they just wont understand how this virus transfers or follow rules.

We will not be becoming asians in 4 weeks, where we can suddenly follow instructions and rules.
Of course, down to every grocery item.
Basic stuff.
ובחרת בחיים

April 12, 2020, 01:39:30 PM
Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
I don't know if this counts but with basically all things fridges/ frozen in ziploc bags, I suck as much air out of the bag with my mouth as I can, saves space and things last way longer

June 11, 2020, 03:00:09 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
June 24, 2020, 02:24:28 PM
Re: Dave Ramsey Plan A little ironic that I got tagged in a thread that started after I quit DDF about a topic I got into since I quit  :)

I read some of the thread, but not all, so forgive me if I'm repeating things.

1) DR is catering to people who are stuck in debt. These are people who made mistakes and didn't know how to handle money. If they had good financial planning knowledge, they wouldn't be in the mess in the first place. Saying something like "Why would you pay off lower interest first?" and following that up with "I've always had financial freedome [and never been in debt]" shows you aren't the DR target.

Take me for example, and I'm saying this even though I'm not anonymous. I found DD and started opening up credit cards and earning miles. It was awesome. Did a whole bunch of things I could never have afforded. Paid my bills on time, had a amazing credit score without a penny to my name. Life happened. Expenses ended up being more than I was earning. One job cut my salary by 40% rather than fire me outright. I was never an extravagant spender, don't have a car, live in a small apartment, but the CC bills became unpayable. I did 0% balance transfers and was treading water for a while. Then I missed a payment on one card. Then another on a different card. Before I knew it I was 80k in the whole, with no shovel to dig out of it.

I hate to say it, but I worry that more DD(F)ers fell into this than we like to imagine. No CC farms, no swiping scams, just spending more than we can afford to on high interest CCs.

2) As such, the DR advice is not necessarily the most mathermatically sound advice. He says so himself. It's behavioral. It's about planning, budgeting, and being in control. It is absolutely beneficial for the kinds of people in point 1 above to pay off a smaller debts earlier, even if it is lower intrest. The whole point is to change behaviour, not be the most optimal mathematical plan.

3) I have learned his plan without reading his book (though I could, for free, at the library) or paying him a penny. I've listened to him on youtube and I got the picture. The fact that he has built a multi million dollar self help and media empire doesn't mean he preys on anyone. And even if it would have cost me $100 to learn his plan, it would have been the best $100 I'd have ever spent.

4) Some people have mentioned $1000 not being enough of an emergency fund. True, that's why it's called a *beginners* emergency fund. Step 3 grows that to 3-6 months of expenses.

5) All the talk of WL vs Mutual funds, etc. - once you get into step 4,5 & 6 you should be speaking to an advisor who can go through the options with you.

Thank G-d, I should be debt free within a month, and complete step 3 soon after that. Then I can come back to DDF to hear the outcome of the arguements for step 4, 5 and 6. :)

July 29, 2020, 02:51:16 PM
Thanks DDF! Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for my beautiful Chitas, I can't wait to learn from it every day! It was so nice of you guys to think of me!

P.S. My older brother @Rafi told me that he was on, like, 100 flights by the time he was my age. Can someone tell my Tatty to fly somewhere with me already?

September 03, 2020, 02:32:29 PM
Re: Crown Heights as a COVID-19 lab
Anyone here in 770 for maariv tonight? I hear they announced something about that people shouldn't come for slichos, or they should do it outside...

They encouraged people to do slichos outside and that there will be speakers outside so you can hear the chazan, but if you want to enter you must wear a mask.

Thatís basically in short what they said

September 12, 2020, 11:52:18 PM
To the Sons and Daughters of Our People Israel, Everywhere - Letters by the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the $17.99 instead of 59.95

September 14, 2020, 03:11:12 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread

Is that Benny Friedman  ;D

December 26, 2020, 08:16:36 PM
Re: Corny Jokes & Bad Puns Thread Q: There are 3 men on a boat with 4 cigarettes and no source of fire. How do they manage to smoke?

A: They throw one cigarette overboard and the boat becomes a cigarette lighter.

February 07, 2021, 01:52:16 PM
Re: Corny Jokes & Bad Puns Thread There was a man in Bulgaria who drove a train for a living.

He loved his job, driving a train had been his dream ever since he was a child.

He loved to make the train go as fast as possible.

Unfortunately, one day he was a little too reckless and caused a crash.

He made it out, but a single person died.

Well, needless to say, he went to court over this incident.

He was found guilty, and was sentenced to death by electrocution.

When the day of the execution came, he requested a single banana as his last meal.

After eating the banana, he was strapped into the electric chair.

The switch was flown, sparks flew and smoke filled the air- but nothing happened.

The man was perfectly fine.

Well, at the time, there was an old Bulgarian law that said a failed execution
was a sign of divine intervention, so the man was allowed to go free.

And somehow, he managed to get his old job back driving the train.

Having not learned his lesson at all, he went right back to driving the train with reckless abandon.

Once again, he caused a train to crash, this time killing two people.

The trial went much the same as the first, resulting in a sentence of execution.

For his final meal, the man requested two bananas.

After eating the bananas, he was strapped into the electric chair.

The switch was thrown, sparks flew, smoke filled the room- and the man was once again unharmed.

Well, this of course meant that he was free to go.

And once again, he somehow manages to get his old job back.

To what should have been the surprise of no one, he crashed yet another train and killed three people.

And so he once again found himself being sentenced to death.

On the day of his execution, he requested his final meal- three bananas.

"You know what? No," said the executioner. "I've had it with you and your stupid bananas and walking
out of here unharmed. I'm not giving you a thing to eat, we're strapping you in and doing this now."

Well, it was against protocol, but the man was strapped in to the electric chair without a last meal.

The switch was pulled, sparks flew, smoke filled the room- and the man was still unharmed.

The executioner was speechless.

The man looked at the executioner and said "Oh, the bananas had nothing to do with it. I'm just a bad conductor."

February 09, 2021, 11:57:00 AM
Re: Pesach Programs and False Advertising
They'd have to be totally insane to do that


Iím running the Kosher Horizons Pesach program this year... :P

February 28, 2021, 01:41:54 PM
Re: Please help find a niftar's parents Jewish names.
If I may, and I understand completely if the mods remove this, we all just got a little glimpse into the life of a Rabbi in a remote town, and it's been awesome to see the DDF community be able to help out. Inasmuch as the challenges for someome living so far are immense, the impact even small contributions can make on such communities is immense too.

As it happens, the Shliach in Fargo is also a "RYG", and I think it would be awesome to continue this chain of helpfulness and kindness by inundating their donate page in honor of DDF.

Sorry, I only saw this on DDMS today, so I'm late to the game. But if I can add a personal connection. Last summer we had cabin fever after being locked down for several months. But even though we were COVID careful, most places weren't interested in having anything to do with Brooklyn Jews coming to contaminate them.

We weren't comfortable flying, but we were up for an ambitious road trip. We brought all our own food for during the week, but Shabbos was the biggest obstacle, since we always plan our itineraries around spending Shabbos in a Jewish community with other families.

In early June I reached out to the most far-flung Chabads I could find, places where COVID hadn't yet reached. But the overwhelming majority were either closed completely or at least closed to outsiders. One of the two that warmly opened up to total strangers was RYG @postoffice at Chabad of Fargo (the other was Chabad of Green Bay).

With Shabbos plans in place, we managed to put together a wonderful road trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, which added many thousands of miles to our odometer. We had a wonderful socially-distanced Shabbos with RYG's family, and he really went above and beyond to help us with so many aspects of the ND portion of our trip.

We saw a glimpse of his dedication in action when our Motzei Shabbos departure from Fargo to drive west across the state to Theodore Roosevelt NP was delayed when he asked us to stay home with his kids while he and his wife went to visit a Jew in the hospital. Their dedication to every Jew, both locals and visitors, is inspiring, and I reiterate the call to support their work as much as you are able!

March 09, 2021, 04:14:53 PM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
ANd this is the supposedly inclusive chassidus? Rav Gifter ZTL said that anyone who touched the doorknobs of Telshe became a Telsher!
That's because Telshe didn't serve kasha.

March 17, 2021, 12:49:12 PM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
Are gezha people also on bain hazmanim now?

We only have one bain. Zmanim are just suggestions to Lubavitchers.

March 17, 2021, 07:13:18 PM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
Oh, you're Lubavitch? Do you hear Avraham Fried davening for the amud in shul every day?

I know youíre joking but my dad davened Shachris with him for years, and (many years before that) I occasionally davened Friday night davening with him in what I think was the Skvere Shteibel on Kingston (that became Rí Levy OBMís Shul / Mikvah Meir.

Avraham (or Avremíl) Fried(man) the person, not the celebrity, is a geshmake, hartzike, eidel, humble, gentle, and soft-spoken yid.

March 18, 2021, 09:51:46 PM
Re: Low Latency Video Chat for Passover Singing?
We used it last year when NO ONE grouped together. This year each states family groups will join together, however we wont all be in one room...The sedar still occurs, everyone has a plate, and the story is told...
You are apparently a Traditional Jew and having an extended-family Seder is very important to you. While that is definitely a very nice way to fulfil this ancient tradition, it is by no means the only way to do so. Many families have their yearly Seders with just their nuclear families, or if need be alone.
It must be stressed though that the traditions of the Seder are deeply rooted and inexorably intertwined with Halachah (Jewish Law). Also, in addition, to the Laws of Passover (which include those of the Seder), there is an additional set of laws which apply on the Seder night, namely the Laws of Yom Tov (Jewish Holidays). They include many of the same laws as the laws of Shabbat, including the impermissibility of the active use of electrical devices.
Therefore, it would be inconceivable to violate one of Laws of Yom Tov to enhance the traditions of the Seder. Hence  @justaregularguy 's post:
Yea are you referring to using this system on Pesach seder night or a mock seder before(or chol hamoed) ?
Hope Iím not opening a Pandoraís box but I donít think any posek I ask will come up w a heter..:/

There are many resources available for you to learn more about these and other topics:

March 31, 2021, 10:34:20 PM
Re: Tragedy in Miron: DDMS/DDF matching campaign I'll match $1,800
May 03, 2021, 11:26:40 AM
Re: War in Israel

May 20, 2021, 11:30:34 AM
The nicest mail carrier? My mail carrier Aaron has to be the nicest and happiest mail carrier around.

Literally never seen this guy not smiling. Always happy to pickup return packages, saving a trip to the post office.

Knows all the Jewish lingo. Always asks how everyone is doing, wishing everyone all the best and of course answering Baruch Hashem. Always is the first to wish you a Shabbat Shalom or Chag Sameach/Good Yom Tov when driving by or delivering mail.

A non-jewish Black man who has shem shamyim shagur b'piv is something I never stop marveling at! :D

He recently celebrated his 60th and our whole block put up happy birthday signs for him.

Well, do you have a nicer mail carrier? We should all be so lucky to have a job we love as much as him!

May 23, 2021, 10:36:45 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread
Dating yourself

When the shidduch crisis makes you lose all hope

May 25, 2021, 10:58:14 AM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
You seem to be missing the point.

There's nothing here about שכר.

It's 100% about the reason a נשמה was sent down to this world, 0% about the reward.
Going off on a tangent, but in general, שכר ועונש are not used as motivators or even factors in Chabad עבודה or philosophy.
For me, that was a refreshing change going from a litvisher school to a Chabad school.

May 27, 2021, 11:41:29 AM
Re: Ask a Lubavitcher Anything
Going off on a tangent, but in general, שכר ועונש are not used as motivators or even factors in Chabad עבודה or philosophy.
For me, that was a refreshing change going from a litvisher school to a Chabad school.

To echo the sentiments and sources posted by others:

Reward and punishment, while an important principles of faith, are seen as relative externalities compared to a relationship with HaShem himself. The Alter Rebbe is quoted saying:
ďI donít want Gan Eden, I donít want Olam Haba, all I want is You [Hashem] aloneĒ. IINM in Chabad terminology the spiritual rewards are seen as גילויים, as great as they might be theyíre finite emanations of G-dliness, compared to עצמות, an essential connection and bond with the Almighty Himself.

May 27, 2021, 07:56:55 PM