Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Marvin Schick remembers Reb Yisroel Perkowski ע"ה
Members of the Youth wing of the
Agudah Party at a special training farm
Ahh, the good ol' days in Boro Park
When you could walk the streets of Boro Park without a Shtreimel or beard, when you could daven Ashkenaz and be proud, when you could go home right after Maariv on Shemini Atzeres and didn't have to dance the night through.
"Before those darned Chassidim came and ruined it all, eh?!"
The 16th Ave Agudists, - where Rav Perkowski was Rov for decades, aside from being the Rosh Yeshivah in Bais HaTalmud of Bensonhurst, - now have more trouble. The "Moshe Sherer Legacy Agudah Shul" just opened up around the corner. A Multi-Million dollar complex that was built for the sole purpose of spending the money they made from selling the old shul. Also, those star-studded Shabbos HaGodol Droshos needed a venue. If the 16th Ave shul had trouble before and felt out of place in a very different Boro Park it'll only get worse now.
Truth be told, I too feel like a stranger in my native Boro Park, and I'm not half Marvin's age. It's gotten to the point where you can't walk the streets of Boro Park on Shabbos anymore if you're not super "Chassidish!" What will become of this once great neighborhood?