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April 7, 2019 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm in reply to: Tax Time Nightmare….Trump’s Tax Reforms Cost me big time #1710536
Alot of people thought they suffered because they had smaller refunds. It was then discovered that because the new ( and lower ) withholding wasn’t implemented until February, there was less withholding, higher net checks and thus, lower refund.
The doubling of it the standard deduction helped.
Our dear Gov Cuomo actually blamed the tax cap on the rise in New Yorkers leaving NY, not the taxes themselves.
CT, how come you left FDR, LBJ , JFK and Bill Clinton off your presidential cheaters list?March 24, 2019 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm in reply to: Putting a nickname on a matzeva or footstone. Advice welcomed. #1700445
A mamin, so it’s respectful to use the name to their face while they’re alive, but not on a stone?
I’m laughing at the hypocrisy. Neighboring towns view what’s been going on in Lakewood and are desperate to keep their quality of life . So, when they use zoning and other regulations to prevent incoming Jews from bringing in Lakewood density problems, they are accused of antisemitism .
This is nothing new. About 20 years ago my son in law was teaching a psychology course at Touro in Flatbush. Two Bais Yaacov graduates accused him of using indecent, foul language and filed a complaint. His crime, using the word sex. It was used in terms of genders , not procreation, and the girls were told that they were in college, not Bais Yaacov.
Schumer was notably silent. These weren’t Omar’s first foray into antisemitism. A few years ago she accused israel of hypnotizing the world. A few weeks back she said the only reason Congress supported Israel was because AIPAC was buying their votes ( Jews control the banks ) ( it’s all about the Benjamins). Her advisor.is Farrakhan and she recently spoke at a dinner sponsored by a Hamas affiliate.
And, CT lawyer, she described that watered down resolution as a statement against Islamophobia!!!
You’re a yeshiva administrator and parents say they can’t pay. However, they have a child applying for seminary in Israel. Do you let their other children’s tuition go unpaid or demand they be paid, not the seminary?February 27, 2019 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm in reply to: Why do Yeshiva not pay their Rabbes and Teachers on time? #1687250
Akuperma, as usual, you can’t resist taking a shot at those rich MO jews and their schools.
For your info I and my sister grew up poor MO and were able to go to 12 years of yeshiva because of scholarships granted by not wealthy Brooklyn MO yeshivas.
Speaking of stereotypes, not everyone in the five towns is rich and not everyone attending a Brooklyn yeshiva is poor. Many Brooklyn families still go to bungalow colonies. Does paying for the rental come before paying tuition?February 27, 2019 3:22 pm at 3:22 pm in reply to: Why do Yeshiva not pay their Rabbes and Teachers on time? #1686735
A number of years ago a five towns yeshiva was having money issues and problems paying staff. They hired a collection agency to go after tuition balances that were as old as ten years. It worked. A significant amount of money was recovered and parents got the message ignoring tuition bills also had consequences.February 27, 2019 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm in reply to: Why do Yeshiva not pay their Rabbes and Teachers on time? #1686333
Akuperma, so it is ok to stiff teachers out of their already pitifully low salaries all in the name of Torah? I don’t think so.
DY, so , it’s ok for a yeshivas business plan to call for not paying salaries for weeks or months at a time?
Some may call it mesira but a group of teachers in a girls high school went to court several years ago ( after being not paid for nearly two years ) and got a judgement against the yeshiva and a lien against the property.February 25, 2019 8:30 am at 8:30 am in reply to: why does wearing a white shirt make you more frum in the yeshivish world #1684770
Amosak, I have to agree with Joseph. If anyone is an expert on purveying ” facts ” from some alternative universe, it’s him.
Rebbitzen, so, if it not something that you designate as halacha, you pasken that you can act like a boor.
Also, please don’t so quick to call everything a halacha and assur.
Almost as bad as the talking that goes on in shul is the disrespectful shmoozing that goes on during chupas.
Joseph, be careful how you use your arguments. You stated that if the circumstances changed, then the psak changes. By your logic, we have had a calendar for 1800 years so chutz laaretz should no longer observe yom tov shainy.February 17, 2019 9:56 pm at 9:56 pm in reply to: Why Do Some Rich People Literally Think They Own The World #1681030
Rebbitzen, interfering with a patient’s recovery is no m ig tzva.February 17, 2019 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm in reply to: Why Do Some Rich People Literally Think They Own The World #1680933
In this case i agree with Joseph. When a sign on the door says ” no visitors ” some people see the words ” except me “. Other idiots walk in when the patient is slerping and wake them up so patient should know they were there. The fact that the patient may have just fallen asleep after a rough day doesn’t occur to them.
This behavior is found on all economic brackets
This is sort of funny in that in many of the shuls found in archeological digs have beautiful frescoes on the walls and images portrayed in the floor tiles. One of the most recently discovered dates to the 5th or 6th century but most are from the end of the second Bais Hamikdosh. Apparently they weren’t always assur.February 16, 2019 8:54 pm at 8:54 pm in reply to: Day camps ; BP vs. Flatbush – price, hours & program #1680482
Joseph, i searched the website, and googled it and couldn’t find the study. Why would they do such a study anyway?February 15, 2019 8:52 am at 8:52 am in reply to: If Jewish law overruled federal & state law, then children could get vaccinated #1680160
Joseph, try getting remarried without a civil divorce. Were a rabbi to marry you, you would be considered a bigamist as you don’t need a marriage license
Joseph, as opposed to the time you spend trolling the internetFebruary 14, 2019 1:17 pm at 1:17 pm in reply to: Day camps ; BP vs. Flatbush – price, hours & program #1679766
Well, it might be the same reason bp/chassidish yeshivas have such low tuition. They probably pay ( when they do pay ) very low salaries.
Knaidlach, the libertarian says I don’t like fancy shaloach manos, so i won’t send one. A liberal/leftist ( like you) says i don’t like it so nobody should send one
Dovid BT, and your point being?
Mrs sarah levine is half right re Long Island.
The first minyan is geared to the train schedule and is faster. The second minyan starts over an hour later and is not geared to the schedule. We’ve had retirees complain the first minyan is too fast. They were told adapt or go to the second minyan.February 10, 2019 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm in reply to: Should developers be expected to build affordable housing?👷🏻♂️👷🏽♂️🏗🏚🏢💳 #1677061
CTL, and you ignored how badly run Conn is. For years, they’ve plugged huge budget gaps by raising taxes, not cutting spending. Well, there is just so much that taxes can be raised. And, before you blame Trump, like Cuomo did, they’re not leaving because of the Federal $10,000 cap on state taxes. They’re leaving because of the high taxes!!February 10, 2019 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm in reply to: Should developers be expected to build affordable housing?👷🏻♂️👷🏽♂️🏗🏚🏢💳 #1676806
CTL, Connecticut is so well run. It’s big cities are virtually bankrupt , and people and businesses are leaving in droves. Last year, only NJ and Illinois exceeded Conn in tje % of outbound population moves. MetroNorth continues to use ancient commuter cars on its New Haven branch because Conn can’t afford to pay for new ones. Wealthy residents had been providing a third of tax revenues and they are now leaving. Nearly half of the state budget goes to public union salaries, benefits and pensions.February 7, 2019 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm in reply to: Should developers be expected to build affordable housing?👷🏻♂️👷🏽♂️🏗🏚🏢💳 #1676085
Smerel, what a great idea! Charge an impact fee for cutting an illegal driveway. Charge a fee to the huge halls in Williamsburg and Flatbush for inconvenience to the neighborhood because of the increased noise and traffic from the cars ( plus filling parking spaces with guest’s cars ).February 6, 2019 3:05 pm at 3:05 pm in reply to: WATCH YOUR POCKETS! Thief Stealing At Williamsburg Weddings #1675239
DY, and so I did. My apologies
Actually, of the two relatively recent additions to the shidduch process ( resumes and pictures ) pictures make the most sense. Resumes are rarely truthful as people will rarely include unflattering details and references. However, pictures are much harder to fakeFebruary 6, 2019 10:27 am at 10:27 am in reply to: WATCH YOUR POCKETS! Thief Stealing At Williamsburg Weddings #1674995
DY, with all due respect carrying a wallet in my pants pocket never interfered with dancing, no matter how energetic. And, what do they do when the temperature is in the 70s and 80s?February 6, 2019 8:04 am at 8:04 am in reply to: WATCH YOUR POCKETS! Thief Stealing At Williamsburg Weddings #1674873
This story smells. They all leave money in coat pockets? Ever heard of a wallet? A purse? The hall knew but did nothing?
In NY, the top 1% already pays 46% of the ststes incone tax, which is why more wealthy people are moving out. Most wealthy residents of Connecticut don’t agree with CTL as Conn has proportionately lost more wealthy taxpayers than NY. BTW, I admire CTL’s ability to generalize from his client base and smear all people of inherited wealth. Is he honest enough to tell them what he really thinks about them?February 5, 2019 6:47 am at 6:47 am in reply to: Should developers be expected to build affordable housing?👷🏻♂️👷🏽♂️🏗🏚🏢💳 #1674202
Joseph, and what if no variance is required? If zoning allows an apartment building , you don’t need a variance for luxury housing. Laws requiring rent control actually discourage affordable housing.
Actually, none of them are towns. They are all part of the Town of Hempstead ( the oldest town in the U.S
, founded in 1644 ). Two are villages ( Lawrence and Inwood ) two ( Woodmere and Cedarhurst ) are hamlets the fifth, Hewlett, is a combination of villages and hamlets. The difference comes down between incorporated with its own elected officials ( villages ) or being unincorporated areas ( hamlets ) governed directly by the Town of Hempstead. Historically, Inwood never had much of a Jewish population, but it has picked up in recent years because of it’s ( relatively speaking ) lower price of housesFebruary 4, 2019 9:04 am at 9:04 am in reply to: What is the best NY State of Health insurance plan? #1673354
Joseph, exactly how do you know this about United Healthcare ?February 3, 2019 8:01 am at 8:01 am in reply to: Is it healthy for yehiva bochurim to learn from a artscroll? #1672733
The irony of these types of questions is that the Gemorah was written in Aramaic because that was the everyday language of the masses . There was nothing intrinsically holy about it. The Amoraim and Tannaim composed it in the language everyone spoke. If the Gemorah was written in modern day USA, it would be in English.
Tlik, your comment about letting the abuser move away shows total ignorance. All that does is give the abuser fresh opportunities to abuse where nobody knows his history. How many times, including on this blog., have people misused lashon harah and misera to stop the old community from warning the new one.
Where does it say he lives in five towns? BTW, there is a drug problem in Flatbush too ( teens who daven with father in non-MO shuls and then hang out on Ocean Parkway after supper ). My nephew ( a caterer) , and others, had been asked to hire these kids for Friday night simchas to keep them off the street. He had to drop out of the program because the drug use made the kids too unreliable.
While we’re at it, get rid of bain hazmanim time off.
Joseph’s school was so tough they made him walk uphill both ways
Tlik, the perpetrators could not have done so much damage had they not been protected, by both the schools and the community . My sister was molested 65 years ago , so it’s been going on for a long time ( nothing happened to the molester ). Yeshivas have boards withh wealthy members and owners of yeshivas often have other assets. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go after Agudah as they for a long time advocated telling rabbonim, not the police.
Joseph, Bais Yaacov started because more and more girls, ignorant of yiddiskeit ( even in chashuva families ) were becoming not religious. Also, learning from momma produced and replicated a lot of ignorance passing as halacha. The following is a true anecdote and I’m sure not an isolated incident. 50 years ago i was at one of my aunts home . Another aunt accused her of treifing a chicken . Why? The chicken was being cooked in a horizontal pot and momma always used a vertical pot. The answer? The aunt replied that sh ed had asked my grandmother why she used a vertical pot and she was told it was the only pot she had that was big enough
FSM, and you know that they sleep until noon ….
First, the issue is to define “tznius problem”
If his problem is defined as women walking with sleeves above the elbow and knee length dresses and skirts, then it is truly his problem.
People sometimes think because it’s “their” community, they get to regulate/complain about how people dress. It happens in Boro Park on 13th Ave and it happened in Williamsburg when the City put in bicycle lanes on Bedford avenue ( people objected to immodestly dressed women riding thru Williamsburg ).
Coffee addict, relax. It was worded clearly but he mrant the original role was to allow people to get to work and the current role is to allow the wife to go to the regular minyan
Which modern crowd discourages these marriages? Joseph, please cite your source
Unfortunately, too many families have let mental issues go untreated and unacknowledged because they were worried it would ruin the shidduch opportunities of their other children
There was a reason for the use of West Lawrence as an address. When the first pioneers moved to Far Rockaway in the 1970s and 1980s, Far Rockaway had become a crime infested slum. 6 bedroom homes on Reids Lane were on the market for $18,000 and people couldn’t get mortgages for them ( my sister tried but the banks had redlined the area ). Customers had to be buzzed into the kosher bakery on Mott St because it had been held up so many times. My wife’s friend was pistol whipped in her apartment house lobby by a mugger during the daytime.
So, people who moved into the section of Far Rockaway that bordered on the western edge of Lawrence started using West Lawrence as an address to avoid the Far Rockaway stigma ( they still got their mail because they used the correct zip code )
Ubiq, i appreciate the time your taking and i believe i understand your point. My issue is the use of the word cheat. In the tuna example, if the heimishe wants to check every fish because they won’t accept a tuna acceptable to the OU, then it’s not an issue of cheating. Last i checked, Twizzlers doesn’t use tuna.
So, here is the question Joseph keeps dodging around and refuses to answer. What proof do you have , specifically to this product, that the heimishe hashgacha is willing to hire full time mashgichim to prevent cheating? Do they do the same for all their products?January 11, 2019 3:13 pm at 3:13 pm in reply to: Yeshiva Fundrasing using Cigar Rolling and Wine Tasting #1661091
Yapchick, it’s always about the money. The yeshiva in question ( i don’t know any details ) most likely can’t charge its families anywhere near what it costs per child. If you want top quality rebbis and pay them a good living wage, well, that costs money. That’s nothing new.January 11, 2019 10:38 am at 10:38 am in reply to: Yeshiva Fundrasing using Cigar Rolling and Wine Tasting #1660997
A. How are these wine tasters getting home, if they drove to event?
B. As far as setting examples for kids, how much worse than the posters is kids seeing their fathers having too much to drink at shul kiddushes each Shabbos after davening?