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Re: Re: Interesting Articles...
The implication of her question "where is my baby" is that she expected the baby to still be in the car where she left it.
Or that she had just remembered that her baby was in the car and ran out in a panic only to find an empty car

August 31, 2016, 02:57:50 PM
Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
I lIke your ticket/bribe story on the road but what about the airport - you think it's the same guys there?
Every local you meet just views you as a personal ATM machine. Heck I even got card skimmed at an ATM machine in Playa :P

Easily my least favorite foreign country.

May 18, 2017, 01:01:31 AM
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June 15, 2017, 10:12:02 AM
Re: EZ pass issue / Find out owner of license plate? Ime Ezpass has horrible customer service
June 16, 2017, 12:18:14 PM
Re: Charles Tyrwhitt Master Thread

Use link and regular priced shirts should show up as $33 and free shipping too. It says 5 for $165, but I ordered 7 shirts and they were all $33, not sure about if you order less than 5. I don't think this is the lowest prices go, but if you need work clothes like I did, it's not a bad deal. Maybe their Valentine's Day sale will be better.

August 21, 2017, 02:31:16 PM
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August 31, 2017, 04:00:23 PM
Re: Hairgate The one thing we all can agree on is that this crazy mindset that our generation has that every stupid thing that arrives on your phone needs to be shared with all contacts and groups. Absolutely ridiculous! Needs to change. 
September 03, 2017, 11:22:24 PM
Re: Hairgate I don't think this is on the school. I think this is on the parents for patronizing schools with ridiculous rules. People like the rules otherwise they would vote with their feet. Even in Lakewood, you have autonomy. You can choose to bus your kid to a school outside of Lakewood if the rules bother you or you can homeschool or you can move or you can start a new school. You aren't stuck. If you choose to be a part of the greater Lakewood community and choose to utilize the schools in the community then you are agreeing to the rules.

Do I think the rules are crazy? Absolutely. As a student, I fought hard against any rule that wasn't in the handbook and refused to remove things like my ankle bracelet since there was no rule against it. A few years after I left the school, they implemented a rule "No stylish haircuts." Crazy, but it's not a school that I would ever consider sending my kids to. I send my kids to a normal school with rules that make sense to me or rules that I can live with.

September 04, 2017, 09:52:12 AM
Re: Hairgate
That in no way disproves that they are not businesses. Do you not agree the mosdos hold a tremendous ammount of power and influence?
They do have influence, but that does not change the fact that for the vast majority of kids it was the choice of the parents to send to the school they are in.

I guarantee that half the people complaining about this are people who jumped through all sorts of hoops to get their girls into davka this school and the school may have even felt it was not an appropriate school for that family. Now they feel the need to bring the school down to their standards and then will wonder why they have issues getting their daughters into the high school they want. There are schools with more relaxed standards than Bnos Yaakov which they could have sent to without the hoops they needed to jump through to get into Bnos Yaakov. Don't send to a school whose standards you don't wish to keep. If you send there anyhow it is your fault and not the school's.

September 04, 2017, 10:12:29 AM
Re: Hairgate I am a parent in this school.

First of all, it is an incredible school. Far from what has been assumed here and wherever this video is being discussed, they give over an excitement and pride of Yiddishkeit to their students. The principal is an incredible woman. She knows every girl in the school, and any of my daughters will tell you that she loves them. When people talk about how schools should be teaching students to love and live Yiddishkeit instead of just seeing it as a list of dry rules, they should be looking at this school for how to do that.

All that said, there is nothing wrong with a school having rules and enforcing them. The school has always had a rule that when hair is worn down it should not be beyond a certain length. This year they extended that, saying that all hair should not be longer than 4 inches below the shoulder. This rule may be new for this year, but is very much in consonance with the overall rules of the school and standard of tznius that they have had for many years. Any parent who is upset about this rule didn't do even basic research about the school before sending there. This is not an out of town community school. This is Lakewood, with countless girls schools, and whoever sent here did so because they were looking for this particular standard.

Incidentally, the school did send out letters to parents signed by a prominent local Rav who is on the school's Rabbinical advisory board, asking mothers to be aware of how long sheitels have become standard and suggesting a sheitel length. Mothers are not students, but the school did ask parents to be partners with them in maintaining a standard of tznius.

For those who are calling this child abuse, just don't tell my daughters they are being abused. Nobody actually there thought it was a huge deal, more like it was funny. None of my daughters are confused about what is halacha and what is chumra, none of them think long hair is the same as not covering knees. They know the halachos of tznius and they know that there is an overall tzura of tznius that the school is aiming for.

Finally, as others have mentioned above, this was during nit check. It was not during school. There are no more than a small handful of people in the room at any time, and nobody was made to feel embarrassed. The girls whose hair was too long were simply told to please get a haircut before school started. There was no shaming, no public spectacle... and it was done by a secretary, not even a principal or teacher. Again, not one girl in the room looked like it was a big deal. Yes, it was new, and girls who liked their hair long may have been upset to have to cut it, but none of them felt embarrassed or "abused".

September 04, 2017, 10:16:56 AM