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I just read Brain Waves and really enjoyed it. But honestly my favorite Jewish novel is “Yours Truly” written by Chava Rosenberg. I am a real fan of her style of writing and the way she puts down the characters.
SJSinNYC, I think going away for Shavuos is diff than going away for Pesach. Pesach is one Yom Tov where people are a little more stringent with hechsherim than they are all year round. Not to say that I am against hotels, its just that I dont think it would give over the most positive message for the children.
v Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
v A sharp tongue can cut your own throat.
v If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn’t oversleep.
v Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
v The best vitamin for making friends….. B1.
v The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
v The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.
v One thing you can give and still keep…is your word.
v You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself
v If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.
v One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time. Ideas won’t work unless you do.
v Your mind is like a parachute…it functions only when open.
v The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.
v The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime! It is never too late to become what you might have been.
v Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the one’s who don’t.
v Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it change’s your life, let it.
v Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.
v Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we’ve let them fly away.
v Sometimes we are so caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong that we forget what’s right and wrong.
DID I READ THAT SIGN RIGHT?
In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE
LIGHT GOES OUT
In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS
In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT
BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN
In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON
THE DRAINING BOARD
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING
YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS
Spotted in a safari park: ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR
Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON
THE 1ST FLOOR
Notice in a farmer’s field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL
Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW
TO GET LESSONS
On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL
outoftowner, I rememeber every boy i went out with, i dont see the big deal. not everyone dates 100 guys!
I heard a story where a Yeshivishe boy took a girl to the top of the empire state building. As they were leaving a guy came over with his camera and said, “can i take a prtrait of the 2 of u, You take a look a the print and if u like it we will make u a 5 x 7 for $..” The boy was dumbstruck, he didnt know how to respond to taking a picture with a date, so he just stood quiet. The girl, seeing that the date was not answering, blurted out the dumbest answer she could think of at that second…”uh – individuals please.” They were both utterly humiliated afterwards and DID NOT get engaged. She claims this to be her most embarrassing dating story!!
sleeplessmom, you are not alone. My sister in law wants to go to sem in Israel too. My Mother in law saw the price and called up. They are willing to cut the price, in fact I think the reason the price is so high is so that they have room to cut it for those that need it. Besides for that my sister in law is getting some scholarships which helps. I am not saying that this makes it cheap but it helps out.
A boy was due to pick up my sister at night. During the day he tried and tried and was unable to rent a car. The shadchan called my father and asked if the boy could borrow his car. So when the boy came to pick up my sister, my father handed him the keys!!!
They didnt end up getting engaged but I am sure the boy was mortified!!!
I think it is not tzniusdig. Tznius is a way of not attracting attention to yourself. I saw a woman that was matching her kids with a big smiley face costume, yes, she attracted attention. Or ladies that wear funny makeup, or huge floppy hats…
Tznius is not only about covering ones knees…
ANother option is the Relax Inn in South Faulsburg. They serve Kosher meals and have minyan on premis. I heard its very comfortable.
I once heard a speaker put it very nicely. The husband and wife are as if in a play. The husband of course is the main actor. However, the wife is the scenery. The the backdrop in teh play is sunshine than even if the main actor wants to come in shivering and act cold, he can only do in the play as the backdrop allows. So the one that sets up the backdrop is actually setting the stage for the act that the main actor can play.
The Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island was one of my most pleasant date trips. It is very quiet, and is pleasant and clean. I always preferd dating in a hotel lounge over anything noisy and dirty. A friend of mine said her date took her to the skyride, I think that is a little weird!!
When I got married I did not how to fry an egg or saute an onion! Not that i grew up spoiled but my Mom had a “Keep out of the kitchen” policy. It’s really not hard to learn. I will suggest a cookbook , that has all the basic recipes and very easy to follow.
Neitra Ladies cookbook. It does have the fanfare, and fancy pictures of some other cookbooks, but uses all the basic ing. and has every basic recipe. its great for beginners!!
I know someone that took his date to a park. They walked around for hours. When he was ready to take her home he noticed that the gate to the park was locked and they were locked in!! He told her, “i can climb over the gate, and then u try, if u have a hard time, i will help you.” He climbed over, no problem. She was dead embarrassed in her straight skirt, but she did it.
P.S. they got married!! She was very impressed how he handled the situation!!
The Big One, I found your comment very interesting, as I havn’t thought about it that way.
i wouldn’t say there is no shidduch crisis by chassidim, but it is for sure less then in the litvish world. Maybe bec. most Chasidishe boys/girls do not go to college, so serious dating/sit ins starts earlier. This contributes to the fact that some college goers are “too busy establishing their career” to start dating, they wait till they get older, and then when they decide they are ready, they are set in their ways, so deciding on a marriage partner is much harder.
anonymouse1079 and anonymouse1079, those are both sooo Embarrassing !!!!
Who goes to a Pizza Shop on a date?!
I was once in chasidishe camp for a summer to help out with a program, and in that time i made some very close chasidishe friends that do very short dating times. We discussed this openly and they all confirmed that their parents do tons of info (in which MIDDOS are thoroughly researched), they marry pretty much the same family background (which solves a lot of problems), and do very little dating in which the goal is to see if they feel comfortable with eachother. SOme come from large families where they are all extremely happily married.
In fact one friend told me that there is nothing like being engaged to someone that u respect, and heard wonderful things about. She said by the time u get married you are so excited to get to know this person better. She said the she spent shana rishona with such a closeness to her husband, all they were doing and were intersted in was getting to know eachother better. And since they were already married they are able to do this any which way they want, without limitations.
U cannot generalize, but Dr. Yael Respler, who is clearly NOT chasidish, and deals with marriage counseling more than any of us, tremendously encourages chasidish dating. She said if this can be done by the litvish/modern there would much less divorces.
I admire my sister, When it comes to costumes she takes her kids to the store and she lets them be whatever they want. There are so many children that have to be cows, lemons, flowers, bears etc…just to match their parents theme, or so that their mothers can win the originality contest. Her kids are thrilled with this setup, one is a policeman, the next one is a fancy lady, then u have a Kohen Gadol etc. not so original but the kids are so proud!!
One year in camp we had a girl from a different country where English was NOT her first language. While playing kickball there was a girl that did a far kick and e/o was screaming “run to second, run to third…” then this girl screams “now run to the house!!”
A boy and girl were going out for a while, and the boy decided the shidduch is not for him. He decided he wanted to speak to the girl personally since they had already met so many times. He started by mentioning her positive qualities and then he said he has something very serious to discuss. To which the girl said “I cant believe i am about to get engaged.”
P.S. he was won over and they are happily married with a couple of kids!!
I did not hear this story firsthand, but i think its true.
I disliked places that were too busy or noisy. Find out about hotels b4 u take the girl there. We went to a very nice hotel but it was so busy there was barely any place to sit. We could barely hear eachother speak….
We have a relative that does the same thing every year, it always looks really nice. She buys pkgs of pretty napkins. She give a bottle of wine, a nice box of chocolates, and a pkg of pretty napkins that can enhance your purim table! She wraps it in celophane with a nice ribbon. It is very classy looking and is I am sure is not too expensive.
There is a special colorless polish u buy in the pharmacy to apply to ur nails every morning. Once u apply the ploish try biting ur nails,the taste is HORRIBLE. U will stop biting ur nails for good!! It’s a bit annoying at first since u r so itchy to bite ur nails. SO u’ll keep tasting this and that will be the end of the bad habit.
For something less severe, why not try an expensive nail hardner. U will physically not be ABLE to bite ur nails.
It’s really good of u to try and stop this habit bec nails are a dangerous thing to leave around or spit out of ur mouth once u chew it off.
Type in any e-mail address ex: landsend, then press cntrl and enter together and u will be led to that address without having to press www. or .com.
jam19, ha ha that is really funny!!
Bas Yisroel I like the American idea. It sounds easy and can look very pretty. I just need to find a cute container. I wouldnt mind something small so I dont need too much to fill it…
Depends where u r, here are some of my favorites:
Yerushalayim: Shayan – they have the best food, and it comes out fast, and Cafe Rimon
Boro Park: Cafe’ K , Kosher Delight, Side dish
Flatbush: Island grill, Cafe’ napoli
Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked,
‘How old was your husband?’ ’98,’ she replied.
‘Two years older than me’
‘So you’re 96,’ the undertaker commented.
She responded, ‘Hardly worth going home, is it?
Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:
‘And what do you think is the best thing
about being 104?’ the reporter asked.
She simply replied,
‘No peer pressure.’
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape,
so I got my doctor’s permission to
join a fitness club and start exercising.
I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But,
by the time I got my leotards on,
the class was over.
My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory’s not as
sharp as it used to be.
Know how to prevent sagging?
Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.
Always Remember This:
You don’t stop laughing because you grow old,
You grow old because you stop
Here’s one I got via e-mail…
The Bathtub Test
During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director
‘How do you determine whether or not a patient should be
‘Well,’ said the Director, ‘we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a
teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to
empty the bathtub.’
‘Oh, I understand,’ said the visitor. ‘A normal person would use the
bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.’
‘No.’ said the Director, ‘A normal person would pull the plug. Do you
want a bed near the window?’
Ames, we put the potato kugel in a crock pot bag so it stays neater and I can serve neat slices. I punch little holes in the bag so the cholent and kugel can “share” their tastes. The reason i dont use a crock pot bag and not silver foil is because I heard it is not healthy to eat cooked silver foil and the cholent will absorb the aluminum. Crock pot bags arer very cheap, I bought a couple of boxes in Closeout connections for .99 box.
The kishke i put in a crock pot bag only if i am putting in a half or quater of kishke loaf. If I put in a whole loaf then i put it straight in, for the same reason. I put the kishke in with the wrapper, and I cut it ogg b4 serving. Beware of words on the wrapper, one side has words the other side doesnt (on mealmart pack.)
When i serve cholent I like a neat plate. A piece of kugel, a nice slice of kishke, coldcuts sometimes and then cholent in the center.
The oil adds to the flavor of everything, and it is for sure a huge help to keep in the water. We started adding oil when we felt we were constantly adding water. U dont want ur cholent to dry out. Thats a real killer! Remember as u add water to the cholent u will need to add spicing…
I love to hear these cholent ideas. Last week I added a little Terriyaki sauce to the cholent. It gave it a real nice spicy flavor. Another trick, after u add enough water, if u r afraid the cholent will dry up, add oil on top. Oil doesnt evaporate, so neither will the water beneath it. I always add potato kugel to the crock pot, I put it in a crock pot bag and i punch a few tiny holes in the bag. The Kugel then sits overnight in the cholent and it gets a really awesome flavor. Remeber that potatoes eat salt, so if add a lot of potatoes to ur cholent u will need to add more spicing. It works both ways. If u ever add to much salt by mistake, ( my husband once poured salt and the cover came out, the salt disolved so fast that we couldnt take it out ) stick in a few extra potatoes to save the cholent.
When it comes to Kishke, I find Mealmart frozen kishke is THE BEST!. I have tried so many recipes theirs tops it off!
I also find flanken fabulous meat for cholent, not that I’ve tried too many other meats honestly.
asdfghjkl, I always wondered where these weird pple get their ideas from. It must be from YWCR!
Yes, i was waiting to see if after e/o’s brilliant comments we would get at least one recipe. I am new to the baking world and was looking forward to a good recipe. I know therer are Reisman’s but nothing compares to HOMEMADE!
“I, as well as many people who log onto the Coffeeroom do not want to continuously read personal information about people or some of the sheer rubbish being posted. Nor do I wish to engage in childish banter befitting of kids.”
Nobody, I agree with u 100%, in fact couldnt have written it better myself.
For those of you that think its fun when discussions dont stay on topic, are obviosly not interested in a good discussion. You are just in the mood of writing whatever comes to mind. I enjoy a GOOD lengthy heated discussion, especially where no one knows who I am so I can say what I REALLY think. When they get off topic then u dont get a complete thought with EVERYONE’s opinion.
asdfghjkl, why are u asking, do u want to see ur name on that list. I’ll give u the pleasure right now. YOUR NAME IS THE ONE SHE ALWAYS SEES.
Bas Yisroel, those jokes were for the books! I love the mental one!
Heres a good one,
Sadie Cohen lived in an integrated neighborhood on Long Island. Her neighbor was a very generous Black woman who stopped in one Saturday and asked “Mrs. Cohen, I have to go to NYC this afternoon to meet my daughter; can I get you anything? Mrs. Cohen thanked her and exclaimed “Listen, I have a commuter’s ticket for the train. Why don’t you use my ticket and you’ll bring it back tonight. After all, it’s all paid for – why should you pay extra. “The neighbor thanked her and got on the train. As the conductor came through the train, he happened to glance at the ticket and noticed the name “Sadie Cohen”. “Excuse me madam, are you Sadie Cohen the person whose name appears on this ticket?” The woman smiled sweetly and shook her head affirmatively. A little suspicious, the conductor asked “would you let me compare signatures – would you please sign your name?” The Black lady turned indignantly and snapped, “Man are you crazy? You want me to write on Shabbos?”
Bas Yisroel, I like this one a lot. Though I am not so sure if it is really humorous!!
-In 2004 the White House announced we got Hussein. In 2008 Hussein announced we got the White house.
True story- I heard of a teacher that was teaching her class about saying thank you to parents for everything they do. Before school was over on Thursday, the teacher told the girls to try and than their mothers for the suppers they prepare. She joked with them – of course dont tell ur parents that your teacher told u to say thank you.
One Monday when the girls came back to school the teacher asked them how many of them remebered to thank their mothers after supper. So girls raised their hands and said how happy their mothers were. One girl raised her hand and said, ” I kept thanking my mother over shabbos, so she asked me ‘why are u thanking me so much lately’, to which I answered ‘my teacher said I am not allowed to say.'”!!
I thought this was adorable!
But thanking other people is great Middah. Notice the small things. Everyone loves to feel appreciated.
I think Heimishe Yid has a very good point about neighbors effecting our wants, however its not always so easy to control.
We once had a story where there was a chalav yisroel ice cream truck coming down the block every day. And every day kids would run to their parents for money to wait on line and get an ice cream, parents felt bad since the weather was hot and e/o was going. Until one mother got really annoyed and made a huge fuss telling the ice cream truck driver that he can no longer come down the block every day, maybe once a week.
Major debates broke out…R we responsible to remove our children from temptations- or should they be taught just bec she gets an ice cream every day, it doesnt mean that i need to get one too!
Arafat and his driver are driving along in Gaza. Suddenly a dog runs
out on the street and they run it over. Arafat feels terrible and
tells his driver, “go find the owners and tell them of my sorrow and
apologize for me.”
The driver goes off to deliver the bad news, and Arafat waits in the car. Twenty
minutes, thirty minutes an hour and the driver still has not returned. That’s it.
Arafat goes off to find him. When he does, he finds him sitting in a family room,
surrounded by dancing children, music playing, a cigar in his mouth and a glass of
champagne in his hand.
“What’s going on?” Arafat demands.
“I’m not certain,” the driver replies. “All I said was, ‘I am Arafat’s driver. The
dog is dead.'”
It is quite laughable, but I do think squeak was a bit sharp with his comment, I mean I don’t think Mrs. Beautiful sounded too aggressive, she was mearly stating her opinion and squeak sounds like it was really taken it to heart. No offense to you.
heimesheyid, wow, that makes his whole idea sound really foolish. Lets wait and see…
There was once a man walking in the forest when he saw a big bear. Terrified, he took his umbrella and stuck the point out at the bear and the bear fell and died. The guy patted himself on his back saying, “wow look what i was able to do, i am so strong with an umbrella i killed a bear.” Then, behind him he heard a laugh, it was a hunter that said, “How do u think the bear fell, I shot the bear, do u think u can really kill a bear with an umbrella.”
Nimshol: We do things in this world and give ourselves so much credit, look how strong, smart, popular, influencial I am…with my strength, money I am able to ….If we would realize we are as powerless as the guy holding an umbrella and he thinks he killed a bear. There is a powerful force behind us making us seem successful, we just need to recognize that the strength is not ours.
Lesschumros, of course women ARE treated with respect. Women are the essence of the home. Women were given their own precious Mitzvos. Women are the backbone of their husbands.
There is no greater respect than that of a women that accepts her role as an Ikeres Habayis with love, dresses modestly despite the outside influences etc.
Yes, Kol Kevudah Bas Melech Pinima, so maybe that restricts her from certain things, but certainly not things that lessen her respect. In fact its the observance of these basic things u mentioned, that make the women respected.
I laugh when I see pple at auctions actually planning where in their homes they will store that prizes that they are entering for. There are halachos when using maaser for an auction if u win the prize. Ask ur LOR.
RoshYeshivah, Actually, this exact example is stated in Sefer CHofetz Chaim on shmirahs Halashon. ( under the topic of “not only is derogatory considered harmful)
I understand that a man has to inform he wife of his minhagim prior to marriage, however, lets not get carried away. Any mature girl would not get so frightened about the idea of not driving. In my opinion, leave petty things like this to “do as u please”. Save disagreements for bigger and better things…(Or just dont do them at all!)
Miami is the best place to stay in Florida for simplicity sake. Kosher food for one thing, my idea of vacation is not bringing along tuna fish cans…I know some pple tht try diff places in Florida and bring along tuna, mayo, crackers, oranges…might as well go for a picnic!
intellegent, believe it or not there are pple that do’t take dating as serious as u might have. Someone suggest a boy/ girl and they try it out. They can end up on a date with a quako. Probably in ur circles the candidate is checked out prior and therefore the chances of marrying the first one is likely.
brooklyn19, I dont think many guys want to marry the first girls they meet. You may have an attractive personality…dont take it for granted.