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From the COLlive inbox: A Crown Heights resident has a request of fellow Chassidim to do at the Simchas Beis Hashoeiva. Full Story

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To number 24
October 2, 2015 6:26 am

Please say that again! Yes, we can make a difference by simply and casually suggesting and encouraging friends, acquaintances and just anyone to stand and watch with us (girls) and dance (boys). You can make a difference.

October 1, 2015 11:11 pm

Yemin Mikareves, Usmoel Doche. Sincerely, a Beis Rivkah girl who almost got caught up in this stuff, until someone asked me to hold their place on a crate, no, 3 crates high, and I witnessed the simcha (I wasn’t even the one dancing!) and I was HOOKED. 1 Year Later: My sister and I dress quite fashionably, yet 100% Tznious, No tight pencil skirts etc. and on the way to Simchas Beis, a group of 18-19 year old boys from flatbush passed by. The seemingly popular one stopped in front of us and said “Hey, Whats up?” in a teasing… Read more »

To #11
October 1, 2015 6:01 pm

Unfortunately, it’s pretty bad. It’s where the barrier between the men and women’s section ends, so there’s a lot of inappropriate intermingling, the beer and cigarettes come out, it’s just a mess. The Hanhala in most schools send out letters to the parents telling them to avoid Crown and Kingston

October 1, 2015 5:59 pm

We love you and every single person in Crown Heights, but we sometimes get overwhelmed with our own reponsibilities… so pleaseforgive us. that’s why this article is a small beginning to remind us that one step at a time Crown Heights community will become the envy of the world! I invite you to the revolution!

October 1, 2015 5:21 pm

Its not necessarily at the corner of crown its all over that I see polisher chassisdim and as soon as I get them into the circle I see the smiles… You could never know what connection thease people have to chabad!

October 1, 2015 4:44 pm

I was shocked to see scores of young teens drinking alcohol and smoking pot on Crown Street with not an adult in sight. Forget the dancing, adults and police shoukd patrol the darkened street and break up these illegal and immoral and dangerous activities. A young boy I passed was coughing violently while the other more experienced young teens propped his head up. Finally, after midnight police were searching one group for drugs. I literally covered my son’s eyesi order to walk home. Residents, peek outside. If young kids are doing alcohol and drugs on your driveway call the police.… Read more »

Crown heightser
October 1, 2015 12:56 pm

This is such a nice article. We “care” when someone is standing by the side and not dancing. When we see a person eating out of the Suka we “remind” them to eat in a Suka. Get real this is to Make you feel good you told him to eat in a Suka. There is a much deeper and larger problem NOT being delt with in our town. I don’t use the word community because we don’t have one. You can google the definition to find out what community means. This is about time we give pure true help to… Read more »

Who says this can only happen in NY? and why only now?
October 1, 2015 10:51 am

As someone who lives in a different city, BH we have many shuls and Chabads who have Sukkot parties and Simchas Beis Hashoevas. At every one, there is a group of people who stand on the sidelines that we can pull into dancing. The same can be said for Simchas Torah next week! For that matter, any simcha, any day at shul when you see a girl or guy who seems unsure, help them! Mivtzoim is good but when they come to you, you should also make sure that you see them and not just your own simcha or davening… Read more »

To #11
October 1, 2015 9:25 am

Bad. VERY bad.


a resident of Crown, Albany/Kingston for 25 years

מבצעים סנטר בלב קראון סטריט
October 1, 2015 4:27 am

בכל יום שישי בחורים נוסעים למנהטן או לפלטבוש
וכ’ולקרב יהודים מחפשים בכל פינה עוד יהודי,וכעת יש
הזדמנות לעשות מבצעים פה בלי להתאמץ לנסוע רחוק
כמות הבחורים שצריכים קירוב שמגיעים הנה בכל לילה
גדולה מאוד,וצריך לנצל את הרגעים האלה זה רק שבוע
אחד.אז בבקשה אל תוותרו על אף אחד. ממש השגחה פרטית.
בהצלחה רבה ,אל תשכחו כל פעולה משפיעה לטובה,והרבי משתתף
בקירוב. תזכו למצוות,לא יחד ממנו נידח.

Let's follow this important advice with enthusiasm and joy!
October 1, 2015 2:58 am

thank you for something we really needed to remember….

Just wanted to clarify – why is it not advisable for bochrim to approach and “get involved initially”?

ACTION that will bring MOSHIACH NOW!
October 1, 2015 2:46 am

Thanks to the sincere Chossid for this vital message, – putting into action the Rebbe’s lifelong fervent appeal to “OPEN OUR EYES”, and reminding everyone what it’s really all about….
Yishar Kochachem –
May we dance to greet Moshiach and celebrate the true and complete Geulah NOW!

T.H. Israel

Kol hakavod
October 1, 2015 1:59 am

Thnx for actually trying to fix the situation and not just preach abt it the whole ppont of simchas beis is being ignored unless ppl do exactly what u recomend in this aeticle

Good suggestion
October 1, 2015 1:46 am

Yeah im one of those crown st kids i guess…. why dont u invite me to dance? I might refuse at first but come on.

To #5
October 1, 2015 1:13 am

You can’t just make fun of crown corner like that?how bad could it have been

October 1, 2015 1:06 am

We run to do mivtzoim in Manhattan, Sheepshead Bay etc but we forget about our own. In our shul on ST, we get a lot of young guys wandering in in the hope of finding liquor. Instead, the men pull them in to dance, the women clap, and everyone has a great time. Just to add to #6 – it is very hard for young people to say Kaddish or yizkor. If an older, experienced and kind man (or woman in the case of yizkor) would stand by them and just be a source of support, that really helps. I… Read more »

Kol hakovod
October 1, 2015 12:06 am

Instead of more speeches and articles about Hakhel
Taking the action suggested in this letter would be much more effective and meaningful

2 #6
September 30, 2015 11:28 pm

So true.Every child should be included in the simcha. Thanks for the reminder.

September 30, 2015 11:20 pm

ty for putting this out

September 30, 2015 10:55 pm

if you know any children without a father, or without a present father, please consider inviting them along. You can’t imagine how much it will mean.


A child who watched all the other children going on their father’s shoulder on simchas torah, and going under their father’s tallis for birkas kohanim, and never knew what it was like to do either.

CROWN corner
September 30, 2015 10:51 pm

During simchas beis is actually…traumatic. as a poor 16 year old girl i have disgusting memories of that place.

Great idea
September 30, 2015 10:47 pm

Was aways thinking about this. Thank you for posting!

September 30, 2015 10:19 pm

P.s. we dont wear tefillin on chol hamoed

September 30, 2015 9:57 pm

True ty

So true...
September 30, 2015 9:41 pm

Yasher koach!