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Monday, August 31, 2009

The Orthodox SUV: Where It All Went Wrong

During my most recent Shabbos afternoon walk down Central Avenue to visit my mom, it suddenly hit me. I looked into one of the silver stores' windows. This is where it all went sideways. Did we really need Kiddush fountains or was it the hubris that broke the camel's back? Was it the final taunt that took the Aibishter over the top?



  • At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I mean at least it's highly functional. You can use it every week.

    What about the silver esrog box? The silver megillah case?

    Completely useless, and exorbitantly expensive.

    However, no silver store will close on Central avenue as the 5T crowd is too gawdy to let that happen.

  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger nyfunnyman said…

    does anyone have one that always works well?

  • At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Y Danzger said…

    Anon 1:25 PM

    Do you mean to imply that only people in the 5 towns buy these things?

    Every silver store carries them and people from every area buy them.

    No store on Central Avenue is immune to the economic downturn and 5 towns consumers are no more likely to prevent silver stores from closing then Flatbush, Boro Park, Williamsburg etc.

    BTW, it's gaudy, not gawdy

  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Don't mean it as a knock on the Five Towns; there are probably ten fountains in Brooklyn for every one in the FTs. I mean it generally; did we really need silver kiddush fountains? (Just like, do those of us who live on the flat East Coast need SUVs for the two days a year it snows?

  • At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Perhaps if the people in the 5 towns would stick to buying their gaudy silver in the 5 towns and not look for a better deal in Brooklyn there would not be a chashash of the store closing down. But it is not only the silver but the unprecedented amount of wealth and gashmius that infiltrated our (overall frum community, specifically in the NY tri state area, I can't speak for out of town) community over the last 20 years has lead to our inevitable downfall. People can no longer keep up with the schwartzes and the basic frum lifestyle has been setup as one where people need to keep up. Tuition costs, house prices, food prices. $200,000later for basic living expenses and there is no rainy day fund for when all the fun ran out. I think that we have not seen the bottom of this yet and it is only going to get uglier from here.

  • At 4:59 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    It as almost certainly get much uglier from here. I don't think we've seen anything yet.

  • At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    with commercial real estate about to be the next biggest bubble to top ( residential already has), it's going to be the machers of yesteryear (those guys who own tons of buildings, etc.) who will start to feel the pinch. they are much bigger $ than the residential folks with dinky condo developments.

    thats when the plane crashes into the building.

  • At 11:24 AM, Anonymous megapixel said…

    I dont think anyone actually goes out and buys themselves this item. I think more likely its the type of thing that people buy as gifts "for the man who has everything".
    there are alot of things people have that they dont need.

  • At 1:53 PM, Blogger Neil Harris said…

    Great post. It's not just "the fountain", it's the need to have the most expensive one.

  • At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Bob Miller said…

    Are people allowed to use ordinary kosher wine in these artworks?


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