Sunday, January 24, 2016

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz addresses issue of accepting kids into school in lakewood

"Lakewood celebrates Tu Bshvat today I want to make a shehechiyanu on our Peiros one in which no child will ever be rejected again. Leave the money to us. Lets treat our children the way we are supposed to treat our children. We all know each other and care for each other we just have to make it work. shechiyanu vekiyemanu lazman hazeh"

At the appreciation event for Reb Shlomo Chaim Kanarek the guest speaker was Rav Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz. He opened up with the tzaar he has witnessed after spending a shabbos with almanos and following a hospital visit with his father in law Harav Chaim Yisrael ben Chana Tzirel Belsky shlita who needs a yeshuah and Refuah. But, that he he said is not something we can control its the derech of hashem. He went on to discuss the man made tzaar and tears of parents that cry out every day that they cant get their kids into school. Or about the girl who feels she will not get a shidduch. A day dosent go by that he is not contacted by crying parents to help them get their child into school. Yehoshua Ben Gamla was the one who made sure that every child in klal yisrael learned Torah. Since then throughout the generations, rebbeim were moser nefesh and schools were opened to teach and transmit Torah to the next generation. We have a machla in lakewood,
no out of town community would let this happen no where else and at no other time of history was this problem as big as it is in Lakewood. We have a beautiful town no scene can describe the love of teaching or the ahavas haTorah of the youngeleit. Walk in the streets and stores of Lakewood and you see the havtacha of veatem tihyu li mamleches kohanim vegoy kadosh. Why is it when it comes to schools we become desensitized and numb? even Roshei yeshiva are turned down with the slight of hand when they call to get a child into school. Not looking to blame the roshei mosdos or anyone but we have a problem. He than mentioned Rav Shlomo Chaim Kanarek risk his reputation his finances, yeshivos because he couldn't stand the sight of acheinu bnei yisrael cry. The blame lies on our shoulders we have unfortunately created a new torah with distorted ani maamins. Ani maamin that I am better than you that i have chumras that your children are not good enough for mine, that there is no room for individuality, that schools are only for perfect families. Isn't that kefira?  Tonight let us declare the truth that hashem loves every yid individually. The notion that some of us or holier or better than others is primitive. He than lamented us for not opening up to our neighbors for the bein adam lechaveiro how can you tell someone I  love you but I hate your children. Our elitisim has destroyd our ruchniyus, We should say Ani Maamin that every child is precious how can we say some of our children dont belong in our schools. Let us respect neshomos not robots let us not crush every kid into a box even if hes sticking out. What bothers me most he said is the conversation that occurs the most in lakewood. A parent calls up a school and says you can not accept yenems child into school that your child is in. There is no bigger churban than this!! dont be surprised if you meet that child on motzei shabbos in J2 because he heard what you said about him. He demanded from roshei mosdos and menahilim who get this phone call to tell that parent to find another school for his child prodigy. Lakewood has siyata dishmaya and lakewood is michutz lederech hateve but when it comes to accepting kids into school everyone becomes an actuary the school has too many kids. Suddenly we leave out hashem from ther equation. He concluded and apologized if he came down to harsh but he wants this to change. 
Lakewood celebrates Tu Bshvat today (He joked how in lakewood we celebrate tu bshvat when the freezer opens and elsewhere  they eat a dry fruit some  are makpid to do both minhagim by taking a date when they go out of the freezer). I want to make a shehechiyanu on our Peiros one in which no child will ever be rejected again. Leave the money to us. Lets treat our children the way we are supposed to treat our children. We all know each other and care for each other we just have to make it work.

43 comments:

  1. Watched it online. Awesome speech.

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  2. Very Simple solution .
    Instead of Reb Shlomo Yehuda giving out money to some Mosdos abd then buying a zechus to get kids into tghose Mosdos . He should do something else .

    He should start new schools both elementary and high school and announce that every child will be accepted . That will end the problem .Any parent that is accepted to his schools and doesnt want to go there ,we are not responsible for . Problem solved .

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    1. You are being silly or naive. There are already schools in Lakewood which will accept anyone (just about). Those are the schools no one wants to get into.

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    2. So please explain . According to Rechnitz logic You want every Mosad to start accepting everybody so that they should become a school that nobody wants to go to ?

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  3. He won the jackpot with this one not powerball but powerful!

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  4. 323! 323! 323! yay

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  5. Reb Shlomo Yehida means very well . However he is inadvertently helping to make the problem worse . Instead of giving money to every Lakewood Mosad ,he is giving large numbers to only a select few . He then is able to pressure those select few Mosdos to accept a certain number of children on account of his having given large amounts of money . So in essence he has created a matzav , that he bought the rights to get kids in . But that only works for those few schools where he gave big money to . He would be a lot smarter in giving money to every school and helping schools expand and add classes so we dont have a shortage of space . There is also a big financial need for schools to hire prtofessional and special teachers to take in the problem children . Just giving millions to a select few schools who know how to be good fund raisers wont solve the problem . His money could be spent much more wisely .

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  6. Olam hafuch raisi, a bit of history there used to be only one girls school, Bais Faiga. Than some parents felt it wasnt for them and they opened BRR. It didnt pass to be with the icchy lakwooders they were beesereh mentchen so its ironic that he gives this speech which was on fire and to the point at this event when the segregation started 30 years ago.

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  7. Correct . Please let Rechnitz know that the schools he is being honored by are the most selective in Lakewood . BRR and BS .

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  8. Rabosai its not the establishment at fault . It is the entire tzibur .If the Tzibur wopuld use all their tzodikoh money to fund schools and there would be a surplus of schools ,then this problem wouldnt exist . No school wants to have empty seats .

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    1. The schools and enough money from tuition. girls schools even have more extra than the boys do.
      Stop believing every thing they sell you.

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  9. When I called Toras ahron for an application the secretary basically told me to fly a kite and there's no room. This was a few years ago during November. Shagas arye was nice a enough to mail me an application that was rejected.
    Al pi derech Rav Segal and 323?

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  10. Thank you HV for reporting on the girls who were not accepted into high school earlier this year. Hopefully that wont happen again

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    1. It definitely will happen . There are about 20 elementary schools and only 6 or 7 high schools . Why shouldn't there be a problem ? I have not heard too many other schools besides Rabbi Kanareks getting money from Rechnitz to expand . So there will be a high school shortage . Besides the point there are schools willing to take most of the kids but the parents want to go elsewhere .

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  11. where to watch his speech now

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  12. Im sure now the owner of Bais Shaindel will start caring very much about all the girls that dont have a high school. The last few years was just a small oversight. Nothing that cant be fixed for the right pri$e. and of coarse lesheim shamayim!

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  13. Rabbi Kanarek has boxed himself into a corner . All the other schools who do not get these huge monies from Rechnitz will now say that he has to be the one to make more room for everybody because he got the big funding . He wont be able to turn people down like in the past .He will have to take the not so yeshivishe crowd that his parents in BRR AND BS are running away from He may yet regret having taken all this money . It come with a lot of strings attached .

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  14. Just amazing . The most selective schools in Lakewood as far as type of families and girls accepted , brings a speaker who speaks against the practice .

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  15. Does Rechnitz know before whom he speaks? Jeez.

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  16. Very Strange, Kanereck definitely deserves credit for opening all these schools, yet he is from the most discriminatory against working parents.

    You can learn in BMG for 10 years, but if you are working when you apply, good luck.

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  17. Excuse my ignorance, what's 323?

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  18. Tomorrow I will send you a letter written to the Kanareks by my wife four years ago. Although mechila was given, it was given on the condition that they never ever do such a heinous act again.
    Needless to say I have been hearing that the insanity continues unabated. I hope that this speech and the money that comes with it will have a curative effect on the problem, but from previous experience I don't think it will.

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  19. Amazing! The fox watching the gen house. There is no end to bluff.
    Btw, why were there busses to this event, but none to school? Why is 'chizuk' more important than learning?

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  20. who what is 323??

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    1. An askan wrote an article about Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz and refereed to him as 323 the area code of his phone number such as if you need something call 323......

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  21. I don't either understand. It may be that Rabbi Kanarek feels bad for children out of school but he doesn't run his schools with a very accepting policy. They are quite discriminatory.

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  22. I think this issue of not accepting is limited to a few people and a select few. I have never called a school not to accept someone elses child, neither have I ever met another Lakewood resident who told me they did the same. On the contrary Most people you meet are trying to get into school. So this hole machla in Lakewood is not across the board but say a few bad apples that unfortunately make alot of noise and we all get a bad name because of them. Mr Rechnitz dont just listen to the people arround you but come speak to the average youngerman or baal habos you would be surprised that it is a small miut that nebach have this machla and they are powerful and the roshei mosdos (some of them) are empowered with it that they have control to pick and choose.

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    1. " have never called a school not to accept someone elses child, neither have I ever met another Lakewood resident who told me they did the same." I know many who have done this sir. Don't talk to your average yungerman about this, talk to the school owners who get these calls.

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  23. This is a joke. Speaking about discrimination at a dinner honoring the most discriminatory schools in town.

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  24. Quite Ironic. 30 years ago there was no need for more schools as Lakewood had a small population . There was plenty of space in Bais Faiga ( it wasnt called Bais Faiga then yet ). Bnos Yisroel ,now known as BRR was opened in order to be more exclusive and not let in less yeshivish types of families . So we are celebrating 30 years of Chinuch by making speeches against this practice of being exclusive that was started exactly 30 years ago by this school that is being honored and supported by the man making the speech . Amazing

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  25. I think every school has the right to make their acceptance policies abd accept who they want especially if they have full classes . But to make such a huge event and take big money from a speaker that speaks so tough against discriminatory policies,while your schools are some of the worst offenders ,is blatant hypocrisy .If you dont belive in what he is saying ,you certainly have the right to . But then dont take his money .

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  26. Most Roshei Mosdos dont go around advertising themselves as "taking Achrayus for Lakewoods children " . If you take achrayus then you cant be hypocritical and be the most selective school in town . In some of the schools like BS ,you cant even be guaranteed an interview . its "by invitation only ".

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  27. What does "leave the money to us " mean ? There are a number of schools that would expand and add more classes if they had the money to buy land ,build buildings and cover the deficit for more classes . It takes millions . Is he writing checks for them tomorrow ? Talk is cheap

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  28. I heard that Rechnitz was taken for a ride . He had no idea that he was dealing with schools that are the most exclusionary . I wonder if that will now change or if its too late because they already got the money .

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    1. I find that hard to believe, when you invest a lot of money, you do your research.

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  29. Lakewood is bunch of Rons, for a lil $ you let this guy Rechnitz pour hot coffee on your head!!!

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  30. There are a lot of other schools that are just as deserving to be supported , but the people running them dont necessarily go around making a big deal about themselves . So the big machers dont give them any money .

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  31. No . For a little money to SCK , he lets him pour hot coffee on our heads .WE didntbget the money but we got the hot coffee .

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  32. Does anyone know his address so I can ask him to help me with my kid? Or an email address? Thank you!

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    1. Call 323.. or call R' Avi who introduced Reb Shlomo Yehuda.

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  33. Im sure his email or even home address is out there in the velt, please and thank you!

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  34. TLS put up a letter that was against what rechnitz said and they pulled it....

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