This letter is in response to the letter by Mr Shidler
Submitted by: A.R
I grew up in Lakewood and my father was a talmid of reb Shneur. When I was in elementary school 25 years ago the parents chose the school and the school basically accepted everyone.
Then Brooklyn came. In lakewood, the people were kind and caring. They owned old cars and didn’t have fancy houses. Brooklyn people came with fancy cars and built mansions and took over our streets. They also brought along an attitude that said that they don’t care. So while a school asked the parents to come dressed appropriately, parents came in clothing that wasn’t acceptable for a yeshiva or bais Yaakov school.
The children went against the rules and would watch movies and have all access to the internet. This is not how Lakewood was created! Parents can’t decide that they want to follow their own rules (skirts above the knees, half uncovered hair) and complain that their children don’t fit in. They can’t talk trash about their neighbor and expect their children to be allowed in school when he constantly curses out the rebbe. Lakewood was dedicated to the Yeshiva and there are certain rules and attitudes that each school has a right to uphold.
1. Ateres Tzipora has kicked out students in the past
2. Aaron Kotler is not a rosh yeshiva, his grandfather was
3. The vaad was started at least 25 years ago
I’m going to say the exact same thing I say about illegal immigration: if you’re gonna come to a place and empty all it’s resources at least have the courtesy of learning the traditions of where you invade.
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