Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Lakewood Checks In Loud and Clear!
A Letter from a reader:
As a big fan of your site (usually) and someone who was an askan and worked long days and nights for the success of last night's event, I could tell you that although it wasn't a Lubavitch love fest and we still have a lot of work ahead of us in coming together, there was a historical turnout. There was never such a turnout for any event in the history of Lakewood. That includes "The Gedolim from Eretz Yisroel Kabolas Panim" and the BMG tent event that gets pumped and marketed like crazy for months in advance etc. There was local traffic of over half an hour to get to the hall, the roads were like parking lots, many just turned around and went home when they saw they wont get there, others parked their cars and walked 20-30 minutes. The most amazing part was there were lines of simple, poor yungeleit (that don't drive Odysseys and have new homes) giving $100-$180 and the like. We raised over $250,000 in one night of small $ the greatest donation being $1,800. I think it deserves honorable mention at the least. We are really going all out for our Lubavitcher brother.
A Yid In Lakewood
Thank you, a Yid in Lakewood, for your report and your work on behalf of this great Mitzvah. I am pleasantly surprised that despite the fact that the sentence was handed down that people still want to participate in helping the appeal and don't want it to "just go away." What you tell me about the poor of Lakewood writing big checks is wonderful. (That has always been the case - where those that have less give more, but that's beside the point! It's still wonderful to see!) I'm also happy to hear - yes, happy - that Rabbi Waxman from ireinu Monsey mentioned the fact that nobody would but is on lots of peoples' minds: namely why are we helping this Lubavitcher if we soooo oppose what they do and what he believes?! It was a very smart move. People today never speak what's on their minds, and Rabbi Waxman was a breath of fresh air. Where the askonim, P. Lipschutz and all the others have the strength to persevere veist nor der eiberhster, and may he give them alot more where that came from!
Cute, 2 BMG Roshei Yeshivah watching a "Chabadsker Yungerman" speak in Lakewood...