Sunday, January 10, 2016

Not as rosy as it seems

From the outside it seems that we have come a long way. The once small simple town has now outgrown itself  and portrays an image of affluence and abundance. Homes are now built double the size of what they used to be, brand new leased cars are the norm replacing the old station wagons and beat up cars. Yeshivos and schools have gorgeous buildings on sprawling campuses. Upscale restaurants and eateries at every corner with a high end shopping and supermarkets all coming to Lakewood. A glance through the weekly circulars shows ads for chic boutiques for children's clothing at prices our parents never dreamed of. To an outsider you would think its an upscale wealthy town. Sadly, while there may be some that can afford and chose to live this lifestyle, there are many families who are drowning in poverty barely making ends meet. 

A town that is primarily meant to be for kollel couples or for living simply is not recognized as such. Taxes keep on skyrocketing home prices are out of reach to many young couples and the cost of living keeps on rising. Social pressures and economics leave very little options for the poor among us. Stores are looking to profit from the high end market and are not catering to the kolell lifestyle. Its important for the  askanim and others in leadership positions when making decisions to look back at the basics and think of the majority who are struggling financially  keeping them in mind. As an example, the upcoming referendum on courtesy busing there are those who say look you have beautiful buildings and gorgeous fancy homes why cant the community pay for its own private busing?. Obviously its not an argument at all but you cant blame them for having this perception leading to a misconception.

23 comments:

  1. Chutzpah of the Igud to ask for more money. Did they not ask 323 for money to cover legal fees? There is no reason to pay the $3 when the district knows exactly where to cut the fat in the budget. How many mosdos in the igud are getting money through the boe for non mandated programs? why cant they also chip in?

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  2. Why blame stores and askanim for everything ? Stores cater to what the consumers want. Askanim dont change peopkes lifestyles. It takes leadership to make people change. Speak to the leaders of our generation whoever they may be and ask them why they are doing nothing

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    1. No one blaming askanim just asking them to be considerate and Keep the less fortunate in mind.

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    2. And what do the "askanim" do for the Klal

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    3. I personally know of dozens of cases where askanim raised tens of thousands of dollars quietly for families that could not afford to make weddings and to,pay for wedding clothes etc. Its just beautiful how you like to hock because you are jealous that others are doing something for their brothers.

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    4. Not everyone who collects money for someone has to be named an "askan" he can be a tzadik nistar askanim today is a word associated with someone who blows steam puts his picture all over but does not much.

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    5. These people dont name themselves. They are just good people. You decided to name them askanim

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  3. Askanim are busy all day helping the less fortunate. If our society didnt keep increasing the standard of living ,then the less fortunate and all of us would need less. Only big leaders can help with that ,and we are not seeing the leadership take action

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  4. The igud is like the the vaad. Dont let the name 'rosh mosad' fool you into thinking there is lots of leshem shamatyim involved. Do you realize how much money these tzadikim rosh mosdos are making with the gut squeezing tuition money we pay?!
    To give you an idea: they dont have to worry how they will marry off all thier kids and take the family and grandchildren to Eretz Yisroel for 3 weeks in the summer. Yes the kolel yungerlite are choking to pay tuition and in order to do so, they and their wives often need to take 2 jobs on the side, plus deja-nu, Teferes Devorah Lakalah, Chasdei Chashi, BMG Bar Mitzva vouchers, moadim lesimcha, tomchei shabbos, etcetera etcetera.
    Think about how many tzadaka organizations are needed in order for people to pay tuition!
    And where is all the $$$ going? anyone ever look at the books. I know the answer is no. No one will EVER see it. But you dont need to see the books in order to know the salaries and do some simple math based on how many kids are in a class and realize that you dont need $110,000-$130,000 per class!
    Oh obviously the rosh mosad would never pocket any of momon hekedesh. How dare I say anything!

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    1. If what you ate saying is true ,wr should have hundreds of people starting schools in Lakewood. There is a law of supply and demand and for any hood business there are many people who eant to start one. So why do we have such a shortage of boys elementary and girls high schools. If they were such money makers we should never have a shortage. Why are people investing millions to,open new businesses of every kind but not boys elementary and girls high schools that according to you are such money makers.

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    2. your asking why there aren't more people trying to make lots and lots of money by squeezing kollel yunglite and hard working peoples till they cant breath?
      If you dont know the answer your eligible for the job.

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    3. Total sheker I know several Mosdos where the Rosh hamosad cant even eke out a salary . He doesnt go anywhere in the summer and has high blood pressure from not being able to cover payroll without borrowing .

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    4. I dont know every Mosad but there are difinetely Mosdos in town where the person in charge doesnt have a penny to make a chasunah . So you are just being moitzi shem ra and osid liten es hadin

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    5. You have a very warped way of thinking . I can give you a list of 500 people ,many of them qualified ,who will open up Mosdos just for a basic salary and not take a penny more . They would only charge whatever minimum tuition is needed to run the school and get a normal not outrageous Salary. Why are they not opening up mosdos with low tuitions ,if as you say the tuitions can be lowered and there is so much extra money . all they want is for the tzibur to take achrayus on the budget and expenses . If all schools are money makers ,why is this not being done .

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    6. Why are all you acting like sheep? Why dont you do some basic math and see if its true?
      Instead of jumping down someones throat, try using your brains before you answer based on emotions.

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    7. I just did the math 3 times. He is 100% right. there is allot of extra money.

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    8. Every mosad in town is building fancy buildings and own tons of real estate all over lakewood just look in the townships records. And if you are a fool to think that they don't have money for food I have a bridge to sell you. That's all part of the game to make themselves poor so you should give them donations and the reason people don't open schools is because a: they don't see themselves as animals that can pull hard earned money out of people and b: it takes some time till the money comes in. Until then you have to beg people to send to you and to give you money.

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    9. Wake up and smell the coffee. If you think the mosdos are struggling you probably also listen to the vaad

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    10. I've done the math. Seen a yeshivas budget book. At the beginning of every month they have no idea how they will cover their bills. NO IDEA!! Tens of thousands of dollars short of what they need. And every month the rosh hamosad finds a way to raise sometimes upwards of $80,000 in the month to cover.

      Before you start ripping the roshei mosdos who earn $115,00 a year, you try raising even $10,000 dollars a month. They get paid according to their effort.

      I know the numbers. So I don't need to "do the math".

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    11. Based on the current average tuition of $4000 per year per student and the current average salaries and maintenance, upkeep, and management there has to be a surplus.
      I confirmed this with my brother who's a rebbe and it seems that most schools rabeim and morahs are quietly aware of this....

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  5. I know of a rosh mosad that made somebody an offer. I will give you all the tuition income if you agree to cover all the budget and expenses. So far nobody took him up on the offer

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  6. Leased cars are cheaper than the old yeshivish beat up cars. You can get a car for less than $199 a month no problems for 3 years instead of visiting the mechanic every other month throwing $4oo a shot into a broken car.
    As far as houses no one lives in huts or small bungalow homes this is what they build today.
    clothing you are right about that.

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  7. Move to Bensonhurst or Sout Fallsburg if you want to live in a koilel Environment.

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