Tuesday, May 7, 2013

...א קלוגער איד וואלט געמעגט זיין רואה את הנולד
















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I might have known when I saw this story last week on VIN that it would come to something like this. From their very modest beginnings in 1943 they sure have come a long way. Surely Aron Kotler didn't think it would go unnoticed? $10.6 Million is nothing to sneeze at, and in this day and age, when we're constantly under the microscope, you can bet your bottom dollar they'll hoot and holler about it. And that $10.6 mil is just for the library! Now don't get me wrong, I don't for a second think that the comments on that news site are justified. Those people are either anti-Semites or self-hating Jews who are just miffed that the Ultra-Orthodox are getting funded by the Government. But it's one thing to sit back and take it on the chin from the towns and counties that שינד די הויט when it comes to property taxes and give you nothing in return, and it's another to use political influence to get such a direct grant. I don't begrudge them the money, but please, let's not do it at the expense of the rest of us. BMG has enough donors that would want a library on their name.

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Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

Shame on you for being choshed b'chsheyrim. I meant his eynikel.

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moshemoshel said...

Hirshel, uknown has to be excused, he can't read.

pitputim said...

Tax deduction?

Sruly Simon said...

I don't think you can begrudge them for working the system. Frum people will always get bad press. Taking an honest look, it certainly is possible that is beneficial for the state. Chabad in Canada got money through the govt. to stimulate the economy and there were articles questioning why so many chabad centres got that. That is a cost of receiving govt. funds. Doesn't mean you shouldn't try to get it.