Ephraim

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  • in reply to: “Vhaarev Na” program? #1247441

    Ephraim
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    If you saw their video from last years siyum, my son was the one who was doodling on a piece of paper while sitting with his chavrusah. He spent the last year in Israel and returned 2 days ago for Peach. He is now spending his days off learning with Rabbi Dovid Newman of Shaarei Torah who ran the very successful program here in Monsey. In my opinion, that is enough to say that it works, but no need to take my word for it. Anyone who wants to know anything about the program can just ask and I will give you my sons number and you can call him yourself.

    in reply to: Going to Israel this week! #1206521

    Ephraim
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    If am going this week Wednesday for a long weekend. My cellphone plan is on Verizon. They have a new travel plan that allows you to use your own phone number. My plan here in NY follows me to Israel. All local calls in Israel as well as all calls back to the US are free. My data allowance here follows me there. It costs $10 per 24 hours. Works in a large number of countries around the world for the same price. Obviously not worth it if your going on a long trip.

    in reply to: minyan in monsey #1197294

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    Ohr Chaim in my backyard, 18 Forshay Road. Starts with Netz until 10:30am. Continues with Mincha at 1:30pm, 12 minutes before Plag followed by Maariv, 12 minutes before Shkiya followed by Maariv, and then 20 and 50 minutes after Shkiya. Mario is from 7pm until as late as 12:45am.

    in reply to: Seasonal Allergies #1197147

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    I live in Monsey and suffer from these seasonal allergies. I have found that over the past 20 years or so, whenever I am in HK or China during the spring, they are either non existent or much more milder than usual. However in the years that I travel to Keristier for the Yahrzeit of R’ Shayala they are there in force.

    in reply to: HEAT WAVE!! #1160338

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    Any thoughts on whether its okay to swim tomorrow?

    in reply to: Dating on chol hamoed #1149105

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    I was at the Met game yesterday with my family. Sitting right in front of us was an unmarried couple. Seems like they both were having fun. Tomorrows game is also in NY and the weather should be fine. Take blankets for the end, it does get cold in the stands this time of year.

    in reply to: Best Kosher l'Pesach instant coffee? #1147791

    Ephraim
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    Nespresso makes capsules that are Kosher all year round as well as Pesach under the Chief Rabbi of Basel Switzerland. Their Ristretto is probably the best coffee one can make in their house. It does require having a machine other than the normal one you might use all year. This year with all the days of Chol Hamoed falling out midweek, its well worth the price.

    in reply to: Invited to the Wedding Feast, not the Ceremony-would you be offended? #1142989

    Ephraim
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    Hi CT LAWYER. If your interested, and lots of people get insulted, please let me know and I will gladly come to partake in your evening dinner. I can think of many people from my Shul here in Monsey that will also gladly come to help you fill up the hall. Just let me know.

    in reply to: Seuda at a Bris #1125745

    Ephraim
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    Mashiach, eating meat in the morning is only considered taboo by us Jews. All over the rest of civilized society it is done daily without thinking.

    in reply to: Turbulance #1061166

    Ephraim
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    You have not felt turbulence until you’ve flown the area of the globe between Alaska and Japan. What you must understand is that what you are feeling is not indicative of what is happening outside to the plane. Turbulence is different than an air pocket where the plane can fall hundreds or thousands of feet in a matter of seconds. That is scarier than the worst turbulence! My Father in Law, a nuclear scientist who worked for the Navy tried explaining to my Wife the difference. What he finally said was as follows. According to the natural laws of physics it is a bigger miracle for the plane to fall out of the sky than for it to stay up. Also keep in mind that when your time is up it won’t matter where you are bus or plane. Travel safe.

    in reply to: Jewish Music on the edge #1055958

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    I love Aryeh Kunstler! I heard he has a new album on the way, can’t wait!

    in reply to: Yarmulkas vs. Baseball Caps (why?) #934983

    Ephraim
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    I can’t get over the Chutzpah this guy has in assuming all this! He posts as if what he is saying is fact and all other interpertations are wrong!

    I am in China 4 times a year at shows, Gradah, in my Yarmulka, but wearing jeans and a polo shirt. What does that make me? I see countless Chasidish looking people, with Payos behind their ears or curled, but wearing baseball caps. What does that make them?

    The other day while standing in front of my office in Suffern NY on Route 59 I saw a Chasidisha guy with a Yarmulka walk out of a Mexican food joint and put the bag in his car. For his worker, you say? I sure hope so! But I would much rather that guy in a baseball cap, not for everyone else, but for me! Mobe613, I suggest that until you post a picture of yourself wearing Torahdik clothing, and a picture of how your wife/parents/kids dress, you stay out of everyone elses business.

    in reply to: Chassidic Shul with Late Mincha #932914

    Ephraim
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    My new shul does mincha/mariv 20 minutes after shkia.

    What do they do with it? Do you not mean daven mincha? We daven Mincha every day 10 minutes before Plag and Maariv right after!

    in reply to: What is your favorite brand of instant coffee? #902175

    Ephraim
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    I dont know if this was mentioned already, so here goes. Nescafe makes a Nescafe Gold that is far superior to any available instant coffee sold here in the US. This Gold is available in HK where I buy it usually or anywhere in Europe. It can be bought online also and shipped from the UK.

    in reply to: TOTALLY MESSED UP!! #804280

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    My Wife says that everyone should stop with the Norishkeit! Even Moshe Rabeinu was a sheperd and still the RBS”O chose him to be Mekabel the Torah. Also, raising our children to take responsibility for their families will help eliminate much of the stress and Shalom Bayis issues.

    in reply to: Nittel Nacht On Friday Night! #837229

    Ephraim
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    Leaniyas daati the whole thing sounds like a shtus (if no yidden are learning then the world goes back to tohu vovohu) but it has it’s mekoros so there you go.

    There are in fact many mekoros to go either way. There were many great Tzadikim who, in fact, didn’t learn on Nittel, some even on both the 25th of Dec. and the 6th of Jan. As far as your Tohu Vovohu problem is concerned, when it is nittel here in NY it is the next morning in Hong Kong or Australia. In fact if you figure it out that way, Shabbos in fact is on the globe for a full 48 hours.

    in reply to: Crazy Shidduch Story #683781

    Ephraim
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    I hope not to get to personal for some of you Holy Readers! My name is Ephraim Y (my real name), last name left out for editorial reasons. I am now very happily married for about 24 years to the only girl I ever considered marriying or dating due to the exact same story listed here. I was waiting for a bus back to Yeshiva in Baltimore MD on a cold December night. Across the street were 2 local girls attempting to change a flat tire. I crossed the street and offered to change the tire on the condition that they bring my friend and I back to Yeshiva due to the fact that I was waiting for the last bus. No problem was the reply.

    About a year later, as hashgacha pratis would have it, I was visiting a friend in Baltimore who lived on the same block as one of the girls from that night. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I spent Shabbos Oneg Shabbos with all my friends at this girls house. I was there the next day also on a bet from a friend of mine (a story for another coffee room chat). The rest of this story is History now, but K”H, there are now 6 children and a Grandchild from this flat tire.

    I have come to the realization at this point in my life that nothing, absolutely nothing, happens by chance. There is a Rebono Shel Olam who puts two people from different backgrounds and different cities together on a dark city block for a reason. I am very happy that I was on G-D’s radar screen that night!

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