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Apr 16, 2014 06:48 PM

wsj article about pesach programs

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  1. I suppose it was inevitable. But damn, I wish I could afford it. :-)

    1. Inspirational read, surely we are one step closer the the bringing of Moshiach!

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      1. re: MartyB

        i saw it and was glad to read that people had the money to spend on such a vacation. Glad that their kids can learn how to milk a cow

        1. re: koshergourmetmart

          Exactly. Such articles are motivated by envy. And just a hint of bigotry; I don't recall such articles about how much the rich spend to have a nice Xmas or Thanksgiving with the whole extended family. I'll bet it's comparable.

          1. re: zsero

            "how much the rich spend to have a nice Xmas or Thanksgiving with the whole extended family. I'll bet it's comparable."

            Not a chance........No need to book a hotel that is completely taken over by an outside operator/caterer who has to fly in staff and special Passover Food/dishes/glassware/kitchen equipmet, kasher the place, pay the supervising rabbis, make a profit for the operator and a profit for the resort that is high enough to compensate for the loss of Gentile business. ESPECIALLY this year when Passover coincided with Holy Week, Easter and public school vacations.

            That 100K Pesach could probably be had treif for Easter Holy week at the same resort for 50K. You can't compare costs for holidays that occur different times of the year. You have to compare Pesach/Easter. The demand for a particular resort is not the same in April as it is in December, and Thanksgiving occurs in what is still low season in The Carribbean (rates go up the first week of December).

            1. re: bagelman01

              The extra expenses for kashrus would be the same *or higher* at home (when you buy retail you're paying for their mashgiach, kashering, etc.).

        2. I don't hire and pay a mashgiach to supervise my Pesach kitchen at home, and I serious doubt other do so.

          In fact, I don't have the expense of kashering a kitchen for Pesach, as we have a separate Pesach kitchen. No cost for schlepping the keilim up from the basement as there's ample storage space in the Pesach kitchen for them. Nothing has to be flown in, I don't have to be reimbursed for lost profit/revenue when giving the whole place over to a Passover operator. You can be sure that the Isa;land resorts take a big hit in bar business.

          Basically, your comment doesn't hold water.

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          1. re: bagelman01

            As I wrote above, you don't pay a mashgiach directly, but everything you buy reflects the cost of the mashgiach at the place you buy from.

            In your specific case, your expense is in having your Pesach kitchen; it cost to build and stock it, and it costs in forgone revenue. If you were pinching the pennies you'd find something else to do with that space and inventory, rather than leaving it idle all year. That's money not going into your pocket, money that you're effectively spending on convenience.