July 4, 2013 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm #609939
The following is a rating posted online of an apartment complex in a frum neighborhood:
“This was my first apartment on my own, and it was a nightmare. Management is under-qualified, poorly educated and rude. The apartments are spacious, but lack proper maintenance. expect your air conditioner to break. expect your walk-in closet to mildew from the above shower leaking. expect 100’s of rude, children lightly accompanied with their rude mothers to draw on the sidewalk, trash your balcony, and fall through your bedroom window if you live on the ground floor. expect a messy common grounds. expect to pay more if your not JEWISH. expect a rate hike in your rent without notification. Expect to complain often, about minor things. expect the berries from the trees to ruin you paint the on your car, and permanently stain your carpet. Expect the courtyard lights to be out.Expect a weird, illegal hut to be built outside your house during certain Hasidic jewish seasons. expect to be disappointed. I suggest you live somewhere else.”
My first reaction was to giggle at the “weird, illegal hut” part. But then I stopped giggling and got sad. And angry. I have a close friend who lives in this complex and she said that all of these things are completely untrue. Sukkahs are legal (also, they specifically asked permission), the management is great, and everyone pays the same rent.
Anti-Semitism is alive and well.July 4, 2013 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm #964619Burnt SteakParticipant
I agree completely antisemitism is alive and out there. Ever since an incident when, I was walking home from school, when I was in 6th or 7th grade, and someone called me a (explicitive) Jew.
people shouldn’t be so secure outside of Israel.
May Hashem bring Mascheich and end all of this false security.July 4, 2013 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #964620WolfmanParticipant
I noticed that the first poster spelled it “anti-Semitism” and the second poster spelled it “antisemitism”. The first way was more common until recently. Now the second way is more commonly used. I believe it is because there is no one group identified as Semites. Arabs, for example, may technically be called Semites although they are the most common perpetrators of antisemitism. Totally irrelevant to the original post but just an interesting linguistic point.July 4, 2013 5:15 pm at 5:15 pm #964621
Google for some interesting articles on the subject of hyphenating the word. I hyphenate because it is still the accepted English spelling and most reliable sources hyphenate.
haifagirl, any thoughts?July 4, 2013 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #964622Torah613TorahParticipant
Expect a weird, illegal hut to be built outside your house during certain Hasidic jewish seasons.
Are you sure this isn’t a joke? It’s quite funny. Poe’s law and all.July 4, 2013 7:06 pm at 7:06 pm #964623
It’s not a joke, unfortunately.July 4, 2013 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #964624SlichosGenendelMember
Someone need to say this so I will.
Yes there is anti-semitism but I doubt that all the complaints are made up. They certainly are exaggerated but most likely are somewhat true.
My guess would be that management doesn’t care much for non-Jewish residents.
The fact that the friend said everything’s great and its all lies is like Satmar saying everything’s great and abuse never happened.July 4, 2013 7:20 pm at 7:20 pm #964625writersoulParticipant
Not that it really makes a difference, but does your friend know the person who put up the review?July 4, 2013 7:21 pm at 7:21 pm #964626
Every complex has its issues. I’m sure the management/maintenance is not absolutely perfect. But the higher rates for non-Jewish residents must be a complete fabrication. If it were true, they would have been sued long ago.July 4, 2013 7:24 pm at 7:24 pm #964627
As far as I know, the review was submitted anonymously (and judging by the dates, I believe she moved out before my friend moved in anyway).July 4, 2013 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #964628Torah613TorahParticipant
How do you know? You can’t know. This is the internet. It could be someone’s idea of a joke.July 5, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm #964629☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
she said that… the management is great>
I believe she moved out before my friend moved in
Management probably read the review and started giving better service.July 7, 2013 4:13 am at 4:13 am #964630rebdonielMember
There are several things we need to do in response to Anti-Semitism.
a) First and foremost, teshuva. Strengthening our shmirat hamitzvot and limud hatorah, especially mitzvot ben adam le chaveiro. Becoming more makpid in things like shmirat halashon, etc. is necessary. It is also horrible when Jews are in conflict among each other; one Jew hurting another is a tragedy, IMHO, when what we need is love.
b) Improving our ahavat yisrael and promoting unity. We need to be united as a community. The Nazis didn’t care who was Reform, Orthodox, Hasidic, or secular. They didn’t care who was Jewish by Orthodox standards, or Reform standards, or Neolog standards. They all suffered the same fate, r”l. Fsctionalism and sectarianism were also the factors that led to the destruction of Bayit haSheni. Organizations today such as the UJA/Federation, AIPAC, AJC, ADL, JNF, etc. represent the entire community and provide an effective means of advocating for Jewish interests.
c) Improving our ethics: The Shvet Yehuda (Ibn Verga) believed that a failure to act upon our universalist duties to gentiles and a lack of ethics and concern for their needs promoted anti-Semitism in Spain. The Seridei Esh said the same regarding German anti-Semitism. Ill-feelings need to be avoided, and we need to appreciate our duty to bury the dead, feed the hungry, and clothe the naked of all peoples, for all are G-d’s children.
d) Education: Making a kiddush HaShem and letting people know that Jews aren’t all like the crooks portrayed on the news is crucial. Through charitable and huanitarian efforts, as well as efforts to work together with other groups in promiting social welfare, we can achieve this. It is also as simple as offering your seat on the train to an elderly gentile, or helping gentiles with directions, or just having a kind word and a pleasant attiude towards all people. Remember: every person you see is a Tzelem Elokim.July 8, 2013 3:34 am at 3:34 am #964631VogueMember
that all for sure maked sense, as a cashier in a frum place last week we had a few customers who clearly were not jewish, one wearing a burka (the thing that only lets you see their eyes is a nikab) and people started freaking out, it made this customer feel awful. a customer is a customer. on top of that a different jewish customer thought she was some other religion, and after the Muslim customer left, I corrected her when she was on the phone… it was really sad that I.had to tell a person twice my age that that is how some muslims dress.July 8, 2013 7:07 pm at 7:07 pm #964632
“we had a few customers who clearly were not jewish, one wearing a burka (the thing that only lets you see their eyes is a nikab)”
I think you mean a hijab.July 8, 2013 7:51 pm at 7:51 pm #964633ToiParticipant
“Organizations today such as the UJA/Federation, AIPAC, AJC, ADL, JNF, etc. represent the entire community…”
when are you gonna cut the garbage. these people dont represent me at all.July 9, 2013 1:42 pm at 1:42 pm #964634TheGoqParticipant
Toi just because someone has a different viewpoint from you doesn’t make it garbage can’t you just disagree in a respectable way without demeaning the poster?July 9, 2013 2:00 pm at 2:00 pm #964635mewhoParticipant
and worst of all are the ”self hating jews”July 9, 2013 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #964636Rav TuvParticipant
Or the Jews who hate everybody else.July 9, 2013 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm #964637VogueMember
jf, I actually looked it up. a hijab is the scarf that doesnt have cloak like features at all that is typically worn with normal everyday western clothes.July 9, 2013 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #964638ToiParticipant
Goq- i have nothing against not demeaning posters. look at what this dude wrote. it has nothing to do with a viewpoint. no-one of sound mind could claim that these organizations represent the spectrum of jews. heck, i dont think they would claim so. to claim so is to attempt to silence and discredit anyone else. after all, all the ‘real’ jews are represented by the above orgs. its the misrepresentation of klal yisroel that bugs me. thats all. the claim is patently false, and garbage.July 9, 2013 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm #964639rebdonielMember
You could be referring to a chador.
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