In The Neighborhood
It was with surprise and a tinge of pity that I read the 5TJT Dating Forum in the February 1 issue, in which a young man complained that his dates do not prepare and dress appropriately. I live in the Five Towns and go to work every day in Brooklyn, and I am involved in many chesed organizations. I know hundreds of girls who are careful with their appearance, which involves wearing make-up and going to the gym regularly. Most definitely when they go on a date they are certainly careful to look their best, myself included.
I would like to make a few suggestions for the benefit of the writer. Please be aware that girls today do not put on inches of make-up, choosing a more natural look rather than have a Third World complexion. In addition, please be aware that being feminine and “tzeniyus” are not mutually exclusive of each other. Second, I would suggest that you switch shadchanim. You are obviously being set up with girls who are not the norm. I am surprised that there were panelists who even validated such an unusual occurrence as the usual. Perhaps the shadchanim should be a little more sensitive to the majority of girls who do not at all fit this young man’s description.
And, back to the writer, you will have an easier time in shidduchim if you maintain a positive frame of mind. I hope you find your bashert very soon.
Wishing you much hatzlachah in the future.
The Other Side
Of The Mount
In your article “The Mount Sinai Debate,” you quoted representatives of Mount Sinai and presented their side of the argument. I would like to offer a counterpoint and attempt to explain the concerns that local residents have with the proposed Mount Sinai Ambulatory Care Center.
For starters, there is the matter of demographics. This point may be politically incorrect but I think it is important for my neighbors to consider. Let’s be honest, this “ambulatory care center” is a medical clinic; a place where individuals of all ethnic groups and socioeconomic standings will come to get their care. In blunt terms, this means that we are creating the potential for patients of questionable character to roam the streets of Woodmere-Cedarhurst from 7:30 a.m. till 10 p.m. Is this something that the community is comfortable with? Proponents of Mount Sinai have argued that a school would create a great deal of public traffic on our streets. I would counter that there is a big difference between young mothers dropping off their children and suspicious-looking individuals waiting around for their next appointment.
Next, there is the implication that Mount Sinai of New York City is coming to the Five Towns. This is certainly not the case. Does any reasonable person believe that the famed academic superstars of Mount Sinai are going to spend a significant portion of their time at the Woodmere-Cedarhurst Ambulatory Care Center? At best, the physicians in this clinic would be able to collaborate with the world experts at Mount Sinai. What is not being said, however, is that several of the local physicians were educated at Mount Sinai, or similar quality institutions, and have access to the same mentorship for complicated, subspecialized cases.
Finally, as stated previously in the 5TJT, many of us believe that the district school board should not fixate on the real-estate value of the Number Six School property. Rather, the public expects an educational board to primarily focus on education. With this as a premise, the Ambulatory Care Center selection falls decidedly short of the board’s inherent commitment to act in the best interest of local students.
When dealing with a community’s future, “follow the money” is the easy answer, but, in this case, not the correct one. If the public believes that Shulamith serves too small a sector of the district, then award the property to the JCC or a similar, universally advantageous institution. In any case, the approval of the Mount Sinai Ambulatory Center seems to be a poor decision for our neighborhood. I therefore urge my fellow residents to exercise our right and vote a resounding “No” at the upcoming March 20 referendum.
A Concerned Neighbor
Fair And Balanced
Kudos on a fair and balanced approach to the sale of the Number Six School to Simone Realty. Another local paper presented a one-sided approach and when called to ask why, the publisher said, “I happen to be for the sale to Simone.” I guess the Five Towns Jewish Times is the only independent and fair publication serving the Five Towns.
Why BDS Has To Shout
Last Thursday Night, Brooklyn College shamefully hosted a conference by an anti-Israel group known as BDS, which stands for “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.” Despite the protest of numerous public officials, including eleven City Council members who threatened to withdraw funds from the university, the anti-Israel hatefest was not canceled by Brooklyn College officials and permitted to proceed in the midst of thousands of Jewish students.
The seemingly nonviolent guise that this group BDS wears, however, belies the fact that in reality it is no different from terrorist groups who utilize violence such as Al Qaeda. But the way in which I truly came to realize that all groups which advocate the destruction of Israel through any means are really one and the same arose out of a bizarre encounter which I had on a city bus with a Bible-toting black Christian woman. I noticed that the woman had in her possession certain health-related literature that seemed interesting to me so I began to inquire about the material. Noticing that I was Jewish with a beard and yarmulke, it wasn’t long before she began chanting loudly at me the phrase “Yeshua Hu Hamoshiah.”
When I opposed her chants or simply ignored them she began shouting it even louder at me to the point that I was forced to shout back at her in order to neutralize the effect that her shouting was having. After the woman got off the bus, A Russian woman who witnessed everything that had occurred told me that the reason the woman had to shout was because “she knows that she is wrong.”
Her comment struck me as profound yet simple. People shout and act out when they know they are wrong. What proves this is the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an advocate of nonviolent protest only because he knew that he was right. Dr. King launched the civil-rights movement in this country, which was based exclusively upon nonviolent protest, because he knew that he was right about the wrong way that blacks were being treated. And ultimately the movement was successful because it advocated what was right and not for any other reason.
Like the woman on the bus, the Arabs and their supporters scream and shout anti-Israel slogans and terrorize innocent people and commit murder for one reason and one reason alone: They know they are wrong. The Arabs and their supporters, some of the most militant of which are here tonight, know that they are dead wrong about Israel and that is why they have chosen tactics to try to destroy Israel.
While Dr. King may have advocated boycotts by blacks as victims of discrimination, he never advocated any means that would try to destroy America simply for the sake of his cause. Because he knew he was right. The BDS movement in fact has become so crazed that they are not only out to destroy Israel but Arabs as well.
One of the Israeli companies that BDS has singled out for boycott is SodaStream, a company that employs more than one thousand Arab workers in the West Bank. BDS is therefore no different than Al Qaeda which stormed the Libyan embassy in Benghazi in September and killed Ambassador Stevens, who was for a long time assisting the Libyan people. This is what people do when they know they are wrong.