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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rav Aharon’s Vision of a Makom Torah

Dear Editor:

Throughout the generations, there have been numerous individuals who swam against the tide and accomplished exceedingly great things. While America had flourishing yeshivos and communities, the tide was clearly moving in the wrong direction. The early waves of Jewish immigration from Germany in the late 1800’s and from Russia in the 1920’s had turned into one of Jewish history’s most tragic epochs, with legends told of massive amounts of tefillin covering the bottom of New York Harbor, tossed overboard by new immigrants eager to abandon their heritage for a new and “better” world.

Now the post-war generation would arrive. Would they too meet the same fate? Rav Aharon’s answer, of one small yeshiva, with a meager handful of talmidim, met mass public denunciation. “This does not belong in America,” was the definitive statement.

Yet, Rav Aharon paid them no heed whatsoever and simply went about building the greatest makom Torah in the United States. Certainly Rav Ahron’s vision of the Lakewood concept must have seemed far-fetched when he first spoke of such an idea. Yet the Reb Ahron never ceased to dream of building his makom torah. The small yeshiva Kotler founded with 14 students in 1942 became a mega-yeshiva with 6,000 students.

But today’s Lakewood has taken a shift to another direction. In the last decade many shopping malls and eateries have been built. Elegant dining and fancy clothing became a norm. Duplex units being sold for $600,000.00 per unit. Lavish Kidushim are very common. The plans for the near future call for an 187,000-square-foot shopping center smack in middle of town, an amphitheater and a movie theater.

Is this what Reb Ahron envisioned?

Sincerely

Simcha Cohen


Honoring Restaurant Wait Staff

Dear Editor:

In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your favorite restaurants and honor the employees who make them a success. Why not join me in celebrating National Waiter and Waitress Day on May 21st? There are several ways to say thank you. Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service.

On this day, don’t forget your cook and server. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, round up to the next dollar. Why not leave a 25% tip on this day? If you can afford to eat out, you can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, don’t forget to leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. Trust us, it is appreciated.

Remember the people who work at your favorite restaurant are our neighbors. They work long hours for little pay and count on tips, which make up a significant portion of their income. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either. Your purchases keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.

Why not drop off a box of candy, cookies or some other treat for your favorite waiter or restaurant staff on this day as well? Leave them a thank you card or note along with a larger than normal tip.

Sincerely,

Larry Penner


Jewish Voice Unites Two Old Friends

Dear Editor,

When I wrote the article titled, ‘The Brooklyn Boy Who Made it Big’ in the music business, that recently appeared in the Arts & Culture section of the Jewish Voice, I wasn’t quite ready for the feedback I have experienced from your readers. I must say, it has been a lot of fun to have people share their reminiscences of the Brooklyn scene, particularly around Abraham Lincoln High School in the early 1940’s. Here’s an example of just one of those responses:

Sherry Levine, who now lives in S.E. Florida, was recently shocked to learn that old school chum Paul Cohen, whom she knew when they both lived on the same block in Brighton Beach and both attended Lincoln H.S. in Brooklyn, a mere 77 years ago, conducts a big-band rehearsal every Thursday as he has for the past 25 years, at the NW Focal Point Senior Center in Margate, FL, just a few blocks from where she now lives. The recent article about Paul Cohen in the Jewish Voice, confirmed her discovery. Sherry was a cheer leader at Lincoln H.S. while Paul played trumpet in the school’s marching band.

The two Lincoln High classmates now see each other every Thursday, as Sherry attends Paul’s big band rehearsals and she still grooves to the swinging numbers that were played by Count Basie and other famous name bands of that era. Paul played ‘Lead’ trumpet in the Basie Band for five years; he also played lead trumpet in the renowned Dorsey Brothers Orchestra – among many other popular dance and Latin bands of that unique and wonderful, ‘Golden Age’ of the Big Bands.

Paul at age 94, still takes his turn at playing his familiar trumpet solos, while Sherry who is ageless, captures his performances on her smart-phone camera. Time flies when you stay busy living your life.

Sincerely

Mort Kuff


The Brooklyn Bridge for Sale???

Dear Editor:

The talk we keep hearing from the Lakewood developers and builders is that we need higher density to give our own people an opportunity to buy homes. This in my opinion is hypocritical because by increasing density they are NOT giving locals any opportunity. Locals cannot afford the prices that are being asked. These homes are being built solely for the Brooklyn crowd and they are priced as such. They are playing the not enough housing game and then charging north of $600,000 which for Brooklyn people is a steal (a. 3500 sq ft home with more than a 2x2 of grass in front).

I'm not anti-growth but by time the developers are done, Lakewood at 5pm will make the GWB look like a racing track. Secondly buyers from Brooklyn are not aware that currently there are over 5000 basements available for rent. Buyers are being told that they can rely on the basement rental income to be steady, when the facts are to the contrary. That's why the buyers prefer to sell to out of town individuals who are not aware of the situation. Lakewood is a great place to call home, but before you buy in Lakewood, make sure they are not selling you the Brooklyn Bridge!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Ida Miller