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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Considerations of the future, both practical and existential. 
27th-Aug-2007 02:08 pm
Candybar Doll
Night of the Living Kethylia. Yeah, yeah, I know. Just haven't had anything to say. :P

The gorgeous Queen Anne mansion (considered one of the greatest examples of that style of architecture in the entire country, or so I've heard) half a block away from my house is to be bought by a Haredi yeshiva. Now, I don't pretend to know all the ins and outs of Judaism, but this particular sect supposedly causes tremendous amounts of social, economic, and political friction in the communities they adopt--both in the United States and Israel--and effectively makes it an undesirable locale for anyone who is not Haredi. Which really doesn't matter to me; when in North Plainfield I don't spend much time outside the house, and we do virtually all of our shopping in other towns. (The Bound Brook Shop-Rite has a HUGE kosher section, but I've never seen any Orthodox Jews there.) The only real concern for us is property values. There appears to be some feeling that a large Haredi presence will depress property values in town. On the other hand, it just don't get much more convenient to the future yeshiva than our house. If a lot of Orthodox families do decide to move to North Plainfield en masse, we're sitting on what's likely to become a bit of prime real estate...

In other news, I'm getting swamped with emails about various orientation and social events for new students at NYU. However, I'm having trouble convincing myself that being sociable at these sorts of things is going to net me any particular benefit. Receptions for and lectures by visiting professors? Sure. Meet 'n Greet get-togethers? Err...pass...? *sighs*
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27th-Aug-2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
If a lot of Orthodox families do decide to move to North Plainfield en masse, we're sitting on what's likely to become a bit of prime real estate..

That's just what I was thinking ^_^;

Although if they even piss off people in Israel, they don't sound too fun to be around..

I liked the supermarket in Manville, huge selection of imported stuff from Poland ^_^
27th-Aug-2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
However, I'm having trouble convincing myself that being sociable at these sorts of things is going to net me any particular benefit.

Fun human interaction comes to mind. *nods*

-Tina
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