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On The Road / Re: Upcoming Hyatt Hotels
« on: Yesterday at 11:02:53 AM »
https://newsroom.hyatt.com/news-releases?item=123937

Nearly 200 Hyatt Hotels Expected to Open in the Americas Region by 2022

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
« on: January 22, 2020, 01:18:38 PM »
Which days of the week?

Pretty sure every day except for friday and shabbos

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
« on: January 22, 2020, 01:17:47 PM »
Yesterday they were functioning regularly, albeit with some stuff in low stock. I didn't see any special discounts

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:54:11 AM »
Staples last day is Friday

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Up In The Air / Re: Delta Basic Economy Seat Selection
« on: January 20, 2020, 06:56:23 PM »
Overbooking?

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Just Shmooze / Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:28:50 PM »
Thank you Dr. Strassman for your professional perspective.
And thank you mods for reopening and cleaning up the thread to focus on the relevant discussions.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:38:41 PM »
I think I made an objective argument upthread why it's illogical that these substances can provide any actual spirituality

Whether or not your argument is true, it's a bold (and slightly offensive) claim to say that it's coming from taaveh.

Unless you say everything we do is somewhat coming from our taavehs...

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Just Shmooze / Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
« on: January 16, 2020, 09:45:52 AM »
1. Why do I get the feeling that OP had a Taavah and is trying to use Avodas Hashem as an excuse to justify it?


Because that's what we're trained to think about any divergence from standard orthodox views

Two additional posts in this thread, are from other first time posters who are supposedly subject matter experts on the topic writing in support of the OP. Highly suspicious in my eyes.

That's quite an accusation, can anyone prove that they're real? It would be a letdown to discover that an expert on the forum is actually not who he says he is.

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Up In The Air / Re: Parking at JFK
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:33:54 PM »
Just checking Google maps
Valley Stream - Terminal 8, 17 minutes
Ohel - Terminal 8, 13 minutes
But both uber and Lyft are much cheaper when going from Valley Stream!!!



Nassau county rates are huge difference. Whenever I'm at the border (doughty Blvd) I make sure to be on the Nassau side and saves tons of money.

The question remains if you can leave your car there for two weeks no problem

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Up In The Air / Re: Parking at JFK
« on: January 15, 2020, 12:43:51 PM »
Interesting I see uber/Lyft is more expensive from the ohel to JFK then valley stream/north woodmere.. anyone else

Is there free parking without times of no parking there?
It makes sense bec it's a similar distance and valley stream is Nassau county rates

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Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: 5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread
« on: January 13, 2020, 02:15:05 PM »
I believe there is on in the white shul. You can pm me for a number to be added to the plag WhatsApp group

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Just Shmooze / Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:28:44 PM »
Oh, and my good friend is a mindfulness expert and a very open minded and thought out Jew, so I consult with him for any questions I have

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Just Shmooze / Re: Dimeththyltryptamine (DMT) & Halacha
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:27:23 PM »
U deff seem to have researched and studied meditation perhaps still practicing as well, I'd love to hear more honestly... :)

I think you probably read more aryeh Kaplan books and about Kabbalah in general. Personally, I feel like most of Kabbalah is well over my head. I do appreciate what I understand and I'm very into meditation, mindfulness, and visualization.

That being said, Rabbi Kaplans books Jewish Meditation and Meditation and the Bible we're game changers for me.
On the practical side, I guess what originally piqued my interest was The Possible You (a seminar by Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser, pricey) which introduced me to breathing methods.
I later had a "mussar Seder" reading visions of a compassionate world. I never really got to be more than a beginner, but it was quite amazing. Im still interested in alternative methods, but anything drug-induced is honestly scary to me. (As a side note I found Ram Dass's story of a therapist who experimented with LSD to be fascinating.)

For now, when I am not in a rush, I use parts of tefillah as a meditative practice, and it makes my davening especially meaningful. I actually have entire notebooks of new pshatim in pesukim and tefillah just from these practices.
I stress tefillah to anyone who is interested in these types of things. (Hence the recommendation to reread rabbi Kaplans Jewish Meditation.) Some of my best tefillos were byechidus because I really had a chance to experience it, something that is kinda hard with a regular quick-ish minyan. (I spoke with rabbanim about davening byechidus for this purpose and got some really interesting perspectives.) For now, this is where my experiences are, although I wish I could do more. This thread inspired me to crack open Jewish Meditation again, so who knows :)

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