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General Discussion / Re: Transferring large sums from the U.S. to Israel
« on: September 19, 2019, 11:54:06 PM »
Check out

No personal experience, but i know people using them with no issues.
There's a waiting list to join..

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Copenhagen
« on: September 15, 2019, 12:31:58 AM »
Im willing to pay for minyan in copenhagen  on oct 23 between 1-5pm. Anyone interested in joining?
I doubt at that time but iirc the shul does have some minyanim even during the week..
 the chabad rabbi there is really nice & helpful.. unlikely that he can help with this but worth a try..

General Discussion / Re: Focus Groups
« on: September 08, 2019, 11:09:23 PM »
Depends. Each one is different.
How do you know before you start..focal point doesn't say an estimated amount of time..


no lights no sirens

I saw alot of people saying this today, it's pretty clear from the video his lights were on...

General Discussion / Re: Focus Groups
« on: September 07, 2019, 10:53:24 PM »

Here's my opinions of the few that I've tried with links. Rated on a (lowest)1-10(highest) scale for the following categories:
 A: Ease of access. Easy to see surveys/groups and answer the questions for them...
B: Incentives. On average, are you getting $40 or $200...
C: Amount of surveys/groups available to take part...

Focus Point Global. EoA 8. Incentives 6. Amount available 8.
It appears that they are the one of the leaders in this sector and therefore have a nice app as well as tons of surveys. However being one of the leaders, it doesn't offer the highest pay, but still not bad.
Mindswarms EoA 9. Incentives 2. Amount available 2.
The app is extremely clean and easy to use. However the studies are few and far between, and I have never received a follow-up on any of them. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that they require a short video of yourself when signing up . The incentives are pretty low overall.

Schliesinger Group EoA 6. Incentives 8. Amount available 7.
This is by far the best over I've signed up to. The sign up process is a bit more daunting than the rest. You must send in a pic of your ID to prove you're not gaming the system with multiple accounts (now, where would anyone ever get that outlandish idea). The website on which you answer the initial questions to determine your eligibility for specific surveys is pretty dated but still does the job. As far as incentives go, the lowest I've ever been offered was $100 with the average being $150. Your receive emails with available surveys and if you qualify will receive a phone call following up relatively quickly to confirm your answers.

20|20 Panel EoA 6. Incentives 5. Amount available ??
This seemed to be pretty good, but since completing my first study with them I've only received one more study offer.

Fieldwork EoA 4. Incentives 4. Amount available 3.
This company only does in person, so I've never done one before.

Again, This is all just my personal opinion and experience.
How long are these surveys?

General Discussion / Re: Hotel for Wedding Night?
« on: August 25, 2019, 12:44:01 PM »
Looking for an option with a suite near Brooklyn, not Manhattan.. any help would be appreciated

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: Airbnb gift card for sale
« on: August 19, 2019, 09:05:41 PM »
Buying $1100 @ 88% or best offer

Credit Cards / Re: How to handle a dispute I filed on a 25k charge?
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:56:22 AM »
Short update.

Basically I got diddly squat from Amex. They assigned my case to some specialist in dispute resolution. She gathered all the evidence I had again and then took my story down again, then she did the same with the merchant. She then proceeded to set up some joint phone calls in which we all spoke, in turn, about what was going on and why I believed I should get a refund, and why they didn't etc. etc.

Anyway, on the call the person from the merchant agreed to give me $500 back. I was not LIVID; it was pennies compared to what I paid--but I maintained my composure on the call. Again, she agreed verbally, on a recording to give me $500 back. The Amex rep then told me to sit tight and let's see what would happen meanwhile, while she processed all of this and got some more people involved. It seemed as though the merchant started to budge so we might be able to finally get them to agree to give me my money back.

3 weeks later, when no refund or anything was processed, she called me to follow up and said it was odd and set up another call. This time the merchant rep told her that she DID NOT agree to $500, but she agreed to give UP TO $500 pending manager approval--AND the manager DID NOT approve. This was a complete and total lie from A to Z. The Amex rep called bullshit on her and told her "well listen I can go back and play the recording I know exactly what you said, don't try to deceive me."

The whole time throughout this process I kept pointing out how these people are DISHONEST but they know how to mask it very well and FINALLY the Amex rep saw what I was saying when they couldn't get out of their lie. I was thrilled and thought that wow I might actually get my money back now. The Amex rep was going to escalate this one level to see what they could do.

Fast forward to last week. The Amex rep calls me back and says, listen I know they are dishonest, and so we will credit you back the $500 as a good will gesture for being an Amex cardholder for over 20 years. This was a good will gesture on the part of Amex and the merchant would not be giving anything back. I was very confused and told her wait a minute, what about the whole rest of the amount, you can clearly see how this place was lying the whole time. Her answer was, we would like to give you more of a refund but unfortunately we cannot go against a merchant's refund policy and since she verbally committed to the $500 then that is what we can give you, all the rest I suggest you go to court. I tried hard to explain to my manager the situation but we are bound by the terms of the sale between you and the merchant.

So that's it. Meanwhile I approached two attorneys and told me that in order to litigate this, it would cost well in excess of $10K, so yeah thats not happening.

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. I went and left the place a bad yelp review and the merchant contacted me about it and was pretty mad and said you have no right to leave a negative review. I hung up in their face.
Tried BBB?

General Discussion / Re: All Halocha Shailos and teiffa Questions
« on: August 11, 2019, 11:30:51 PM »
so simple? It isn't so clearcut IIRC
Music is a machlokes, the sharai tzion bring a shita that its fine..

Just Shmooze / Re: Headlines R Shach & The Rebbe
« on: August 07, 2019, 12:18:30 AM »

Just Shmooze / Re: Headlines R Shach & The Rebbe
« on: August 07, 2019, 12:17:48 AM »

Just Shmooze / Re: Headlines R Shach & The Rebbe
« on: August 06, 2019, 12:12:16 AM »

The main issue is that the the 2 "opposing" viewpoints that he interviews are not at all asked about the same thing... So it's just 2   1-sided discussions on 2 completely separate people/subjects.
I was planning on writing a bit of a preface but didn't have a chance...

Please don't jump on me, this is a very basic idea of what was discussed, based on memory... And prob influenced by my preconceived notions and what was going thru my head while listening to it...

I don't know the acceptance of either of the 2 people, in people's views and credentials to speak about the topic..

 R Lederman of the "R Shach world" although his credentials sound good, I would imagine that it would be quite difficult for to find someone who was really involved & close to R Shach that would go on record...

R Dolfin, he sounds like he a researcher/historian, according to his own claims will only say what he has clear proof, but then again being a Lubavitcher I'm sure is somewhat biased.8

In regards to the interviews, R Lederman is discussing R Shach issues with the Rebbas ideology
A) R Shach was afraid that the Messianic attitude, fostered an idea of imortality, and although the Messianic attitude wasn't something to be concerned about, as it was prevalent in other chassidus etc. However the imortality attitude would cause people to leave Judaism when the Rebba were to die.
(It would seem the elohist movement, would possibly be in this category)
B) The Messianism gave the Rebba much clout with Israeli politicians and in a time that R Shach was working very hard to establish Degel Hatorah he felt the Rebba was stepping on his toes in his territory, and having "two captains" trying to deal with the government was very difficult, as well as he felt it lost him some seats in the government.
C) Regarding Kiruv, R Shach wanted cooperation with the Rebba to work together (he sent him a letter) ... He felt that being miurav with Frei yidden wasn't the way to do it.

He had a few minor points such as R Shach wasn't a fan of the PR & marketing that Lubavitch does etc...

And R Dolfin more discuss the Rayatz & R Aron which seems to center around sending money to Shanghai & the vaad HaYeshivas..

As usual Lichtenstein seems to be pushing a agenda in this being..

A) That's today the machlokes is pretty much moot, let's move on
(A quick recording from R Shmuel Kamentzky & ending with (a story)... that today we don't have the giants with us who can even have such a machlokes so for now let's be friends..)
B) Feeling very strongly that the machlokes was if Torah L'shma is something that we can say Ais Lasos...

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Lakewood NJ Master Thread
« on: August 05, 2019, 11:15:48 AM »
Then it's interesting that there is one in the old Lakewood area...
Iiuc it was built by a private person & reshus was given by r shneur (?) To build it so this fellow who was in a wheelchair could get to the yoshon where he had been davening for many many years...

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