Sunday, June 26, 2016

A town of "High end Gashmiyus", not the Lakewood we know

Brendas is coming to Jackson, million dollar homes going up, trendy new kosher eateries, high end fashion stores. So much for the town whose people are on welfare Govt programs and dont pay taxes, the Front page of the APP writes about the changing demographics in Lakewood the article by reporter Mr. Shannon Mullen is titled "Lakewood goes Luxe". Hope Chapel Rd now nicknamed Lakewood's Rodeo drive. A quote "When I go into some of these companies I'm amazed; I feel like I'm in Manhattan," says Rabbi Aaron Kotler, president of Lakewood's prestigious Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva, the article mentions a state report several years ago said the college has spawned hundreds of new businesses and thousands of local jobs. The township tax assessor is quoted about the newly built homes "It looks like something you'd see in the Hamptons". 5,000 Square feet is not big for a house anymore, new ones are coming in at 8,000. On the other hand not mentioned in the article is the thousands of youngeleit and mishpachos that are still living simply with mesiras nefesh, there is a great divide but the majority is still old lakewood as many fondly refer to it.
A wealthy individual from Brooklyn moving and building a multi million dollar home does not reflect the current standards. Like all communities once its established and attractive the dynamics change for better or worse.

29 comments:

  1. Please post the audio from Harav yeruchem shlita the oilam should hear the "other side" ty

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    1. http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=03060441258294997005

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  2. Lomah tisrahu???

    see Taanis 10B

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  3. The AP Press needs to sell papers;any Lakewood news keeps them afloat,however slanted it may be.Todays article only feeds into the Senseless Hatred of our neighbors.

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    1. how? it actually has a positive spin.

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  4. When we added on to our home of 2 bedrooms for 9 people, we ended up with about 2400 square ft. of living space. Our family was still growing at the time. Over 30 years ago it was the BIG house on the block! Now we're dwarfed by all the building going on around us. I feel comfortable in our home and don't want to be too comfortable because I want to be able to leave all this when Moshiach comes without any heartache. I don't want to be like the Erev Rav who when leaving Mitzrayim complained about what they left behind.

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  5. The oilim in Lakewood is very makpid on the following halacha. Any new house being built must be bigger then the houses on either side.Most people are also machmir that it must be bigger then any house on the block.

    In a truly ironic conversation: I overheard two people who bought in a mansion development, where the houses are way over half a million dollars, discussing, "How can we make sure the people who are into Gasmiyus don't move in...

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  6. The yeshiva crowd is also megusham compared to 15 years ago. No one wants a townhouse anymore only duplex with upgrades and 7 bedrooms. No more yedhivish cars only leased with the latest models. it's all relative.

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  7. they are promoting brendas

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    1. what are brendas?

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    2. I heard they sell high end mini skirts

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  8. Unfortunatley this is a very true article
    its time for us to soul search and reevaluate ourselves and the way we are going

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  9. This article is a positive look on our community. We are portrayed in the media as leechers who don't pay taxes with other lies. It's like any other town in NJ there are rich there are poor there are middle class. Enough with the lies and stigmas. Thank you Mr Mullen for this piece.

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  10. LEADERSHIP! and when its corrupt at the top there is NO leadership!

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  11. Harold herskowitzJune 26, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    In my third year of Kollel my old car broke down. I decided to buy a new car in order to ensure I did not get stuck in middle of Ocean Parkway again. I bought a simple Honda Accord, nothing too fancy, but brand new. When I pulled up to park near Yeshiva, fellow yungerman suggested that I Park around the block. Why do you need any ayin Hora, why make others jealous. I agreed with him, and for the rest of that year I parked around the block on seventh street.
    Soon After Aaron Kotler returned from living in Israel to slowly take over operations of BMG, I started seeing cars much fancier than my simple sedan. One of his first ideas was to have a Chinese auction booklet sent out with the theme of "HOME" on its cover. Inside were prizes that did not reflect what a true Jewish home is about. A custom European kitchen with handmade cabinets fit for a magazine, not for actual cooking. Chandeliers that belong in a wedding hall for your homes entry. Custom flooring fit for a king. Nothing practical, nothing Tznius. Only the best impractical prizes whose only purpose is to show off. No tickets to Israel, not even a minivan.
    The entire Yeshiva community was livid. They demanded the auction be cancelled. I received a call from the creator of the booklet. I was told that because I made an ad poking fun at the situation, I fed the flames of outrage and caused the auction to be cancelled. I highly doubt that I caused so many people to realize how wrong this was, but if they insisted, I proudly took responsibility.
    There is nothing wrong with a person living however he sees fit. We should not look down at anyone if they want only the best this world has to offer. But when a Torah institution itself promotes such a lifestyle, it is wrong without a doubt. When Roshei Hayeshiva give praise to those with questionable business ethics. When they happily board private jets. When they run to put up mezuzas on businesses opening from outsiders that hurt longtime residents and former Talmidim (yes me included) for money. Something is very wrong.
    Nobody is saying that the lifestyle of living without luxury is for everyone. Nobody is saying we should look down at anyone for wanting more in this world. But for the Yeshiva that attracted us here literally proudly promoting riches as a life goal is more than wrong. Now we can clearly see that all the suggestions of who to vote for veiled behind daas Torah was really for money and not to promote what they claimed it was for. The zoning, planning, Menashe, Meir, Shenky,and the VAAD was all for money and not to promote our true Torah lifestyle.
    Did you ever feel like you've been really cheated?

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    1. It was a grassroots campaign the yeshiva apologized.

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    2. The yeshiva didn't apologize, Reb yerachem shlita did

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  12. So you admit that you are against the Rosh Yedhivas of BMG. The bass does what BMG wants and you are against them

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    1. Harold herskowitzJune 26, 2016 at 10:52 PM

      I am not against anyone, definitely not the roshei hayeshiva. why would I be against my own Yeshiva? I am disappointed in the direction that it has gone. Trading in your soul to ensure that there is toilet paper in the bathrooms is not an excuse. Putting bar codes on Talmidim according to many people is not progress when it comes to learning Torah. The only difference between me and everyone that agrees with me, is that I refuse to speak up anonymously. I don't think anyone can say with a straight face that we are experiencing a Jewish Renaissance.
      Yiddishkeit has become influenced by magazines with headlines worthy of the National enquirer. While our leaders blame blogs that discuss real issues, multiple magazines and free newspapers rot our brains with articles and ads that reduce Yiddishkeit to cool catch phrases about cheesecake and how to have an easy Tisha bav. Recipes and articles that pressure wives to be perfect homemakers while trying to raise and teach a house full of children. Torah Judaism has turned into a business. Even our chesed organizations compete for our tzedaka. Each one busy thinking of new ways to grab our attention and make us happy, so we might give a few dollars that eventually end up doing some of the intended chesed once the marketing guy, the magazines, the printers, the caterers, and all employees have been paid. Constantly new challenges need to be devised to get us to donate. Bike, walk, pour on your head, lose, gain, eat a whole something.
      We now live in a town where a Menorah is quickly removed in order not to offend anyone or draw attention to ourselves, yet we build wherever and whatever we want no matter who gets inconvenienced. A town Where we will now have pig races in the middle of our town on erev Rosh Hashana. A town where the city center is left to rot and given over to drug dealers in order for developers to rent out their new strip malls to stores. A town where the needs of the people, and the welfare of Our children is not the main concern.
      I am not against anyone. I am for you. Now you have to step up to the plate and be for you too.

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  13. dougies is moving into the old japanese restaurant on the lakewood howell border on route 9 accross from yapchiks another kosher restaurant is opening in the mcdonalds next to kava in howell evergreen is moving full steam ahead with their new supermarket

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  14. Amazing the amount of restaurants. Yet our teachers and Rebeim aren't paid very well because the vast majority in most schools pay reduced tuition.

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  15. Stop whining about rebbeim salaries. Hundreds of Baalei Battim are earning less than them. No one is forced to become a rebbe (unless stigma is so powerfull), and salaries are as agreed upon in a contract signed by BOTH parties.

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    1. Before I rip you, let me say I'm one of the baalei baatim that earn less than a rebbis starting salary.

      A rebbi is in a profession where we need the best and only the best. We need the yungeleit who have the ability to be the best rebbeim to choose to become rabbeim. The problem a rebbi has limited "growth potential". An accountant can climb the ladder and make thousands more, a plumber, contractor, etc. can all earn more and make significant money. A rebbi will hopefully be a rebbi for 25-30 years then be pushed out the door for the fresh blood. No benefits. At the age of 55-60 he's "retired". No income.

      If we want the best rebbeim to remain rabbeim, we need to make sure they can afford to live now and after they are "retired".

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    2. I guess the poster at 7 13 doesn't really value his children's learning. Just because you can get away with paying them little ,doesn't mean that this is what should be done. The Rebbi is doing it leshem shomayim. Its not like it was 60 years ago.Today many Rebeim and teachers could do other jobs. You really don't appreciate them.

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  16. Our Mosdos too have built beautiful buildings, our events our all high end, can we expect others to follow when we dont lead? or they see hypocrisy

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  17. Its not easy being a Rebbe today. the climate of acusing them for abuse has gone way up read this http://thepartialview.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-call-to-action-on-child-abuse.html

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    1. Chutzpah of Torah umesorah after all these years now they wake up because a gvir from Cleveland decides it's a magaifa and they throw out a number one out of 5 children are molested!
      No data backing up this claim but now Rebbeim and camp counsel rs will be suspects and accused like never before.

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    2. many jobs aren't easy. doctors deal with malpractice issues. retailers need to put up with customers who were raised in an entitlement society, construction related jobs need to deal with senseless government bureaucracy and red tape. same for the Healthcare industry. and on and on.....
      people choose their job and deal with the hardships that go along with it...unless you are a rebbe! maybe the constany students' whining is rubbing off on them.

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  18. Rebbeim today finish their day at 2 pm. many of them go to an afternoon Kolel or have side tutoring jobs. Tuitions are free if their kids go to their school where they teach. They have off 2 months in the summer and take summer jobs in camps. There are many perks for Yom tov and organizations helping them with simchas and other expenses. NOt taking away anything from what they are doing. We Need them to teach OUR children. but the community is there to help them. The schools may not be paying them enough thats a different story.

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