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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6940 on: October 12, 2023, 04:19:20 PM »
Can someone explain to me why a seller in NJ would ship a book to NY using DHL Global Mail with 4-13 business days delivery time?

And this is after actually charging $5.50 for shipping. Absurd.
I'm really curious which book you bought from such a seller.

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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6941 on: October 12, 2023, 10:32:09 PM »
Why does Tefillin cost $400? Is it the material or something else?
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6942 on: October 12, 2023, 10:36:52 PM »
Why does Tefillin cost $400? Is it the material or something else?
Material plus labor. Needs specific parchment and to be written by hand by a qualified scribe and assembled properly.

$400 is the cheapest out there. Standard is probably over $1000.

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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6943 on: October 12, 2023, 10:37:41 PM »
Why does Tefillin cost $400? Is it the material or something else?

Thatís sounds pretty cheap, I guess Dan got a good deal.
Where I come from they cost  $2500

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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6944 on: October 12, 2023, 10:40:30 PM »
Why does Tefillin cost $400? Is it the material or something else?
It has to be painstakingly written by hand following precise guidelines with a quill and ink on specially processed parchment and placed in a specially processed hide box sewn up with sinew string and threaded and tied with specially processed leather straps.
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6945 on: October 12, 2023, 10:44:09 PM »
Here are two videos that came up from a quick Google search



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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6946 on: October 12, 2023, 10:46:50 PM »
It has to be painstakingly written by hand following precise guidelines with a quill and ink on specially processed parchment and placed in a specially processed hide box sewn up with sinew string and threaded and tied with specially processed leather straps.
Material plus labor. Needs specific parchment and to be written by hand by a qualified scribe and assembled properly.

$400 is the cheapest out there. Standard is probably over $1000.
I am going to guess they must follow strict religious rules? Generic ones are out of the question?
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6947 on: October 12, 2023, 10:47:37 PM »
Why does Tefillin cost $400? Is it the material or something else?
$400 is a bargain. They're hand written by a scribe trained in calligraphy on hide.
I was quoted $5,800 for 2 top-quality pairs of Tefilin for @Rafi's bar mitzvah next year...
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6948 on: October 12, 2023, 10:52:14 PM »
2 pairs of Tefilin
A weekday pair and a Shabbos pair?  :P

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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6949 on: October 12, 2023, 10:57:16 PM »
For comparison Catholic children get a rosary (used for prayers) for conformation. Very nice ones are under $100. 
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6950 on: October 12, 2023, 11:05:13 PM »
A weekday pair and a Shabbos pair?  :P
How do you think my father got 14 pairs into Russia in the mid 80s?
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6951 on: October 12, 2023, 11:06:00 PM »
A weekday pair and a Shabbos pair?  :P
Just be happy the Rebbe didn't task us with asking frum Jews if they put on R"T today. ;D
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6952 on: October 12, 2023, 11:06:50 PM »
For comparison Catholic children get a rosary (used for prayers) for conformation. Very nice ones are under $100. 
Now ask what a torah scroll costs. :)
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6953 on: October 12, 2023, 11:11:36 PM »
Now ask what a torah scroll costs. :)
High side 50k?
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6954 on: October 12, 2023, 11:25:03 PM »
More like mid-range...

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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6955 on: October 12, 2023, 11:37:55 PM »
More like mid-range...
So 100k would be high range?
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6956 on: October 12, 2023, 11:48:03 PM »
How do you think my father got 14 pairs into Russia in the mid 80s?
Right hand, left hand, right foot, left foot...

Famous story of a thief who stole tefillin and tried to sell them to a frum guy. Guy said he needs to try them on first. Put on left hand, head, then reached back into the bag. "Hey, it's missing the other hand. This is an incomplete set. The most I'll give you for this is $50."

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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6957 on: October 13, 2023, 12:59:13 AM »
I'm really curious which book you bought from such a seller.

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31006352242

I've actually bought from them in the past, good but slow experience (as expected).
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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6958 on: October 13, 2023, 01:03:30 AM »
What a shocking disappointment! @YitzyS couldn't guess whether it's a classic Holocausts history piece or he chapt arain a remaining print of Making Of A Gadol. Turns out it's a book about birds of Madagascar.. What on earth???

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Re: Random questions.
« Reply #6959 on: October 13, 2023, 01:08:14 AM »
https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31006352242

I've actually bought from them in the past, good but slow experience (as expected).
Aren't the birds of Madagascar penguins?