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Sunday, May 30, 2004

Cultural clash evident throughout Lakewood

The neighborhood in southern Lakewood is rapidly changing from a family-friendly area to a low-income rental district run by absentee landlords. People living there say if they don't get out now, their home value and quality of life surely will plummet. Some longtime homeowners in the neighborhood are selling their houses to members of the Orthodox Jewish community. Orthodox men usually are identified by their distinct traditional dark suits, hats and beards. "We feel we're being pushed out," said Mrs. Arias, a 33-year-old school aide who has lived in Lakewood most of her life. No one is being pushed out, members of the Orthodox community say. They say they are merely buying properties where they want to live, and, in many cases, homeowners are offered above-market prices for their houses. Lakewood, one of the fastest-growing communities in New Jersey, has become an attractive area for the Orthodox to live in because housing is cheaper than in New York, where many have moved from. It is also home to one of the largest rabbinical colleges in the world, Beth Medrash Govoha, which attracts hundreds of new students each year. Maybe the Goyim who really like Lakewood can stay and the Beth Medrash Govoha.

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Friday, May 28, 2004

Viener Kollel fundraising party this Sunday

Hey c'mon, just a little chessed. The Viener Kollel of Boro-Park will be having their annual fundraising party this Sunday at the Adas Terrace hall at 1358-50th st. The party will be for women only and will be raffling off tons of prizes. Food for the party is being sponsored by the new milchig Bertolini's Ristorante in Flatbush, owned by the same people as China Glatt here in Boro-Park. So why not come by sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., hey you never know, you might just win something.

The Viener Kollel web-site

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Flood kills at least 245 in Caribbean

Emergency workers dumped scores of mud-caked corpses into a mass grave today as the reported death toll from flooding of rain-swollen rivers in the Dominican Republic and Haiti rose to at least 245. Frantic relatives used their bare hands to dig through the mud for loved ones missing after Monday's heavy rains lashed the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by the two countries. At least 130 corpses were counted in the Dominican town of Jimani, near the border with Haiti, after shacks in the nearby village of Malpaso were swept away by flooding along the Solie River. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 100 corpses in a hospital morgue before families bearing wooden and metal coffins arrived to claim them. Another 115 people were killed on the Haitian side in the towns of Jacmel and Fond Verrette. I hope nobody was planning on spending Shvuos there.

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Monday, May 24, 2004

Israel hastily pulls out of Gaza

Israeli troops abruptly hastily left a Gaza refugee camp without completing a sweep for arms-smuggling tunnels, prompting growing criticism in Israel that the military has little to show for a weeklong offensive that left 45 Palestinians dead and drew worldwide condemnation. Estimates of the number of houses demolished in the raid varied greatly. The United Nations said 45 buildings were razed, while Palestinian officials said about 300 homes were destroyed. Israel said 56 homes were demolished or damaged. I think that's a big enough accomplishment.

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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Suicide attempt at Macy's

A shoplifter was clinging to life last night after he tried to hang himself inside a holding cell at Macy's flagship Herald Square store. The alleged shoplifter, identified as David Gonzalez, was locked up by Macy's security guards after being accused of stealing $423 in shirts, jeans and a sweat suit yesterday afternoon, said cops. Gonzalez, 26, was busted after security cameras caught him allegedly grabbing merchandise. Members of the store's private security force pounced and put him away in the bowels of the store to await arrest by police, It's not clear exactly how long he was incarcerated by Macy's, but cops arrived at the store to arrest him just after 5 p.m. The officers then found Gonzalez inches away from death as he dangled from a makeshift noose tied around his neck, police said. Gonzalez, who was alone in the cell, fashioned the noose out of shoe laces. I thought the most dangerous part of shopping was overspending, guess I was wrong, so keep a lookout in Eichlers or Landaus, you might save someone's life.

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Saturday, May 22, 2004

Scammer soliciting in Boro-Park

For all you guys with bleeding hearts, there is a guy out on the streets of Boro-Park falsely soliciting money from passersby. He drives around with a late '90s red Ford Taurus with PA license plate number FMK 3795. He is about 6 ft. tall, skinny and has brown hair. His story is something to the effect of him being mugged and not having any money. He asks for about ten dollars to pay the tolls to get home. He has been doing this for days and when approached about this he lies his way out. If anyone sees this man or is asked to give him money, please contact Shomrim and your local Police precinct.

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Friday, May 21, 2004

Baby left in hot car in Lakewood perishes

A seven-month-old boy named Chaim was accidentally left inside a vehicle for several hours yesterday. The infant's father, 25-year-old Aryeh Katzman, has been charged with second-degree child endangerment and was released after posting $100,000 bail. The child's father apparently forgot about the child, thinking he had already dropped him off at the baby sitter's house before Kollel, until later in the day when returning to the car after Kollel he discovered the child dead in the car.

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Shomer Shabbos builds new insulated Succah

After years of having to maneuver around the temporary Succah erected in front of the Shomer Shabbos Shul on 13th avenue corner 53rd st., a new insulated Succah has been built to maneuver around. The new Succah constructed of aluminum and filled with insulation foam will be airconditioned and will hopefully be nice and cool in the summer. Hot-plates with chulent are also likely to be installed in the Succah in the near future.

Pictures of the new Succah

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Two drunks and a dog evicted from empty apartment building

After hours of waiting and coaxing Police finally removed two drunks and their dog from an empty apartment building on 54th street between 12th and New Utrecht avenues. Approximately ten Police cruisers and about five more unmarked cars were there, besides an ambulance, two ESU trucks and the big Police command center. The building owned by Mr. Freund of the Freund's Fish Store, formerly on 13th av. had been emptied to build condominiums to sell. After the illegal inhabitants refusing to leave, Police were called and they were forcibly ejected.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Bugs in the water, for real

Yep, I guess the sheitel story is old already, 'cause now we are finding little bugs in the water for real. Leave it to Chaptzem.com to get you a picture of the worm like creatures from under a microscope at 100x magnification. About drinking the water, I'm sorry you'll have to ask your local Rabbi about that.

Picture of the bug

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Explosives discovered in Boro-Park

After a fire took a second floor apartment on 12th av. between 49th and 50th streets firemen discovered what appeared to be explosives. The apartment inhabited by Arabs was burned down and could not be lived in. Police closed off the entire street while the explosives were carefully removed.

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Monday, May 17, 2004

Amnon Yitzchak speaks in Williamsburg

Boruch Hashem the Amnon Yitzchak speech in Williamsburg was a massive success. A great 'hirrur tchiva' swept over the entire community. According to an attendee of the event, 22 Chassidim were seen throwing out their televisions soon after. Also on another note a big Mazel Tov is in order, according to new reports, the woman that had a child after ten years of marriage after covering her hair at a previous Amnon Yitzchak event for the first time, just gave birth to another child shortly after donning a shpitzel. Nor Oif Simchas!

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

City on the water, the Freedom Ship

The Freedom Ship will include the following features.

Where is the Shul? Who will be Rebbe?

Link to Freedom Ship site

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Saturday, May 15, 2004

R' Yisroel Hager files court papers for acquisition of Shul in Williamsburg

During this past week the eldest son of R' Moishe Hager, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Bnei Brak, R' Yisroel Hager filed papers in Civil Court claiming ownership of the Vizhnitzer Shul in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The sudden legal actions are assumed to be attributed to the new developments in the controversy between the Rebbe's two children.

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Friday, May 14, 2004

Boruch dayin emes

The levaya/memorial service of Nicholas Berg took place Friday in a Shul in West Chester, PA. The family felt it appropriate to have the service even though the body had been buried already on Thursday after a funeral service.

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MetroCard machines now have Yiddish language

Now if you only speak Yiddish several MetroCard vending machines will be able to accommodate you. Some machines in Boro-Park and Williamsburg Brooklyn are programmed to display buying instructions in Yiddish. Local politicians are hoping to add some more important Yiddish features in the near future. Some of the more vital features are having the machine display 'sof zman krias shema' and being able to donate to 'hacnosas kallah' via the vending machine. The MTA says they still need some time to access the situation and decide whether these features are actually necessary.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, beheading culprit

US intelligence officials have concluded that terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was the person shown on a video beheading an American civilian in Iraq based on an analysis of the voice on the video, a CIA official said Thursday.

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45,000 'Avodah Zorah' sheitlech for sale on eBay

For a great deal on 45,000 sheitlech check out this auction, guaranteed to have at least something for everyone.

Auction Description:

Stock of 45,000 beautiful wigs. Wigs have never been used other than as tools in mild forms of pagan worship, unconventional Indian religious rituals and mild usage in ulra-orthodox Jewish circles. Seller takes no responsibility for any injuries, damage, harm or detriment that may result due to the presence of satanic or modern-orthodox spirits hovering in or around the wigs. These wigs are easy to care for and require nothing more than semiannual cleansing in unfiltered New York City water. Items are currently being stored at a secret undisclosed location and will be shipped via Moishe's moving company upon receipt of payment. Cash STRONGLY preferred. All styles, long, short, hat-falls, falls...full color selection!
pictures are displayed on our models @ www.onlysimchas.com (check out the Lag B'omer weddings for newest arrivals!)

(since any benefit is assur, the money will be burnt)

Auction link

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

The horrible and senseless beheading of American Jew Nick Berg

Where are the humanitarians now when an American is beheaded by some Arab thugs. Is Arab blood redder than American blood or have we just lost our minds in this liberal tumult. I wonder if they think Nick Berg deserved to have his head lopped off for trying to help rebuild Iraq.

Nick Berg beheading video

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Moishe Arye Webber captured

A young man named Moishe Arye Webber, son of Mr. Webber of Webber's Grocery, after years of trying to evade marriage, finally it has caught up with him. In an attempt to flee the country and hide in neighboring Montreal, Canada, Moishe was caught by his future wife, Miss Ruchy Berkowitz. Sources claim, the wedding is set to take place in the near future, regardless of Moishe's pleas for freedom. Moish we love you, may you be zoiche to build a bayis ne'eman b'yisroel.

Picture of Moishe

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Monday, May 10, 2004

Rasta Rabbi - a Chassidishe reggae musician on the scene

Wednesday, the Chabad Jewish Student Organization will present Matisyahu Miller, the self-proclaimed Hasidic reggae superstar who will perform his Chassidic reggae. "Lyrically, he works from the context of being a Hasidic Jew, but in a lot of ways, it's traditional dancehall reggae," JDub records executive director Aaron Bisman said. "It's really unique." Matisyahu's blend of Orthodox Jewish beliefs and reggae beats isn't as much of a stretch as some might think. "A lot of the themes in reggae music are common to Judaism," he said. "Both Rastafarianism and Judaism are concerned with looking for a world of good for all people." The artist himself agreed. "The lyrics in reggae are mostly based on the Old Testament," Matisyahu said. "They took a lot from the Psalms and King David. They speak of the lion of Judah." He went on to explain that artists like him help explain the connection between beliefs. "You could hear a Rastafarian singing a reggae song and not think anything of it," Matisyahu said, "But if you hear a Hasidic Jew singing it, you'll probably think of it differently. Before, you wouldn't think it was Jewish." For any musical 'shailos' contact R' Matisyahu Miller, The Reggae Rebbe. Well maybe I was wrong, there might be hope for my Chassidic rap career, 'peace out'.

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Sunday, May 09, 2004

New issur on sheitlech

As per a p'sak released recently by HaRav Eliyashev and by some Rabbonim today, sheitlech are now usser 'min Ha'Torah'. The p'sak claims that the hair used for sheitlech is imported from India where Buddhists worship the human hair and is therefore considered to be an 'avodah zorah'. Boy, and all this time I thought human-hair sheitlech were usser anyway 'cause of tznius.

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Friday, May 07, 2004

Eiruv in Flatbush, finally

Following Boro-Park's example, Flatbush has finally decided to have their eiruv certified by some prominent Rabbonim who have the backbone to back it up. The Flatbush eiruv will cover a large part of the Heimishe area and starts from McDonald av. The eiruv is backed by HaRav Yecheskel Roth and HaRav Bentzion Wosner. Enjoy your Shabbos people and get ready for the 'hafganas'.

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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Rabbi finds cure for AIDS

Dr. Rabbi Melchizedek Azolene of Makani has claimed that he has
finally found the cure for the dreadful HIV/AIDS virus. Speaking to Concord Times in the northern township recently, the Doctor who runs a Laboratory at his 9 Magburuka Road residence, Makeni says he discovered the cure for the disease through native herbs. He calls the herb, 'Moses divine Antacid powder.' Dr. Azolene said he has treated lot of patients from Bo, Kenema, Freetown and other places who were already tested positive for HIV/ AIDS and added, " I have treated a lot of AIDS patients and they have been cured of the disease." According to him, any patient who uses his medicine must not drink black tea, coffee, 'ataya', chew cola nuts and must completely avoid smoking cigarette and drinking wine. I wonder if he also has a cure for 'an angereter krankeit'.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Russian attack

A Russian man driving a green Ford Expedition punched a driver of the Boro-Park - Williamsburg bus company in the face and was arrested for assault. At about 1:30 pm on 50th street between 13th av. and 14th av. an Expedition pulled out suddenly in front of the bus without any turning signals. The bus honked his horn at the driver, which prompted the man to back-up his vehicle blocking the bus and all other traffic. Both drivers then exited to the street, that is when the Russian Expedition driver proceeded to punch the bus driver straight in the face. The Police were promptly notified and arrived on the scene unordinarily quickly. The Police Officers handcuffed the Russian man and sat him in the back of the Police car and carted him off to the Precinct. I'm definitely going to avoid driving near green expeditions for near future, I mean if you get punched for honking, who knows what might happen for tailgating.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Helicopter crashes near Boro-Park

A TV news helicopter had to make an emergency landing after experiencing some trouble in the air. While attempting to land, the helicopter crashed onto the roof of a building on Cortelyou rd. and Flatbush av. The tail of the helicopter snapped of from the impact of the rough landing. All three people aboard, the pilot, a news reporter and a passenger sustained minor injuries only. I'm really glad it didn't land on my roof.

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Monday, May 03, 2004

Praying isn't always free

Governor Pataki's Prayer Breakfast Trust Fund, was selling VIP tables for up to $1,000 each for a May 11 prayer breakfast featuring Laura Bush as the star attraction. The sale was denounced by good-government groups as "pay for pray," an attempt to solicit money from high-rolling lobbyists who already give large contributions as part of Albany's "pay to play" culture. State law says all charitable organizations that "solicit contributions" from the public must register, and make a series of public financial disclosures, with Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office. The Governor's Fund was never registered as a charity and has never made a public accounting of how the money was spent, the fund may therefore have to shell out for some fines. I wonder if selling Aliyas are also a problem.

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Sunday, May 02, 2004

R' Mendel Hager ejected from Vizhnitz

This Shabbos R' Mendel Hager, the second son of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe and the man who was believed for years to be the next Rebbe, was escorted out of the Shul this Shabbos in an amazing turn of events. The 'bagleiting' took place 'brov om' and with all the little kids yelling in the background "sheigitz arouse". I guess nobody's job is safe anymore.

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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Helicopter crashes near Boro-Park

A TV news helicopter had to make an emergency landing after something went wrong. The helicopter crash-landed onto the roof of a building on Cortelyou rd. and Flatbush av. The tail end of the helicopter snapped off during the rough landing. Both the pilot and the news reporter sustained only minor injuries. I'm pretty glad it didn't land on my roof.

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