Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rosh Mossad responds

LETTER circulating on FB 
In Response to the Confusion of Sunday Night’s Fiery Speech Jan 27 2016 8:58 am The recent speech given by the philanthropist Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz in Lakewood drew a great deal of attention.
Some were confused by it, and some took it as an opportunity to bash a specific community and specific institutions within that community without regard for the facts of the matter or the many variables that are at play. As an individual with intimate experience within the system of the Lakewood mosdos hachinuch, and one who is in constant contact with many Roshei Mosdos and askanim who are involved in placing children into schools, I felt the need to address the points made by R’ Rechnitz in his speech, as well as the overall tone of the speech.

I readily concede that some of the points made by R’ Rechnitz regarding school placements in Lakewood have a basis in reality. Others could be called half-truths, while yet others were complete fabrications. R’ Rechnitz presented himself as an expert on the subject because he “receives the calls and emails” from parents trying to get their children into specific schools. As I will explain, this does not prove much. It is also worth mentioning that, as a well-known gevir from the West Coast, R’ Rechnitz seems to be receiving his inside information from certain individual Lakewood residents who have gained his confidence by telling him what he wishes to hear.
Reb Shlomo Yehuda should realize that not all the information he is fed is the truth, and his reaction may be based on false impressions of the exact nature of the school system in Lakewood. This is especially pertinent when preparing to speak before thousands of viewers. Advertise On TLS » Below, I will attempt to address all of Reb Shlomo Yehuda’s points. However, before I do so, I feel that it is crucial to mention that even more troubling than the content of Reb Shlomo Yehuda’s speech was his tone. The venom he spewed towards the entire community of Lakewood, and towards those he referred to as “Bnei Torah” in particular, was extremely troubling. The fact that he had no problem attacking the entire mindset of the community in front of the Bais Medrash Govoha Roshei Yeshiva and many Rabbanim of the city, thus publicly shaming them, was even more disturbing. No one will dispute that there are issues of difficulty within the school acceptance process. However, I cannot imagine that the correct way of dealing with this real issue is by insulting an entire community through name-calling and the distortion of ma’amarei Chazal and corruption of the entire concept of “Ani Ma’amin”. A small history lesson is necessary before I continue: A few years ago, there was a very serious shortage of space in Lakewood’s mosdos hachinuch for girls of elementary school age. As the school year approached, some parents still had not found a school with place for their daughters. The Mashgiach Rav Mattisyahu Salomon shlita and the Bais Medrash Govoha Roshei Yeshiva issued a directive at that time saying that no school may open until EVERY GIRL is placed in a school. The schools scrambled and did find a way to accommodate every girl in the already over-stuffed schools. This episode clearly displays the concern the Torah leaders of Lakewood feel for every child in the community. The response from the community was that EVERY YEAR since then, dedicated men heed the call and open new mosdos to meet whatever need exists – be it boys’ or girls’ schools. These individuals are mostly regular people who have no previous experience in running mosdos. But they saw a need and stood up to fill it. They were supported in this endeavor by Reb Menashe Frankel and a group of local askanim who stood together with every school that opened up in Lakewood. Since that time, the elementary placement crisis has eased in the sense that there are, in almost every case, options available for every child. Very often, parents will prefer to send their child to an older, more established school, rather than a new school which hasn’t yet acquired as good of a “name”. The problem with this, of course, is that the older schools usually are almost completely full with siblings and staff children even before they open registration. As Lakewood grows exponentially, these older schools sometimes receive hundreds of applications in one year, when they only have ten or twenty slots available. It is ludicrous to expect older schools to be able to accept every child that applies – especially when newer schools do have slots available. Parents definitely have the prerogative to try to use protektzia to get their child into the school of their choice. But if they ultimately cannot pull their way in, can it really be considered a tragedy if they have to send their child to a relatively new school? The accomplishments of the city of Lakewood in regards to building mosdos hachinuch and educating the children of our community are astounding and unprecedented. There has never been a community in the history of this golus that has grown as quickly as Lakewood. The challenge of finding the place to educate a student body that grows by the hundreds every year is daunting – it has never before been faced by any Jewish community in the Diaspora. Yet the Lakewood community has responded in an amazing fashion. Somehow, new schools are founded every year by REGULAR PEOPLE, Bnei Torah who wanted to do something for the community and saw what was needed. In the early years of the young schools, when they have no kovod to offer mega-donors, they are supported almost entirely by the parents and friends in the Lakewood community, with the full backing and guidance of our Da’as Torah, the Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbanim of Lakewood. The challenges the burgeoning community faces are unique, and Lakewood is dealing with these hurdles. Therefore, comparing Lakewood to other communities by saying, “This would never happen in Los Angeles,” is a ridiculous statement. There are definitely certain serious problems in the registration and acceptance process, which I will address below. However, it is necessary to first accentuate the incredible positives of the Lakewood system. Now, back to the speech. R’ Rechnitz stated towards the beginning of the juice of his speech that when people heard he was going to speak in Lakewood, many individuals contacted him and asked him to speak to “this one” and “that one” to get their kid into school for next year. He cited this as proof that “regular” children cannot get into school. This statement, however, warrants scrutiny: Why are parents calling him to push their children into specific schools SEVEN MONTHS before the school year is set to begin? The obvious answer is that these parents are looking to get into a specific school which they want their child to attend. Reb Shlomo Yehuda righteously quoted the Gemara of Yehoshua ben Gamla as proof that schools must be established for every child. He even quoted Rishonim like the Rashba and Ritva to back him up.
However, no Meforesh that I have seen says that this Gemara indicates that every child must be placed in the one school of his parents’ choice. Even the Rashba cited by Reb Shlomo Yehuda does not prove his point. Where does it say that parents must be able to get their child into Yeshivas So-and-So because “What would the neighbors in my complex think if he/she went to a new school!?” Reb Shlomo Yehuda said that the Lakewood community had become “desensitized” and “numb” to the cries of school-less children. He also claimed Roshei Mosdos do not listen to what he called “Da’as Torah” because sometimes Roshei Yeshiva call them up and ask them to accept a child and they do not listen. The first claim is patently false. Anyone who is familiar with the countless hours askanim spend trying to place each and every child in school would never insult them by saying they do not care about children. Anyone who personally knows Reb Menashe Frankel and his chaburah, knows how they mamash give up their normal lives purely for the purpose of providing more classes for Lakewood children. No one could ever accuse them of being “numb”. His second claim is even more senseless. Any time a Rosh Yeshiva or Rov calls a Rosh Mossad, he is always spoken to and dealt with in an extremely respectful manner. However, this does not mean overcrowded schools will suddenly miraculously have space. Rabbanim call schools to try to help their mispalelim and talmidim. This does not mean they are issuing a “Da’as Torah psak” that the school must accept this child. Furthermore, I wonder if gevirim automatically give a donation to every Rosh Yeshiva in whatever amount the Rosh Yeshiva requests without taking their own considerations into the equation at all. And if they do not, does this mean they don’t believe in Da’as Torah? The most blatant piece of misinformation in the speech was Reb Shlomo Yehuda’s assertion that this is “Lakewood machla” that you don’t find anywhere else. This is patently untrue. The problem of parents not being able to get their children into the school of their choice exists in every growing Jewish metropolis. In Brooklyn, it also exists. In Monsey it’s not walk in the park either.
In Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak it is much, much worse than in Lakewood. The reason this problem does not exist out-of-town is because all out-of-town communities only experience relatively minor growth. That is why new schools rarely open out-of-town, and that is why the established schools are rarely overcrowded and can accept everyone who wants to come. Reb Shlomo Yehuda then proceeded by calling Bnei Torah “elitist”. It was unclear why he thought this. Is wishing to follow the ruling of Rav Mattisyahu shlita to keep children with internet access at home out of our schools elitist? Is the desire to keep high standards in our schools elitist? If this is elitist in R’ Shlomo Yehuda’s mind, why does he limit his criticism only to Lakewood? Does he not know that “yeshivish” schools were founded in Cleveland, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, and Baltimore, even though adequate schools already existed in those communities? Does the fact that those parents wanted a more “frum” environment for their children make them “elitist”? Do all of those people also “make frumkeit into an idol”? Once again, I would agree that the current registration process is flawed. But there can be no greater krumkeit than an influential speaker with an agenda who gets up in front of the Torah leaders of Lakewood, thousands of yereim v’shleimim and talmidei chachomim sitting in front of him, and thousands of more choshuve Yidden listening live via streams and hookups and besmirches an entire Torah community with lies, half-truths and fabrications! There are currently over 125 parallel classes for Primary in Lakewood schools. Schools are building state-of-the-art buildings to give our children the best possible chinuch experience every year. Parents are moser nefesh to pay tuition and building funds to allow the schools to flourish. It’s classic misinformation to state that Lakewood is “devoid of kedusha.” Reb Shlomo Yehuda also erroneously stated that in Lakewood they do not love every Jew. “Where has the love gone?” he cries. “Why don’t we talk about love anymore?” If he would care to look at the Menahalim, Menahalos, Rebbeim, Moros and Mechanchim of Lakewood, at the chessed organizations and yeshivos and the thousands of Yidden doing whatever they can to help others, he would see where the love is. The fact that some schools are full, and there is a big problem with the registration process that unfortunately does hurt people, is not the result of a lack of love.
He attacks Lakewood for not embracing “individuality”. I invite him back to Lakewood where he can see the individual attention the hanhalos, the principals, the Rebbeim, and the Morahs of every school pay to the students and how each boy and girl is encouraged to excel in their own unique way. He will understand that is what “individuality” really is. For me not to recognize the tzaar that numerous parents and children go through during the registration process would be unacceptable. Unfortunately, the process tends to drag on for weeks and parents are left hanging as they wait for an answer. This is especially true regarding the process of girls’ high school registration. No one should ever have to feel such tzar. There are many opinions how we can ease this problem. A system should be put in place in which parents receive an answer – either a yes or a no – within two weeks – or maybe no one should get a yes until EVERYONE gets a yes.
And steps can be taken to encourage parents to consider sending to new schools. There is much room for discussion on this issue, and that discussion should take place in the proper forums. Then it will lead to solutions. These discussions should take place between the Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbanim of Lakewood, askanim and Roshei Mosdos. But most importantly, there should be meetings and conversations until we get it right. Getting up and giving mussar in public is of no benefit to anyone. Reb Shlomo Yehuda’s advice IS greatly appreciated. However, it must be properly researched and accurate. It also should be presented in the proper time and place, in a constructive, rather than destructive, manner.
And then we can truly say “Shehechiyanu V’kiyimanu Lazman Hazeh” on a new chapter of refining the registration process into one that runs more smoothly and is of great benefit to all involved.
All are asked to daven for Rav Chaim Yisroel ben Chana Tzirel l’refuah shelaimah b’soch she’ar cholei amo Yisroel.
By Reb Moshe D. Perlstein.

67 comments:

  1. Does this letter carry a haskama?

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  2. In all due respect to reb perlstien I disagree with your letter totally. The issue that syr was talking about is the children that are out of school 2 months after school started. I felt that syr gave a pass to all the Rosh hamosdos i.e. Private Buisness owners who are responsible to make sure every child has a school. If you are making your parnassa off the backs of the lakewood community you are responsible to deal with the shairis haplata. There is also no reason in the world that one week after the deadline of acceptance that all the left over children aren't placed in schools. These private school owners don't listen to the Rosh hayiashivas when they call, and there is clearly a lack of leadership in lakewood that it came to this point that we need a syr to lecture us on mentchlikite

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  3. For the record, Moshe Dovid did not write this letter. He obviously signed his name on it. It's not his.

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  4. Thank you r moshe duvid for making the official machaah and standing up for the youngeleit, for the gantzeh shtut. May you continue to build many more mosdod you truly have the achrayus for the tzibbur.

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  5. Copied from tls- best response. I think R’ Perlstein completely missed the point of the speech.
    R’ SY Rechnitz, was speaking about a sickness and you’re talking about one of the symptoms of this sickness.
    As a long time resident of Lakewood..I readily admit that I too am guilty of this machla of elitism.
    I humbly accept criticsm wherever it may come..Eizehu Chochom Halomed Mikol Odom..
    When a kid in my neighborhood comes into shul with a tchup..or without a hat..how quickly I judge… I make sure my own kids stay away.
    (ironically…I have no problem being open to completely frei yidden..on shabbatons..because there’s no perceived threat to me..)
    It may be fear..or perhaps a bit of self loathing…
    But thats MY problem…
    Just because I learn and I’m frummer…doesn’t make me a better person.
    I just know how to hide my flaws better….
    Imagine how wonderful it would be if I could overcome those smallnesses in me and go over to that troubled bochur and show him love. Imagine the chinuch it would show my own children.
    Every human being has their own nisyonos…and challenges…
    Some are out in the open…others are hidden…and the worst of the worst are those that are in complete denial that theres anything wrong.
    The Kotzker once said..Better a Rasha that knows he’s a Rasha than a Tzaddik that knows he’s a Tzaddik…
    That is the heart and soul of the speech…if only we’d have the humility to accept the mussar…instead of nitpicking at a few points he mightve been misinformed about.

    by Lakewooder on 2016-01-27 at 12:12 pm

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  6. With all due respect to the author of this letter, your naivety in allowing yourself to be the “front man” for this response is disconcerting.
    SYR is a businessman above all. There is not a shred of doubt that he researched the issue and came to his conclusions with a plethora of data and knowledge. You do not achieve the success that he has realized without knowing the due diligence is crucial to a deal.
    This letter is a response. Why did it take one courageous individual to speak out to elicit this ill-conceived catalogue of excuses for the mosdos in Lakewood.
    If all is as you say, this letter should not have been disseminated without the provocation of a speech.
    The legitimacy of the allegations made in the speech are demonstrated in the overwhelming approval given.
    This list of half-truths and ambiguity embarrasses every clear thinking individual.

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  7. Mr Perlstien your whole basis of your letter and excuse for the resechah that happenes EVERY year is that the parents want more kedeshu for their children and therefore it's not elitest chinch is NOT about building walls around your children .Secondaly it's a new machlah that we are trying to make frumer schools ,in radin slobodkeh keltzk or brisk the Rov children went to cheder with the shoe man they didn't feel the need to add sinas chinaym to the cheder process but here in Lakewood I guess we know better
    As far as the Rosh hamosdos listening to R makeial their is nothing further then the truth ,less then 7 weeks ago one of the dogs who OWNS one of the girls high schools would not even pick up the phone when he called for 3 days straight
    As a last point during the whole speech SYR never disscussed the WHOLE Lakewood he spoke about people who have this problem ,if you do not have any of the issues he spoke about or this machlah he wasn't talking to you !!
    I know that he wasn't talking to me .....

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  8. If Rechnitz really meant it he could solve the problem in a minute . There is a shortage of schools especially girls high schools Let him put his money where his mouth is and open up another 2 high schools and hire the best teachers and staff and then accept everybody . Until then its all just hot air .

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    1. You really think that's a fair argument to his factual speech? He's not allowed to voice his frustration to the people he gives millions too?

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  9. Where in the world does it say thaty a private school owner has the achrayus to make room for the whole town ? Because a person opened a school with room for 25 slots in a class ,now he has to undertake to educate the thousands of kids that are entering the sysyem every year ? Thats a crazy assumption . It is the responsibility of the town inhabitants to make sure there is a fund of millions of dollars to build and maintain new schools . This comes before giving millions to mosdos and kollelin in eretz yisroel.

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    1. cheder/bf are community school.

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    2. First of all that is debatable .They would not have to come on to Rechnitz money if they were . Everybody in town would have to support them and the majority of people do not . Even if you are correct ,why are you vilifying everybody else who is not a community school ?

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    3. if you would be an owner of the only jewish school in town and a child didn't have a slot, can you tell the parents to send the child to public school? of course not. Thats why there is a collective acrayis that all the schools in lakewood have to make sure that every child has a chinuch.it dosent have to be the parents first choice, but a seat in one of the schools you are required to provide. cheder/BF are not community schools once the started to not accept any child that wanted to come.

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    4. 12:17 it's not debatable as long as they raise money as such. A community school can still come onto "Rechnitz" for money, whats wrong with fundraising? sponsors? or perhaps they are mismanaged and need money still? or perhaps they just purchased a new building and need money for it? ....and just bec they are the community school doesn't mean they are acting that way, hence the comment you responded to

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    5. 12:43 good good.

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    6. Sorry you are wrong . Its not the achrayus of a private person who went into chovis to start a school ,to keep expanding his school to supply the thousands of new kids . it is the Achrayus of the Balei Batim in shtot to raise the money and start new schools if there isnt enough . Its ridiculous to tell somebody : just because you were nice enough to help start a school ,from now on you are responsible for the towns future growth .

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  10. His letter is false.
    "A small history lesson is necessary before I continue: A few years ago, there was a very serious shortage of space in Lakewood’s mosdos hachinuch for girls of elementary school age. As the school year approached, some parents still had not found a school with place for their daughters. The Mashgiach Rav Mattisyahu Salomon shlita and the Bais Medrash Govoha Roshei Yeshiva issued a directive at that time saying that no school may open until EVERY GIRL is placed in a school. The schools scrambled and did find a way to accommodate every girl in the already over-stuffed schools. This episode clearly displays the concern the Torah leaders of Lakewood feel for every child in the community. The response from the community was that EVERY YEAR since then, dedicated men heed the call and open new mosdos to meet whatever need exists – be it boys’ or girls’ schools." problem is, there were many girls out of school that year.

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  11. The saddest part of this foolish response is that almost everyone in town knows that the Roshei Mosdos do NOT listen to Daas Torah specifically the BMG Roshe Hayeshivos. It is well known that two months ago Reb Malkiel and Reb Yeruchem went together to the home a certain Rosh Hamossad of a girls high school with a request to take one girl into his school. This pochus she'bpochus had the chutzpah to tell them no. Was anyone shocked? Did anyone of all the people who are now trying to criticize Reb SY make a machah then for Kavod hatorah? Did any prominent Rav in town put out a letter saying this person is a rasha and should be shunned by everyone? No because unfortunately all the so called defenders of Lakewood here are really people who want this elitist gaiva to continue without actually any intent for them to listen to the emes Daas Torah. Simply put, Reb SY Rechnitz scares you because you do not want to look in the mirror and confront who you are and how you truly live your life.

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    1. The olam here on HV was the only place screaming about the girls not accepted into high schools. Many here were saying to call 323 rechnitz etc.. why didnt SYR do anything then? it continued until it was publicized on the web and pashkevillin were hung all over town.

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  12. its funny,reb perlstien brings proof from the mashgiach closing the schools until every child was accepted 10 years ago. how come this wasn't adhered to the next year by the rosh hamoseds? this year there was 15 high school girls keep out of school 2 weeks after school started. If the schools really cared about our children they would not let this rishus go on.

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    1. there were at least 15 girls kept out that year as well.
      ask the girls

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  13. Why dont you call the person who deals with high school acceptance . He will tell you the truth that with possibly one exception ,every high school girl had a school to go to .They just wanted to go to other schools . That is the elitism spoken about by Mr Rechnitz . But in this case it is the elitism of the parents that certain girls in certain schools are "not good enough for their daughter " . The parents themselves will admit it to you . I know this for a fact because I was involved in trying to help somebody get his daughter into a school . I naively believed that he really had no school . Then I found out that he and another few parents were told that there was room in 2 other schools but they wouldnt even apply . When I approached my friend ,he admitted that "yes I could send my daughter to school a or b but my wife will never let our daughter go there as she doesnt like some of the kids and its also better for shiduchim in the school we want to get in " .But we wont let the facts stand in your way of bashmutzing people /

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    1. You are misinformed as I know that this so called person who was in charge went around lying to everyone that the parents had regular choices to send to. It was simply not true. Thankfully he has now been replaced as he was deemed unfit for the role.

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    2. you know this as a fact. great.
      maybe your case is the exception?

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    3. We can argue on an anonymous blog till tomorrow and I wont be able to convince you but yes I did research with the person in charge (who has not been replaced) at the time and there were 2 and in some cases 3 schools that were not as popular and parents wanted others .You can call it elitism or call it parents wanting what is best for their daughters . But one thing it wasn't ,a parent having no school at all .Some parents just wont admit the truth so they made this person in charge the scapegoat for their personal issues .

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    4. The girls HS situation is the worst and it is true that technically almost every girls has a school that will take them. But the Elitism is so thoroughly embedded in Lakewood that they may be crushed by going to the "neb"school. They know the truth that the elitists do not want them in their school often for reasons that are completely judgmental or shallow. The choice they have is to see their friends go to the elite school with all of the popular girls while they go to the school for kids who are not accepted by the elite or to beg and cry to go with their friends. It is cold and uncaring to say "they have where to go"
      We have to do tshuva. We all have to demand schools that are not elitist or we share the blame.

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    5. You are not making much sense . You admit that almost everybody has a school but yu say that some schools are for nebs . So what do you suggest that we close down all the schools that you claim are for nebs and then have a shortage of 350 seats instead of the 50 seat shortage we have now .I guess you will say that there should be no admission process in high school and everybody should go to the closest school

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    6. So why cant you make a school that is not elitist ? Doesnt sound so difficult. Rechnitz will give you whatever money you need

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    7. So you feel that any school that is popular should be forced to accept basically anybody ,and keep expanding so girls can be with their friends . Otherwise they are cold and uncaring ? Interesting new twist .

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    8. Its easy to sit back and blog and say We have to do Teshuva. Why dont you say We have to make more schools ,If there were more schools then the problem would not exist .I guess its easier to blog than to write a big check and make a school

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    9. Here is where we have to do tshuva. The acceptance policy should be based on Torah values not on filtering out girls for shallow narrow minded reasons. If a girls is rejected because she did not behave or cooperate -that is fine. But that is not the criterea that we use We are rejecting girls because their fathers shirt is not white or their parents are not "yeshivish" enough or other such elitist foolishnes This is what happens and it is Ritsicha!! It is not just in who we reject but in our attitude to others that we consider less "choshuv" than us.

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  14. Thank you R Moshe Dovid for sticking up and being moche!
    I just gave money to the Moreshes Chinese auction in appreciation. 732 987 5773 today is the last day to double your money

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  15. R' Moshe Dovid opened schools and took in more new parents than the established schools kol hakavod to Rav Perlstein

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  16. Thank You Reb Moshe Duvid for being fearless & standing up For the respect of the Bnay Torah in a very fine manner. Very well written

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  17. wow since when did everybody become experts on this topic? do we know which children werent accepted and why? if the kid watches tv or interent you want him in your childs class? let him move to la!
    what about the mesivtos who only let in the top lamdonim not caring about anyone or anything only their own kovod?

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    1. You are right. What SYR spoke about is only 1 manifestation of our "machala" this same elitism crushes bochurim in the bais Yeshivos.

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    2. With all the people who were rejected by schools in Lakewood, there are many experts on the subject, and usually, it is not hard to find out why.

      I had one school tell me they would take my kid for $500k. I guess they must have decided that even though my child (who is a great, intelligent, frum kid) wasn't good for their school, for $500k they would take the risk.

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  18. Rabosai with all due respect How can anybody or any Rosh Teshiva issue a directive that everybody needs to be placed if the people issuing the directive do not raise the funds to open schools as necessary . In Israel most of the money comes from the government ( even today ) so its not a question of funding or space . But here ,it makes no sense for anybody to say "Daas Torah is mechayev somebody to make more classes ,when the same Daas Torah is not helping to fund it .

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    1. Tou are so right Schools are full .in addition to that they are being asked to take children with severe issues . These children require lots of help and take up the time of the staff so that they cant focus on the regular children . It costs huge sums of money to hire special support staff to deal with these types of children . Schools are not being given any money to deal with this . The askanim say " take the kid ". When the school answers back "ok but who will pay for the special needs of this child " the askanim say " thats your problem " . Believe me if every school was given the funding necessary to hire whatever extra support staff they need to deal with out of the box children , then the probkem would be much less severe . But this costs millions of dollars . One difficult child can drain a whole class and the costs to deal with him or her properly are very high . Everybody is an Askan to tell others to make more classes ,but they disappear when it comes to helping with the money . Then they are nowhere to be found .

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  19. As long as one dollar of tzedokoh money is raised for out of town causes before there is enough money for our own schools , nobody has a right to complain about any Mosad not taking in any child

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  20. Rumors circulating that rechnitz is putting a apologies letter out It will probably be a Matzav exclusive

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  21. Meuves Lo yuchal Liskon Aplogy letter wont help People will say he was forced to do it by BMG Roshei Yeshiva It will actually make things worse and make Lakewood and BMG look even worse .

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  22. Question: Wasn't R' Ahron Zl mavtiach that anyone who would sacrifice l'shem shomayim for Klal Yisroel's children (e.g. taking Torah job out of town) that their own children would not suffer, even though their educational chinuch (on the surface) might be compromised?

    If so, perhaps the parents that are worried about the "undesired" influence of "yenems" kid should consider the chinuch chessed l'shem shomayim of exposing their child to "yenems" and hold R' Ahron z"l to is havtacha that their child won't suffer any ill effects!

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    1. I cant anser your question directly . What I can say that I have first hand knowledge of children that basically became very close to going OTD from the influences of classmates that were forced on schools by Askanim ,Daas Torah or whatever other name you can put on the pressure put on the Mosad to accept a child who was clearly not suitable for that Mosad .
      maybe the difference is that out of town especially years ago ,the yeshivamans children knew they were different and realized they could not imitate the more modern children . Today in Lakewood every family is officially the same Frum and children learn very quickly one from the other .The other main difference is todays Yetzer Hora is different than the old one .30 years ago the sakana was about chasivas hatorah , going to college or staying by learning etc So if your kids knew they were bnei torah ,they didnt learn to go to college from the modern schoolmate . Todays nisyonos are technology and the hefkerus , movies shmutz etc that comes from that . One child in a class that is a little more exposed can bring a whole class down into the sewer in a matter of weeks . A smartphone ,then a clean movie ,then goyishe music and in 2 weeks a shmutz movie and your childs life as you know it is all over . Parents are petrified . Of course not every child will sucumb to temptation but it doesnt take much and those in the field have seen the korbonos of what one open minded child can do to destroy the yidishkeit of others . just some food for thought

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    2. Ironically as any askan in the field of dealing with kids that are OTD can tell you, it is usually the home and parents that were SO petrified about their kids being exposed to yenems children that are the majority of those that go off. I guess rejecting the Rebono Shel Oilams kids is not a good strategy to ensure that your own do okay. If you live your life judging others all the time,you will end up being one of those whose kids are shunned.

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    3. It's very sad if you were not mechanech your child to know what's right from wrong and one child can simply take your child off the derech in a matter of weeks. Clearly every child that has been placed in a school has to comply with the school rules. If they aren't complying it's up to the menahel to get a psak Halacha if they are able to send the child out. But To reject a child from all the schools intown because of your sinas chinam that's assur. Remember we wouldn't have been zocher to r Nosson Tzvi finkel with your attitude

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    4. We are not talking about rejecting children from schooling . There are schools where the majority of the children come from families where they believe in being more open minded . There is nothing wrong with that . It might be the right way . However ,there are schools where the vast majority of the parents want their kids to be sheltered and not exposed to things that the other type of kids feel are ok .

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  23. First the scoop took down his letter and now yeshiva world also did. why? why can't there be another side?

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    1. I would like to commend HV for keeping the conversation alive. In general corruption is like cockroaches once you shine the light on it, they scurry away. There needs to be a public forum to keep our politicians and Rosh hamosdos honest

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  24. The issue now in town is the girls high schools, there are only 7 in town compared to probably 50 Mesivtas. The past few years 2 new ones tried to open but were quickly closed when the other high schools quickly opened other classes in order to stifle the competition. The other schools make sure that no new school will succeed. If syr wants to break the cartel he would open a new high school and offer the parents who are in klie kodesh a reduced tuition (1500) for the first 2 years, he would automatically get at least 3 parallel classes and the other schools would be begging for anyone to come.

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    1. Interesting. When schools fint expand and have no room then they are called elitist. When they do expand and add mote classes and take more kids then they are called a cartel. I guess the only way they will satisfy the bloggers of the world would be to close down.

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    2. Therer are alrrady several high schools offering free tuition on a select basis so he wont be the only one

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    3. That would certainly do it. In general if people in town knew that Reb SY Rechnitz was behind it they would send their kids there in droves. I heard that one of the parents whose daughter was out of school for months is extremely talented and would be interested in opening up a girls high school for the Tovas Harrabim. He has already built up two other stellar moisdos of chesed that have benefited thousands of cholei yisroel.

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    4. That sounds exciting. I think we need somebody like that to open a school. He would definitely be a major attraction.If he is willing to open up there is no,need for Rechnitz to open. He will probably get 4 or 5 parallel classes to start. He has a stellar reputation from his first mosad hachesed and would be a great mechanech for both yeshivaleit and balebatim.

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    5. S Z is the man for the Job . He also has the resources and funding and is a true Ben Torah

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  25. The high school that opened last year is doing very well with 2 parallel classes the first year. The reports of its death are very exaggerated. Some people judt love to make up stories to fit their agenda.

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  26. I think everyone should just grow up and stop arguing. This whole happening is just fighting and loshon Haroh in kalla Yisroel .the point isn't who's right or wrong the point is that everyone should just stop spreading loshon haroh

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  27. How much did Rechnitz pay off TLS Yeshiva world to remove the letters

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  28. Very true the only girls high school who did not stuff as many kids as they could the last 2 years was BS the rest of them are scared of the competition and took is as many as they could .Then they run around town telling everyone that their needs to be more schools after they destroy the new ones .Once you go past 30 kids you either want the extra tuition or you didn't want another school to get the kid

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  29. Recently Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz spoke at Lakewood Nj, An amazing speech it was. But one statement he made didnt add up exactly. He said that Los Angeles doesnt have the problems like Lakewood does. Most of the Public Schools in the Beverly School District are of Jewish Students in Los Angeles LAUSD i know that Canfield Elementary has 40% percent Jewish students enrolled and more coming for the new school year.I am sure that some that place their kids in the public school system is by choice but I honestly believe that our system has failed us and the continuous demands of tuition costs are what pushing families away. I personally have been assisted by my family with over 65 thousand dollars a year in order to send my kids to Jewish Schools and now my nightmare has come to reality. My father who has worked his entire life to provide for his family can no longer keep up with the outrageous demands of local Jewish Tuition costs.
    What does a family do when there father is a Local Mashgiach for 6-7 years and wife a local teacher at at Chabad School. We have 4 beautiful children and the story I am sure is very relevant to many other families in the Pico Robertson Community. I never imagined that we would be in this situation. Where is the outcry in Los Angeles. Why are kids being turned away because they cant pay full tuition or at least something. My kids mean the world to me and have been excelling every step for every year in the School they attend. So whomever is watching this or reading this we dont want to be another statistic lost to the public school system.

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    1. 5:05am, I may be of assistance in LA. Please contact me, arire614@gmail.com.

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    2. 5:05am, I may be of assistance in LA. Please contact me, arire614@gmail.com.

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  30. - the problem is simply a math problem. Nothing more, nothing less.
    Lakewood’s population doubles every 10 years. Every year some 900–1,100 new families move into Lakewood. If only 40% of those new families have babies that year, it would be a low estimate.
    Yet that 40% translates into 350 new children born each year - new children that are not being born into existing families. That means each year 12–15 new classes(!) of children need to find a place in a school.
    How many new schools open each year in Lakewood? Not nearly enough to meet that demand. So what happens when your child needs to get into a school? The one with the better pedigree will win out.
    Is every child entitled to a place in a school? Perhaps, but that is not each individual school’s problem. Neither is it each individual parent’s problem. In Lakewood, you take care of your own life first before looking out for your neighbor.
    Opening a school is Lakewood is no easy feat. First, you need money. But in order to get money, you have to have supporters. Who are those supporters? Generally, they are parents of children who in-turn have wealthy parents that will support the opening of your school, provided that their children are accepted, of course. And since they are the ones calling the shots, they may as well pick and choose their child’s classmates, while they are at it.
    If there are only a limited number of slots, and inevitably some are going to be left out, is it really called sinas chinom when these “founder parents” are the ones that help the principal choose “who comes and who goes?”
    Let me ask you this question, Mr. Rechnitz. If you had an opening for a nursing home administrator position and 100 qualified applicants, but only one job to fill, wouldn’t you be flooded with calls and emails from parents begging you to have rachmanus on their child and help him with parnassah? Isn’t everyone entitled to have a respectable livelihood?
    But at the end of the day, there’s only one position open. And so, 99 people will be rejected - like it or not. That’s math at work.
    So until we have lots of more schools opening in Lakewood, this problem will only get worse

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    1. Plesde dont confuse Rechnitz with such boring facts. That doesnt make an exciting speech. 25 years ago we had about 3000 kids in the mosdos. Now its probably 27000. Its more than double every 10 years .It really a true miracle how without a community based system, we have enough schools opened by individuals to accomodate this growth. Obviously we are always a little short and that causrs problems but its a testament to the chesed in,our community that so,many people have opened schools.

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  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_FQoIjEAWk

    Watch the way a true גדול speaks about this issue. Reb SYR was spot on!!

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  32. kudos to RMD!keep up your great work on behalf of the klal

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