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thanks for the post Steven.funny enough, lat weekend after my dad and I attended the JWV meeting, we decided to go for a ride through Monsey, where his parents used to live and where I used to play as a child.back then, there were Hasidic families, but more of the jewish community was Conservative, and in many cases, secular. Today Monsey has one of the largest concentrations of hasidim in the world.My dad pointed out Eruvim to me and told me what they were used for, which I was unawares of. a little ironic, because dad is more secular than I am ... we passed by Sunrise drive, where my grandparents lived and where I played as a child, and most of the old houses had been torn down and rebuild to houses that were like, huge. I guess when I was a kid and the town was largely secular and mildly religious Jews, everyone was having 1,2 3 kids, sometimes 4. Today, well, you see these young jewish women in their thirties who have 9, 10 ,11 kids. Need a bigger house for that.and it makes one a bit wistful to go back to place you knew 40 years earlier and see it changed so much. time waits for no one, not even for Dov Baer, the Maggid of Monsey :)d v b6
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