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  • in reply to: Filtering iPhone vs. Smartphone #964065
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    A mediocre browser is surely better than a less than kosher browsing ability.

    in reply to: Yiddish Translation #962360
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    If an apikorus (i.e. Ben-Yehuda) write an otherwise completely kosher Sefer Torah, the halacha is you must burn it. Considering the apikorus wrote a less than kosher Ivrit language, surely you burn it.

    in reply to: Student Visa for Israel #962769
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    Isn’t there an international bridge? I believe there is. In any event, she could have gone to Jordan and back quickly.

    in reply to: Student Visa for Israel #962767
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    She could’ve simply walked into Jordon and come back.

    in reply to: Meet CindyŚR. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962322
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    rob: I suggested they be allowed to work at 18, not 28, without army service. They already under current law can work from 26 or 27 even if they illegally skipped the army. And no one can fight lowering the work age. If they passed a new law allowing people to work at age 18 without having served in the army — with no other provisions — there’s nothing anyone can fight. What will any rabbonim say? That the government must make it illegal to work between ages 18 and 27? That’s silly.

    Regarding the second point, Bennet and Lapid’s plans do NOT allow anyone to choose non-military service instead of army service. They both insist there only be a very limited number of non-military service positions to replace army service (and extremely insufficient for how many Chareidim would choose that option) PLUS they insist that only the army can choose who the lucky few who will be offered that option. IOW, a Chareidi concientous objector whose religious beliefs preclude him from serving in the zionist military (Brisk, Satmar, Toldos Ahron, Eida Chareidus, etc.) may not even be allowed that option!

    in reply to: Student Visa for Israel #962760
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    i said so: Israel has a procedure where you can renounce your Israeli citizenship.

    in reply to: Student Visa for Israel #962754
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    takah: Actually American diplomats in the embassy very much *will* intervene if you’re a U.S. Citizen and request their assistance. They are legally obligated to take your case up with the Israeli authorities irregardless whether or not the American citizen holds dual citizenship with any other country. As far as the U.S. Consulate is concerned you hold a U.S. passport and that is all they care about and they will intervene on your behalf.

    It is certainly worthwhile getting the American diplomats (or the diplomats of your country) involved on your behalf. The Israelis are quesy about messing with America. Just the fact that America is coming to her citizens defense will possibly cause the Israelis to back off. I know of such a case where an American in the IDF was discharged only after getting the U.S. Embassy involved.

    And especially considering if it is a case of a born-and-bred American citizen who lived in America and who is only a technical Israeli by virtue of one or both of his parents Israeli passport, America will certainly come to bat on his behalf.

    in reply to: Meet CindyŚR. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962317
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    rob: I addressed the financial aspect in my comment above. Let them work without army service and they will pay taxes? What more can you ask for from a financial standpoint? The reason they currently don’t contribute as much as the can financially, is since it is illegal for them to work until 27 without army service. Remove that obstacle and you will see a lot more of Chareidim working on the books.

    As far as your second point, they have a concientous objection to army service in Israel based on sincerely held religious principles. Much as the Mennonites do in America and are therefore exempt based upon. And you are not to judge what their religious beliefs are; that is their perogitive. And you cannot force them to violate their religious beliefs by serving.

    in reply to: Meet CindyŚR. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962315
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    So let the Chareidim work full time without going to the army, and they’ll pay taxes on their income. This way they won’t have to claim they are learning if they aren’t, they’ll be able to work and pay taxes, and it’s a win-win for all sides.

    in reply to: Meet CindyŚR. Shafran on the Israel draft situation #962313
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    Josh, and one further point: Cindy’s government isn’t attempting to oppress her religious practices.

    in reply to: Locking bedroom door when lending apartment #963124
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    jf02: Do you often enjoy playing devil’s advocate? ­čśë

    in reply to: Locking bedroom door when lending apartment #963119
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    SG: If there was a safe in the living room, and you found the safe locked, would you too take offense at that? I mean, like you said, every normal person knows you have no busines rummaging through a person’s safe. So why lock it.

    in reply to: WEVD and Art Raymond #1118094
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    Zalman Umlas? Never heard of that guy. Is he frum?

    in reply to: Yiddish Translation #962353
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    Nope. Actually that language would be Loshon Kodesh. Which is distinct from Ivrit. (And as such has a different name than it.)

    in reply to: Student Visa for Israel #962742
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    If the Israelis give you any trouble, notify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate (or the embassy of whichever country you’re from) of your troubles. The Israelis are afraid of messing or getting into trouble or bumping heads with American diplomats regarding causing problems for American citizens. (Actually with any foreign citizens but especially Americans once the embassy/diplomats start making a stink about the issue.)

    Especially since technically it is illegal for American citizens to serve in the Armed Forces of any foreign nation. But it works regarding any kind of headaches the Israelis might make for an American or other foreign citizen.

    in reply to: Locking bedroom door when lending apartment #963116
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    Has nobody here ever heard of Airbnb? Lending out your house to a complete stranger is hardly novel. It is a great way of having a place to stay while traveling.

    Hence, Airbnb.

    in reply to: Sundays in Israel #961847
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    I think Sunday AND Monday should be days off. It would be great for overnight trips!

    in reply to: Locking bedroom door when lending apartment #963107
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    While on the subject, can anyone comment about the idea of temporarily renting out your home via Airbnb — or renting out someone else’s home while you’re traveling?

    in reply to: Where is the Achdus? #961829
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    I’m not sure what your children are taught, but my children are taught achdus. At home and in Yeshiva. And so are almost all frum children I know.

    in reply to: WEVD and Art Raymond #1118083
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    Yeah, WVOS popped in my head since that’s the station in the Catskills that for years has a limited frum programming schedule during the summer months.

    EVD stands for the initials of that civil rights dude.

    in reply to: WEVD and Art Raymond #1118078
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    Ah, yes. Mods? Can you change title & OP to WEVD from wvos ?

    in reply to: Funny Babysitting Stories #961268
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    My siblings and I once tied up the babysitter and ran to our neighbors house to play. We forgot about the babysitter until we heard our parents car pulling into the driveway. We scurried home and took off the knots. The babysitter never ratted us out.

    in reply to: About the RCA, I do shudder. #962113
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    How can they be considered rogues? The RCA leadership is not required to take a membership vote on every action they take on behalf of the organization. The membership explicitly authorizes them to speak on the organization’s behalf on their own judgement. Hence this statement on behalf of the organiztion is no more rogue than their other recent statement condemning the mach’o in Manhattan against the Israeli draft that Rav Elya Ber and other Gedolim attended. That statement also did not entail a membership vote. To consider this rogue, you’d have to consider everything they’ve done rogue.

    But if you are to be correct that they are rogue, it means they will be immediately dismissed from their leadership positions due to their rogue actions being mevaze a Talmid Chochom and Godol HaDor. In the absence of such a dismissal, the implicit understanding is that their actions were not rogue and are accepted by the membership. Time will tell which of the two possibilities is correct, and the answer will not be long in coming.

    in reply to: About the RCA, I do shudder. #962110
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    I agree that the membership does not deserve to be reprimanded. But the RCA leadership spoke in their capacity as the heads of the RCA as an entity, whom they represent as the duly authorized leaders. Therefore the RCA as an entity deserves to be critisized.

    in reply to: Pre-paid Cell Phone Plans #960970
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    yehudayona: Lycamobile’s PAYGO is straightforward. 2 cents per minute, 4 cents per outgoing text (incoming free), and 6 cents per MB of data. $10 minimum deposit and no need for any further deposits (ever, until you run out – but it never expires as long as you make at least a one-minute call or text every four months).

    As far as outgoing Caller ID, if you use the google voice android app it will show your gv number. So it will be the same for incoming and outgoing.

    in reply to: About the RCA, I do shudder. #962107
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    Even if DaMoshe is correct, PBA does not owe the RCA any apology. Au contraire. The RCA owes its members (and Rav Ovadia) an apology. It was the political leadership of the RCA, writing on their letterhead, that issued this scandalous statement. Even if it was intended to be private, that is no excuse. Regardless, they are the RCA leadership and they spoke in the name of the RCA.

    in reply to: Pre-paid Cell Phone Plans #960965
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    You have nothing to lose by trying them out for a month. There’s no contract and you can leave them at anytime. You just need an unlocked gsm phone. (They give you a free SIM card.) If you have an old unlocked at&t or t-mobile phone, that’l work. Otherwise you can buy a cheap unlocked gsm phone for $20 or $30 or so. If you want, you can even port your phone number to google voice, instead of to lyca, and forward the number from google voice to your newly issue loycamobile number.

    So your only cost to lycamobile would be $10 for dirt-cheap cell service.

    in reply to: Who's right? #960972
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    Everyone’s wrong.

    1. Your sister is wrong for talking loud.

    2. You and your wife are wrong for yelling at her for waking the baby.

    3. Your parents and other sister are wrong for not talking to you.

    in reply to: Pre-paid Cell Phone Plans #960962
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    Also, it should be noted that Lycamobile’s pay as you go plan pricing of 2 cents a minute and unlimited free incoming texts, are perfect for youngster and elderly and any other very light users.

    If the user only uses 25 minutes, for example, the entire months cost will be 50 cents! They have no minimum usage requirements. You put $10 on the account and you can let it last as long as it takes to use up. The only requirement is to make at least one phone call (cost: 2 cents) every 120 days. No need to add additional funds.

    in reply to: Pre-paid Cell Phone Plans #960961
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    Syag: The $19 and $29 plan pricing has been extended indefinitly.

    Jane: Not yet, but I plan to.

    in reply to: Pre-paid Cell Phone Plans #960956
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    If anyone knows of ANY better prepaid plans than the ones I mentioned above from LycaMobile, whether pay-as-you-go OR unlimited, please share.

    I believe they have THE LOWEST prices, bar none, from all U.S. wireless providers – whether carriers or mvnos.

    The only reason not to choose Lycamobile would be if using T-Mobile is a problem for you. Otherwise they kick everyone else out of the water.

    They are brand new in the U.S., so you may have not heard of them yet. But they are the largest mvno in Europe.

    in reply to: Pre-paid Cell Phone Plans #960947
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    LycaMobile. 2 cents per minute, Incoming texts are free, outgoing texts 4 cents, and 6 cents per MB.

    Or $19 unlimited minutes and texts. (6 cents per MB). Or $29 unlimited minutes, texts and data.

    They are the absolute cheapest carrier in the U.S.

    You can use any *unlocked* (that’s a must) GSM phone. The kind that AT&T and T-Mobile use. They run on the T-Mobile USA network. No roaming, so you need to be in a T-Mobile area.

    in reply to: Lo Tzais Dina #959397
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    No, there is no cherem or any automatic status since a talmid chochom (or yeshiva) have special rights regarding being called to beis din. Halacha affords them the right, under certain circumstances, to not recognize or stand before the beis din.

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