I'm a bit late in reporting this since it's been discussed in the Yated for a few weeks now, but there is another crisis in the frum community. This crisis has no name (or atleast I didn't see any official terms). This crisis is about the many people who are apparently leaving Brooklyn and moving to Lakewood. All the frummies leaving Brooklyn are leaving the yeshivos making the Brooklyn schools empty. This exile to "Ihr HaTorah" is apparently putting the "established shuls and yeshivos " into danger- they may not survive the "loss" of all the people.
Yes, this is the new "crisis." Lakewood is taking people away from Brooklyn, and people actually care! In my opinion it would be alot better if all the psycho lazy (yes, I called them lazy) kollel yungerman, and general pro-kollel people move away from Brooklyn. Fewer nut jubs coming up with crazy chumras in a location that actually effects me...hey, maybe people will stop complaining about Kosher cheeseburgers if they all leave to "Ihr HaTorah"
Anyway, the Rebbeim as well as many Jews who fear change, are pretty stubborn about staying in Brooklyn, and they're trying to show the benefits of living in Brooklyn. One guy mentioned that while real-estate in Lakewood is a lot cheaper, the transportation to and from the city is very expensive. He also mentioned that Lakewood does not have "corner stores" in which the residents can just buy things real simply, but the shopping requires the use of a car- and a car costs money, it is a depreciating asset, as well as a liability (gas price, insurance).
As much as I would love if they all move to Lakewood, this guy made a very good point, one that I cannot refute. I for one, think that the NYC or any city area is the best place to stay for financial reasons. More job opportunities as well as investment opportunities. In Brooklyn for example, after a real-estate slump the price of a house does not diminish as much as it does in non-city areas. In Brooklyn a house would go down only about 20% as opposed to somewhere "out-of-town" a house can go down as much as 40-50% (don't ask where I get this, I read way to many business journals). So, aside for the cheaper transportation, real-estate is definitly something to think about, because while it appears to be cheaper in Lakewood, Brooklyn has a more stable real-estate market.
Another guy said that "During the two thousand years of golus, it has often happened that Jewish communities had to run away from persecution, abandoning the towns they lived in. But why do we have to voluntarily abandon our established communities, without any signs of persecution or natural disasters? There is no apparent reason"
Now this guy is just so easy to attack its not even funny. Firstly, change is essential to life, so is growth and progress. Progressing to a town that is called an "Ihr HaTorah" is something that should not be taking a backseat to a town that isn't as full of Torah learning (Brooklyn). If one has an opportunity to move to such a "holy" city (next in-line after cities in Eretz Yisroal) then why shouldn't they? Who cares about establishments. We're Jews. We're the nation without a land. Our nationality isn't "physical" but rather spiritual. Shouldn't these guys give up on the gashme of Brooklyn and move to the spiritually filled town of Lakewood?
Secondly, this guy doesn't understand the concept of evolution. People as well as animals and plants tend to evolve. This evolution is something that is good. Us Jews have finally evolved into recognition of the perputual hatred we have towards us. We have finally realized that we should abandon our communities BEFORE we are forced to, by war or by pogroms. So this guy should really think long and hard about man's progress, and think about if he really wants to wait for persecution, or beat the next pogrom.
So readers, the Yated calls this massive migration of Jews to Lakewood the new crisis. But is it really?