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Welcome to the Forum Welcome everyone to the Dans Deals Forum. Please make this a success by posting your questions, comments, deals, trips and anything else you think may be useful to the DansDeals community.
May 29, 2008, 01:16:11 AM
Re: Welcome to the Forum Thanks a lot for the forum, I hope this forum hits off pretty big. I couldn't stand those comments anymore. Thanks for creating this.

Btw, can I become a mod for this forum?  ;) ;D

May 29, 2008, 02:20:17 AM
Re: Welcome to the Forum
I wanna be a mod too...

Heh, I was one of the admin's of a mobile developers forum for a while, and all the people who were uber-helpful and knowledgeable became moderators. At one point we scared off most of the newbies, and everyone who was posting was a moderator.  Silly, really.

Its like that line from the Incredibles:
"when everyone is Super, no one is."

Anyway, I just want to say I thought the choice of forum sections was odd- Its as if DansDeals is only about travel and/or Credit Cards.
Yes, the CC and travel information is formidable, and possibly what sets it apart from other deal sites, but its not why I come to in the first place.
You guys should have sections for technology talks, hot deals, products that are worthwhile or to avoid, etc... The way its set up now, all that would end up in "General Discussion", while you have two sections for travel (On the Road and Trip/Destination Reports could arguably be the same thing, ie. both travel, and I would personally group those together, if not make them subforums of a travel parent group).

Just my 2 cents, keep up the good work!

I was JK about the mod thing, I'm too lazy...

May 29, 2008, 01:02:20 PM
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May 30, 2008, 04:06:33 PM
Mazel Tov!!! Congrats Dan!!
I don't know if anyone else noticed, but the forums set a new personal record yesterday, with 41 people online at one time!!
Mazel Tov!!!

May 27, 2010, 07:41:15 PM
Re: My May 2005 flying report as promised to 1 of the forum members
its not finished?

It is, but you were the only guy commenting here.

I guess this type of shtick is too elevated for most on the forum, so they cannot relate to it.

No problem, I've learned my lesson.

(heres one to moish: how about being able to buy award tickets with miles?)  ;-)

August 17, 2010, 11:10:50 AM
Re: Are You Elite?
Those are just the guys on the forum that I've spoken to and tried to convert.
I leave them yechi messages on their answering machines twice a day.
Should I add you too?

November 11, 2010, 10:02:30 AM
threads that leave you speechless I called Amex to cancel my platinum card tonight.
so they transferred me to the guy who is supposed to convince you to not close it.
So I am nice and told him bla bla, I'm not using it much, bla bla, fee.
He says, "Well I see you haven't used the $200 airline credit yet this year".
So I didn't cancel. I bought cards.

March 28, 2011, 11:17:09 PM
Re: amazon kindle fire As a e-reader, the fire takes the cake.  As a tablet, not so much.
It really is just a $200 amazon vending machine.

October 10, 2011, 11:49:14 AM
Re: Best of Israel> Jerusalem> Falafel
My wife must lurk here on DDF, as she made me schwarma for dinner last night.
Why do u think I only lurk?

August 16, 2012, 09:57:46 AM
Re: SEFORIM FOR SALE there should be a button on the top right of ur keyboard to take off the caps...
August 27, 2012, 12:08:50 AM
Re: Dan's Inbox: Where Fun Happens! Edited for posting here :P

2 minutes ago,
yudi: "I reall appreciate getting an e mail at the end of the f--king day of all the deals I missed! Just brilliant."

Last month from someone else,
ephraim: "f--k you dan"
Dan: "Sounds good what time?"

September 07, 2012, 06:27:39 PM
Re: What Was The Latest NEW Country You've Been To. How often do new countries come out?
January 04, 2013, 12:48:11 AM
Re: Re: Re: Hurray, SPG Dead Sea is back!!! Hey! Long time DD (the blog) reader, first time DDF poster!

I'm gonna be staying in the Le Meridien this Shabbat, so I spoke to the Mashgiach to clarify the Kashrut. Hope this info helps anyone that was searching around like I was.

They are certified Kosher from the local Rabbanut. (I think Ein Bokek)
The meat is NOT Glatt.
The chicken is Rabbanut Mehadrin.
The cooking is Bishul Yisrael according to the Rema, not the Beit Yosef.
The vegetables are Gush Katif. The cabbage is NOT.

I didn't understand what the Mashgiach said about the cheeses but I will ask him tomorrow. Most likely, some of the hard cheeses will not be Mehadrin.

The prices for the meals are as following: 60nis for breakfast, 75nis for Shabbat lunch, and 100nis for Friday night. Pretty cheap, actually.

January 10, 2013, 08:21:37 AM
ROFLMAO Anyone actually tried doing it?

Can't figure out how to do it!

April 30, 2013, 10:25:05 PM
Re: BD"E Jewda, You Will Be Missed I am really shaken up. I used to wonder to myself, half-jokingly, if I were to suddenly drop dead, if anyone here would notice. Sure, my family and friends would, but would anyone on DDF notice? As much as we joke around that we're a family, it's not like we actually are - heck, most of us don't even know each other's real names.

But with this news I realize the truth: we are family, and every one of us is special. When I read the news this morning, I cried. I cried real, bitter tears. Tears for someone I'd never met, whose poor young wife's plight I can only imagine, whose family had him snatched away from them in his prime. Because even though we never met him, we knew him. We knew what he'd say and when ("REPOST!!!!!), we noticed immediately when he went missing, and now people are signing up to learn in his memory without a moment's hesitation.

Like it or not, DDF is a family. And if you are reading this, chances are you are part of it. And if you've been around here long enough, I have no doubt that you feel the loss of JEWDA the way I - and others who have expressed themselves - do. Even if you aren't crying, you know he's gone, and it bothers you terribly. Take a masechta, or even split one with someone, and help perpetuate his legacy for eternity.

I've deliberately never had an avatar on DDF, but on this occasion, I've created one in memory of JEWDA. That will be my avatar, accompanied by my new signature, for at least the next 7 days. If you would like to join me, feel free to use it as your avatar as well (I've attached it below for your convenience), and you can make your own memorial signature as well if you wish.

To JEWDA... I know that where you are, you can see m'sof ha'olam v'ad sofo, and you can read this: you will be missed... terribly. We've never seen you smile, but your simcha made us all smile. You've never physically given us a hand, but your digital hand has always been there for us. Your time here was a lesson in ahavas yisroel and kiddush sheim shomayim, and we will miss you. May you be a meilitz yosher for us all, and may we be zoche very soon to the ultimate DO - in Yerushalayim, with Mashiach Tzidkeinu. Amen.

November 05, 2013, 03:10:25 AM
Re: Chicago Master Thread
I'd go straight to Milt's and a late dinner at Shalott's without a doubt.
Sushi, signature steaks, and desserts at Shallott's are all 10/10.

Uch. I hate you.

Top reccos from Shallot's? Yeah, I read the TR.

November 26, 2013, 04:12:27 PM
Re: Moto X
It is $99, or $399 off contract.

This is my first post on DD forums, and it figures it would be about the Moto X. It is quite simply the best phone I have laid my hands on. The "gimmicks" are actually very useful, which is a welcome change.
Its been that price for a while. What's he saying about a price drop?

And you should get an award for your first post.
Seriously. Some of the others are quite horrendous...

January 09, 2014, 10:00:30 AM
Re: Megilas lester This forum is not where I'd go to find clarity :)
March 13, 2014, 01:01:42 PM
Re: REB SHAYALA KARESTEIRER Anyone want to post a picture of him, it might help for all the trolls here.
April 23, 2014, 03:13:26 PM
Re: Cholent recipes (in no particular order)

1) Fresh garlic chopped in large pieces. The frozen cubes, any variation of garlic in spice form and even fresh garlic when its diced real small are a problem, in my opinion, because the flavor cooks off by the time your ready serve.

2) Bakenfleish [cheek meat] is far and away the best meat that I have had experience with. It gets so tender and it basically falls apart after cooking it for a few hours in a cholent. The flavor is excellent. Some people go with a pepper crusted pastrami. Personally, I'm not a fan. The pepper messes with the overall flavor and the meat gets weird after cooking overnight. YMMV.

3) Soak the beans overnight beforehand to "soak out the flatulence" as my brother says. Or leave out beans all together. Keep in mind that if you have less beans, or none at all, the water level will be higher than you'd expect. Beans absorb water.

4) Sausage. Kielbasa, to be exact, is my sausage of choice because it, unlike most sausages and hot dogs, doesn't dry out in a cholent and become a piece of rubber. The kielbasa gives the cholent better flavor and is a cool element that kids and the young at heart will enjoy.

5) Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Sweet Chili Sauce. Copious amounts of the former; 2 tablespoons of the latter. You won't be disappointed.

6) Best-kept cholent secret of the modern hippie generation: Sweet Potato. A small one chopped up. Gives the cholent good color and surprisingly good flavor. Don't take my word for it. Try it on a weekend when your alone or have a small crowd. Or, make a small cholent on Thursday night and try it then. YMMV but this idea is like Starwood points: Under-appreciated by most.

August 21, 2014, 04:14:28 PM
Re: Scammed by a DDF'er on the DD forums!
Right. "Hi, Amex. I paid $13 for DDSCLE and I enjoyed the refreshments, learned ways to earn $5K each year, and ways to save an additional $20K on vacations.
However, I only met AussieBochur and one of Dan's brothers so I'm not satisfied with DDSCLE and need to do a charge back."    ::)
Or this "Hi, Amex. I paid $13 for DDSCLE to hear Benny sing. All I got was some joker talking about travel hacking. I need to do a chargeback."

February 04, 2015, 05:48:39 PM
Re: You know you must be tired when... Good thing you weren't ironing...
March 16, 2015, 01:28:27 PM
Re: Kosher Switch
Ok, CM, the thread's been moved. Hop aboard!
HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR MIND? Kosher switch? This is nothing but a scam, sham, trick, loophole or a hundred other things. One thing it is not is "kosher". This is not some CC T&C's you are trying to justify. Who do you think you are fooling here? You think you are going to pull a quick one on your creator? Good luck with that one. 

April 16, 2015, 12:28:12 AM
Re: Should I Change My Username?
DON'T EVEN THINK OF CHANGING YOUR USERNAME!!!! ChaimMoskowitz is one of the staples of DDF!
The reason I want to change it is because I think DDF is giving my info out to the CRA's. Had a fraud alert the other day and one of the questions was "Which of the following states does Chaim xxxxxx live in.?  >:(

She asked me if she was pronouncing the first name correctly. I was going to say "How would I know" but didn't.  :)

June 07, 2015, 12:22:42 PM
Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014 Like most good TRs around here, this is long overdue. Unlike most good TRs around here, however, this won't have any useful information in it.

I booked my ticket early, so as to secure a good rate. To pay, I left NYC to find a grocery store at which to buy a VGC using my Freedom card during the grocery store bonus period. I loaded the GC into Bluebird, with which I paid for a money order to pay with PayPal as an eCheck.

The long awaited day arrived! I took an Uber to the airport to pick up my SilverCar, which I had booked using 8 stackable coupon codes. The total cost for the day: -$17.44. Dan had already earned me more than $5.

I parked the car in Manhattan using the Icon discount from DDMS, and got another Uber to the Seminar. I was travelling with my older brother, who would think Noi Due is Chinese, Pardes is where only four have entered, and Mike's is probably a mechanic. But he was hungry, and so he settled for the closest food to the seminar - which was at some hole in the wall whose name now escapes (more than a year later.)

The salad he got looked like it belonged at this kinda table:

I got one of these:

It was good.

Then it was time to hit the seminar! As we arrived, we saw it was crowded. Chairs were being pulled out of everywhere to try accommodate the crowd. We were ready for this; it was time for our secret weapon: Plan B.

We went to the check in rep to show our tickets and explain our preferred seating requests, but alas, he had as much interest in our tickets or PR1 status as Dan has for Spirit miles.

At this point someone shouted out, "Does anyone have any cash? I need coins for the meter." Everyone laughed uproariously - I don't know why.

Before we took our seats we were shown the meal selection, which consisted of items such as these:

Looking for something to wash them down with, I made my way to the drinks table and was met with utter disappointment and horror. The soft drink selection was entirely Be'er Chaim. Angrily, I stormed back to the check in rep, who was still half asleep, and demanded he heat up my Pom BYOK. Instead of heating it up, he stared at me for a second and went back to playing candy crush.

I wasn't looking for short ribs, mac n cheese balls or a BLT, I just wanted a non kosher-brand soda. Is that too much to ask for around here?

My disappointment turned to jubilation as Dan graced the stage, and began to enthrall us with the tale of how he had booked his flight to NYC that very day AFTER the plane had already pulled away from the gate. Something to do with living in Cleveland, he can just meet the plane on the tarmac, or something. Oh, and he avoided the United close-in fee by <CENSORED>

The next few hours were filled with tips, tricks and knowledge, like how to <CENSORED> on Priceline and how to <CENSORED> on <CENSORED>, and then something about Avianca, but I don't understand Spanish.

I was upset that he didn't cover some topics, like RedCard, but I realize that's because Target doesn't have a seminar affiliation program. and he's only in it for the big bucks.

He also neglected to mention the upcoming Etihad glitch, though I got that message on 84 different WhatsApp groups anyway. Dan intimated that it was ok to fly airlines other than ELAL to Israel, which proves his inherent Anti Semitisim, and he also mentioned travelling with his wife - which I found inappropriate.

These misgivings notwithstanding, I truly enjoyed the main portion of the evening, and joined the crowd in asking for an encore. He gladly obliged us, though strangely by bursting into Yesh Tikvah.

It was now time for the Q and A, which is where I got to have an impromptu DO. Something Fishy (I knew it was him - he was 13 feet tall, had a camera around his neck, and a Go Pro mounted on his forehead) was chatting with a couple of guys, and missed a question from the crowd that caused Dan and many others to laugh. He asked me what the joke was, and I managed to repeat it, though hopelessly gushing at the chance to speak to this DDF hero. I was too shy to introduce myself as the 57th Yehuda on the forum, but he wouldn't have recognized the name in any case.

Before I finish this TR, I want to say thank you to Dan for the seminar and DD - apart from the glitches I have taken advantage of - Expedia to Vegas,  Delta to LAX, Etihad to JNB (I booked but had to cancel Elal to TLV), My family and I have accrued millions of points which have enabled us to create family reunions and memorable vacations which we most certainly would not have been able to without DD. I seriously cannot thank you enough.

And thanks to all the helpful folk here on DDF for putting up with my questions, and sharing so much knowledge.

July 10, 2015, 01:10:58 AM
Re: You might be a DDFer if... Well, stuff has just gotten real.

A text from Mrs. AJK this morning:

Mrs AJK:  Do you know about new egg?
AJK: What about it (thinking she wanted to order something)?
Mrs. AJK: Mrs. @MarcoPolo told me it's like sbs except u get cash!
AJK: Yep. We've done it.
Mrs. AJK: Did we max out?


July 24, 2015, 10:48:54 AM
Re: Newborn baby girl in New York life insurance deal! I have a lot of inside knowledge on this deal and will share here, also responding to some of the questions and comments:

  • This is a Whole Life policy with Allstate
  • It is a NON-PARTICIPATING Whole Life policy, it will NEVER earn a dividend. All parts of the policy are guaranteed by the issuing company (Allstate Life Insurance Company of NY)
  • The numbers are self evident to be a pricing error. Anyone with a little knowledge and understanding knows that mortality risk at age 0 is higher than at age 4. Why then would the price of an age 0 be LESS THAN HALF of the price at age 4?
  • As previously stated, this is a NY issued policy. NY is the most stringent of all states in insurance regulation. The only way this Guarantee will not work is if the company is disolved by the insurance regulator. Even if something like that were to happen (highly unlikely IMHO, it would severely damage the Allstate brand) other insurance companies are likely to step in and take over policies of a failed company. That doesn't work well for policies that count on dividends, but since this policy is 100% Guaranteed in Premiums, Cash Value and Death Benefit, it would have to be honored if taken over by another company.
  • While it is true that for the age 0 the IRR (internal rate of return) on the cash value maxes out at year 13, that doesn't necessarily mean that cashing out at that point makes sense. Remember this is safe, fixed, guaranteed money. Future values are GUARANTEED to be higher than current values. At any point the reason to pull out would be if you need the money, or can do better elsewhere.
  • With this policy as an exception (or with policies structured in a very special way that most agents won't do, as it cuts into almost all of their commissions, and they do need to earn something) a juvenile Whole Life policy is NOT a good cash accumulation vehicle. A 1035 exchange is probably the way to go AFTER age 18, if child turns out well בעז"ה. If חס ושלום, something happens, you at least have 250,000 of life insurance for an unbelievably low price.
  • If you are looking for an honest יידישע Allstate agent, go to Most Allstate agents don't know much about Life Insurance. Property and Casualty (mostly home and auto) are their bread and butter. was set up by a group of עהרליכע Life Insurance agents working in collaboration with a יידישע, שומר שבת, Allstate agents. They are careful to make sure all i's are dotted and t's crossed so that you can rest assured that you get exactly what you see.
  • As per NY State law, a parent buying life insurance on a child of that age, must be insured for at least 4 times the amount being applied for the child. The policies are issued with an endorsement saying that if it is discovered that parent was not insured at time of application for the proper amount, the policy can be cancelled (premiums would be returned).
  • The company underwriting wants to see that the other parent is insured for at least amount being applied for child, and that other siblings are insured for similar amounts. Take a step back for a second and think about this with a cool head. The company is issuing this as LIFE INSURANCE CONTRACT and is on the hook for $250,000 from the moment the policy is approved and paid for. From an underwriting perspective, it sounds fishy to want to insure a child for more than that child's parent is insured for, and also to insure one child and not others, or for different amounts. If you believe children should be insured (primary reason is to protect insurability), then why would you not treat all children equally? Do you know something that is not being disclosed to the underwriter which would be a reason to insure only this child for more than other children? Remember the underwriter's decision puts the company on the hook for a substantial sum. All they see is a paper application, or some data on a computer. They don't know the people involved. Risk taking decisions must be made carefully by underwriters.
  • While it is obvious that on each individual policy like this, Allstate will lose money, in a weird way they might actually consider this decent business. One of the biggest challenges of insurance companies is premium persistency - having policies staying on the books for a long time with predictable cash flow. Given the ages of issue, and the pricing error, these policies are likely to stay on the books for a long time. Since the risk is limited on each individual insured, even an eventual loss 20 years down the road is not that significant in the big scheme of the insurance company.
  • The loan provision of THIS POLICY is not attractive. It is guaranteed at 8%, and the cash values are also guaranteed at whatever they are, with no upside or downside, and no direct-recognition (a practice that adjusts returns on policy cash values based on the existence of a loan).

December 03, 2015, 03:03:10 PM
I Remember When... Sometimes, when trudging up a very steep hill you get to a point where you look back and say, "Wow! I did all this?! I didn't even realize how far I've come..."

In today's digital age, things (and not just technology) advance to such a far reaching point that when you look back it makes you say, "Hey..." or "Wow.."
I figured I'll start this thread so we can help each other make the look back...

I'll start with this one (so as not to reveal my age  ;) )

...a palm centro was considered a smartphone...

April 06, 2016, 03:08:07 PM
Re: I Remember When... When I needed to insert floppy disc 3 to continue playing the Oregon Trail
April 06, 2016, 03:22:07 PM
Re: I Remember When...
When I needed to insert floppy disc 3 to continue playing the Oregon Trail

Oregon trail was awesome

April 06, 2016, 03:25:26 PM
Re: My letter to Spirit
Dear Spirit Airlines:
I have some ideas how you could make more money and I’m baffled as to why you didn’t already incorporate these ideas into your prices. I can’t believe you didn’t think of them yourself, but just in case you didn’t, I’m sending them to you so you can start charging for them right away.

o Only allow a set body weight to be included in the ticket. Charge anyone who weighs more than, say, 150 lb. a $2 surcharge for every pound above the limit.
o Limit passengers to wearing only a shirt, a pair of pants, and shoes. Sweaters should cost $10, coats $20, etc.
o Lap-children should be charged based on their age and the amount of noise they make during the flight.
o Put a credit card machine on the bathroom door on all your airplanes and charge a fee for access.
o Flights with weather-related delays should retroactively bill more for the ticket because the crew has to be paid overtime.
o Also add a “mandatory gratuity” if the plane takes off on time. After all, everyone expected it to be delayed.
o Create self-serve flights, so that you can add a surcharge for full-service flights with pilots and stewardesses.
o Add a customer service surcharge and legal fees to all tickets, because everyone is bound to complain about something.
o Start charging for carry-ons. Oh, I forgot. You already do.
o Charge for beverages. Oh right, you do that too.
o Charge an access fee for using the jet-bridge. Staircase access will stay free.
o Add an expensive landing surcharge because everyone will be willing to pay just about anything to get down once they’re in the air.
o Because cell phones require extra crew scrutiny to assure they’re off, all phones should have to be checked, in separate bags of course (make up a FAA regulation or something like that).
o Charge an access fee for using the aisle. After all, if there wasn’t an aisle you would be able to fit a lot more seats.
o Place a “donate to Spirit” charity box on top of every seat. You never know how stupid people will be.
o Add a “Pearl Harbor Security Fee”. After all, nobody complains about the September 11th Fee.

Thanks for taking the time to read my letter. I look forward to seeing some of these ideas implemented in the near future, so I can be more confident in my decision to never ever fly Spirit.

A Frequent Flyer

Dear Frequent Flyer,

Thank you for your letter. Our marketing department was quite happy with your suggestions. We would like to respond to each of your points, however, if we miss one or two, we already know that you don't mind because you have flown us, and well, you know we miss stuff all the time. So, here goes:

We have been kicking around the extra weight problem for a long while now. As you may know, it costs us additional fuel to haul around the extra weight, so we will implement a "fuel surcharge fee". To be fair, we are going to add it to everyones ticket, basically because we can.

Limiting customers attire is an outstanding way of forcing our favorite frequent fliers to cough up more cash for a checked bag at the gate. Thank you.

We would really rather ban lap kids altogether, and force people to just buy an extra seat. I mean, really folks, that crying ball of throw up becomes a missile during any turbulence.

Ryan Air (our sister company on the other side of the pond) thought of this one first. We did a test study for a brief time. Turns out our customers will just relieve them selves in the isle as opposed to swiping their credit cards for a "clean, comfortable and private" lavatory.

You think we actually PAY our pilots?  Hahaha. No, our pilots are in worse financial shape than the majority of our customers, and that's really saying something.

No mandatory gratuity, we don't want to get the poor pilots hopes up.

We have tried to get rid of our pesky crew for self flying drones on a number of occasions. The FAA has been stubbornly unaccepting of progress. Please write your congress critter and let them know that the FAA should allow Spirit to spearhead progressive steps in technology. You have no idea how much we would really like to fire more employees.

The legal fees you discuss are already included in the cost of your ticket. We just have not bothered to break that out as an additional fee item. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean we are not charging you for it.

Of course we charge for carry ons. And if you are too lazy to read the fine print, and fail to pay for that carry on when you book the ticket, you will pay three times as much for it when you get to the gate.

Beverages, they cost money, you are a captive audience. Duhhh. We have also tried to make the cabbin air even dryer in the hopes of selling additional inflight beverages.

It actualy would cost us more to use air stairs than a jet bridge.

Landing surcharge is under government fees. We already charge that.

Cell phones don't actually bother any of the sensitive equipment on the aircraft. First, sensitive equipment costs money to maintain, cost to train crew, and it is heavy, so we just got rid of it. As an aside, that's also the real reason for the "bad weather delays", we don't have the equipment required to fly through, or even anywhere near that stuff. Second, because we don't pay our flight crew anything, allowing them to hassle the crap out of our customers re cell phones is really a perk for them. Some companies give perks like medical insurance, we give hassling the crap out of the customer.

Again, the FAA is at the bottom of this problem. They claim the aisle is an emergency egres route, and must remain clear. We countered with another idea from our sister company, Ryan Air, that we sell standing room in the aisle, and people just hold on to a rail, like on a bus. The FAA, however, just is not progressive enough in their thinking on the matter.

In a test trial of donation boxes, we found the crew would raid them between flights in order to purchase alcoholic beverages prior to their next flight. Supposedly this was to help the cabin crew deal with complaining customers, and the flight crew to sleep in the cockpit (that way they could be awake for the job that actually pays them... Flipping burgers).

You would be surprised how many people complain about the Sept. 11 fee.

Well, that about wraps up this letter. I hope that we have touched on all of your concerns. If we have failed to meet your expectations in any way, please feel free to book one of our super great awesome cheap fares to where ever, and complain to your cabin crew. As long as they have not been raiding the donation boxes again, I'm sure they will be happy to discuss it with you.

Sincerely yours,
Spirit Management.

May 29, 2016, 03:56:59 AM
Re: Yehuda57's Brooklyn DDS TR June 2014
This was posted later on that night.

Trust TimT to ruin a joke with a search ;-)

September 16, 2016, 09:51:00 AM
Re: The Funny/Strange Etc. Pictures/Videos TAKEN BY YOU Thread! Taken last night in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Captured on iPhone 7+.

September 20, 2016, 11:29:07 AM
Re: Jokes Master Thread A Woman was out golfing one day when she hit the ball into the woods.

She went into the woods to look for it and found a frog in a trap.

The frog said to her, "If you release me from this trap, I will grant you three wishes."

The woman freed the frog, and the frog said, "Thank you, but I failed to mention that there was a condition to your wishes.

Whatever you wish for, your husband will get times ten!"

The woman said, "That's okay."

For her first wish, she wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the world.

The frog warned ☝her, "You do realize that this wish will also make your husband the most handsome man in the world, an Adonis whom women will flock to".

The woman replied, "That's okay, because I will be the most beautiful woman and he will have eyes only for me."

So, KAZAM-she's the most beautiful woman in the world!

For her second wish, she wanted to be the richest woman in the world.

The frog said, "That will make your husband the richest man in the world. And he will be ten times richer than you."

The woman said, "That's okay, because what's mine is his and what's his is mine."

So, KAZAM-she's the richest woman in the world!

The frog then inquired about her third wish, and she answered, "I'd like a mild heart attack."

Moral of the story: Women are clever. Don't mess with them.

Attention female readers : This is the end of the joke for you. Stop here and continue feeling good.

Male readers: Please scroll down.

The man had a heart attack ten times milder than his wife.

Moral of the story: Women think they're really smart.

Let them continue to think that way and just enjoy the show.

Note: If you are a woman and are still reading this; it only goes to show that women never listen.

September 20, 2016, 08:14:03 PM
Re: Public letter
Who here grew up thinking that S'dom was so far out and now sees it live and in living color?

I've had experience with S'dom. I used to be short, but I stayed there overnight once.....

September 26, 2016, 08:23:49 PM
Re: Heaters for a sukkah we had this one for years

when there was a cold weather it was cozy, when it was hot It was hot.

(you can preview the feeling on amazon click on Feel MeTM)

October 10, 2016, 12:42:07 PM
Re: Class Action Lawsuit - Up to $500 Per Call

I probably got dozens such calls I just tend to hang up as soon as I hear someone offering me such a cruise. So I don't know if it was an offer in exchange of my opinion. I'm wondering how to got about it.

Don't LOL my post! I can't feed my kids with LOL's or +1's. Press the 'Like' button!

November 20, 2016, 03:01:42 PM
Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread @JTZ - I apologize for the wall of text, but I feel this is important context to provide for the discussion.

Most of us on this forum are visibly Jewish. If we don't have beards and hats, we have kippas and tzitzis, etc. I would be surprised if the number of people here who have had an anti-Semitic experience is less than 100%. The stats show that Jews are on the receiving end of more hate crimes than any other group.

I've gotten middle fingers in Johannesburg, been spat on in Durban, and often walk over a swastika etched into the sidewalk near my in law's home in one of the Mid-Western United States. When I was in Yeshiva in Paris for a year, friends of mine where beaten up (This was almost 15 years ago - now it is MUCH worse).

I was spat on in an airport when I was 13. At least a dozen people saw it. The spitter was more than double my age. No one did or said a thing.
Those fist fights in Paris? Some were on full trains. Again, no one did or said a thing.

I have never reported a hate crime. No one I know ever has - and I know people who have experienced far more violent things then I have.

I live in Brooklyn, a truly liberal and hip city (Hilary Clinton's headquarters). Swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti are common occurrences - in alley ways, on subway platforms, and more.  When a group of thugs threw rocks at a school bus filled with little Jewish kids it didn't even make local news. A Chassidic guy was left unconscious under a car one night after a spate of anti-Semitic events - it only made the news when a few hundred of us marched to the precinct the next day.

You know what made news? When a swastika was painted the day after Trump won.

Weird, huh?

That Muslims and Neo-Nazis beat us is to be expected. But, in a sense, you know what is worse? Leftist, liberal self-righteous hypocrites who find it ok to mock, ridicule and antagonize "Ultra-Orthodox Right Wing Fundamentalist" Jews - while throwing fits of rage at every perceived micro-aggression against any other minority or race.

For example:

Gentrification is a big deal. Neither I nor any of my friends can afford to buy a home in our neighborhood. Renting an apt is nigh impossible. But whenever you read or hear about gentrification in Crown Heights, you will find out about Chassidic Landlords (Slumlords) who are mistreating and pushing out the Black community.  Of course lower and middle class blacks are being pushed out. So are the Jews! But it is ok for the media to paint the Chassidic community with the broad anti-Semitic brush of being hook nosed landlords cheating the poor blacks out of their money and homes. In actuality, it is market forces being driven by young artisanal, hipster farm-to-table vegans which are responsible.

This anti-Semitic attitude directly contributes to the violent antisemitism I sampled above, just as Al Sharpton’s “diamond merchant” rhetoric led to riots and murder.

This is just one tiny example that I deal with in NYC, one of the largest concentrations of visible Jews on the planet, in the shining pride of Western civilization. In other places, it is far, far worse. (Look at Jeremy Corbyn in the UK for a start, and we can go from there.)

So that's why we don't care about hate crime stats. We know firsthand that they don't even begin to tell the story. That's why we are so skeptical of leftists and the media speaking of hate crimes - we have a long history of them not only ignoring hate crimes committed against us, but agitating and prodding those who do us actual harm.

December 07, 2016, 12:06:46 PM
Re: Abortion = Murder? @JTZ,

I've often read your posts and I respect you a lot, but i've have thought that many of your post indicate that you seem to misunderstand something basic about Judaism.

While Judaism contains many elegant and neat truths, and is taught and studied and expounded upon by intellectual greats who use logic to decipher it's codes and come up with new laws and rulings- ultimately, it is NOT a logical or rational religion.

At first, however, in our search for Truth we are bound to logic and our limited capacity to understand truth.
When Abraham looked around the world, it was with logical conclusion that realized that there must be G-d in the world, and that it wasn't those idols his fellows worshipped.
So, acknowledging a Higher Power, and evaluatinge a religion is still within the realm of logic. And every ounce and every capacity for our human brains to evaluate and arrive at the truth, must be used. But anything after that point, logic is futile. G-d and his Torah are not bound to the limits of logic, because they are greater than logic. Suprarational, not subrational. It would seem ridiculous to try to understand G-d or his Torah through the lens of logic.

We do NOT do acts of charity out of kindness because it is the 'good' thing to do.
We act charitably with kindness because G-d commanded us to.

We are forbidden to murder, NOT because rationally it seems inhumane, unfair, evil or immoral.
We don't murder because we were forbidden to do so by a Higher Authority that we sumbit completely to, G-d. Period.

In a case such as Amalek, we can try to understand it as best as we can, with many beautiful midrashim and explanations... But ultimately, it's another commandment, and we quiet the resistance of our human minds, and accept that this is what G-d wants.
And it doesn't matter whether it makes sense or not. And it doesn't matter if it makes us look evil in the eyes of others.

(A. And how do we know this is what G-d wants? Different Discussion. B. And why can't other violent religions use the same ideas to explain their violence? While we are commanded to love and respect and tolerate all human beings, it doesn't mean that we need to agree with them, or accept their religion as truth. A deeper investigation will show falacies in the original thinking that led them to their belief. But that brings us back to A)

I am an openly unapologetic American, Jewish woman from Brooklyn.
I don't apologize for my religion even when it seems at odds with the rest of 'modern' thought.

So, under Jewish Law, even though a fetus isn't considered fully a human, if it is not Amalek and it is not posing a threat to its mother, and it seems to be healthy with normal potential for life- (of course, each case must be analyzed by Drs and competent halachic authority) then it is forbidden to kill it via abortion.

Inopportune time or unwanted pregnancies are not (usually) considered a threat to the mother's health- and therefor are forbidden.

At all times, the question is NOT, "Is the right or humane thing to do?" rather, it is "In this case, what has G-d commanded"

ETA: This doesn't mean that religious people can shut off our minds and disregard logic. We always use logic to explore any topic to the limits of our minds, but ultimately we understand that logic is not the be and end all. There's more.

January 27, 2017, 08:44:46 AM
Re: I've Been On DD/DDF So Long That I Remember... When Dan used to answer PMs
March 15, 2017, 04:19:00 PM
Re: Best one-liners We need a 12-step group for compulsive talkers. They could call it On Anon Anon.
May 10, 2017, 01:15:41 PM
Re: Famous Sayings
Don't believe everything you read on the internet. -Abraham Lincoln.

May 18, 2017, 03:49:42 PM
Re: The New DDMS! Now I can't fall asleep. Watching for bugs. [ yes, this is a blatant placeholder for likes]. Let's break a record for the most liked post :-)
July 04, 2017, 11:27:17 AM
Re: Prison
I think to deal with the possibility of it happening and the letdown every time he thought it would or could happen, and didnt, would have been such a drain on his psyche that he probably blocked those thoughts over time. (i.e. every time an appeal was filed and a decision was pending by any of the appellate courts or at the end of Obama's term) Even if he knew he wouldnt give the possibility any real credence until it actually happened.

Dont know if this statement is coherent...sorry. I'm still stunned. Even with all that I said about his case here I am still unbelievably happy. I think my days of posting here are done after this. What can I say compared to what he has to offer. I had it good.

His Bitachon is amazing. No article that I read over the last 8 years that described him showed me anything  of the man I saw last night. I'm just blown away. I cried. If a man can speak the way he did last night after an ordeal like his I dont care what he did. He deserves all the respect.
Even if SMR himself would start posting here, we all appreciate your unique perspective on what happened to you.

December 21, 2017, 08:57:25 AM
Re: How many non-Jewish people use this forum?
Do you guys find the jewish-centric stuff annoying?

The topic is How Many Non-Jewish People Use This Forum.  But then you ask if people find the Jewish-Centric stuff annoying.

It's pretty obvious to the most casual of observer that this is a Jewish-Centric site on the whole.  As a non-Jew, I understand that and it is what it is.  I definitely don't find it annoying because again, it is what it is and if it was annoying i'd just never come back.

In my opinion, I would say it is more about irrelevance.  What airlines have the best kosher food, what airlines will reheat my kosher meals, where to find the best Chabad in Zimbabwe, what hotels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have regular keys for Shabbos.  That stuff is irrelevant to me, so it makes the trip reports and such less helpful/useful.

But definitely not annoying.  That would be petty on my or anyone elses part.

February 05, 2018, 02:50:51 PM
Re: How many non-Jewish people use this forum? Some people don't just have issues, they have a year's subscription!
February 05, 2018, 05:34:49 PM
Re: Minneapolis, Minnesota
I can't find your TR. I didn't see it in the master thread or on the map.
I shall dock @Something Fishy's pay ;D

April 25, 2018, 02:05:24 PM
Re: Minneapolis, Minnesota
I can't find your TR. I didn't see it in the master thread or on the map.

Dan's TRs are not yet up to date on either the wiki or the map.

I shall dock @Something Fishy's pay ;D

GoFundMe being announced shortly.

April 25, 2018, 03:35:49 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting video thread...
May 03, 2018, 12:17:26 PM