Dear Rabbi Frankfurter (Editor of Ami Magazine),
I am reaching out to you as an avid Ami fan and subscriber. But I am also reaching out to you as a real estate owner in NYC. I too was effected in a large way by the new law, and we are still trying to digest the impact.
However, I am appalled and shocked that a Frum publication would run with such a “shock and awe” cover.
While the impacts of this new law are definitely severe, all Frum Yidden who I know that make their livelihood in this industry are still clamoring for some glimmer of hope that perhaps this will change. There are efforts underway both on the political and legal fronts to save the industry and try to repeal or at least amend this law, and “acheinu bnei yisroel” who are so severely affected here, are hoping and praying that something will happen. These are not futile efforts undertaken by a mere few hopeful people, but rather by the industry’s leaders and organizations such as the RSA. Yet you chose to ignore those efforts and rather proceed with a headline that indicates that all hope is lost!
I cannot being to understand why you would choose to run with such a cover on your magazine. While Mr. Goldbenberg can afford to pick himself up and leave NYC, 99% of yidden don’t have the money or capacity to do the same. This is a tone deaf headline at best!
Allow me to continue….
This cover is a kick in the gut to every yid who had some hope!
This cover is a moral killer for every wife and child who’s husband and father are trying to calm them down!
This bold headline is a kick in the gut to every frum yid who invested his life savings in NYC apartments buildings which historically have been considered a very safe investment!
This cover is a moral killer for every Jewish vendor who lives off the real estate industry!
I am sure you are aware that not only mature adults who can understand nuances read your magazine, but there are many children and young women who’s fathers and husbands put bread on the table through work in this industry. I can tell you first hand that they are very concerned, but yet hopeful. However when the leading jewish publication puts this out on their cover and makes the claim that all hope is lost, how do you expect them to feel?
Did you contemplate the consequences of this bold headline and cover?
Did you think about any of the concerns laid out above?
I hope you understand that my feeling are not coming from a negative place but rather from a yid that is concerned for the feeling of another yid.
I would appreciate a response.
Name withheld upon request.
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