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  • in reply to: Parking IN driveway #1810975
    agittayid
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    A homeowner can call the police if access to his driveway is blocked. The police can then issue a ticket.
    A car that is parked on private property without permission is another matter.

    in reply to: Parking IN driveway #1810958
    agittayid
    Participant

    Call 311 and report that a car is blocking your driveway and ask a police car to respond. You can also ask a passing police car or traffic enforcement agent to stop. You will be asked to show proof that this is your address.
    Once the car is ticketed, the policeman will tell you that you can call a tow truck and have the vehicle towed away at the owner’s expense.
    Check with the officer who responds that this information is still correct.

    in reply to: Sick and tired of spoiled cholov yisroel milk #1503680
    agittayid
    Participant

    YWN actually posted a pretty good article, “An Inside Look At Cholov Yisroel” in Sept. 2009.
    Several authorities confirmed a spoilage problem, and blamed it on “‚Äúpoor handling of the milk both in transportation and in storage in supermarkets.”

    Obvious questions are; Why have these problems been allowed to exist in a product as crucial as milk?
    How can a small grocery or bodega keep their milk fresh while stores selling CY have
    problems?

    in reply to: Sick and tired of spoiled cholov yisroel milk #1503431
    agittayid
    Participant

    Seems strange that only a CVS would have gallon containers of CY milk.
    There must be at least 50 haimish groceries, fruit stores, and other outlets in the vicinity.
    Are these stores declining to sell those gallon containers?

    in reply to: Sick and tired of spoiled cholov yisroel milk #1503216
    agittayid
    Participant

    Gallon sized CS milk ranges from $2.99 to over $4.00 a gallon.
    The price varies from store to store.
    Doesn’t seem to be much regulation.

    in reply to: Sick and tired of spoiled cholov yisroel milk #1503199
    agittayid
    Participant

    8 years later; still no gallon containers of CY.
    Anyone have a plausible reason why?
    The cost of gallon containers would probably be cheaper for families.

    in reply to: Charles Thyrwitt vs. Brooks Brothers shirts #996048
    agittayid
    Participant

    Charles Trywitt- a bargain at 4 for $199.

    in reply to: Yeshiva/Working Part-Time #1012193
    agittayid
    Participant

    “At what point would it be appropriate for one to learn half a day and work half a day?”

    Appropriate for whom and for what reason?

    Appropriate to become a self sufficient adult?

    Appropriate to support oneself?

    Appropriate to support one’s family?

    Appropriate for appearances sake for others?

    When you can answer those questions honestly, you’ll know what to do.

    in reply to: Bike Riding #969076
    agittayid
    Participant

    I just read the article in the NY Post.

    An interesting issue worth discussing is the comment by a parent quoted in the article. He feels that the ban was instituted because bike riding empowers kids to “go wherever they want . . . farther from their parents and the community, it brings a lot of bad things.”

    in reply to: Investing for dummies #962505
    agittayid
    Participant

    You would be wise to to take the time to educate yourself about basic investing before you commit any funds. There is plenty of information available at the library or on the internet.

    in reply to: Bike Route Brooklyn-Catskills #961308
    agittayid
    Participant

    Start off by taking the subway to either upper Manhattan or the Bronx.

    Choose either to go over the George Washington Bridge or through Westchester to go north.

    Another idea to get out of the city is to take Metro North to Poughkeepsie.

    in reply to: Split classes by age #960574
    agittayid
    Participant

    Thank you, Yehudayona. I always wondered about that “A” myself.

    in reply to: Split classes by age #960567
    agittayid
    Participant

    Pre-1-A: What is it?

    How is it different than kindergarten?

    in reply to: Do any charedim wear straw fedoras? #950321
    agittayid
    Participant

    Straw …inexpensive?

    Borsalino Cuenca Fino Panama Hat – Shorter Brim.. Price: $275.00

    “The Borsalino Cuenca Fino Panama Hat is an exceptionally soft and flexible bleached genuine panama straw hat hand-woven in Ecuador. Manufactured by world-famous hat maker Borsalino, this smaller.. .”

    in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948676
    agittayid
    Participant

    Most people who prefer Gucci, Armani, Borsalino, Lexus or any other brand name will justify it on the basis of “quality.”

    Skeptics will say they bought it for “status.”

    in reply to: Brand NamesóWasting Money #948653
    agittayid
    Participant

    The focus seems to be on Gucci as a name brand.

    For those concerned about wasting money on name brands, does this hold true for Borsalino as well?

    in reply to: Parking in a handicapped parking #945715
    agittayid
    Participant

    I would imagine that someone with a handicapped sticker would know what a “designated handicap” sign means.

    If they don’t have a handicapped sticker, they have no business parking in that spot.

    in reply to: Yarmulkas vs. Baseball Caps (why?) #935021
    agittayid
    Participant

    Perhaps in the future, the baseball cap will be the signature hat of the frum Jew.

    After all, the Shtreimel possibly originated with the Tatars, and the Borsalino hat was created in Alessandria, Italy by Giuseppe Borsalino.

    It’s not impossible that the baseball cap will supplant them.

    in reply to: Is the Problem Really Purim? #932056
    agittayid
    Participant

    There is ambivalence associated with alcohol and drinking. We associate drinking with having a good time and celebration. At Purim, it is associated with religious significance. Yet, drinking is also associated with accidents, violence, and poor choices. I recall when this ambivalence was restricted to the secular society. Now, the ambivalence seems part of the frum society as well.

    in reply to: Vacation days for yeshiva children #953365
    agittayid
    Participant

    Gradually the noose is tightening.

    I guess it started with half days on Sunday.

    Now, its long school days, mandatory summer camp, and sleep away yeshiva in 9th grade. Winter vacation seems to next on the list.

    The agenda seems to be, the more time the children are away from the parents the better.

    in reply to: How Much Money Does the Israeli Government Give to Kollel Families? #927215
    agittayid
    Participant

    It’s a terrible waste of human potential for someone who is probably highly intelligent to have to work at an unskilled job due to the lack of an education. That warehouse worker could possibly have been an engineer; except that no one knew that he was a whiz at math as his school didn’t take math seriously.

    in reply to: Cars deserve skeelah #926236
    agittayid
    Participant

    Definitely a need to educate those who cause a chillul hashem, and their apologists.

    in reply to: Son Wants To Go Collecting In Limo On Purim #926159
    agittayid
    Participant

    It does seem kind of incongruous for a yeshiva bochur to be driven around by a chauffeur in a limousine while making house calls. To complete the incongruity perhaps they should be wearing a tuxedo and smoking a cigar.

    in reply to: Terminating welfare #916375
    agittayid
    Participant

    A parental goal is to encourage their children to become independent adults. Children by their nature seek to become independent of their parents. Just observe how eagerly they learn to walk, ride a bike etc. They don’t want to be remain dependent on their parents pushing them forever in the stroller. Lately it has become topsy turvy in the frum world. Young adults are encouraged to stay dependent on their parents, charity, and the government well into adulthood. The encouragement of dependency is a great disservice to children and adults.

    in reply to: Why do some men wear double-breasted suits? #911438
    agittayid
    Participant

    The significance of wearing a single or double breasted suit pales in comparison to whether one turns his hat brim up or down. There is a lot to be learned by observing how one wears his hat. But these things are trifles compared to whether one wears button down shirts or not. As to short sleeve shirts, well that’s another story altogether.

    in reply to: Why are pple voting for Obama #896350
    agittayid
    Participant

    Being dependent on the government leaves one susceptible to being manipulated by the government. A large part of President Obama’s constituency is people dependent on government entitlements. Being self-sufficient allows one to vote for the best interests of the country and not just to protect one’s stipend.

    agittayid
    Participant

    I would contact a lawyer as soon as possible. It will be easier to resolve the issue if the construction work is stopped before it gets to far along.

    in reply to: Good stuff for a family near the Delaware water gap #885671
    agittayid
    Participant

    There is a visitor center on Rt. 80 just past the bridge over the Delaware River. Some hiking trails are nearby.

    The Smithfield Beach is a nice place for swimming in the river.

    in reply to: Settling for Less #880296
    agittayid
    Participant

    Do you think that you changed or did your wife change?

    in reply to: What Non-Toradik activies are acceptable? #867730
    agittayid
    Participant

    “by the same logic…”

    Unfortunately there is no logic here that I can see.

    One can eat kosher meat for the healthful nutrients.

    One can take a Sunday drive for relaxation.

    Listening to classical music can relieve stress at work.

    in reply to: What Non-Toradik activies are acceptable? #867724
    agittayid
    Participant

    Perhaps being a sport spectator is not such a great thing. However, participating in a sport offers great benefits in health, social relationships, and mental well being.

    in reply to: So, what was the best Shlach Monos you got?! #858771
    agittayid
    Participant

    My best Mishloach Monos was from an old friend who I haven’t seen for a while.

    in reply to: Yeshiva's reading rules #858449
    agittayid
    Participant

    Thank you, ca. I’ll take the kids and read them the book.

    Funny, how censorship sometimes encourages the very thing it tries to suppress.

    in reply to: Yeshiva's reading rules #858445
    agittayid
    Participant

    “Mr Popper’s Penguins” is a classic of children’s literature. A movie of this book will be released this summer.

    in reply to: 49.5% of Americans dont pay any income tax #853731
    agittayid
    Participant

    ? Alexis de Tocqueville

    in reply to: jeans……?? yes? no? black? white? #856758
    agittayid
    Participant

    How about black chino pants for yeshiva boys?

    Are they appropriate?

    in reply to: How much does it cost to support for a year? #853888
    agittayid
    Participant

    “..We aren’t very far from each other. We both agree to the basic premise: that parents should support their children while they study torah. We only differ in degree…”

    The number of years of support is irrelevant; it’s the values being promoted. One believes is teaching their children independence, self-sufficiency, and the responsibility of caring for others; the other is inuring their children to dependency and being taken care of.

    in reply to: Someone who 'doesn't want' to get married? #849866
    agittayid
    Participant

    “By waiting, does a girl minimize her chances of meeting someone based on ‘the good ones will be taken..”

    I don’t know about that. Someone may look like a “good catch” but only time will tell whether they truly were a good catch.

    in reply to: Yafeh Talmud Torah im Derech Eretz #845765
    agittayid
    Participant

    “…here are some other groups (not to mention any names) in America that a lot of them have been sitting around all day doing nothing except drinking Booze & taking drugs and yet there has not been any regs directed at removing them from the social programs…”

    Welfare rules and regulations are constantly discussed and revised. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 was a major change in the federal program effecting millions of people.

    in reply to: scam #844550
    agittayid
    Participant

    “Google the name of the website together with the word scam see what comes up.”

    This is not working as well as it used to. Apparently scamsters are wise to this, and are taking steps to make it more difficult to find information about them.

    in reply to: Best Weight Loss Diet/Excercise #982260
    agittayid
    Participant

    Increase movement, decrease caloric intake; all the rest is commentary.

    in reply to: Does such a guy have a chance of getting happily married? #840627
    agittayid
    Participant

    This young man might benefit by developing his social skills. Perhaps he might become involved service organizations such those visiting the sick, helping in a shul, or mentoring children. This would encourage him to interact more with others in a positive way. Many times quiet folks have wonderful midos waiting to burst through if given the opportunity.

    in reply to: Increase in OTD Children… are made to feel like second-class citizens, #839845
    agittayid
    Participant

    “..people accepted each other…”

    Adults can definitely learn good midos from the children.

    goldenkint, a lot of food for thought in your enlightening post.

    in reply to: jeans #839102
    agittayid
    Participant

    “the way someone dress “usually” says something about them.”

    Likewise, how you perceive someone’s dress says something about you.

    in reply to: Increase in OTD Children… are made to feel like second-class citizens, #839735
    agittayid
    Participant

    “,,Inasumuch as they didn’t keep halacha- yes, they were less frum,,.”

    Thirty years from now, when new chumras that I can’t even imagine will be the new norm; someone will write in the coffee room of 2041 about our time;

    “Inasumuch as they didn’t keep halacha- yes, they were less frum.”

    in reply to: When Parents' interests are mutually exclusive to their children's #838396
    agittayid
    Participant

    “…I think its disgusting.when parents send their.children away during high school…!”

    I think that’s it’s a big mistake to send kids away just because everyone else thinks its in style, whether it makes sense for their child or not.

    There seems to be a trend to not trust parents to bring up their own children; long school day, summer camp, dorming in high school.

    The OP states this outright; “..What about having rabbeim who are involved with their every action during the decisive high school years doing everything with daas torah…”

    in reply to: There is no Perfect System… #836002
    agittayid
    Participant

    “The frum communities in our area have created a model of the ideal frum young man: hat, jacket, a few years of beis medrash, and hopefully a year or two of kollel after marriage….”

    The ideal frum man- no mention of kindness, honesty, courage, or intelligence.

    in reply to: DO NOT JUDGE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!! #916130
    agittayid
    Participant

    .. the common denominator is self-control…”

    The person giving tochacha should exert self-control. Words should be chosen carefully, lest someone’s feelings gets hurt.

    in reply to: Is individualism allowed??? #835104
    agittayid
    Participant

    A lot of this discussion about individuality is centering on dress.

    To expect every young man to spend his days in the Beth Medrash, and to discourage a young person from pursuing their interests and avocations seems to me the ultimate in worshipping conformity.

    in reply to: Colored Shirts #985566
    agittayid
    Participant

    This discussion has elicited over 100 comments so far and every few weeks the discussion repeats itself. Perhaps wearing the white shirt/black hat is an example of a tradition in the making. Many of us are old enough to remember wearing colored shirts to yeshiva and our fathers wearing gray or brown fedoras to shul, and colored shirts during the week. Come to think of it, the white shirt/black hat may not even meet the definition of a tradition just yet. It is possible that all this discussion is being generated by those of us wondering how this new “tradition” came to be.

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