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  • in reply to: Men wear black and white? #1987650
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    My Rosh Yeshiva zt’l said that in Lithuania, the only ones that wore black and white was the Catholic seminary opposite the yeshiva.

    in reply to: ADHD and Shiduchim #1034961
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    Concerta is extended release Ritalin, effective for 12 hours. It’s extremely commonly

    prescribed, and is very beneficial to be able to concentrate and stay focused the entire

    day. It’s known to be abused by university students, who use it to stay up and study the

    entire night. As long as it’s properly prescribed, it shouldn’t be an issue.

    in reply to: Trip to Europe, Summer 2014 #988206
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    Sign up for the Starwoods SPG personal and business cards, that should give you 30k bonus points if you can do the minimum spending. That will give you enough points, for plenty of hotel stays. Find it on the dansdeals website.

    in reply to: Trip to Europe, Summer 2014 #988199
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    First of all, you can buy a EU rail pass, and take overnight trains

    between cities for the nights. Youth hostels offer cheap nightly rates. Open up some US credit cards, that give you large signup bonuses for airline miles, so you can fly for free. Finding frum people to host you, is not so easy. Europeans mostly live in small apartments in the heart of the cities. Plus in the Summer most Europeans are on holiday for at least a month.

    in reply to: blessings for animals (in particular, pets!) #895938
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    Yes, the reform and conservative movements have a ridiculous custom,

    where on Parshas Noach, the congregants are invited to bring in their pets for a special Birchas Kohanim service. Followed by kaddish for their deceased companions.

    The custom comes from the Catholic and Episcopalian churches, who celebrate the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, by blessing animals on October 4th.

    in reply to: Germany #990865
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    I live in Germany….

    in reply to: Tipping Counselors #793273
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    What’s the difference between a Jew and a canoe?

    A canoe tips.

    in reply to: Dual Citizenship #790419
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    Switzerland is not part of the European Union. Majority of the

    EU countries, do have larger taxes, but the gov’t covers numerous social benefits for all residents, e.g. universal medical coverage, childcare, unemployment insurance, and free university education.

    In the US, the cost of medical insurance is astronomical,

    and it does not cover pre-existing conditions. In Europe, for people that work, the quality of life is better, e.g. all companies must give at least 5 weeks vacation, and working overtime and on Sunday is strictly regulated.

    in reply to: Dual Citizenship #790413
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    Foreign tax credit doesn’t help much, e.g. for a person living in

    Switzerland. Average position pays over 120,000 CHF/year, and income

    tax here is only about 10-15% depending on where you reside.

    in reply to: Dual Citizenship #790410
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    Most of us don’t make enough money to be taxed by the US?

    Good percentage of people in Europe are making over $90,000/year,

    especially now with the very low dollar. e.g. Who in Switzerland

    makes less then 72,000 CHF a year?

    in reply to: Dual Citizenship #790401
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    The benefit of Dual citizenship, is that you can renounce your

    US citizenship, any you can work in Europe, and not be double

    taxed by the IRS. (US is the only country in the world that taxes

    foreign earned income).

    in reply to: chassunah, who pays for what? #788466
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    I am not married. I was thrown out of yeshiva, because I didn’t have money to pay tuition. The rabonim told me that I have to go to the US to work, as I need at least $100,000 to get married, and in Israel one needs to buy an apartment. But, after years of working, I am in big debt, because frum people took advantage of me, and defrauded me big time.

    And if I would ever get married, I would be happy with a simple chasana, no flowers, no video, but all the girls want fancy.

    in reply to: chassunah, who pays for what? #788455
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    What doesn’t make sense, is that I work 10-11 hours a day, it takes me about an hour on the subway each way to get to work and back. It takes me at least an hour to daven in the morning. At the end of the year my salary is $70k before taxes. A chasana, is one night, lasting a couple hours. I have to work a couple years, to pay for a one night couple hour event? Life doesn’t make sense.

    in reply to: Sick of NY #812150
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    Stop complaining about recycling in New York. In many countries in Europe, e.g. Switzerland

    you can only use special garbage bags which are costly, and only for non-recycable rubbish.

    PET bottles (e.g. plastic water etc) – back to the shop you bought them( e.g supermarket) they have a little hole somewhere where you spend ages posting each one through a hole 2 microns larger than the bottle.

    Cardboard: normally collected on prescribed days and left out on the kerbside in bundles the night before (not earlier)

    Paper: normally collected on prescribed days and left out on the kerbside in bundles the night before (not earlier)

    Tins: To a collection point normally somewhere in town on the street

    Glass: To a collection point normally somewhere in town on the street (sorted by colour, e.g.

    clear, green, blue)

    Vegetable matter: (vegetables bought from the supermarket and not used within 6milliseconds, coffee grounds, peelings etc) Goes in a special biodegradeable plasic bag then in a green dustbin at your apartment block

    Other stuff (except batteries hazardous stuff etc) in costly paid bags then in the rubbish container by your house. (Everybody crushes everything in order to fit as much as possible in those bag).

    in reply to: Mitzvah to Remarry Your Ex-Wife #794173
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    There is a story that a man comes to his Rov, to make a get for his wife.

    Right after the get is written, he gives it over to his wife.

    Then right away he says Harei at mekudashes li …. , and the Rov says Are you crazy?

    So the man says, for a zivug sheni (second marriage) she is good enough.

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    The problem for frum families to have pets, such as dogs, is that there is a biblical prohibition against neutering animals.

    Another problem is pets are mukzteh on shabbos, so they cannot be handled.

    Walking dogs on shabbos is also a big problem.

    In South Africa, e.g. Johannesburg, it’s the norm, even by rabonim/rosh yeshivas to have dogs in their houses, but that’s

    because of security reasons.

    in reply to: Shachris: Coming Late or Leaving Early #769335
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    Well the post specifies that this is the only minyan in

    town. Wouldn’t it be better to daven alone, with kavana

    and not skipping, and perhaps then coming to the minyan

    to hear borchu, kadish, kedusha?

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