Saturday, November 03, 2012


Brief Report from New Jersey

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

Things you’re probably not hearing on the news…

Millions remain without power.  What’s this mean?  Our (former) home town remains 50% without power.  Many of the gas stations are in areas without power, so fuel is of limited availability.  The governor has instituted odd-even rationing, meaning you can only buy gas on odd days if your license plate ends in an odd number, or on even days if your license plate ends in an even number.

Our (former) home town mayor has NOW (days after the storm) instituted a 6:00pm city wide CURFEW.  It is illegal for all residents (except for official authorities) to be out of their homes from 6:00pm through 6:00am, daily, for the duration of the city wide emergency.  All local gas stations (that have power) will shut down at 6:00pm.

Public schools remain closed (but may reopen on Monday depending on conditions).

Transit lines and commuter train service remains shut down.  Buses to train lines remain canceled.

Family of ours on Lakewood also remain without power.  With night time temperatures scheduled to fall below freezing starting Sunday night, the new danger of pipes freezing in the home has arrived [which can destroy and flood homes from their own pipes].  (While most New Jersey homes use natural gas for central heating systems, the systems use electricity for fans to blow the hot air or move the hot water – meaning even though the systems are primarily gas based, they won’t operate without electricity.)

Minor news affecting lives:

SAT’s (college entrance tests) cancelled.

Water service is running on backup generators.  Everyone must conserve water to maintain system wide pressure.


  1. Dear Brothers and Sisters of Lakewood

    With much of Lakewood NJ still without power for days, I humbly feel that Hashem is trying to send us a message that: "we" are putting out the light the power of the beauty of Lakewood, the largest town in the US of Torah learning. The light of the Kedusha the light of thousands of Torah learners right here in our town of Lakewood is being distinguished by us with our actions

    We have more Yeshivas and Mesiftas than in any other town or city in America BY"H so we have more responsibility to keep Hashem happier with our way of life, get closer to Hashem as to be an example to the world how a Ben Torah is to behave

    It's time for all of us to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh and see what could be corrected to bring back the light of the Shechinah to Lakewood the town of Torah and Chessed the town that was build by the big Rosh Yeshiva z"l

    If we don't take the message from this storm seriously who knows what other difficult messages Hashem might have to send us in order to wake up and do Teshuva?

    Take a moment and think...are we truly living a spiritual life at least similar to our great grandparents, the way they lived when they arrived in America some 60 years ago? or are we indulged in our clothing, i.e. shoes, jewelry, belt, coat, & mink coats, handbags, boots, sun glasses, non-stop shopping, hunting for bargains, living in restaurants, redoing our kitchens every so often, always planning our next vacations, now Leshem Mitzvah we are busy planning our winter vacation, and of course don't forget Motzai Shabbos hot Pizza & fries, eating it in the pizza shops with mixed company, we have turned into a major "planning board" not leaving enough time to see and plan our lives as "how to serve Hashem better”

    Lets be honest it's almost impossible to walk the streets and keep our eyes clean, and yes, I am referring to neighborhoods of Bnai Torah and Chassidim, not in Harlem, Miami Beach or Las Vegas etc.

    The "Franken-Storm" effect has been felt by many of us, we are all suffering because of it, one way or another, but..... The million dollar question is: are we waking up to Hashems cry?

    Now it's our duty to be strong and say to Hashem:
    OK we are ready to change our lives, our materialistic lifestyle that we have lived up to now, will change!!! We’ll start getting ourselves ready for the coming of Moshiach by living a true Torah life. BTW when Moshiach arrives there will be nothing left of all our Gashmius, so get a head start...and get rid of it now. Lets be more careful with all of the Halochos and 613 Mitzovos of our special sweet Torah.

    Thank you for giving up your time and reading this note of Chizuk. Please copy and paste in Shuls, schools etc. so others can get Chizuk too.

    s.p. It would be nice if everyone takes the Frankenstorm warning from Hashem very seriously to prevent future catastrophes.

  2. I have also seen that in Connecticut several electrical workers have come from the Deep South to help out, but several cities are refusing their volunteer help because they are not members of an official Electrical Union or they are not coming to help in official Union capacity. Unbelievable. People come from another part of the country to volunteer to help, but because they are not coming as part of a Union, they are told to go home. Are these Northeastern cities insane? Don't they want their power back?


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