by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Lakewood, New Jersey (USA) is one of the main Torah yeshiva centers of our generation. The large Jewish community in a small New Jersey suburban town revolves around the Beth Medrash Gohova, the largest single Jewish learning institution in the world.
>> The rabbonim in Lakewood are quietly telling their constituents to stock up on food - there will be shortages in the future.
>> At odds with this suggestion, sales at the Lakewood Co-Op (the community Jewish grocery store selling near cost) have been cut down to the minimum for family sustenance, with a few slight splurges for Shabbat. The Co-Op has never seen people buying only the barest minimum of staples and avoiding all normal product selections.
>> A number of children's yeshivot in Lakewood have been on strike for weeks, the latest being the girl's school. They have been behind on salaries going on several months, and the secular teachers were no longer willing to accept it having walked out a while ago. Finally the religious teachers could no longer survive and joined them. At least 2,000 students are on the street.
>> Lakewood community hospital is rumored to be deeply in debt and close to closing. While not part of the Jewish community, the community relies upon it for medical services and as a close facility for the local high religious birth rate.
>> A concerned Lakewood reader to a Jewish religious blog reacted strongly to the blog's statement that a number of rebbe's, tzaddikim and mekubalim (kabbalists) have made statements that it's time for Jews to leave the USA while they still can comfortably, and ran to his rabbaim of Lakewood for an opinion. Is there concern, should he move his family to Israel? He was told that those crazy rabbi's of Eretz Yisroel (the Land of Israel) have no idea what they are talking about.
"Whisperings" - All information presented is yad shniya - 2nd hand, heard from the person who heard it themselves.
Photo credit, the New York Times, 2007.
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