October 3, 2013 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm #610789gavra_at_workParticipant
Google the title and go to the Bloomberg news article.
A Kiddush Hashem. Kudos to BMG.October 3, 2013 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #977419OhTeeDeeParticipant
Is this a sustainable model for 55,000 people?October 3, 2013 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm #977420nossbMember
I haven’t heard of the system collapsing at any time in the past 40 years. But I have heard predictions of a collapse for over 40 years.October 3, 2013 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #977421OhTeeDeeParticipant
I think it is still a generation or 2 away. Aside from the govt, this is being funded from people who are professionals, no? How many doctors are going to be coming out of this program to help fund their sons and sons in law to learn all day?
it just seems the numbers keep growing and the benefactors dying out.October 3, 2013 8:01 pm at 8:01 pm #977422nossbMember
They’ve been saying all that for the last four generations. The predicted date for the apocalypse keeps getting postponed every time it’s missed. Both the number of students and the number of benefactors keeps going up while the doomsayers keep going down.October 3, 2013 8:03 pm at 8:03 pm #977423Veltz MeshugenerMember
In the few hours since the article went up I’ve heard a lot of criticism about how the Lakewood system is unsustainable or how it’s an innovation that’s not true Judaism. Others say that claims of unsustainability have been around forever and Lakewood marches on.
Both sides fail to acknowledge that this is the way it has always been – no, not the system as conceived in Lakewood, but a general Jewish community with varying levels of observance. Those at the center of observance have always thought that everyone else is essentially goyim, but have always looked to those same people for support. Meanwhile, the people at lower levels of observance have always thought that the people at the more intense levels were nuts, but also understood that they were necessary for the continuity of Judaism.
While the specific expressions have changed – Reform, Conservative, and other categories of Jews who engage religion less intensely now lean on ideology; and Charedim rely on re-imagining the history of Orthodoxy, the practical roles are essentially the same.October 3, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm #977424popupMember
Still we’re able to sustain a thriving, successful and self-sufficient multifaceted community. Pretty big achievement in a relatively short amount of time(after WWII).
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