A local newspaper carried an ad which amazed me. On the left side of the ad was the pasuk “nos’im anachnu el hamakom asher amar Hashem oso eaten lachem…”, but this was not an aliya campaign – it was an announcement by a certain chassidic group celebrating the “establishment of a new XXXX shtetl” in Ellenville, NY.
Yes, the good old shtetl, where you could work sunrise to sunset as a tailor, woodchopper, or water carrier, where you never saw a secular book, where indoor plumbing did not exist, and where once a year you could count on the goyim to put on a nice pogrom (maybe they can hire some goyishe hicks upstate to ransack the town once in awhile just to get the right feel?). And forget Eretz Yisrael – this is where Hashem wants us to be.
Gosh, people, didn’t you ever see Fiddler on the Roof? Trying to turn the clock back 150 years is probably not a good strategy to solve the “youth at risk” problem, much less a good way to deal with reality.