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in Baltimore Rav Moshe Heinemann and the Agudath Yisroel of Baltimore have a very thorough screening and checking method. Besides the scrip available, the Baltimore Teudah is the “gold standard.” I believe Baltimore is one of a very few cities That do not charge for this service. Once the Aguda approves of a meshulach, people give freely. Without a Teuda we are suggested to give a token amount. We get over a thousand meshulachim a year. Some may be frauds but Rav Heinemann runs a good operation that weeds most out.
Sefardim by and large did not intermarry and didn’t take in a lot of Geirim. So why do they look like those around them?
Sefardim look like the people in the countries they lived in because, just like Yaakov trimmed branches to look spotted, striped etc, people after generations look like the surrounding indigenous people. I heard this from my Rebbele.
What color was the tone of the skin of the Avos? Moshe Rabbeinu? Look in Rashi on the Chumash (Bereishis 12:12). Elimelech and his people were white (see Sifsei Chachomim Ibid)
Not so sure the Halocha is that clean on “windows closed wins.”. I like it cold and someone used that line on me even though there were plenty of places in the room that were not next to the window and we’re plenty warm. I remember looking it up and it wasn’t as clear as you represent.
Joseph has decided to sponsor school trips to Baltimore for all children in his nursery school class. Wherever he lives.
I neglected to add: I challenge Joseph to a scientific study – compare the reported crime in BP/FB/WB to that in Pikesville on a per-Frum-Jew basis over the last 5 years. If you can’t support your conjecture with facts and real statistics, we will have to agree to disagree.
Thanks for your (factually unsupported) statements. You are, of course, invited to Baltimore to experience it yourself and see the much higher quality of life, clean air and relaxed atmosphere here. Yes of course NY has 10x the excitement, 10x the mosdos, 10x the tickets, 10x the pollution, 10x the piled up garbage on sidewalks, 10x the machlokes over Eruv and 10x the parking tickets one can find in Baltimore. You seem to have missed my point. When balancing the ma’alos and chisronos, Baltimore wins hands down.
Burnt Steak: why be so nasty and negative? You do realize that people in NY and NJ (while not being beaten up by police, spray painted or mugged) enjoy smog, double parking, opposite side parking and many other enjoyable aspects of their expensive lives? We are not saying that Baltimore is Gan Eden. We are not saying it is crime free. We are saying it is a very inexpensive place to live and that factor, combined with the many many other ma’alos (Seasons, Eruv, cost of living, multiple Yeshivas and girls schools) vastly outweighs the other, potentially negative factors. Yes there is crime but in our neighborhood it is no more than, and likely much lower than, Boro Park / Flatbush / Williamsberg. The job opportunities, being next to Washington DC, are attractive. The opportunity for starting “the Next Lakewood” is available – the only question is who will be the first smart group of people to take advantage?
Yitzy: it’s true that Baltimore City property taxes are higher than in the County. That just drives down purchase price in the City. Brand new 5 bedroom homes are being built now for $260k on Fords Lane. They will be worth $300k within a couple of years. And roughly half of the frum community already lives in the County and half in the City – doesn’t matter to me where you live – just come and enjoy the lack of traffic, fresh air, 3 hour drive to BP (if you have a Chasuna – in and out same day). Or take Monsey Tours Bus which goes from BP to Baltimore twice a week.
Baltimore is the next Lakewood.
Very affordable housing. Safe. Shomrim, Hatzolah (4 ambulances), Chaverim, Seasons and 7 Mile Market.
4 Chadorim, 3 girls schools, 4+ yeshivas, solid Eruv, 43+ shuls including MO, Yeshivah, Sefardi, Chassidish. 4 full time Kollelim – 3 Litvish and a growing Chassidishe Kollel.
Baltimore City in particular is interested in people moving.