Rabbi David Walk, Education Director

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Friday, July 28, 2017

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What Is Airbnb?

Airbnb is an online commercial center where visitors go to discover a bed to stay and has list their room/property for lease.

It is particularly similar to a lodging, be that as it may, visitors remain in the hosts home, and visitors don't get the standard ruffles of inn attendant. I'll go over the master's and con's of airbnb later.

Airbnb works in around 35 000 urban areas and in 200 nations. When you go to another city, you require some place to remain. You may pick a lodging, or possibly an inn, however Airbnb allows you to live in another person's home. This might be exactly what you're searching for, or it may not be. In any case, Airbnb is commonly less expensive than your conventional lodging. Also, that is a gigantic favorable position for Airbnb.


How Does Airbnb Work? The procedure

How Guests Use Airbnb

As a visitor, you look through the properties recorded in the city you are searching for a room in. A coolest aspect regarding Airbnb is that they have pretty much every kind of "room" accessible. You can discover only a solitary room (like leasing a solitary room back home), a whole house, condo, a chateau, estate, and even vessels like yachts.

As you channel your outcomes, you can see pictures of housing and read the host's profile to perceive what sort of individual they are. Now and then you will be living with the host, and now and then the host won't be there (you have the whole convenience to yourself). Whatever the case, you need to know who you will be leasing from.

You'll discover this data as you read the convenience portrayal. You will likewise need to message the host if this data isn't clear. You can message the host and make inquiries about the settlement or anything truly. I think this is a critical stride, since you get the chance to perceive what your host resembles. One of the greatest grievance about utilizing Airbnb is that the host wasn't satisfactory.

You can channel your outcomes by numerous things, in particular value, area, sort of settlement, courtesies, and close to specific purposes of intrigue. When you discover something you like, I'd message the property have and pose some broad inquiries you'll probably have. Above all, you need to ensure the property is accessible for the date you need it.

In the event that you need to proceed with the reservation, you present your reservation with your installment data. Presently, Airbnb will gather your installment after the host acknowledges your demand. In case the host decays your demand, no cash will be gathered. Once the host acknowledges your installment, your cash will be "held" via Airbnb until 24 hours after you check in. They have this approach set up to guarantee the two gatherings are content with their exchange. I figure 24 hours is sufficient time to make sense of that. The assets are discharged and given to the host, less expenses. Cheerful days.


How Airbnb functions

Airbnb works in 190+ Countries


How Hosts Use Airbnb

As a host, you get the opportunity to profit from the property you possess. Many sorts of individuals set up their own homes for arbitrary outsiders to utilize. For instance, you may have an additional room in your home and you need to make a smidgen of salary from it. You could lease locally, or utilize an administration like Airbnb to help lease your unused space.

Or, on the other hand maybe you travel a considerable measure and in some cases you're away for a couple of months. Rather than leaving your home unfilled and unused, you could profit off it while you are away by leasing it out to individuals who could utilize your home. In any of the cases, you can make a touch of side money with the land you possess.

To list your property on Airbnb, you'll have to agree to accept a record, be affirmed, and enter data about your property for lease. It's a genuinely simple process. Once your property is recorded, kick back and sit tight for the reservation solicitations and individual messages come through.

Much the same as how visitors can see your own profile, you can see visitor profiles too. Regularly however, the visitor might not have much to their profile, but rather you should open up a road of correspondence to see who will conceivably be experiencing your property.

Keep in mind, you are putting forth your home up to others. The greatest potential issue has have is that individuals will harm, take, or generally wreck your property. Airbnb offers $1,000,000 in harms to shield their hosts from these sorts of issues (with specific confinements and impediments).


The Pro's and Con's of Using Airbnb

Master's of utilizing Airbnb

  1. Can discover a wide range of properties, from single rooms to chateaus
  2. Price of Airbnb lodging is normally less expensive than a run of the mill inn
  3. You find the opportunity to live "locally" in the city you are setting out to, and make tracks in an opposite direction from the conventional lodging vibe
  4. Your host can be truly magnificent. He/She can truly make your visit uncommon by cooking sustenances, prescribing you things to do, and demonstrate you culture
  5. Can lease property for only a day or two, or settle down for a couple of months
  6. Hosts get the opportunity to meet visitors, in some cases habitually, making life intriguing and fun
  7. Hosts can profit on generally squandered space


Con's of utilizing Airbnb

  1. Hosts can be unusual or not of course, or have negative behavior patterns like being boisterous late during the evening
  2. Property recorded could be distinctive that delineated
  3. You need to pay fee's, somewhere in the range of 6%-12%, and remote exchange charge's if required, and also a VAT impose in a few nations


Rundown of What Airbnb is

Whenever you go on a family excursion to Hawaii, or visit Chicago with a few companions for the end of the week, observe Airbnb properties. You could very well wind up taking a gander at a private beachside estate for just you and your family, or a little downtown flat room near night life in Chi town.

As a visitor of Airbnb, your choices are abundant in each city Airbnb works in. Simply more decisions in the variety of housing accessible to explorers. Nonetheless, costs of Airbnb lodging are normally less expensive, and cash talks! As an Airbnb have, you can profit with your generally unused property.

Having said all that, there are some potential issues with Airbnb, similar to the host and their property not being as portrayed or delineated, or terrible visitors who harm your property or take your stuff. Be that as it may, hello, I prescribe you give it a shot in any event once. You may very well discover you'll need to do it once more.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Walk Article



Rabbi David Walk

This spring I bid a very fond farewell to Stamford, CT. Rivka and I are moving to Jerusalem this August. On a few occasions I was called upon to say my good byes to the two marvelous organizations, Congregation Agudath Sholom and Bi-Cultural Day School, that I've worked for these 16 years. The message was short and simple each time: 1) Thank you for having me and 2) I loved the experience of sharing Torah with wonderful people. However, not everyone is so pithy. One of the most famous farewells in History was delivered by George Washinton September 19, 1796. Like me, however, he made two salient points: 1) Please, forgive me, 'I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend.' 2) Be Americans first, 'The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.' It took him 6090 words to do it, so my audiences came out fine. But this week we begin reading an even more famous, and, I fervently believe, more important farewell address, that of Moshe Rabbeinu. It takes up the entire book of Devarim or Deuteronomy. He used 14,249 words, translations are even longer.

Let me quickly clear up a problem. I just called this book Moshe's Farwell Address, but didn't God write the Torah? The Zohar (Devarim, 461a) claims that Moshe wrote Devarim, according to Maimonides (Laws of Teshuva 3:8) this is heresy. I'm going (at least this week) to rely on a compromise suggested by Don Yitzchak Abarbranel. That great 15th century scholar opined that, indeed, Moshe, spoke all these words of his own composition. Later, God commanded that this exact material be incorporated into our Chumash.

So, what is the point or points of this valedictory speech? Let's begin with a short survey of the material. The book contains three distinct parts. The first Section (parshas Devarim-Eikev) is musar or tochacha, ethical teachings and chastisement, for spiritual failures. The next material (Re'eh-Ki Tetze) is made up of mitzvot which will be needed for the new society to be built in the Promised Land. Finally, the last third of Devarim (Ki Tavo-Zot HaBracha) deals with the Covenant between God and Israel. The covenantal community was begun by Avraham and became a national covenant at Sinai. The end of Devarim informs us that this covenant will be renewed upon arrival in Israel and at some, as yet undetermined, time in the future.

This is a wonderful paean to our national connection to God, Torah and Israel. But, like in the farewell address of Washington, can we boil this long sermon down to a basic sound byte or two? Rav Yehuda Shaviv of Yeshivat Har Etzion thinks so, and I'm inclined to agree. He wrote, 'If we seek some unique feature of this Sefer we shall discover that one of its characteristics - if not the crux of its whole message - is the concept of a second chance...even if one has failed and sinned, there is always an opening for repair and improvement, for change and renewal...Teshuva is not presented here simply as a mitzva, but rather as a thoroughly

attainable possibility which holds a promise of hope.' Moshe's parting thought for his flock is the power of repentance. We're humans; we're prone to fail. But we're endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right of renewal.

Rav Shaviv's idea has a lot of merit based on the text, and, I think, it's a marvelous final message for any spiritual guide. I'd like to add that this emphasis on teshuva at the climax of the book is already foreshadowed in this week's parsha. A perusal of our Torah reading begins with a review of the sins of the Jewish people, with special emphasis on the sin of the spies. There is a lengthy review of that episode and the division of the parsha by our Sages brings the narrative literally to the threshold of Israel. It ends with an exhortation to Yehoshua, 'Do not fear those you will encounter, because it is the Lord, Who is fighting for you (Devarim 3:22).' In other words, the parsha ends with the Jews getting their second chance to enter Israel.

But there's also a special mention of teshuva in our haftorah. We all know that this week's haftorah is a prelude to this coming week's commemoration of Tisha B'av, day of national tragedy and anniversary of the sin of the spies. But we can't escape the fact that our haftorah also weighs in heavily on the concept of teshuva. This initial sermon of Yeshayahu is mostly about evil leadership. Leaders are comparable to the rulers of Sodom and Gomorrah when they are hypocritical in the spiritual acts, 'Who wanted you in my courts...when your offerings are in vain and your smoke is an abomination (Isaiah 1:12-13),' and when they don't 'aid the oppressed, act justly for the orphan, and plead for the widow (verse 17).' We demand sincerity and concern for those who can't fend for themselves, from our leaders. But then comes the greatest expression of repentance and its power, 'If your sins are like crimson, they can become white as snow; if they are red as scarlet, they can become as virgin wool (verse 18).'  

There you have it. Both as an introduction to the book of Deuteronomy and to commemoration of Tisha B'av, we must believe in the ultimate cleansing power of teshuva. The very name Deuteronomy comes from the translation of the rabbinic title of this volume: Mishneh Torah, which means a review or second reading of the Law. Moshe is emphasizing the importance of believing in second chances, 'do-overs'. Our ability to err is only superseded by God's potential to forgive.