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Mincha Reminder & Check In System We have a minyan mincha in our office complex daily however since we are tight minyan we need to send out a reminder daily and get check-ins to see and notify if there's a minyan Today

looking for a simple solution, tried gcal but issue is that need to re-create the event everyday since repeat events only send out the invitation once.

Best would be sort of like a text messaging system where everyone gets a text will you participate in mincha Today? and they can reply Y/N if there's 10 Y everyone gets a message mincha confirmed for today....

TIA

November 09, 2017, 12:24:15 PM
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Test drive Chrysler Pacifica for $50 reward gift card https://www.chrysler.com/pacifica.html

$50 Visa, Walmart or Amazon cards.

March 28, 2019, 01:05:22 AM
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Re: Test drive Chrysler Pacifica for $50 reward gift card
Click---find a dealer ---enter zip code --chose Chrysler Pacifica once on the dealer's website and browse for a minute and a window will pop up with the $50 offer. I did the test drive today, not sure if it is one per person or household.

Does it require a credit pull?

March 28, 2019, 05:27:50 AM
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Re: Lakewood Forest Fire I know absolutely nothing about what this event was supposed to be, but something was missing on the planning side if the reactions of local rabbonim and menahalim weren't considered early in the planning stages.
April 15, 2019, 12:40:11 PM
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Re: Lakewood Forest Fire
I say let boys be boys, better sooner than later. While wouldn’t advise anyone to do any “issurim” (not sure what exactly you’re referring to...Gezel sheina?) I do think the results are a huge net positive.
Egging houses and cars is a hezeik

April 16, 2019, 08:39:18 AM
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Re: Lakewood Forest Fire
I say let boys be boys, better sooner than later. While wouldn’t advise anyone to do any “issurim” (not sure what exactly you’re referring to...Gezel sheina?) I do think the results are a huge net positive.
Chinuch does not allow boys to be boys .  And yes gezel  sheina for hours. Is egging houses And cars mutar? chillel hashem?
Ends do not justify the means.

April 16, 2019, 08:40:20 AM
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Re: Lakewood Forest Fire
Easy:

Kumzits gets cancelled - goes to iPlayAmerica instead - meets a friend from elementary school who is not the best person to be around - becomes friends with him because he's mad at the establishment (but obviously doesn't think that the friend will have that bad of a effect on him) - slowly but surely they go lower and lower and he becomes part of that crowd - after sometime trys weed - some friends are doing other drugs - he trys other drugs - he gets addicted after some time - then the worst happens c"v.

That's how.


April 16, 2019, 11:41:01 AM
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Re: Free Sample Products Master Thread amazon.com/samples doesn't appear to have been mentioned here
May 03, 2019, 02:05:24 PM
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Re: The funny/strange/interesting/random pictures thread The following is based on approximately 412 true stories.
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yes (now it can be told!)...letters to the
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Solitude in Flatbush with a small menagerie: Clarice, a European Starling; Rabbi Horatio LeZard, a Bearded Dragon;
an aquarium filled with Lake Malawi
African Cichlids; and a ten gallon tank
that functions as a Home for Unwanted
Goldfish, or H.U.G., collected over the
years by his grandkids and great nieces
and nephews at myriad street fairs and
carnivals (rather than face the unpleasant task of flushing these unfortunate
piscine creatures when they are eventually, inevitably ignored by their own obnoxious progeny, the parents simply call
Uncle Rocky who then feeds them and
cares for them until their ultimate natural demise three or four or even ten years
down the pike). So apparently Rocky
seems to get along better with animals
than with his fellow homo sapiens. Or
sapienses. Or whatever. Rocky’s column
will be appearing every other week in
The Jewish Home.


May 07, 2019, 05:01:34 PM
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Get 2250 wyndham points for less then $5! I just participated in Wyndhams Doordash promo, you go through your wyndham rewards account to the doordash link sign up and make an order either to a wyndham hotel (which is fine for $5) or just set the "pickup" option, put in promo code WR5, this code will give you $5 off first order + 2000 bonus points in addition to the states card 250 they are offering. The points posted for me within 24 hours! They helped me book a room I needed for sukkos in Jerusalem. There are plenty of kosher restaurants with doordash but also putting that aside for $5 you are getting a great deal just on the points (normally would cost $26 for 2k) also this does not count as purchased points so you can this in addition to the 10k cap they put on purchased/gifted points.
May 15, 2019, 01:18:03 PM
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June 04, 2019, 03:35:36 PM
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Save on tolls bet. NY and NJ (Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, or Bayonne I wanted to let those in the community who travel between NY and NJ (and possibly other routes) know of a very simple opportunity to save money that my friend was kind enough to share with me. If you call or email E-ZPass requesting to add the "PASI" plan to your account and you travel Staten Island-bound 3 times (Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, or Bayonne Bridge) in any given month, you will only pay 6.25 (instead of 10.50 I believe). Adding the plan to your account costs nothing other than a few minutes. There's no penalty if you don't take three trips; you'll just pay the standard rate. Here's the official description of the plan from the E-ZPass website:

Port Authority Staten Island Bridges Plan: Available All Hours
The Port Authority NY/NJ Staten Island Bridges Plan (PASI) offers a 58% discount off the cash toll rate. The plan is available to vehicles with non-commercial plates and private E-ZPass accounts at E-ZPassNew York or New Jersey. Enrollment is required. The Plan toll rate is $6.25 per trip (plus $9.50 for each additional axle beyond two axles) at the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, or Outerbridge Crossing, provided at least three Staten Island-bound trips are made in a single calendar month that are not otherwise discounted by the Carpool or Green Pass Plan. If three trips are not taken, the customer pays the prevailing E-ZPass (peak or off-peak) rate. All E-ZPass tags on the account apply to the three trip minimum requirement. Plan Code: (PASI)

E-ZPass can be reached at 1 (800) 333-8655 or customerservice@E-zpassny.com. Enjoy!

Sincerely,
A fellow Brooklyn-Lakewood traveller

June 18, 2019, 05:33:12 PM
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Re: Save on tolls bet. NY and NJ (Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, or Bayonne We will have to set up booths at the hitching spots renting out ezpasses with the discounted rate.
June 18, 2019, 05:47:47 PM
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
310  now but need to book today.

You know that these sell for approx $165 each, without any urgency attached.

June 27, 2019, 01:26:33 PM
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               looking to trade for ferragamo bond , bleeckers or anything else in the mens department
       

July 25, 2019, 08:20:37 PM
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Crocs Warehouse Moving clearance sale, many decent priced items. https://www.crocs.com/c/sale
September 15, 2019, 12:54:37 PM
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Re: Amex Closed Accounts Customer since 2011 and never missed payment, always paid on time. We are very confused why they closed all her accounts. Will try and call tonight.
September 18, 2019, 07:53:30 PM
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Re: DIY (Do It Yourself Repairs) - Successes and Blunders
Not sure what the issue is, but i know that some older Camrys had a recall on the sun visors an can be fixed for free at a Toyota dealership.
I had this issue. Just googled because of your comment.

Seems they only cover for 7 years...

November 07, 2019, 06:33:44 PM
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Re: New Coin Deal I have a piece of advice for those who want to back out now.
1) Do what you want and convince yourself that you are somehow doing the right thing.
2) Do not try to convince everyone else on this forum that you are doing the right thing.
3) If you are trying to convince everyone that what you are doing is ok, you are only going to make yourself look like an idiot.

November 17, 2019, 01:23:51 PM
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Re: Booking El Al with Qantas - master thread
With you sparing a few words, you added a couple of pages to this thread.
That's how you become a top poster on DDF.
Basics

November 19, 2019, 10:30:23 AM
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Re: Bonvoy - larger rooms no longer available? What has worked for me (gold elite) is to call the day of and ask if the larger room (two bedroom suite) is available. Then, book the regular room (one bedroom suite) for the regular points. Then, call back and ask for and upgrade. But, it is annoying when trying to plan a trip in advance, unless you are ready to take the smaller room.
November 20, 2019, 10:37:45 PM
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
@artemk thanx for smooth transaction
Likewise, @simplicity

January 22, 2020, 04:35:47 PM
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Re: South Florida Master Thread
Miami beach is kinda big... Try Lenny's though. Gan Eden pie is pretty good.
Found Lenny’s pizza to be poor... not to mention the thing which they call garlic knots... no sheichus imo

January 27, 2020, 06:51:09 PM
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Re: IHG nights for sale
thank you! smooth transaction @uno22

Thank you for a smooth transaction as well.

January 31, 2020, 04:08:23 PM
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Re: IHG nights for sale
Hi guys - just wanted to check. When booking IHG cert for someone else, do I simply book as the first guest and add the person who will be checking in as a second guest?

TIA!
that's how I've done it

February 06, 2020, 08:13:04 PM
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Re: Marriott Certs Sale
For the 7 nights cert, does any one know if it is possible to bring three extra people? Myself and two other people, not including the cert holder.
It's possible depending on the max capacity of the room. If it allows 4, you can bring 4 (but you will also pay additional fees for those 2 extra people). If it doesn't allow 4, you can do a cert+cash upgrade to the next size room

February 07, 2020, 03:43:47 PM
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Re: Optimum internet
Does it cost money if I let my friend log on to optimum with my log in info?
No. If you are referring to Optimum WiFi hotspot then you have a certain amount of devices that can be automatically signed in when connected to Optimum WiFi hotspot. Otherwise they will sign in manually and probably need to sign in again shortly thereafter.


February 09, 2020, 10:05:55 AM
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Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread The thing that drives me the most nuts, is the lack of enforcement in regards to the illegal parking around yeshiva. Especially the cars that park way too close to the corner. Cops in this town serve one purpose: to respond to accidents. And they are terrible at directing traffic once they do respond.
February 09, 2020, 03:50:14 PM
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Re: Misc Credit Card Questions
Got this from chase after application:

We have received your request for a Chase credit card. We'll let you know our decision as soon as possible.

Thank you for choosing Chase.

Anyone know the terms and what they mean?
It's pending. You can wait it out a bit, or call recon. Which card was this for?

February 17, 2020, 09:21:17 AM
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Re: Credit Card Retention Bonuses
heavy spend? long time member?
Plat: 2 mil plus.. Gold: 1 has around 350k other has minimal spend. Member since 2012. 


February 18, 2020, 05:14:20 PM
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Re: AT&T Amex offers for sale Anyone want to put payments on my ATT bill pm for USERNAME and PASSWORD
February 20, 2020, 12:55:31 PM
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Re: IHG nights for sale are there any issues with second guest checking in on these certificates? like for holiday inn Miami?
February 26, 2020, 12:13:48 AM
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Re: Where Are You Posting From Now?
Fish grill, Beverly blvd.
You Catholic?  :)

March 13, 2020, 05:14:19 PM
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Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread
March 23, 2020, 04:42:03 PM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related Every one  of the tens of thousands of individuals in Lakewood who found a shoulder to cry on, advice for legal trouble, help for parnassa issues- both with eitzos and with money, solutions to countless Halacha and practical issues that affected the Tzibur, and on and on, should be crying now with the petira of Rav Zeev Rothchild Zecher Tzaddik Livracha. So much of Lakewood stood on his shoulders. There was so much that wasn’t even known. There is no one who can replace him. A book can be written about his incredible works. Yehi Zichro Boruch.
April 01, 2020, 11:18:32 AM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related R’ Chaim Moshe Strulowitz Z”L
April 01, 2020, 11:39:54 AM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related
Every one  of the tens of thousands of individuals in Lakewood who found a shoulder to cry on, advice for legal trouble, help for parnassa issues- both with eitzos and with money, solutions to countless Halacha and practical issues that affected the Tzibur, and on and on, should be crying now with the petira of Rav Zeev Rothchild Zecher Tzaddik Livracha. So much of Lakewood stood on his shoulders. There was so much that wasn’t even known. There is no one who can replace him. A book can be written about his incredible works. Yehi Zichro Boruch.
People have no idea how much he helped so many in this field. Most of it is personal and cannot be elaborated on, but he stepped up when others threw in the towel.

April 01, 2020, 12:01:51 PM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related
Every one  of the tens of thousands of individuals in Lakewood who found a shoulder to cry on, advice for legal trouble, help for parnassa issues- both with eitzos and with money, solutions to countless Halacha and practical issues that affected the Tzibur, and on and on, should be crying now with the petira of Rav Zeev Rothchild Zecher Tzaddik Livracha. So much of Lakewood stood on his shoulders. There was so much that wasn’t even known. There is no one who can replace him. A book can be written about his incredible works. Yehi Zichro Boruch.

Never heard of this tzaddik, BD”E 😢

Now that he’s at the Mizrach wall in Gan Eden, he should be a gutte better for all of Klal Yisroel, we need it more than ever.

April 01, 2020, 12:21:41 PM
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Re: מי כעמך ישראל - Post your stories here Can we arrange for a mass-like button for this thread? My finger is hurting from liking every post.
April 01, 2020, 01:38:12 PM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related
" until being niftar this morning on his 63rd birthday, Zayin Nissan.'

R'Zev Rothschild
I thought this was pretty incredible. A real true tzadik. Knew him and his family very well.
Being niftar on birthday doesn't happen too often. Will truly be missed
I've been in the car with him on multiple occasions, and he would go from one phone call to the next for hours at a time. All whole helping people calmly and levelheaded.

April 01, 2020, 07:45:50 PM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related
Yossi Czapnik a”h
I really special person ! Could make anyone happy

April 02, 2020, 07:45:14 PM
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Re: RIP/BDE Master Thread - COVID-19 related
I'm not arguing anymore..



I'm not sure why they're deleting anything.

I don't think it disrespects the meis

All you lamdanim blasting me surely know the Rashi, where he writes about the need to cite a specific example "don't sleep in a cold cellar etc or you will die like so and so"

Who appointed you internet posters as the beis din Shel maaleh?

Unless you can prove otherwise, you are simply puberty age kids living at home thinking you're fighting milchamos hashem by bashing me

Your points might be better received and in general might do yourself some good if you wrote more respectfully toward others.

April 02, 2020, 11:40:02 PM
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Grief / Aveilus Discussion I am not sure if this the right forum to post this, or if it will be helpful, or if it's even just a rant.

A decade ago, my mother passed away after her fourth battle with cancer. 15 months later, my father passed as well from a heart issue. Right at the end of kaddish for my Mom, I was talking in shul to another Avel about my mom's pending unveiling. An older gentlemen in my shul, a survivor, overheard our conversation and said - "Ich ben M'Kaneh zein" - I'm jealous of you - at least you have a grave to visit!

Shiva, Shloshim, and Kaddish helped me through the process. It made me feel proactive in honoring my parents, and helping me heal. As an out-of-towner, minyan was sometimes a struggle, since my options were fewer (Mincha involved driving 20 minutes each way for a minyan). And yet, whatever my struggle, I seems like I was spoiled, that I took this opportunity for granted.

I have several friends who unfortunately had protracted shivas due to Yom Tov, (some not even lasting more than an hour), and some of them feel that they missed out on that part of the mourning process.

How many people out there are in middle of their year of aveilus, being denied the opportunity to say kaddish for a loved one? How many can't give proper levaya to their loved ones? How many aren't getting the benefit of sitting shiva? Some don't even have the last opportunity to say goodbye.

I am not a shrink, I am not educating in counselling in any way. I just want you all to know going through this that:
a) this is hard
b) hashem will help you get through this
c) I am open to talking whether you think it will help or not. (I will do my best to answer PMs if you want to do this privately).

I will leave you with one final thought: Years ago I spoke to a psychologist who was helping people with PTSD from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He pointed out to me that in the text of the Mi-Sheberach, Refuas Hanefesh (healing of the soul) comes before Refuas Hagoof (healing of the body) - showing that Judaism understands and acknowledges that there is a mental and spiritual aspect to healing as well.

May all those who need a refuah, be granted a refuas hanefesh and refuas hagoof.

April 03, 2020, 01:09:22 PM
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Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread If word went around this barber had AIDS there would be no takers. Why are people being meikal on pikuach nefesh??

I dug out an old machine and gave my kids cuts as best I could. I will go till Lag Ba’omer. If it saves one life it’s worth living with a couple inches extra hair until then.

April 03, 2020, 03:42:40 PM
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Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread

The Rav I spoke with is a very prominent and Chashuv Rav in Lakewood, whom I have a personal connection with, and who knows my Dr. as well.
He asked me not to spread his name (Seemingly so as not to publicly contradict the BMG Poskim)

I in no way mean to give anyone advice, I myself have not made up my mind yet. I believe everyone should consult with their own physician and Rav. I was merely responding to a few posters that mentioned unequivocally that every single Rav and Dr. in town are saying not to go.

The fact that he gave you a personal psak for whatever reason Doesn't change anything regarding that every Rav & Dr are publicly unequivocally saying no to go. You don't belong posting anywhere that there are Rabbanim and Doctors saying it's not a problem.
The responsibile thing to respond would be that if someone believes they have a unique situation, it's very K'dai to be in touch with your personal Rav & Dr...

April 05, 2020, 04:48:36 PM
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Re: Is there any good news in the fight against COVID-19?
Wanted to post a while ago, that the purim exposure was to our advantage, so we got it while the hospitals can still handle us...
Nobody will know, but Yad Hashem had everything planned out.

There's at least 2 other ways to looks at this -
-There was no need for us to be pioneers and lose so many of our brethren. If we stayed home from before Purim we would have saved so many.
-Hashem has his plans regardless, so both what I'm quoting and the above reason are meaningless.

April 05, 2020, 08:45:11 PM
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Re: Good Shabbos! I'm going offline for the entire yom tov iy"h and בלי נדר.
That Includes any web browsing, banking, even email, all will be off. I'll be using my basic phone.
Will let you know my experience, and if somebody follows, share your experience as well.
May it be a זכות for all חולי ישראל, that are in need of a refuah shleima.
Besides for that, gut Yom tov to all, and kosher Passover.
Next year in ירושלים עיר הקודש.

April 08, 2020, 02:44:09 AM
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Re: Is there any good news in the fight against COVID-19? Eli Beer breathing on his own again
April 12, 2020, 11:17:03 AM
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Re: Is there any good news in the fight against COVID-19?
I have a friend who (he and his wife/child) didn’t open the door to his apartment once except twice to get the delivered groceries at his door, after wiping down everything with disinfectant, for 3 full weeks. His father-in-law’s family did the same. Then, after approval from their doctor, he went for Yom Tov, for good reason.

Some people, even if they seem reckless, are actually being really careful.

+1
There are many such cases without many realizing this, people shall not forget Mental Helalth can lead to early death. Everyone shall consult thier doctor and rabbi.

I think it's time some people stop blanketing people as reckless or stupid if they do something that seems so to them.

April 12, 2020, 10:04:21 PM
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Re: Coronavirus Victims Charity Pages Donated $18 to Fendel..
 Will see what we can do for the other ones..

 Really beautiful thread! All i could say "Mee kiamcha yisroel"! Really Really beautiful board! And even more beautiful those who are willing to match the donations!

April 13, 2020, 05:04:56 PM
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