I doubt you’ll print this but I’m going to do the right thing and write it anyway.
I’m pretty new to Lakewood, having lived in a different state all my life, and I am appalled by all the drivers holding phones in their hands while driving. I actually thought for a while that maybe it was legal here because almost everyone does it!
What a chillul Hashem! Doing it openly without even trying to hide that they’re breaking the law and putting lives in danger! And then people are shocked by how many accidents happen here every day r”l! I’d bet many of them are a result of all the widespread phone usage while driving.
Seeing yeshivish men with their long beards holding phones gets me particularly upset. Makpid enough to only use a kosher phone but when it comes to chillul Hashem, breaking the law and endangering others, then we’re not so makpid? How is that okay?
In addition the driving of most of the people here is downright scary. Cutting people off, running stop signs, the rudeness, the lack of middos… it’s the one thing that really gets me angry about this area that’s otherwise so full of chesed and Torah learning.
How do people justify the hypocrisy?
I can tell you about the chillul Hashem aspect because a police officer discussed this problem with me and you can be sure the entire department along with the many non Jews living in Jersey can also see well enough, and they notice this on an ongoing basis, happening in our community. You can’t miss it.
Like I said I’m sure you won’t dare print this and risk insulting so many who are guilty of the above. But I believe it’s an urgent problem that needs to be addressed if we, as frum yidden, are honest with ourselves.
Hashem should keep us all safe, despite what’s going on.
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