Letter: My New Jewish Neighbor

I’d just like to spread a beautiful deed.

I’ve been living in Jackson for over thirty years.

To be honest, the last few years when the orthodox community started moving in, I was a bit nervous and skeptical as I didn’t have much contact with them and don’t know what to expect.

But that all changed last weekend when we got a knock on our door.

It was a young Jewish couple that had just moved across the street and had a beautiful bottle of wine and cookies with them. They said they had just moved in and this was their way of introducing themselves to the neighbors.

We welcomed them inside and had a beautiful conversation for over twenty minutes about various topics. It made us feel very comfortable and completely changed our perspective of the community.

Thank you sir and ma’am for stopping by. I wish all my friends neighbors such as you.

Your new neighbor Brittany.

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  1. Now THAT’S a Kiddush H-shem! How beautiful! All it takes is a little thought and a little sensitivity…This young couple can be proud of what they did as their actions will have positive repercussions….

  2. Amazing. I live in Toms River and brought over some chocolates and a bottle of wine to my neighbor on new years eve, and it generated so much goodwill.

    • While you may have meant well to be a nice neighbor holiday season, New Year’s has its roots in Avoda Zara. Good shayla for a Rov. To avoid any shaylos, you may want to try around Chanukah.

  3. It is a nice gesture. Usually, where I have always lived the current neighbors bring something to the new neighbors. I think just waving and keeping your property clean is enough. Please don’t bring alcohol. Alot of people are in recovery or choose not to consume it.

  4. I am the first & only non Frum Jewish resident of my block in Howell. some avoid me & I understand. 1 neighbor however sends complete Shabbos & holiday dinners over for my wife & I every week, going on 5 years!

  5. What a great idea. I wish someone would have suggested that to me when I moved into my house in a Lakewood neighborhood thirty years ago. Good relationships with neighbors make life more pleasant.

  6. When I moved in I also had them sign a contract that allows me to cut their lawn every 2 weeks for free. I told them it was in Hebrew for religious reasons. It really said me & my Chaverim can park in or block their driveway when we are late trying to “Chop” a Mincha.
    I can’t wait for them to call the cops when I’m in their driveway so I can sue for big money (& people say the Jews in Lakewood don’t know how to make an honest living).
    p.s. I asked my Ruv & he said Tefillah Bitsibur is so important that what I did was not only Mutar but praiseworthy. He asked me if he could share this story in his Yom Kippur drasha & of course i agreed. Mi Kiamcha Yisroel! Who else would go to such great lengths to pray properly?

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