I know that this letter will cause the regular “Lashon Hara!” and the other ignorant responses to major issues plaguing our community, but the pain is too great, and this must be publicized.
This week was Lag Baomer, and this Minhag of lighting bonfires has spread across the Jewish communities like ‘wildfire’. We will not discuss the fact that this Minhag was virtually unheard of 20 years ago, besides for 1 or two Chassidish Kehillos. Now even the most modern of communities are very “Makpid” to be mikayim this Minhag. I’ve got no problem with Kosher entertainment, but my problem is what I personally witnessed at one particular event – which was anything but Kosher.
At one of the largest events held in Flatbush, the evening started off with couples mingling in the most untzniyus way, with many of the women dressed as if they were going to a club.
The fire was lit, and the dancing started. An hour later, the adults left to put the little ones to sleep, and what remained was (no exaggeration) HUNDREDS of teenagers, all exchanging phone numbers, and many engaging in extremely inappropriate behavior on the side streets. Not to mention the amounts of alcohol that was consumed by these children, and the few who needed to be carried away at the end of the evening. Not to mention the amount of teens who were exposed to Marijuana for the first time. Not to mention the Yeshiva boys who found out about this free party, and who have fallen to the forbidden temptations that are harder than ever to resist in this perverted society that we live in.
I walked away stunned at what I had seen, and was even more shocked when I had to chase a group of 10 kids (both boys and girls) out of my backyard while they were smoking Marijuana. We won’t discuss the chutzpah and vulgar language these kids had to my wife and I, when they were told to get off our property
Of course this was all done in the name of the holy Tanna Rav Shimon Bar Yochai Z”YA.
Is a Lag Baomer fire worth it if one Yiddesh Neshama falls?
And these are supposedly Chassidish Rabbonim (Rebbes) by whom Tzniyus and Shmiras Einayim is of utmost importance.
We all heard about the Rabbonim and Yeshiva principals who have been walking the streets of Avenue J and Avenue M every Motzei Shabbos, and issuing letters in their schools warning their students that if they are caught in the streets, there will be severe repercussions. Where are they now? Is it because these same Rabbonim are perhaps making Lag Baomer parties themselves?
Where is the outrage? When will this madness stop?
Chaim Gluck, Flatbush.
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