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I am seriously trying to think what might be the heter to continue a thread that has no other direction other than that of Lashon Harah and Rechilus. The best thing WE can do at this moment for the school, all those involved in this mess and Klal Yisroel is to say some Tehillim and CLOSE this thread. How about it? How about one for the Torah? Assur is Assur. Come on. Thanks.
As someone who works in a music store for many years, I find this an interesting subject. Actually, I am pretty surprised at how naive and immature some of the comments here are on this subject. There is really only one answer to this. It’s called the Cash Register. There have been some beautiful very jewish sounding albums released in the past couple of years. Beautiful songs. Beautiful music. Beautiful vocals. Here’s the catch though…..they do not sell a fraction of the cd’s that the wild and crazy ones do. Granted, many times once you take home the goyish sounding cd’s you realize just how bad the quality of the cd’s are and you only listen to it a couple of times before you put it away. You realize right away that there aren’t any songs on the album that you will ever remember or want to sing. Guess what? You have already bought it!! Katching!! Maybe if the consumer would actually give the artists who are putting out the real quality music a fighting chance, things would change. Buying nice cd’s would encourage those producing them to put out more of them. It’s simple economics. Putting out albums is not cheap.
Picked this cd up today….WOW!! Where did these guys come from? This is the best total package I’ve heard in years!
Anyone driving around Lakewood knows what it is to just miss running over someone hitching. As much as reflectors are talked about, many people are just NOT wearing them! Of course everyone feels bad for the teenagers that are trying to get home or to Yeshiva. But the amount of boys with their thumbs out on the side of the road all hours of the day & night is just ridiculous! Why aren’t the boys taking the transportation provided? Why aren’t they being transported safely by their parents if they don’t have transportation? The hitchhikers are a danger to themselves, other drivers & a Chillul Hashem too to boot roaming around in middle of the road.
On a lighter side, here’s an interesting thing my family has noticed about hitchhikers. Boys from certain Yeshivos always give a courteous thank you & good morning. Boys from other Yeshivos have absolutely no concept of saying hello, good morning or thank you! It’s been proven over and over again!! I would say that most people who have rachmanus and pick up hitchhikers can tell u the same thing. So, are u wondering which Yeshivos are actually teaching and stressing an atmosphere of middos and hakaras hatov? Are u wondering which boy might be worth the exorbitant price tag they’ll want in a couple of years? Pick up the hitchhikers and pay attention!!!
While it might be true that the hatred that the locals have for us may be unfounded alot of the time, why does that matter exzctly? We should be looking at and working on what we know IS true and take serious steps to rectify them! We all know that without the economy that the heimishe community provides to the Catskills during the summer, Sullivan County would have bankrupted long ago. We also know that they are raking in serious tax money and are able to provide real schooling to their children based on heimishe tax dollars. We also know that the taxes are too high. However, these are problems that should be dealt with in the voting booth! we should not be parading around the mountains as if we OWN the place (even though we probably do..). Let’s look at some of the problems that we KNOW that we bring up to the mountains from New York City. The driving habits are just horrible. Road signs and speed limits are totally disregarded. U turns are made across peoples private property. Go to any lake and read the brands on the wrappers and garbage that you see strewn all over. (When was the last time a Goy ate a heimishe candy??). If you decide that you don’t want your Paskesz cookies today, why leave it in the paper goods aisle in Shop Rite? Think before you do. These things are ALL a Chillul Hashem. We could and should improve. Why just talk about it? Why can’t we try this summer to give them NO REAL reasons to hate us?June 15, 2008 4:34 pm at 4:34 pm in reply to: Out Of The Mailbag: (Flatbush Kiddush: Tznius & Drinking Out Of Control) #1142428
What really troubles me is that we ARE busy banning everything else except what NEEDS to be banned or at least controlled. We’re banning concerts, amusement parks, ballgames and the like. Not a word though when it comes to today’s real problems: Tzniyus, drinking, rampant lashon harah, shady business practices, chillul Hashem and more. Where are the “Askanim” and “Rabbanim” when it comes to this? It really is mind boggling…..