Anonymous Donor Donates 280 Reflective Belts To Mesivta Of Lakewood

The Mesivta of Lakewood’s faculty and student body received 280 reflector belts from a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous. Yehuda Abraham, who presented the belts to the Rosh Hayeshiva R’ Yosef Bursztyn, tells TLS that the sponsor, a neighbor of the Yeshiva, expressed his concern for the safety of the Bnei Hayeshiva and wanted to be part of this vital project for safety in Lakewood.

“The Pesach bein hazmanim is over, the Yeshivos are back in full swing and the streets of Lakewood are busy once again”, said Yehuda. “It’s time to get back to work on this important project until walking out at night wearing a reflector belt becomes second nature for everyone”.

Before Pesach, Mayor Menashe Miller personally showed samples of the ShmiraWear reflector belts to Rav Aryeh Leib Shteinman and asked if it permissible to wear them on Shabbos. Rav Shteinman’s Psak can be read here.

In order to make the reflectors easily obtainable, their cost has been deeply discounted for all Lakewood’s residents by Dovid Hess, the owner of ShmiraWear, and the belts are now available at many stores all over town. 

“The goal of this “Reflect & Protect” campaign, being pioneered by Lakewood together with ShmiraWear, is for each individual to feel a responsibility toward the safety of their loved ones and to decrease the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities, chas v’sholom”, Hess said.

Yehuda Abraham says community involvement is welcomed.

If you are interested in becoming an active sponsor of the Lakewood “Reflect and Protect” campaign for your child’s school or yeshiva or for the members of your shul; if you are a store or business willing to sell the reflectors at cost; or if you are an organization looking for a fund-raising promotional item, please contact Yehuda Abraham at 732-364-2500 x5971.

“Together, let us make the streets of Lakewood safe for all”, Yehuda says. TLS.

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  1. Why can’t the Bochurim or the Bochurim’s parents buy the reflectors? A reflector belt can’t cost too much and they last a very long time. Why should all the kids and their parents feel it’s right to take a reflector belt as a gift?
    Reflector belts are a common sense need. Must every common sense need be provided to everyone for free? Isn’t it also common sense to pay for your own needs rather than a mass acceptance of strangers gifts? Is it healthy to teach Bochurim (& their parents) to accept free gifts from strangers like this?

  2. what a great mitzvah! It is so dangerous to walk at night in dark clothing.It makes it nearly impossible to see someone until you’re practically right on top of them. The reflectors ,no doubt, will help prevent possible tragedies.

  3. Now they should just wear it! Having a reflector belt is one thing, actually wearing one is another, many pple forget it at home in in yeshiva and it doesnt do them any good when they really need it!!!!

  4. Can somebody tell me why you need to take R’ Shteinman’s precious time up with something that any Posek in Lakewood (& there are many) could pasken?

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