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  • in reply to: Financial Aid for Israel Seminaries #737524

    I hope this was informative! You can always find out more information on their website.

    in reply to: Financial Aid for Israel Seminaries #737523

    I think that there is a college in Chicago (maybe TI) that offers a program similar to the Touro Israel Option and may not require that you attend the college upon your return from Israel. I’m not sure of all the details, but it’s definitely worth checking it out.

    in reply to: My New Subtitle #993235

    Thanks Mod 88!

    in reply to: My New Subtitle #993210

    Can I please have a subtitle? Thank you.

    in reply to: Please help me. PLEASE!! #879126

    The camp in the rockies is called Bais Yaakov of the Rockies. It’s supposed to be a lot of fun. Another camp you may want to consider in the midwest is Maaravah. There’s also Camp Frontier run by Chevi Garfinkel in California. It’ a touring/hiking camp and is supposed to be absolutely amazing. Good luck with whatever you choose!

    in reply to: Seminary #731224

    Does anyone know Bnos Sarah’s dress code? What color sweaters are you allowed to wear?

    Thank you.

    in reply to: Know anything about getting into law school? #748283

    What are the top 6 law schools? Top 10?

    in reply to: Jokes #1201479

    You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello , and not too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on…

    If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, ‘Who’s on First?’ might have turned out something like this:


    ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

    COSTELLO : Thanks. I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking about buying a computer.

    ABBOTT : Mac?

    COSTELLO : No, the name’s Lou

    ABBOTT : Your computer?

    COSTELLO : I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.

    ABBOTT : Mac?

    COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou .

    ABBOTT : What about Windows?

    COSTELLO : Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

    ABBOTT : Do you want a computer with Windows?

    COSTELLO : I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

    ABBOTT : Wallpaper.

    COSTELLO : Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

    ABBOTT : Software for Windows?

    COSTELLO : No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

    ABBOTT : Office.

    COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

    ABBOTT : I just did.

    COSTELLO : You just did what?

    ABBOTT : Recommend something.

    COSTELLO : You recommended something ?

    ABBOTT : Yes.

    COSTELLO : For my office?

    ABBOTT : Yes.

    COSTELLO : OK, what did you recommend for my office?

    ABBOTT : Office


    COSTELLO : Yes, for my office!

    ABBOTT : I recommend Office with Windows.

    COSTELLO : I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

    ABBOTT : Word.

    COSTELLO : What word?

    ABBOTT : Word in Office.

    COSTELLO : The only word in office is office.

    ABBOTT : The Word in Office for Windows.

    COSTELLO : Which word in office for windows?

    ABBOTT : The Word you get when you click the blue ‘W’.

    COSTELLO : I’m going to click your blue ‘w’ if you don’t start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

    ABBOTT: Money.

    COSTELLO : That’s right. What do you have?

    ABBOTT : Money.

    COSTELLO : I need money to track my money?

    ABBOTT : It comes bundled with your computer.

    COSTELLO : What’s bundled with my computer?

    ABBOTT : Money.

    COSTELLO : Money comes with my computer?

    ABBOTT : Yes. No extra charge.

    COSTELLO : I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

    ABBOTT : One copy.

    COSTELLO : Isn’t it illegal to copy money?

    ABBOTT : Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

    COSTELLO : They can give you a license to copy money?

    ABBOTT : Why not? THEY OWN IT!

    (A few days later)

    ABBOTT : Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

    COSTELLO : How do I turn my computer off?

    ABBOTT : Click on ‘START’……….

    in reply to: seminary knowledge #721685

    Just so other people will know, Machon Bnos Yehuda is BYA Seminary.

    in reply to: Finding the Right Seminary #1101712

    ConfusedTatty, how does your daughter like Machon Raaya? How are the girls, work, etc.?

    in reply to: Finding the Right Seminary #1101680

    Just reviving this thread now that it’s a new year.

    If any of my questions still haven’t been answered, please answer them. Thanks!

    in reply to: Hilarious School Pranks #1228970

    I agree with squeak. I don’t think it would be nice to do.

    in reply to: Jokes #1201021

    A Hasidic Jew walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. He says he is going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for such a loan, so the man hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce parked on the street in front of the bank. Everything checks out, and the bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.An employee drives the Rolls into the bank’s underground garage and parks it there.Two weeks later, the man returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41.The loan officer says, “We are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is why would you bother to borrow $5,000?”The Hasidic Jew replied, “Where else in New York can I park my car for two weeks for 15 bucks?”

    in reply to: Finding the Right Seminary #1101679

    The CR has been quite busy today; just bringing this thread back to the main page. Please answer the question that I posted above!

    in reply to: Your Feedback: New YWN Website #992849

    The top of the page is cut off.

    in reply to: Your Feedback: New YWN Website #992848

    Two comments, first of all, the CR seems quite busy today. Yesterday there were threads that were 3 days old, and today all of the threads are less than a day old!

    Second, is it just me, or did the number of links to CR threads at the top of the CR main page shrink? I feel like there are less links than there used to be, which might account for comment number one.

    Thanks so much for making YWN load much faster now!

    in reply to: Your Feedback: New YWN Website #992825

    I just noticed that after I posted on another thread, all the previous replies disappeared as well as the log off button. I needed to go back to the main coffee room page in order to log off.

    Second, the top ad of this page blocks the search box in my browser.

    Thanks for a great website!

    in reply to: Finding the Right Seminary #1101677

    Which seminaries emphasize hashkafah in addition to being academic?

    in reply to: Gehenom #684070

    Tell her to check out frumteens.com It’s terrific for things like this.

    in reply to: Jokes #1201014

    An Arab guy needed a heart transplant, but prior to the surgery the doctors needed to store his blood type in case the need arises.

    Because the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn’t be found locally. So the call went out to a number of countries.

    Finally, a Jewish man was located who had the same blood type and who was willing to donate his blood to the Arab guy.

    After the surgery, the Arab guy sent the Jewish man a thank you card for giving his blood along with an expensive diamond and a new Rolls Royce car as a token of his appreciation.

    Unfortunately, the Arab had to go through a corrective surgery once again.

    His doctors called the Jewish man, who was more than happy to donate his blood again.

    After the second surgery, the Arab sent the Jewish man a thank you card and a box of Almond Roca sweets.

    The Jewish man was shocked to see that this time the Arab did not acknowledge his kind gesture in the same way as he had done the first time.

    So he phoned the Arab and asked him why he had expressed his appreciation in not a very generous manner.

    The Arab man replied :

    “Ya habibi !!,

    I have Jewish blood now, remember..!?

    in reply to: Your Feedback: New YWN Website #992786

    I have a number of issues with the new website.

    First of all, the homepage is way too busy. It has way too many links. I liked it a lot better when all the links were on the side of the page. And as some one pointed out, the majority of the links are outdated.

    Fourth, the bigger font size of the articles is an improvement, but the font size of the headlines on the main page is still way too small and hard to read. I would also like the pictures to be larger.

    Fifth, the post button is half cut off at the bottom of the coffee room page.

    Sixth, the website now takes forever to load because of all the ads. I did not use to have this problem on my high speed internet. The speed of the coffee room is slightly better today than it was yesterday.

    On the positive side, even though I do not personally like the new website design, it is a much more sophisticated look overall. I have also not experienced any problems with the ads covering up the text, and the website is a good size for my browser (Firefox) and screen (wide). Nothing is cut off, in fact there is empty space on the sides.

    I look forward to seeing how the site turns out after all the problems are fixed. Congratulations, and Good Luck!

    in reply to: Number of Participants in the Coffee Room #921690

    Should I take 66? I guess I just did! Round of applause everyone! D a and HIE didn’t even have to ask!

    in reply to: "studying" :D #683960

    Read “200 Ways to Pass the Chemistry Regent,” available at http://www.newyorkscienceteacher.com/sci/files/user-submitted/200WaysChem.pdf

    in reply to: The Riddle Thread…. #1068977

    Oops, I added wrong! 16 cents!

    in reply to: Finding the Right Seminary #1101675

    Does anyone know anything about Bnos Sarah? Haskafah/academic wise, type of girls, size of school, etc.?

    in reply to: College-Level Examination Program� (CLEP) #683381

    How about Queens? Anyone?

    in reply to: The Riddle Thread…. #1068970

    Well, there’s no such thing as a 1975 quarter since it was a bicentennial edition, so I’d say 11 cents!

    in reply to: Ripped Off Working In Camps #685728

    You can apply to Youth Corp online by visitting the website:


    However, the application is not yet available.

    To see an impoortant notice regarding Youth Corp this summer, visit:


    da, what camp do you work in?

    in reply to: College-Level Examination Program� (CLEP) #683378

    Does Queens College accept CLEP credits?

    in reply to: The Riddle Thread…. #1068957

    2) a pillow

    in reply to: Medical Insurance for Students in Israel #681682

    ConfusedTatty, where is your daughter going for seminary?

    in reply to: The Riddle Thread…. #1068952

    LAer, she took a picture of her husband.

    in reply to: The Riddle Thread…. #1068951


    1. What square?

    2. Two apples.

    3. Yes.

    4. The match.

    5. Nine.

    6. None. (It was Noah=s Ark)

    7. Survivors are not buried.

    8. Glass.

    9. Peacocks do not lay eggs.

    10. There are no stairs in a Bungalow.

    11. Your name.

    12. 16,515.

    13. They have the same middle nameBThe

    14. A chair, a bed, and a toothbrush.

    15. Once. (After you take it away from 25 once, the next time you subtract it=s from 22)

    Congratulations to everyone who guessed correctly!!!

    in reply to: The Riddle Thread…. #1068942

    The Wally Test

    1. Write your name in the square provided.

    2. Take two apples from five apples. How many do you have?

    3. Do they have a Fourth of July in England?

    4. If you had only one match and entered a dark room containing an oil lamp, a

    newspaper, and some kindling wood, what would you light first?

    5. A farmer had 17 sheep. All but 9 died. How many did he have left?

    6. How many animals of each species did Moses take into the Ark?

    7. A plane full of English tourists flies from Holland to Spain. It crashes in France.

    Where should the survivors be buried?

    8. If a redhouse is made of red wood and a whitehouse is made of white wood, what

    is a greenhouse made of?

    9. If Mr. Jones’ peacock laid an egg in Mr. Brown=s garden, who is the rightful

    owner of the egg?

    10. Mrs. Taylor’s bungalow is decorated entirely in pink. Her lamps, wall, carpets,

    and ceilings are all pink. What color are her stairs?

    11. If you drive a bus with 42 people on board from Boston to Washington, D.C.,

    and drop off 3 people at each of six stops and pick up 4 people at half the stops,

    when you arrive at Washington 10 hours later what is the driver’s name?

    12. Write this down as one number: 15 thousand, 15 hundred and 15.

    13. What do Kermit the frog and Attila the Hun have in common?

    14. What do you sit on, sleep on, and brush your teeth with?

    15. How many times can you take 3 from 25?

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059509

    Oh. I didn’t realize that you had mixed up the letters so I just took the word at face value and couldn’t figure out what it the world it was.

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059506

    Following that first paragraph’s unusual quality, this solution too will carry on (up to a point) without utilizing a common trait that is found in a vast majority of writing. And just what is this limitation? What is prohibiting both paragraphs from having just an ordinary status? If you could not find a solution by now, you should quit and go on to that third paragraph.

    The letter ‘E’ is not used in either of those paragraphs !! It is the most common letter in the English language ! It is so common that the letter ‘E’ was used 14 times just in the previous 2 sentences ! Yes it is quite difficult to write anything intelligible for any length of time without using an ‘E’. The letter ‘E’ appears in very common words – ‘the’ ‘there’ ‘he’ ‘she’ ‘we’ and so on. How about trying to express anything in the past tense? Just about everything in the past tense ends in ‘ed’.

    As an interesting bit of trivia, the American author, Ernest Vincent Wright, wrote a novel entitled “Gadsby”. In that entire novel of about 50,000 words, the letter ‘E’ does not appear at all!

    Congratulations to Laer who figured it out!

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059505

    First of all, I figured out the word hypothesis. It was mod-77 who couldn’t. Second of all, while I may know what obfuscated means, it’s not a word I use in everyday conversation, and neither do most people. Maybe I shouldn’t have said common words but rather easy,short words, one that a first grader would know and most people would easily recognize. Also, what’s an amuboolite?

    in reply to: The Laboratory II – Try Your HTML & ASCII Art Experiments Here #1053974

    Italicized text


    in reply to: The Laboratory II – Try Your HTML & ASCII Art Experiments Here #1053973

    This is a blockquote

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059500

    oomis1105, I verified the story with truthandfiction.com, and while it said that the email contained an exaggerated version, the basic idea was true, so I didn’t bother removing the exaggerated parts. Anyway, the important part is the message, not the details.

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059499

    “And if the vgbaerie is emeeltxry ecsievsxe and ofcsabuetd?”

    This sentence took me quite a while to figure out, and I still can’t figure out the last word. Any help? And in terms of the hypothesis, I think it needs to be pretty common words that people will automatically recognize rather than very hard words like these.

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059498

    This is not an April Fool’s prank. Your job is to find out why this ordinary-looking paragraph is so unusual. At first, it looks fairly common and unimportant. It’s just a plain insignificant paragraph right? No – not at all. Don’t think that this has a ‘trick’ solution, but don’t think you will find an instant solution. No luck on your first try? Try again. In fact, you could look at this for a third, fourth or fifth try and probably still not hit upon what it is that puts this paragraph in a class all its own (or almost). Only a small handful of paragraphs (if that) can lay claim to this paragraph’s particular curious trait. You could look at this again and again and still not know how unusual it is.

    in reply to: Choosing a Seminary #852803

    aimhabonim, I wish your daughter much success. I personally know of a number of great girls going to Darchei Bina next year. Out of curiosity, did your daughter also apply to Chochmas Lev?

    in reply to: Jokes #1200999

    anon for this: There is another ending for your joke. It goes like this:

    This guy is listening to a group of people chatting and laughing. They are enjoying themselves so much that he listen in and realizes that they aren’t having an actual conversation. Instead, one person calls out “number 9” and everyone laughs, then as soon as they stop laughing another person calls out “number 32” and they all crack up again. So the guy asks one of the group what’s going on, and he says, “We’re such old friends that we already know each others jokes, so we just refer to them by number instead of telling the whole joke.”

    Suddenly one man calls out “77” and everyone starts laughing as if there is no tomorrow. The eavesdropper turns to someone in the group, and asks, why is everyone laughing so hard at this joke? The member replies, “dis one? dis one we haven’t heard yet.”

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059476

    One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

    He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when the woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?” “You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said….. “Then I thank you from my heart.”

    As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

    Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly ! was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case. After a long struggle, the battle was won.

    Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words….. “Paid in full with one glass of milk”

    Signed Dr. Howard Kelly. Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”

    The above is a true story!!!

    in reply to: Good Forwards (Emails) #1059475

    Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people..

    1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

    During my second month of college, our professor

    gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

    and had breezed through the questions until I read

    the last one:

    “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

    Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

    cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

    dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

    I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

    blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

    the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

    “Absolutely, ” said the professor. “In your careers,

    you will meet many people. All are significant. They

    deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

    is smile and say “hello.”

    I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her

    name was Dorothy.

    2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

    One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American

    woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway

    trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

    broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

    Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

    A young white man stopped to help her, generally

    unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The man

    took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

    She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his

    address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

    knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a

    giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A

    special note was attached.

    It read:

    “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

    the other night. The rain drenched not only my

    clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.

    Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying

    husband’s bedside just before he passed away… God

    bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving



    Mrs. Nat King Cole.

    3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those

    who serve.

    In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

    a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

    sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

    front of him.

    “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.

    “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

    The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and

    studied the coins in it.

    “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

    By now more people were waiting for a table and the

    waitress was growing impatient.

    ” Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.

    The little boy again counted his coins.

    “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

    The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on

    the table and walked away The boy finished the ice

    cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress

    came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the

    table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

    were two nickels and five pennies..

    You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had

    to have enough left to leave her a tip.

    4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path..

    In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

    roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if

    anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the

    king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

    and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the

    King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

    anything about getting the stone out of the way.

    Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

    vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the

    peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

    stone to the side of the road. After much pushing

    and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

    peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

    a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

    been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

    from the King indicating that the gold was for the

    person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The

    peasant learned what many of us never understand!

    Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

    our condition.

    5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

    Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a

    hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

    was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only

    chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

    transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

    miraculously survived the same disease and had

    developed the antibodies needed to combat the

    illness. The doctor explained the situation to her

    little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

    be willing to give his blood to his sister.

    I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

    deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save

    her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

    next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

    the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

    grew pale and his smile faded.

    He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

    trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away”.

    Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

    doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his

    sister all of his blood in order to save her.

    Most importantly……………… “Work like you

    don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been

    hurt, and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.”

    in reply to: Mesivta #681286

    You started another thread about a month ago and concluded it by saying that you had basically made your decision and would elaborate later. (see http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/mesivtas) What happened now that you started another thread?

    in reply to: Finding the Right Seminary #1101662

    Confused Tatty, what seminary did your daughter decide on in the end?

    in reply to: Choosing a Seminary #852800

    aimhabonim, what did your daughter decide in the end?

    in reply to: Cars: To Lease, Or Buy? #701116

    Th disadvantage of leasing a car is that by the time your 3 year lease is up, you have basically paid the car’s purchase price, and you don’t get to keep the car. Which is why I recommend buying a car over leasing one. However, if you’re the type of person who likes to constantly have the latest car model, leasing may be the way to go.

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