August 9, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Micha Odenheimer discovers New Jersey

From Ethiopia to Thailand to Burma to.... Lakewood, NJ?
The world has also turned Lakewood around. A., a real estate developer in his twenties who grew up in Lakewood, rebelled, but eventually returned to observance and to Lakewood, says that Lakewood has mutated into something new over the past few years.

"The whole concept, that you have to go to kollel or you're not worth anything, that doesn't exist anymore - although I don't know if the kollel people know it.

There's no stigma attached to working, and the drive for money - it's greater than ever. A lot of children of kollel-sitters who saw the poverty in their homes have gone out and started businesses - retail, nursing homes, you name it. There's a lot of money here."

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