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Can you please post as I’m eager to hear the thoughts of others on this matter. I’m one that rarely goes out, yet for our anniversary my wife and I decided to go somewhere local. It was motsoei shabbos and we were going to a local pizza shop. We parked our car and headed to the store. We saw this huge crowd in front and at first thought it was a line to get in. As we got closer we saw a bunch of goyim hanging out in front. I turned to my wife and asked why are there goyim hanging around in front of a yiddishe pizza shop? She looked at me surprisingly and said those are yiddin! I said huh? And her response was get with the program those are yiddin.Let me explain what I saw; there were a pack of boys with out yarmulkas in a cloud of smoke speaking quite loudly. They were talking to a pack of girls that some were wearing pants, some sleeveless t-shirts and let’s just say neither was acting anything close to looking Jewish. I just stood there caught in my tracks and couldn’t move. I really thought my wife was mistaking. Then on a second look I did notice some boys with yarmulkas. I was in a daze the rest of the evening. Was I so mufkah and this is what’s going on?? The next day I called some friends to confirm. I was shocked to hear that yes this is what’s going on yet some were taken aback to the extent. My concern was two fold; 1. How did these yiddishe neshomois fall so low and 2. Is this what our kids are seeing when we let them go the pizza shop. To this some responded that it’s better to have these chevrah hang out in yiddishe places rather then c’v other places. My question; is it morally correct to jeopardize innocent neshomas to save these neshomas (do we sacrifice one neshoma for the other)? Or should we have these chevrah removed to some other place where it won’t have an effect on others?
I’m curious to hear your readers view.
A concerned parent .