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  • in reply to: Zionism, Why the Big Debate? #1101902

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    In my humble opinion this entire debate is irrelevant and not realistic.

    Let’s acknowledge a few basic points.

    1)We (Klal yisrael) are still in Galus.

    2) Eretz Yisrael. Our original ancestral land retains its status, regardless of which government is in charge.

    3) It is much preferred (For any Jew) to have a government run by other Jews, rather than arabs or other national or ethnic groups.

    All other debates about Geula, legitimacy of the present form of government or other issues pertaining to the State of Israel are irrelevant.

    in reply to: Help Mouse alert #1040889

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    Poster: I’m glad to hear that you did have some catches. And, most importantly that you are calling in an exterminator, to deal with this problem.

    As far as your neighbor (The one that squealed louder than the mouse) is concerned. The next time she will “need” a cup of sugar or an egg for an omelet, she’ll come running to your house.

    in reply to: Help Mouse alert #1040876

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    Poster: Let me put in my Two cents.

    From my own experience, and logic you can deduce that this mouse who heard of your reputation as a wonderful host/ess was eager to set up residence in the crevices of your house with his/her entire family.

    Because the mouse that you saw, probably has a father and mother. And brothers and sisters. (Hope I didn’t scare you too much.)

    In my humble opinion, you should not fill your entire house with mousetraps. It’s a waste of money and effort. They are shrewd little animals. Hashem gave them that instinct for survival. But, like everyone else. Sooner or later they will make a mistake. And they will land on the one, or two traps (preferably glue traps) that you put out.In the dark, and the stillness of night when they come out to forage for food, they will be caught. One by one.

    But until such time, rest assured that the mice are more scared of you than than you are of them. Sleep calmly. And if you wake up in middle of the night to a squeaking, squealing sound, you will know that they are trapped. Put them (Those that are caught) along with the trap in a plastic bag and dispose of them….End of story…!

    in reply to: The Shabbos App Controversy #1061228

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    Gaw: On the issue of “Amira l’akum, Sh’vus/d’rabanan”. In actual (as opposed to virtual) “Amira”, there’s a world of difference between Amira l’yisroel and Amira l’akum/ Conditioned on the status of the Yisrael. i.e.: Where one makes an early Shabbos (1 or 2 hours before it is actually Shabbos.). They are allowed to ask of another Jewish person who does not hold that Tosefes Shabbos to do a Melacha for them. (Lechatchila) But where the second party is under the same prohibition, the Amira is just as much forbidden as the actual melacha.(Task.).

    in reply to: Shabbos guests breaks chair WWYD #983913

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    Veltz Meshugener: I don’t know what advice the other posters gave you in regards to your new neighbor. But something tells me that your neighbor/Shabbos guest is in dire need of a weight loss/life coach. Additionally. He could use “Sit-Down” therapy (If it is not as yet offered, it soon will.)

    Also, it would be advisable for you to check all other chairs and tables in your house for stability, in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Especially when you have guests around.

    As for asking your “friend”/neighbor to pay for the damage you have a choice. Either ask for the money or keep a friend. You can’t have both.

    in reply to: Onslaught of Frum People That Are Closet Atheists #984376

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    But there are some people who are ehrliche Yidden at heart and are fulfilling all the Mitzvohs but do not interpret the belief in Hashem and His helping hand into their everyday life. Those individuals might reach a point where they no longer feel motivated to continue their religious observance. They are (Or should be) the target audience of seminars of Chizuk.

    in reply to: Guy who knows everything here; ask me anything #1215224

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    Little Froggie: Curiosity (Even though it kills the cat) is not a bad habit or trait. It is the incentive to learning new things in life and finding out the truth.

    in reply to: Guy who knows everything here; ask me anything #1215220

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    Little Froggie: Thanks for the compliments (As opposed to “Complement/s”/). The answer is, (For whatever it’s worth to you.) Yes. You can do it. But it’s not advisable. Because if you are having a load (Running an appliance. Even an alarm clock) on the other, –unprotected — side, the GFI breaker will not trip when you have a ground fault, or leakage current. In practical terms, all of the above is irrelevant because today we have 2-pole GFI breakers. My experience is from the “Olden Days”.(Circa 1977).

    in reply to: Guy who knows everything here; ask me anything #1215217

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    Little Froggie: Thanks. Your answer is very much on target. My motivation for posing this question was just (jokingly) to prove to VMSG that he/she does not know the answer to everything. This is a highly technical question. And unless one has field experience in electrical installation they would not know the answer.

    in reply to: Guy who knows everything here; ask me anything #1215212

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    Little Froggie: My question was really addressed to Veltz Meshugener. But since you answered it, can you please elaborate. What does GFI or GFCI stand for?: What does it accomplish? When (Under what circumstances) does it/ does it not work?

    in reply to: Guy who knows everything here; ask me anything #1215208

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    veltz meshugener: Can you hook up a single pole GFI circuit breaker to one side of a 3-wire branch circuit?

    Will it trip the breaker when called for? Under what conditions?

    in reply to: Sephardi Jews are Considered Hispanics #981471

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    Rebdoniel: I strongly object to the last paragraph in your post. Especially, the concluding words in the last two lines. It is not fair or proper to paint an entire community with a wide brush. Besides. Most of the people (Jews and non-Jews alike) who were ensnared in the trap of that infamous criminal Shlomo Dwek were completely innocent. Including the 93 year old rabbi of the community.

    In my humble opinion, the entire premise of giving preference to so-called Hispanics is unfair. I personally consider myself to be Hispanic for two reasons. 1) I resided in a Spanish-speaking country for over Three years.: 2) I daven Nusach S’phard.

    in reply to: Does anyone know where I can get mezuzos that are REALLY a shemirah? #978592

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    Servebesimcha: My first impulse was to ask if you made an appointed to a doctor for OCD diagnosis and treatment. But on second thought it occurred to me that you are being facetious. It is impossible in the range of normative (That is an Israeli definition that may very well be used here in the US.) thought and behavior to have the concerns you have. We have Halacha. That is the only factor that determines whether we use or don’t use something. That is our only standard and guide in life. Besides, I’m certain you misquoted R’ Chaim Kanievsky.

    in reply to: Any first-hand accounts of miracles or Ruach Hakodesh by Gedolim? #1030822

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    Shraga 18: I’m glad you inserted your caveat parenthetically (that some so-called Mekubalim are charlatans.) in your answer to Torah Rocks. Because they are out there, unfortunately. As a general rule, those so-called Mekubalim that toot their own horn are usually the phonies, and they do more harm than good. On the other hand, those Tzaddikim that are genuine Gedolei Yisroel, achieved their Madreigos only through Mesiras Nefesh and self-sacrifice. Just to name a few, of the recent past, like the Chofetz Chaim & the Ribnitzer Rebbe. Or, R. Samson Rafael Hirsch & the Rebbe of Lublin. And many other Rabbis. All of them had one thing in common. Their boundless Ahavas Yisrael and concern for every individual human being. And they all (each one of those enumerated)went through a period of self-sacrifice in their personal life.

    in reply to: How did the Sanhedrin Know All Languages? #997523

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    No. They used Google Translate.

    in reply to: Goyim mixed in with the Jewish People #975093

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    @yehudayonah: Absolutely. And I understand the difference. But it sounded better. More poetic. There is an additional piece that I had typed, about the way to recognize who is truly a descendant of Avraham Avinu, according to the Gemara. But I deleted that part.

    in reply to: Goyim mixed in with the Jewish People #975090

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    @sam2:And what would these 2 Eidim attest to?! That this Chassidic Jew with the big, tall and wide shtreimel and the gold-laced Bekishe that is made of the same material as his wife’s wedding gown, is actually NOT Jewish. Because they knew his great grandmother on his father’s side back in Hungary. And she used to come in every Shabbos morning and remove the candlesticks from the table, and throw fresh wood in the furnace. Or Eliyahu would reveal that Fidel Castro and Che Guevarra were actually descendants of the forced converts in Spain.

    in reply to: Where can I find Vidui with additional Aveiros? #974739

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    For a moderate fee, I can customize a “Viduy” for you in both Hebrew and English. Depending on your transgressions/aveiros/sins and other crimes.

    in reply to: Backyard Shechita #972685

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    @nishtdaingesheft: Most of the posters apparently missed your point. The hypocrisy (and subconscious self-hate) of the Jewish Week and the New York Times are deafening. They never miss an opportunity to knock the Jewish religion and those who practice it. There’s a classic story about a Chassidic Jew, who was riding the Amtrak train. During the course of the long ride he was approached by an Americanized (non-observant) Jew. The latter launched a verbal attack on the Chassidic lifestyle and particularly their objectionable mode of dress. When the (clever) Chassid told his adversary that he was really not Jewish, but belonged to the Amish sect his attacker apologized profusely and started praising the traditional lifestyle of the Amish…!

    in reply to: For the Jewish Metalhead (I know you're out there). #1023447

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    Crisisoftheweek: (@sharp). The substance of what you’re saying is great. But your Spelling is horrible. If I may be so blunt. Please use “Spell Check”, or, better yet. Take a remedial course in English Spelling. Stat.

    in reply to: Wendy Runge has been released! #971606

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    @crisisoftheweek: The issue here (In the case of Wendy Runge. as I understand it.) is not the guilt or innocence of the defendants, but the disproportionately harsh sentence that they drew. As in the Rubashkin and Pollard cases, even their most ardent supporters don’t deny that they did something wrong. It’s just that they had the proverbial book thrown at them. While others (of non-Jewish descent) in a similar situation received only a slap on the wrist.

    in reply to: Wendy Runge has been released! #971544

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    What are you gals/guys talking about?! Please enlighten the rest of us. Who is Wendy Runge, and what did she, or didn’t she do? And what did the rest of the “Innocent” Jews not do?!

    in reply to: How do YOU pronounce…. #970810

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    OEM: It depends. Some people (Especially those of the Chassidic persuasion.) pronounce them thusly: 1) ooveenee Malk-eye-knee: 2) Yisgad-Isle ve-Yiskaad-Eish Shem-Eye Raboooooo. (As in Moooo).

    in reply to: Double Standards #970170

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    IMHO: Theodor Herzl had his heart in the right place. Namely. The resurrection of Jewish national pride in their own homeland. But, since he was born and educated into an assimilated Jewish family he had no concept of a lifestyle that is in accordance with Torah and Halacha. To him Christianity was just as good as Judaism as a national religion for the Jews. His ultimate goal was of obtaining a national homeland for the Jewish people. And if the Jews would have to accept Christianity along the way didn’t stop him from attaining his goal.

    It is a well documented fact that he (Herzl) was inspired to work towards achieving a Jewish homeland at the outcome of the Dreyfus trial. When Alfred Dreyfus, a high ranking officer in the French Army was found guilty of espionage and stripped of his rank, Theodor Herzl realized that the Jews will never achieve equality in the lands of Europe, where they tried so desperately to assimilate and be like the rest of the population.

    in reply to: This goes out to all frum gawkers #966055

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    mammele: You are mixing apples and oranges (and bananas.). At the recent medical emergency involving an intern of Ms. Quinn’s entourage, there were no Heimish gawkers at all. There was only the Kiddush Hashem part, where, in a city that employs such a vast, paid emergency response force, it is up to a Jewish volunteer service to handle a medical emergency.

    in reply to: Greatest Frum Jewish Philanthropists #1029965

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    Reply to Rebdoniel (Post #4) But most of the philanthropists that you enumerated, although being Jewish themselves contribute very little to specifically Jewish organizations –which the original poster (Playtime) had in mind.

    in reply to: American appliances in Israel #957228

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    Let me jump into the hot water and tell you that you can save yourself all the trouble of buying the hot water urn in Israel and shlepping it all the way to the USA. While you are here, you can walk in to any store that sells electrical appliances in Boro Park. Flatbush, Williamsburg or Monsey and purchase just such an urn. No special switches are needed since those urns have two settings. “Boil” and “keep Warm”, which is a default setting from the factory.

    p.s.: Poster Zach Kessin, was right on point with the advice that the voltage and frequency (Hz.) of any electrical appliance must be compatible to the power source, rather than the plug.

    in reply to: It is dj vu all over again #1100602

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    One other famous quote by Yogi Berra is, “It ain’t over, till it’s over”. The simplicity –or the simple mindedness– in that quote is astounding. He originally coined this phrase about a ballgame. That you shouldn’t give up hope of winning until the game is over.

    in reply to: Another former Hasid on TV…AGAIN! #857491

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    WolfishMusings: Oh, please. Don’t be so humble. There is a story told about the most humble guy in town… Never mind. It’s too long and drawn out for a post on YWN.

    in reply to: Another former Hasid on TV…AGAIN! #857482

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    Soliek; (On exploring the reasons for the occurrence of (Angry) OTD people.)

    There is a major distinction to be made between Perry Reich (who appeared on the Dr. Phil show) and Deborah Feldman. Where the former (religious person) is spouting hate and anger about “Chassidim” in general, she is primarily out for her own self-interest. She wants to have the proverbial cake and eat it, too. She wants to lead her promiscuous, Hollywood-oriented life and have custody of the children, too. The latter (Deb. Feldman), however, is an opportunist who takes jabs and soils the reputation of the individuals and groups that did the most for her. She tells the audience “What they like to hear”. Not even speaking about her own personality challenges.

    in reply to: Carpathian Jewry #943891

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    Cheftze(h)(a); That proves you can’t draw an image of a person by reading their posts on Coffee Room (Or anywhere else).

    in reply to: Carpathian Jewry #943890

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    Doswin; Correction #2; You wrote “There were “Neologin”, (Similar to Conservative)”. That statement is incorrect. The counterpart of the Conservatives were the “Status-Quo”. The Neolog’in were considered the equivalent of the Reform movement. Even though some contemporary Historians consider the “Neolog’in” the equivalent of the Conservative movement, in the level of their observance.

    in reply to: Carpathian Jewry #943889

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    Doswin; correction on one “Minor” detail. You wrote that “One of the Spinka rebbes lived there” (In Seilish). There was only one Spinka rebbe alive at that time. The Chakal Yitzchok. Son of the Imrei Yosef. All (of) the Spinka Rebbes today are his descendants.

    in reply to: Memoir called "Unorthodox" and its effect on us #868868

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    Guter Yid; I just read your comment (Among others.) Even though I did not read ALL the other posts. Just enhancing the points that you bring forward.

    a) Your impression of “Zahavasdad”‘s depth of knowledge & connection to the way of Torah is the same as mine.

    b) The general consensus, even among the vast majority of the OTD community (And there is a sizable one out there.) is, that the memoir by Deborah Feldman a/k/a Sarah’leh Berkovic is substantially untrue, and has done more harm than good, even to their cause.

    c) It is not driven by anger or the perception of hurt feelings. Rather by opportunism.

    in reply to: The Motzei Shabbos Problem #851014

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    WolfishMusings;I like your answer best. Obviously, the OP has sleepless nights (Not only on Motzei Shabbos.) of what kids will do wrong, or mix with the wrong crowd. He/she sees him/her self in the role of “G-D’s policeman/woman”.

    in reply to: Memoir called "Unorthodox" and its effect on us #868520

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    The Great Bear of Creedmor; All the posters made some great points, but you summed it up best by pointing out the fact that those stories that weren’t complete fabrications or hallucinations, were greatly exaggerated by this obviously confused girl. I happen to know the family, and as such, I know that the portrayal of her father’s mental incapacity as the primary cause for leaving the religious life is greatly exaggerated. The primary cause of her family’s dysfunction came from the fact that her mother was unable to provide the basic elements of a stable home life. On the other hand, she received a great amount of love and understanding from her grandparents and other members of the family.

    To sum up. She looked much more presentable in the picture of her previous (and possibly future) life; She got her 15 Minutes of fame; After the thrill is gone, she’ll find an empty life, with no friends to turn to or the support of a family; She is obviously in desperate need of Psychological counseling and grooming.

    in reply to: How did Jews live 100 years ago? 200? 500? #849397

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    My only question is how the OP (Mr. or MS. Feif Un) heard stories by his/her grandparents that happened to them 100 and 200 years ago.

    in reply to: Hebrew / Yiddish words with no English translation #849140

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    Yentingyenta; Maybe, “Potpourri” (Which is not a purely English term, either) would be a good translation for “Kugel”.

    In any case “Pudding” is not an accurate translation for “Kugel” of any kind.

    in reply to: Appreciation worth more than $$$$$ ?? #841936

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    Ideally, there should be both. Some praise for the work you do and a comfortable wage. But, ( as some of the previous posters have said) there is a difference between a demonstrated lack of appreciation and abuse. If your boss is verbally abusive, the amount of money that you are temporarily earning isn’t worth the erosion of your health by working in a corrosive atmosphere.

    in reply to: Do Religious Jews Suffer In The American Justice System? (Article) #834401

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    Sam2; Generally. If something happened to someone you don’t know personally, it’s anecdotal. When it happens to you or someone you know, it’s statistical. Jut like the argument whether an economic downturn is a recession or a depression. If someone else loses their job, it’s a recession. If you lose your job, it’s a depression.

    in reply to: Do Religious Jews Suffer In The American Justice System? (Article) #834386

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    gavra_at_work; I don’t know about the cases that you cite in the article, but Jews in general (who are facing charges of fraud and tax evasion) who have to go in front of a Judge or jury, do not get equal justice under the law. Just taking Rubashkin’s case as a recent example. (But there were many others.) He was arrested, convicted and sentenced with such deliberate speed and zeal that no one else, (Who is not Jewish) in the American justice system, who was brought up on similar charges was. There hasn’t been a case in recent memory of someone of Jewish origin, who went before a jury and wasn’t quickly and unanimously convicted of all the charges.

    in reply to: Reporting Spelling Errors. #833104

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    Yehuda Tzvi; Your references are less than vague. Be more specific as to when, where.

    in reply to: British Posters #1096513

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    Moi Aussi; Lawyer, Advocate and Attorney mean essentially the same thing. Barrister and Solicitor are classifications of the above. (At least in Canada, used to be.) A Barrister would go in front of the Bar, in Court (If not at speakeasies.) and argue a case. A Solicitor’s work is one notch below that. They could only file legal papers, but not argue a case in Court. Of course. In the US Legal system there never were such distinctions made. Leaving room for any Shyster to be in the Legal profession.

    in reply to: British Posters #1096495

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    Brightcolouredkettles; When I wrote about the Canadian/British way of Spelling “Cheque” I never intended to say that the other way of writing “Check” does not exist. Just that it has a different meaning.

    p.s.: When you write “No pun intended-lol” you are expressing an “Oxymoron”, not to mention a “Parad-Ox”.

    in reply to: Is it OK to believe in Torah U'Madda? #830589

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    Sam 2; (In response to my post about Dr. Norman Lamm.) That is precisely my point. He writes with clinical detachment about the Rishonim and the Achronim in order to be on par with his audience. That clearly demonstrates a lack of awe for those pillars of Torah. As another poster elaborated more on this subject. Then, there’s only one conclusion one can draw from this. Namely. That he (Dr. Lamm) does not have one ounce of Yiras Shomayim. As a consequence, I can consider him to be a Professor of Biblical studies, but never a Rav.

    in reply to: Touro or YU? #836936

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    Both. PBA and Josh31; You misspelled the word. It is spelled thusly.????? . But Poppa Bar Abba cracked me up with his always pointed retorts, coming from “Left Field”. (A term used in baseball, ?”?.)

    in reply to: Willy Scoop #830118

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    Koillel 101; Srul Mem Soifer (His nom de Plume) is as phony and crooked-minded as he is himself. Will “Asser” it in 5 Minutes and threaten you with “Sikrikin”-like violent action. Or, at the very least, he’ll write about you negatively in that formerly great newspaper. (Does it still exist?)

    in reply to: Gut Voch! #830799

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    Skiaddict; My first reaction, when I saw the time line under your post “10 Hours” was. Wow. Ten hours ago was still Shabbos. But then I realized that you reside in Great Britain. Gut Voch. (Or, A Gitte Voch.) I don’t think you said anything meaningful in your post. So I have nothing else meaningful to say, either.

    in reply to: This Thread for Mossad Secret Agents Only #977483

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    The Goq; I thought you “Fell off the Wagon”, in terms of the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

    in reply to: British Posters #1096484

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    Minyan Gal; Do you spell “Colour”, “Centre”, “Cheque” and “Catalogue” the Canadian/British way or the American way?! I myself am a former Canadian.

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