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  • in reply to: Which internet filter do you use? #1688947

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    Netspark for phone, GenTech for computer. I dont like either one.
    Netspark is ok, but it seems to work as a VPN or similar as every page seems to load twice.
    I would not recommend GenTech for kids, as things slip through

    in reply to: What is the best NY State of Health insurance plan? #1671566

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    Check pricing. Then check with all the doctors that you, your wife, and children use or may use to see if they accept the insurance and the particular plan you are looking at.
    You should estimate what your healthcare expenses may be for the year and do the math. high premium with low deductible, low premium +high deductible, lower coinsurance/copay or high coinsurance/copay
    Premium+ deductible +maximum out of pocket (which may include the deductible)….

    There is no one right answer for everyone.

    in reply to: Coke Zero sugar or Diet Coke? And what exactly is the difference? #1671568

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    Coke zero is awesome. Caffeine content is different than diet coke.

    in reply to: The stupid kind of gun control #1610643

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    No offense, but from an intelligent person such as yourself that is a ridiculous comment.

    The official platform does not necessarily reflect the opinions and statements of the democrat politicians.

    Does the official platform call for open borders? Obviously not, but I dont hear democrat politicians talking about the invasion or so called “caravan” of Central Americans headed this way. They just bash Trump for talking about defending our borders, or his comments that terrorists hide among crowd.

    in reply to: Why dont dems adress economy? #1571886

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    Jakk- I’ll be down lkaf zchus that you are simply ignorant of the facts.
    take a look at the actual number of employed and unemployed people in the country during Obama presidency.
    Take a look at the % of people receiving government benefits during that time.

    Tell me again how the economy was doing great??

    in reply to: Quick Poll, Pro or Against President Trump #1562601

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    Approve of him on a personal level, or what he is doing for the country? The majority of attacks against him in the media are on a personal level, past relationships, collusion, etc…
    But on what he is accomplishing for the country , hard to understand how you can be against him. Not to say I agree with everything, but if you look at everything, then absolutely PRO.

    in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471353

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    Explain why we shouldn’t restrict vehicles to 40mph? Do you deny that it will save hundreds, if not thousands of lives each year? Restrict driving privileges to only 25-65 yrs old…
    And surprisingly, I am in favor of gun control, but only common sense gun control. I would require background checks, psych eval, and mandatory training in the use of a firearm.
    Just banning a particular model bec it’s scary looking is silly. No less than banning the type of vehicle that has been in the greatest # of crashes bec wild teens like to drive it.

    in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471236

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    Whether we like it or not, the second amendment exists, and states the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Infringing on the rights of 300 million people is not something to be taken lightly, yes, even to save lives as harsh as that may sound.
    There are many ways to save lives, far more than banning guns, Not allowing people to drive until they turn 25, allowing Big Brother to monitor everything, etc…. At a certain point common sense needs to kick in and say we can’t keep banning everything, from guns, trucks to pressure cookers because they can be used for nefarious purposes.
    I don’t have actual stats, but it’s fair to say that the number of weapons used for these attacks out of the total number of legally owned weapons is so minute.
    Why not restrict cars from being capable of travelling more than 25mph everywhere at all times? Thousands die every year in car accidents.
    “We have to do something” is a great reaction, but we need to stop, take a deep breath and respond without emotion, and take into account the 300 million or so other citizens in this country.

    in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1471081

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    There were many mass casualty incidents without the use of guns. 9-11, Oklahoma City, the tractor attacks in E”Y, the truck ramming attacks, particularly the one in Nice that killed 86 people. Banning guns is an emotional reaction. The right reaction is to determine the root cause of why these attacks are perpetuated, not to ban every possible means of attack.

    in reply to: Is there any way to prevent mass shootings???? #1470981

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    Fully automatic- hold down the trigger and multiple bullets are fired.
    Semi automatic- trigger must be pulled each time to fire, one bullet at a time.

    The term assault rifle is mostly used by the anti gun lobby. As stated above, the AR 15 used in FL operates no differently than the sidearm carried by every police officer. They are just bigger and may have better accuracy. But they operate the same.
    You can purchase a semi automatic handgun that is more powerful than an AR 15. (E.g. a 44 caliber Desert Eagle) .
    I agree there is no need for a large capacity mag, but to ban AR15 bec they are an assault rifle is misleading and intellectually dishonest

    in reply to: Kosher Medications #1085302

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    Thank you Daas Yochid.

    As for you, Mark Levin (hopefully not an impersonator) I did check the Star K list both before and after posting my questionn.

    Here are the few Tylenol products they recommend:

    Extra Strength – Caplets

    Extra Strength Adult Rapid Blast Liquid

    8 hour Extended Release Caplets

    Regular Strength Tablets

    Children’s Meltaways (Bubblegum Burst, Grape Punch)

    I was looking for liquid tylenol for children which is not recommended.

    in reply to: Kosher Medications #1085297

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    The kosher lists that I have found do not recommend tylenol liquid for kids, only meltaways. Adwe isnt available at your corner drug store.

    in reply to: Flatbush Jewish Journal Is out of Control #958767

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    Take it easy. Its one of many letters to the editor- on page 70!

    in reply to: Tattoo eyeliner #959285

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    When I learned this sugya it seemed pretty clear this is assur.

    Medical Necessity may refer to the idea that a surgeon would make a permanent mark on an organ or body tissue to to mark a site for sugery or further exploration.

    in reply to: Maalot Dafna jerusalem #953776

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    The neighborhood is a mixture of Americans and locals- I prefer to refrain from the derogatory term used by Toi. The majority of Americans there are serious bnei torah.

    There is an adjoining neighborhood called Machal which has a similar mixture. There are quite a number of Americans that are living there for 5+ years. There are young couples there for there year of vacation, but those are found in Arzei and Ramat Eshkol as well

    The serious bnei torah are NOT the minority at all.

    Shanon- Where does your husband want to learn?

    in reply to: Info on Smicha Tests #973435

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    WIY- There is a sefer that was published with the test and the (author’s) answers.

    in reply to: Eating before Shacharis dilemma #948568

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    147- You could respond to this “very major Rov & Posek” I also wish I had called you earlier, but I only recently discovered this problem. Now are you capable of answering this shaila or should I find a competent Rav who isnt afraid to answer tough shailos?

    in reply to: Schissel challah? #1071906

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    A response to the above referenced article was written by Yair Hoffman and is available online.

    I skimmed through it and noticed two things.

    He says there is no geographic connection timeline connection between the pagan custom and shlissel challah.

    Also, the lack of early references to this minhag is explained simply that Chasidus only exists since the Baal Shem, so there wouldnt be any previous mention. I would guess that with many chassidic minhagim you wouldnt be able to find early references to them. This does not mean they are wrong.

    He also has an early source—-

    “The earliest reference is in the works of Rabbi Pinchas Shapiro of Koritz (born 1726), a descendent of the Megaleh Amukos and a student of the Baal Shem Tov. In his work called Imrei Pinchas (#298) he explains that the reason to bake Schlissel Challah on the Shabbos following Pesach is that during Pesach, the gates to Heaven were opened and remain open until Pesach Sheni. The key alludes to the fact that these gates are now open and that we should focus our prayers ever more on that account.”

    in reply to: Frozen milk #935366

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    I have to disagree based on personal experience. If you freeze it fresh it will last a lot longer than two days.


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    AZOI.IS – Why does this bother you?

    Maybe a 50 y.o. woman gets all dressed up to make herself feel good.

    Maybe she is on her way back from a simcha?

    Who knows??…..

    More importantly, who cares??

    in reply to: What You Can Eat in a Non-Kosher Dairy Kitchen #932253

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    Most wines are NOT mevushal.

    Cheeses- especially fancy types- may have non kosher ingredients in it or used in the processing.

    in reply to: Son Wants To Go Collecting In Limo On Purim #926143

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    Nishtdayngesheft-

    He happens to be right in many situations.

    Firstly you didn’t address anything he said, you just knocked him. One doesn’t need to look at a 990 to know that the costs of a dinner are enormous.

    There is actually one well known raffle that has spent millions of dollars in marketing, barely covering their costs with donations.

    Secondly, did you ever ask a fundraiser what his percentage is?

    Did you know that the fundraiser at your door takes 35%? Did you ask him what percentage his driver takes, which can be another 15-20 percent?

    in reply to: Frustrating Jewish moments #925408

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    simcha613, ZK- You are not really disagreeing. ZK is referring to the mentality back then “oy sis shver tzu zayn a yid”. “Oh, its difficult to be a yid”. That was all the younger generation heard and they said if its so difficult what do I need it for.

    Simcha613- The younger generation didnt get a feel for yidishkeit and a desire to do ratzon Hashem, just oy sis shver tzu zayn a yid.

    (This is obviously a generalization)

    in reply to: Good Things about Obama #903716

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    torah613613torah- He HAS openly supported non traditional family values..

    in reply to: Cops preying in Boro Park #895694

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    Sam2- I hope you are joking. But if you are not- I disregard most things that are said in the name of R’ Elyashiv, especially when it sounds a bit over the top as this does.

    in reply to: Married Women Learning Daf Yomi? #1028162

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    2scents- you read my mind!

    in reply to: White Shirts #883556

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    The best non-iron shirts imho are Brooks Brothers. Unfrotunately, they are quite expensive. Jos. A. Bank has non-iron, as do several others.

    Like with most things, you get what you pay for.

    in reply to: job advice needed #882649

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    If she wants to spend a few dollars, there are tests that can be administered that will evaluate personality, skills and strengths and give a list of suitable jobs.

    in reply to: Infertility treatments – Tzedaka?? #883832

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    If I may rephrase the OP question I would do so as follows.

    There are many worthy organizations out there vying for our tzedaka dollars. Be it to support almonos, yesomim, talmidei chachamim, yeshivas, mikvahs, fertility treatments, pidyon shvuyim, sick people etc… The list goes on and on.

    One should ask his LOR how to best distribute his tzedaka money.

    However, some of the causes mentioned above are mentioned in Shulchan Aruch while others are not.

    So the question is, can one satisfy his minimum chiyuv of maaser by giving tzedaka to a cause not mentioned in S”A, such as fertility treatments?

    in reply to: Halacha: Swapping Coats #879149

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    Shticky Guy- I would assume that R’ Yakov Kaminetzky is saying the same thing. You can take it, but there is no heter to use it.

    in reply to: CCTV on Shabbos #879626

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    Sam2- I have not learned hilchos kesiva, but how can it be D’oraisa if a: its not derech ksiva and b: you dont see any ksiva?

    2scents- The prevalent minhag is that you are allowed to walk in front of the cameras. A few years ago there was a big tumult in the Old City about all of the cameras there. Allegedly R’ Elyashv said it was assur. (I say allegedly because I am skeptical of any psak that someone said he heard from R’ Elyashiv) Like many other tumults, it died down and almost everyone returned to visiting the kosel on Shabbos.

    There may be a difference if there is a screen that shows what is happening which may be closer to ksiva- although temporary- than a recording. One person that I know was told by his Rav to turn the screen off before Shabbos.

    Like everything else, aask your LOR.

    in reply to: How to use a blech on shabbos? #877538

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    Chacham- The minhag in America seems to be maikel and allow hanacha lcatchila on the not yod soledes part of the blech.

    Sam2- Chazara is not allowed in this case.

    in reply to: Dreams #877546

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    mommamia22- No one here can give you the interpretation to your dream and it would be foolish to think otherwise.

    I am sorry that you dont want to hear “that reality follows interpretation or anything like that”, but that is what the Gemara in the 9th Perek of Brachos says.

    The Gemara there has several pages discussing dreams and interpretations. It also says that all dreams contain an element of foolishness, you may dream about what you though about during the day, etc….

    If you are concerned you can do a Hatovas Chalom, found in the (Artscroll) siddur.

    in reply to: Black Friday #884221

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    I thought we were supposed to be boycotting Best Buy?

    in reply to: How to use a blech on shabbos? #877524

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    You cannot put anything on the blech Shabbos morning in an area that can heat it to be yard soledes.

    Some allow placing an empty pot upside down on the blech and placing a pot of food on top of it; others require that there be food in the bottom pot.

    Ask your LOR

    in reply to: Started Shiduchim & need help with Seminary Facts #901971

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    As a generalization-

    1. Maachon Raaya- Dunno

    2. Darchei Bina (from what I heard, it makes me worry)- you are probably right

    3. Banos Chava-(sounds okay, but maybe too JAPPY)- spot on.

    in reply to: property lines – who in the city can solve issues #876016

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    Did you try to call the building department? If you are in NYC you can also try 311.

    in reply to: News about Moshiach #874948

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    You’ll find out first on twitter

    in reply to: Obama or Romney #875075

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    chance- Paul has no chance of winning, and will only pull votes away from Romney. So for anyone that (after Paul) prefers Romney over Obama, I cannot understand why they would vote for Paul.

    in reply to: ADD (ADHD) is it real? #874220

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    working harder is right.

    ADD does not exist anymore- and every mental health professional should know that. It is now classified as a subtype of ADHD.

    in reply to: School Psychology #872374

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    What does “for a frum girl” mean? Do you mean no classes on Shabbos? Most schools dont have classes on Shabbos.


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    I can just imagine the look on the bulls face when you started shrieking!! I would have backed off too!

    in reply to: LOSE WEIGHT!!! #889900

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    Weight Watchers is by far the best diet out there.

    Most other diets restrict this or that. No white flour, white sugar, no carbs this week, no starch the next week etc..

    These are all life altering diets.

    Weight Watchers allows everything up to a point- no pun intended. The weight falls off slowly- but steadily.

    in reply to: memory card error #870768

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    Recovery may help. Deleting information is not always completely erased until other information replaces it.

    in reply to: Accepting Tzedaka – How Poor? #870714

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    mermaid- I would assume that if there is a steady income of more than 37K after mortgage, taxes, tuition etc.. then they wouldnt be allowed to take tzedaka, even without having 37K liquid.

    in reply to: Weight Watchers- Old Vs. New Program #871355

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    Imho its the only sustainable diet. Its geared toward a slow but steady weight loss which means its the easiest to keep it off. I’m a big proponent of the free fruits and vegetables. No one has become overweight from eating too much salad.

    Any other diet that significantly alters your eating habits will likely result in failure unless you intend to keep it up for eternity.

    in reply to: How do u judge a singer if hes good? #871611

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    You would think the most important thing is his the sound of his voice, but the ability to control his voice his important as well, as is stage presence. Here is my opinion. Can you “here” it?

    in reply to: Mmmmm #970867

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    Goq- We had Krunchers in NY a while back. Very good, but hot!

    Syag- I want to head straight home for some vanilla ice cream with cookie dough!!! I’ve actually bought raw cookie dough and just mixed it with the tub of vanilla ice cream. Cheaper than buying a cup for 5 bucks at Carvel.

    in reply to: Shaving Erev shabbos mochor chodesh #869554

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    Aaron Chaim- I think the heter is only if Shabbos is Rosh Chodesh, not if Shabbos is on Sunday like it is this year.

    Sam2- So how does one who regularly shaves start growing a beard if it will look scraggly the first Shabbos?

    Who said its not kavod shabbos to have a scraggly beard? If Halacha says something then that is kovod shabbos. (not to be dramatic, but how far can you take this?)

    Does an avel shave erev shabbos?

    Have you asked your LOR?

    in reply to: shomer nigia #901543

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    Sam2- Why wouldnt that be ????? ??? if she is aware of his intentions?

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