Final Day To Register! Join Me And Over 40 DansDeals Readers On A Once-In-A-Lifetime Kosher Catered Trip To Antarctica!

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Update: Registration for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity closes today!

In just over 3 months from now, at least 45 people will be joining our unprecedented kosher cruise to Antarctica.

People will be coming from all over the world to meet up with the cruise in Ushuaia, Argentina:

The members of our group will be coming from over a dozen different cities to meet in Argentina and cruise to the most remote continent on Earth!

 

Our group will consist of Jews with a diverse range of backgrounds including Chassidish, Modern Orthodox, Yeshivish, and more. Travelers from their 20s to their 70s are looking forward to completing the ultimate bucket list item of stepping foot, and perhaps even camping out, in Antarctica.

The group will have men and women (55% vs 45%), couples and solo travelers (75% vs 25%). It promises to be a diverse and fun trip for everyone.

You can read all of the details about the trip and sign up to join on www.KosherAntarctica.com. You can find trip details and dates here and find pricing information here.

For last minute bookings, please email info@kosherantarctica.com or call/text/Whatsapp: 347-243-7301


Originally posted on 7/18:

Over the past decade I’ve been able to travel the world using miles and collect passport stamps from 6 continents. But the final frontier remained elusive.

When Moishe Hersko, better known as “Something Fishy” on DDF, approached me about organizing a cruise to Antarctica, I jumped on the opportunity.

Many readers know that in 2016 I bid over a million Starwood points to throw out the first pitch at game 7 of the World Series, but some readers may recall that in 2016 I also bid 770K Starpoints to take a cruise to Antarctica. Sadly I was outbid for that, but perhaps that was for the best. That cruise ship refused to cater kosher food or allow us to bring our own perishable food, so it was far from ideal.

Take a Zodiac cruise among massive icebergs

Moishe has run some amazing photo workshops across several continents. I traveled on one of his workshops to breathtaking Arctic Norway and Svalbard in 2016, home to the closest commercial airport to the North Pole. We stayed in Longyearbyen, the northernmost city in the world and went snowmobiling into polar bear country, went dogsledding, and experienced the Northern Lights. Truly an unforgettable experience!

Another #incredible #AuroraBorealis in the #LofotenIslands #Norway #nofilter

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And now we’re going to go as far south as we can get. We will fly as far as commercial airplanes can take us, to Ushuaia, which is the southernmost commercial airport and city in the world.

Ushuaia: the southernmost city in the world

 

From there we board our ship to reach Antarctica. It takes 2 days to cross the Drake Passage, 5-6 glorious days are spent in Antarctica, and 2 days are spent cruising back.

It’s a land of incredible beauty and wildlife and it’s the last great frontier on our planet. Of course those who have Antarctica on their bucket list already know this and other people will just think it’s crazy to invest so much to reach the farthest corners of our planet. For me though this is something exciting and you don’t get that level of excitement from a trip to Miami.

Our time in Antarctica will be spent walking among thousands of penguins, zodiac cruising between towering icebergs, and watching whales breaching and seals hunting. You can join guided hikes, snowshoe up mountains, and even camp overnight in Antarctica if you like. Or you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views that few have ever seen.

Experience being surrounded by thousands of unafraid penguins

There are a myriad of halachos (Jewish laws) when it comes to cruises that travel over Shabbos. You are not allowed to charter a boat or go on a boat over Shabbos if the majority of passengers are Jewish, so we would have to tag onto an existing trip. Due to Shabbos, you are only supposed to board a cruise on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, which eliminates many trip options. If you depart on Sunday you would need to spend the previous Shabbos in Ushuaia, so we wanted to avoid that. If you depart on Tuesday then you would be stuck in Ushuaia for the following Shabbos, which we wanted to avoid as well. That meant we had to find a ship departing on a Monday. More crucially, we had to find a ship that was willing to work with us to arrange a kosher group with all of the special logistics that go into travelling as a religious Jew.

After months of research and negotiations, we found one ship operator that was not only willing to tolerate the kosher aspect, but was actually happy and proactive in working with our needs and challenges. Over the next 2 years of their sailings, they have one cruise departing on a Monday. We plan to depart Ushuaia on Monday, December 10, 2018 and return to Ushuaia on Thursday, December 20. That way travelers can be away from home for just one Shabbos.

The luxurious RCGS Resolute will take us to the 7th continent:

All rooms have an outside facing view, so you’ll never miss any of the incredible Antarctic beauty
One of the luxurious suites aboard our ship
Relax and watch the otherworldly landscape go by from one of three observation lounges

 

Cruises to Antarctica are notoriously expensive and sadly, this will be no exception. But if you do decide to raid your bank account, you will experience the trip of a lifetime.

Have a ton of miles to burn? We can also work out a method to pay for the cruise with them!

All rooms, meals, snacks, drinks, and wine are included in the price of the journey, as are Ushuaia airport transfers, pre-cruise 5-star hotel night, and much more. An expedition gear package will be provided for all passengers, including a windproof and waterproof jacket, boots, backpack, binoculars, trekking poles, and more.

I’ll be giving seminars on credit cards and miles while the boat is in transit from Ushuaia to Antarctica and Moishe will help you capture amazing photographs and perfect them in post-processing as well.

Join us and be one of the only people in history to daven with a minyan on all 7 continents 😀

Want to learn more? You can read all of the details about the trip and sign up to join on www.KosherAntarctica.com. You can find pricing information here.

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HE

My dream come true! 🙂

Mo

Looks awesome! Do you offer babysitting services, so i can leave the kids at home?

YAKOV

can i work on the cruise and pay for my trip that way
thanx
otherwise how many miles would it cost

Alexander

At the end of the day, approximately how much is it per person?

LS

Omg. My dream

LS

Clicked on price. Dream crushed for now

bigissy

Looks amazing. is there a discount for ppl who want to go but cant spend that kind of money? please

ZCN

Good luck with the Drake Passage! As gorgeous as Antarctica is, the price of admission is going through the Drake Passage.

Davidrotts63

teach us how to waive 5/24 and I’m in

Sos

Are the people joining this trip getting twitter messages about discounted soap where they can save $2.51 (with subscribe & save)?

Just joking, Dan is the best he caters to all…

Work-for-ur-muny

Uch, I hate you!

Avi

Can we have another one in 5 to 10 years so we can save up?

Jagna18

What happens if a solo woman traveller wants to come? How would rooming work?

Moishie Hersko

@Jagna18, we currently have another solo woman interested. If you are still looking for a partner, please email info@kosherantarctica.com and we could take it from there.

Yaakov

Brings back memories of my merkaz shlichus days in Ushuaia. You’d be surprised how many Jews we found there. Beautiful place.

gavriel

how long is the fast there. when does Shabbos start

eitan

Wow, this looks amazing. Price is steep but maybe ill bite.

Work-for-ur-muny

Can we get a 20% discount by using one Amex point?
…make that twice….

L

WiFi??

M

You’re in Antarctica for cryin out loud! Get off the grid.

Ash

If someone is traveling without their family, they may want to be able to communicate

Ez

Abe, i would think many want the opposite ;P

mike

a smoking lounge?

Ani yehudi

Hope we can get at least a 4 part trip report on this. It will be epic!

DG

Looks spectacular – What an amazing effort compiling this logistical monster to the final frontier! Wish I could afford to join… alas not in this lifetime. BTW you should fix the return date on the trip details page unless you have worked time travel into your trip too 🙂

Moishie Hersko

That’s one of the things we teach on board! Didn’t we mention it ;)?

Ejb

Please post when they have a price mistake so we can be the first to know. And in the meantime please work with the operator to arrange a price mistake.

David

How can we help decreasing the price using miles ?
Or even pay totally w miles ?

Moishie Hersko

You can. Please email us about this option at info@kosherantarctica.com.

Azar

We save on small things to spend on big dreams, isn’t it what we are saving for?

Chaim

Will chase cover trip protection on this trip? which CC should I use to book?

Issac K

Check your Amex offers for Aerolineas Argentinas offer. 😉

Chaikel

Are you sure Antarctica is south of Miami?
That doesn’t seem possible…

Ez

Antarctica doesn’t fit right for the map of the world according to those from Brooklyn

Yehuda57

Just a tip for the people who miss the early bird discount: book a spot on next year’s cruise and then call them up and change the reservation to this year’s and they won’t charge you the difference. #DDSsecrets

Ryan

Lack of serious wifi is a dealbreaker, unfortunately. I know it’s ridiculous to expect it in the frozen tundra and I wish my business allowed me to disconnect for a week.

Ez

But think about it ryan, if you were going to spend so much travel time, effort, and finances for such a once in a lifetime trip like this to just be connected to work, then what type of gainful trip would this really be?

Ez

If your disconnect from business for a little bit, you’d learn that Dans excursion is not going to the tundra (North apple) they are going to Antarctica which is in the South Pole

Ryan

Incorrect. Check Wikipedia. Maybe I was referring to the Toyota Tundra?

Regardless. I would need a connection for certain tasks. It’s quick stuff and it’s not like I would be huddled in my cabin while everyone is off marching with the penguins.

Everyone’s reality is different. That’s mine.

Otherwise I would seriously consider this.

Something Fishy

You can get plain-text email to an onboard account, either the the ship’s terminal or on your own device via WI-Fi.

myb821

I am so unbelievably jealous

Ari

Looks incredible. I hope that one day, I will be able to afford this.

Beirish

What is the cancellation policy?

Pablo moish Z.

Dan do you need a bilingual Eng-Spanish assistant? I am a former Argentinian living in NY and never being in Ushuaia. This trip is unreal!

sameul

looking forward for some awesome pic with your mavic pro !! p.s. penguins might not be accustomed to drones!!

Non Chabad

Will you provide Seudah shlishes?

Moishie Hersko

Yes. And Melava Malka.

Can’t promise herring though.

Joe

Just scoop it right out of the south atlantic

Helpurslfbyhlpingothrs

Only for those who skip mezonos before davening

Eli

Babies allowed?

Sam

What Nusach will the Bal Tefillah daven?

Ewkz

lol Sam. Hashem gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a fully glatt kosher experience in Antarctica, complete with minyanim, a sefer Torah with seforim and siddurim, a Menorah, a hemish shabbos, an exhilarated team who happen to be frum. I wish I was able to go on this trip, but I know it doesn’t matter if they daven ashkenaz, sephard, or which brand of gefilte fish they will serve. All the more so, when one is at Disney or at a random airport and a minyan can miraculously be created- does it matter which nussach the bal tefillah davens? Maybe this trip will exemplify the miracle of lightness of channuka (even in the most hidden places on earth)- please don’t miss that message in life!

LS

Seriously!

Yossi

last night of chanuka is Dec 9.. gonna make lighting comlicated

Eli

FYI. There is a major Eiruv Chatzeiros issue when there is 2 or more Jews on board and the owner of the ship is a Non-Jew. Discuss this with a rabbi and make the passengers aware.

Ewkz

Eli, Kosherica, Josh Post, and others have been doing it for years with many reputable rabbinic scholars in residence on board.

Jimmy

What Kosher Supervision does L’Orchidée Traiteur have?

L’Orchidee

MK Kosher (Montreal Canada) hechsher.

HeavenlyJane

Dan, we can’t nibble on this, since we’re heading to Ushuaia in January for our own land-based trip but I wanted to tip my hat to you once again. You continue to prove that observant Jewish can pursue any travel dream, if they are resourceful and persistent enough.

Fredlys

Is there a senior discount. Serious. In excellent shape

Ewkz

Although this is out of my budget unfortunately, I’m very impressed with the price. Being completely frank and honest, comparing the kosher fares to the ones the general non-kosher cruise’s website posts, the up-charge for the kosher and all extras are fair and reasonable. From all the years of comparing well-known kosher cruises, where the up-charge is double or more from the general cruise’s rates, I think this kosher antarctic expedition is truly a steal. Plus, on a regular Royal Caribbean, NCL, Carnival Cruise you can get the frozen kosher meals. My understanding is that is not possible on the Antarctic expedition cruises.

Moishie Hersko

Indeed!

Ewkz

Morris Hersko- One last thing to add- Your pictures on Instagram are spectacular. Some pictures appear to have been taken in Old Town Havana Cuba. If you and Dan can arrange a kosher Cuba trip, I know I’d be very interested (I’d anticipate the pricing would be a bit more down to earth than Antarctica). Cuba is certainly off the beaten path and “forbidden fruit”.

Moishie Hersko

Thanks! yes, they were taken during a Cuba workshop I gave.

I’d love to go back, so maybe one day…

Watch this space: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=62659

Markus

Any chance for a payment plan on such a trip?

Troy

this sounds very cool but you should probably disclose if you’re getting money for promoting this.

Chevron

He’s probably at most getting a free pass

Yanki

I would hope so my dear Troy as Dan is the one organizing this trip, and would otherwise make no sane reason to put all this effort in (my, that website alone must’ve taken a lifetime to fill up with all the info.)

noah32

Why would he need to disclose that? Sheesh the amount of cynicism on this site is insane. Just be happy and thankful for this great site that costs you ZERO.

username

If less than 10 people sign up, I’ll volunteer to make the minyan!

Enjoy!

shaya

would love to go on the trip and hear a seminar but cant afford this trip.
Did you ever think of auctioning off a lunch with yourself(maybe sell off 3 slots (proceeds to tzedakah of course)
similar to what warren buffet does?
although you wont get his kind of money you would definitely make a nice sum of money for tzedakah and would give someone a opportunity to get advice from you now that you dont do the seminars anymore

ps of course bloggers etc would not be allowed to bid

Expensive

Wow!
It will take a lot of pennies and nickles and dimes saved from Dan’s deals to pay for even part of this 😉

yankel

out of curiosity, what is the expected/anticipated sign ups? is there a payment plan option? any advice for award tickets for the airfare to Ushuaia?

Schlomo

I have done serious research on cruises to Antarctica recently and I am very impressed by what has been put together for your community (I’m not Jewish). Extremely professional website and very good pricing…check it out for yourself by comparing to ships website. Plus, all the extras pre and post trip! For those of you lamenting the cost, you really just don’t know how much these things cost.

Trip of your lifetime, surrounded by your clan. How awesome is this? If you can do, commit. Antarctica might not be there in 30 years.

Moishie Hersko

Thank you! Appreciate the feedback 🙂

For real.

קוראים לך שלמה אבל אתה לא יהודי. באמת?

Dave

Lol , was wondering the same.

Eitan

Haha good point!

Alexander

Unfortunately a 24 hr fast day in the middle of the trip is a deal breaker – especially considering that it finishes at midnight!

Have smicha will travel

Do you need a rabbi to lein, give shiurim, pasken on dateline issues, etc.?

Aerial Dag

Dan will the lectures/seminars be basic, advanced or everything in between?

Yahoo

is that your only concern?

Interested in knowing

How many slots are available in total?

Sam

Dan, any chance you can organize a raffle between all DD readers, we can all say pay in $50 and if we have 500 participants that can be enough for 2 people to Join the trip?

Thanks

joe

Safe for a pregnant woman

jeff

hey Dan` any deadline for signup?

Tommy

I got a robo call about winning a free cruise … Was it this one by any chance

Ewkz

A free 3 day, 2 night Bahamas Cruise. I know all about it, as I sat through the whole phone shpiel once…… (ends up costing about $600 for a couple on a crappy older ship & interior room).
Small Print: Black out dates apply. Must reserve trip at least 6 months in advance. Based upon double occupancy, second passenger must be obligated for full advertised price at date of sailing. All passengers responsible for all government taxes, port and crude oil fuel fees, and award redemption fees of $257.93 per passenger. {Or something along the lines of that….}

AJ

As a long-time Kosher traveler I understand the costs and complications. I won’t complain about the price. I will say that this may be the first Kosher trip I have ever seen that is not offering ‘some’ aspect of Torah lectures or learning. Based on my experience following your blogs I would say this trip is more about appreciating “niflaos HaBore” (the wonders of the Creator)–which is awesome–I think if you could incorporate some learning (shiurim, avos u bonim, etc.) that might-up the appeal, especially with people unfamiliar with your tamimus who might see the schedule for the kosher trip and wrongly call it a “moshav letzim” and not give it a chance. Wishing you the very best! Thank you so much for organizing this! I hope you are very matzliach!

Ewkz

AJ, I can’t afford to go on this trip. I could very well be mistaken, but my best estimation is that because the trip won’t expect to have hundreds (or even dozens) of frum people + doesn’t have much leeway for additional added expenses, organizing a formal schedule with Rabbonim, Scholars, and classes might be a challenge. I’m sure once on the trip, one can find a chavrusa or volunteer to teach daf yomi, for example. Because so many ask about wifi, instead of 100% for “business” or facebook; YUTorah and Torah Anytime shiurim websites can work anywhere in the world.

Eileen Baer-Posner

Sounds great! What is the cost? What about singles or solo travelers?

Robert S.

Serious comment: on the map i see that the trip fails to cross the Antarctic Circle, it turns around a day short.

That should be MANDATORY! I’ve traveled North of the Arctic Circle, and I would HAVE to cross the Antarctic Circle if I was going to be that close!!!!

Is there any plans to be able to cross the AA Circle?

Ariella

If only I could take off so much time at once I would figure out how to use miles to do it.

Peter

I recently took a non-kosher Antarctica cruise with flyover Drake passage option and posted my trip report
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/antarctica/1894902-antarctica-trip-report.html

It is a once in a life time kind of thing unless you are in the 1% of the richness. Me and my wife were able to do it by splitting the payments on multiple credit cards over 1 year time for this trip.

Moishie Hersko

Unfortunately due the cancellations and delays those flights often have, it is nearly impossible to make this work with Shabbos.

Plus ships that operate as fly/cruise have severe logistical issues as far as kosher goes.

chaim

for those that work in the retail/consumer market, marketing to the secular population it is the busiest time of year so it makes it extraordinarily difficult to go

anonymous

Something that I don’t see covered, why is going with you guys a $3-$5K premium over booking the cruise with the carrier themselves. what is provided for that extra money?

Mike

I’m on board and have purchased flight to eze. how can you buy flight to usu on points. Trip looks great. And I am a daf yomie addict looking for a group too.

shira

Hey Mike! I’m doing a story on this trip. Would you like to tell me what inspired you to buy a ticket? I’m at feder@forward.com

Sammyonetwo

What about bringing my baby

Alex

My wife and I are in. Getting award tickets on the return flight looks to be difficult.

LS

i haven’t stopped thinking about this trip since it was announced!

David Rose

Hmmm, you know there are no Aurora borealis in Antarctica?

I have been there. Sailed on the Bark Europa. And although you will simply want to die sailing across the Drake I would do it again in a heartbeat. (Check YouTube for some must see crossings. Even a huge ocean liner gets tossed like a toy in a bathtub. And did I say, I’d do it again in a heartbeat?)

Moishie Hersko

There definitely are auroras in Antarctica (Australis, not borealis), although we obviously have no hope of seeing it in the summer.

As far as the Drake, it could be either the Drake Shake or the Drake Lake – and is usually somewhere in between. The Bark Europa, while a breathtakingly beautiful ship, is over 100 years old and has absolutely nothing in the way of stabilization, whereas our ship is a purpose-built polar vessel and is incredibly stable.

But in the end – like you said – even the worst Drake crossing is absolutely worth it.

Denise Chesner

I wish I could do it. It sounds wonderful.

Bruce Bloom

This is the top of my trip list, other than Yerushalayim. Unfortunately, I’m now in Shloshim for my mother and the logistics of having a minyan with that kind of traveling (getting south ) are too iffy. So we will celebrate our 40th anniversary on the first night of Chanukah with our children and grandchildren in University Heights. Like we did last year.

Yolo

Is there a non kosher pricing package?

danfan

Hi. What is the real price, early bird, all inclusive, flights, tips, trips, taxes, insurances, EVERYTHING, for a couple leaving from JFK, wanting a superior plus cabin?

Brian turner

Are these prices in mexican pesos?

Moishie Hersko

Zimbabwean Dollars, in fact 🙂

Jsjcbs

$30,000 can do a lot to help people in need. How can anyone justify this when other people are starving or homeless?

Jacob

You can make such a comment with respect to any desired luxury. In a capitalist society, money must be spent to generate income for others. In this case, for example, travel agent, kosher caterer, etc. They then use the money to finance shelter, food, etc. Money does not go down the drain. Money also serves to encourage people to work hard. If there is no incentive at the end of the road, why work so hard.

Jason

If your desire is to generate income for others, than just go around and hand out money.

I also would say that people going on this trip are doing so b/c they enjoy it. They are not thinking about giving the caterer a parnasa. They are thinking about having a good time. I have no problem with having a good time. I have a problem when that “good time” costs more than most American’s make in a year post tax.

You can work hard and make a lot of money and not spend $30,000 on a trip. Work hard, buy what you need and help others instead.

EZ

Jason, Jewish law dictates that one is obligated to give 10% of his/her income to charity to fulfill the biblical commandment. There are detailed ramifications into circumstances of one when one wants to give more than 10%.

Aside from my faith’s view on charitable giving, I have a challenging time understanding your communistic (Fidel Castro-like) ideology. I make around the $100k mark, and I’m not surprised, disappointed, or expectant of someone who makes $500k to take the same vacation as I. Just like I’m not negative/dismissive at myself in 2018 for taking a more elegant vacation than I would have in 2012 (when I made half of my 2018 income). I can’t afford most deluxe Passover hotel programs (which range to over $30,000 for a family), but I’m not dismissive of a family who makes $1 million annually to spend 3% of their earnings for a deluxe program.

Your statement “I have a problem when that “good time” costs more than most American’s make in a year post tax” –rejects all forms of capitalism. Should you be the decider of the maximum amount of money a family should keep, and the remainder be returned to the government of a charitable entity? Those attending the trip may not be thinking about providing a livelihood for others, but at the end of the day the realistic fact is that it is providing a livelihood for a caterer, a mashgiach, a photographer, etc. I don’t think it is your decision to pick and choose what a luxury good is or not. I know for one thing, my family member who is a successful plastic surgeon in LA makes a parnasah based on out-of-pocket “luxury” elective surgery (that is why he spent years on tuition, studying, residencies, and practice)- if he wants to drive a Rolls Royce instead of a Chevy, and still maintain charitable giving to local organization, that is his ability of freedom of choice in the United States.

Jason

There’s no shortage of places to spend money. Cars, surgeries, vacations etc. Having priorities with how and where to spend money does not make me a communist.

The idea of giving 10% does not limit someone with wealth from giving more so please don’t try and leverage halacha/minhagim to justify not giving more than 10%. I don’t know how I would act if I became a billionaire overnight, but I certainly hope that I would give more than 10%.

There was an article a few years back in one of the frum magazines about a very wealthy individual who made hundreds of millions building a real estate business. He was once in a department store buying a new suit and saw one with a price of $900 and said to the person he was with that he could not “afford” such prices. This is the type of person I admire. This man is a millionaire/billionaire but couldn’t get himself to spend $900 on a suit. Warren Buffet just recently purchased a new car of auctioning off his 2001 Lincoln for charity (http://www.motiveautofinance.com/276/what-kind-of-car-does-warren-buffet-drive/). He bought a $42,000 Cadillac not a Rose Royce or Ferrari.

Priorities, my friend. No communism.

Yossi

I think Buffet will actually be staying at your local motel 6 for a week as he doesn’t like spending more then $59 per night

EG

EZ,

you couldn’t say it better! Kudos to you and for your common sense thinking.

1st of all the Torah philosophical part you mentioned is very important, most people even ultra religious Jews who study Torah every day are missing the basic philosophy, the “spread the wealth”(Hussain Obomer) ideology is against what the Torah teaches us, you can find throughout the Torah many many times that the Torah differentiates between rich and poor and never mentions to give more then 10% for charity. Just the opposite its not even allowed its a sin to give more then 20%

2nd thing is, that people who go with their family to Israel for Sukkot or any hotel for Passover etc. or just a regular vacation in the summer for 10-15 days probably spend more then that,and its ok.

Fact is, Hashem gave certain people money and he allows them to use it, otherwise he wouldn’t give it to them. If a person chooses to keep it and not enjoy it, that’s their choice. but that’s not what G-d intended.

Thank you Dan for organizing this amazing trip i am sure most people here would love to join and enjoy the wonders of Hashem’s world, we should all pray and ask Hashem to give us all the opportunity and ability to join.

Jacob

As discussed by other commenters, your logic expressed throughout your posts requires you to sell all your assets to donate received money to charity. You may only now buy the cheapest possible raw foods to satisfy your daily nutritional requirements, rent the cheapest possible apartment to support your family’s size, and use public transportation to get around your community (of course, you probably should move to a place with much lower cost of living – after all, living in a big city is a LUXURY). Charities can use all that money that is saved!

Your logic leads one to the above ridiculous conclusion. Someone who makes $100k/year, $200k/year, or $1M/year can choose to spend his/her money on his/her vacation as he/she deems fit after paying his/her maaser money. We live in a capitalist society; we do not live in a socialist one.

You are simply expressing the horrible trait of jealousy, which you should work to overcome as soon as possible by learning Mesilas Yesharim and other Mussar sefarim. You should never look to your neighbor’s yard to ascertain whether their grass is greener or not.

TAMAR ANDREWS

Felt compelled to chime in. I would hope that everyone in this forum gives tzeddakah and does as many mitzvot as possible. But I work very hard for my money and while I think of others often, no where did I read that I cannot think about myself as well and have some enjoyment of the creations. If you can afford this, and still do chested then do BOTH!

Eh?

How many cars do you own? How much is your home worth? How much is your monthly cell phone bill? You can do without a car and you can move your family to a one bedroom apartment and you can toss your smartphone… Just like your great grandparents lived in Europe. Think of all that money you would save each month and could give to tzadakah. Your cars and your house and your phones are not a necessity they are a luxury.

I can assure you the people travelling with Dan likely give more money to tzadakah in a year than most Americans make in an annual salary. They don’t need to justify anything to you.

And no I am not travelling with them or know anyone personally who is.

Jason

What?

First, no one has to justify anything to me. But we all need to justify at some point (hopefully after 120 years). I personally could not justfiy spending $30,000 on a week trip but that’s just me.

Second, my car is a luxury? I don’t drive a Lexus or Mercedez. But if I didn’t have a car, I could not go to work or take my kids to school. I also wouldn’t call driving to work a luxury. That is a necessity. I’m not even sure how you think otherwise. I’m grateful to have a car but owning a car and taking a vacation are not the same thing.

Third, are you really equating squeezing a full family into a one bedroom apartment with someone not going on a $30,000 vacation? Living in a home that accomdates the size of your family is certainly a blessing but I would not equate that with taking such a lavish trip. In fact, $30,000 could cover most people’s mortage for a year (or close to it). You don’t need to live like they did in Europe and give every penny away. You can live comfortably and modestly and still not take $30,000 vacations. I have a hard time even reading what you wrote with such flawed logic.

Eh?

“I personally could not justfiy [sic] spending $30,000 on a week trip but that’s just me.”

I couldn’t either. But it’s not for you to determine what someone else should or should not spend on vacation.

You are making an assumption that no one is entitled to spend $30,000 on a trip. You are also making an assumption that people are actually paying cash for this trip. To quote Dan:
“Have a ton of miles to burn? We can also work out a method to pay for the cruise with them!”

Your original post could have said “I cannot see myself paying $30,000 for a trip. If I had that kind of spare money I would give it to tzedakah.” That might have been a nicer way to put it, instead of counting other people’s money.

EZ

Jason, again I believe you are missing the point. In life you and I are probably alike, as I couldn’t imagine spending obscene amounts of money on luxury clothing/cars even if I were a millionaire. I commend rich people (like Warren Buffet) who live very modestly and humbly. But, what you are missing is just because I admire Warren Buffet’s actions doesn’t mean that those going on Dan’s trip don’t have their priorities straight (or anything else wrong with them). In fact I believe those joining the trip, owning luxury items, giving charity, and having savings have their priorities in line better than those with no savings, racked up debt, and terrible credit. Look, I don’t like seeing people struggle financially, but those that have the means for the trip, charity, and a life of luxury are not to be judged in an ill fashion and should certainly enjoy what G-D has given him/her. Warren Buffet can choose to stay at a Motel 6 or a Ritz Carlton, neither is better or worse.

Concluding, please don’t be so worried about how G-D will judge one after 120 years. It’s possible that those with the large fancy mansions have used it to benefit community shiurim, kiruv shabbatons, etc. It’s possible that those frum travelers on this upcoming Antarctic trip will inspire those Jews not as frum to lovingly become closer to frumkeit. Maybe those on this Antarctic trip already give 30%, 40%, 50%, maasar. We can’t judge. We certainly can’t be jealous.

Achron, Achron, Chaviv!

Love how you saved the best for last. Git gezuked!

Yoni

Beautiful EZ! I admire your Hashkafik view.
Just to add, its also possible for people to want to go on this trip in order to get inspired by the niflaos Haboreh – in places that very few have done before.
Additionally and more importantly, as Dan mentioned, this is the first time since the creation of the world, that a Minyan, Brachos, Kadish, Safer-Torah, learning Torah, mitzvos will be done in Antarctica! That’s an incredible zchus! If HAshem is making this trip happen, its muchrach that various tikunim need to be done in such places. There are certain Nitzosos Hakedusha that need to be mevurar in order for moshiach to come… and who knows, maybe the ones who are actually going on this trip, have some sort of connection to these berurim… maybe they have a mission to accomplish. Not just for themselves for ultimate geula of klal Yisroel.

puzzlefighter

I am tempted to overextend myself and buy a ticket if only to rub elbows with all the other folks who can actually afford this kind of thing.

Alex

Wide open Award Seats BUE to USH on Dec 9th!!! Get em quick. Delta miles 12.5K economy and 25K premium economy “business”. I already snagged the 3:35 PM flight. The premium economy looks just like US domestic first, so I think it was worth the 25K one way.

dgm

How many miles will pay for a twin room?

Phil

2,000,000

eli

Dan congrats for organising this. its exactly what i would want to do. The Resolute is a great choice of boat;

in mid December its impossible to say kriat shma at night on the arctic peninsula as the sun doesnt go down below the horizon, the earliest date for this is about 20jan. So i will regretfully have to pass for this trip,. i hope you will take this into account when planning a trip for, say, 2020- the dates for Resolute are now out and they have a mid to late January trip that might just work- please do keep me in mind or future trips

hatslacha!
eli
har nof
jerusalem

EZ

Eli, please kindly excuse me but I’m Lol. What do the Chabads in Alaska, St Petersburg Ru, Oslo Norway have in common? They all have zero or scientifically undefined measurements of sunsets in the summer solstice. It doesn’t fit my lifestyle or desires to have no sunsets, but I commend those frum Jews establishing Judaism in those places, while managing to keep zmanim to the best of halachic abilities.

reb yid

You are LOL about his halachic question? Interesting reaction.

Samy

Would be a good time for someone to author a Sefer “Antarctica Kahalacha”

Aerial Dag

So does this mean if I win the Portland Chabad raffle in Sept I won’t be able to upgrade to a two person room???

Steve

Dan, is this cruise jewish only? Would you accept a christian to join your group? Even if full thinking about joining you in future expeditions.

Ahmed

Hi is this open to muslims who need halal food – and have questions about our 5 daily prayers? Thank you. AHMED

Aviva Rosensweig

SO — has the lucky winner been chosen?

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