Skip to comments.NYC ultra-orthodox Jews give Amish walking tour
Posted on 04/01/2009 5:33:57 PM PDT by dennisw
NEW YORK The city's ultra-Orthodox Jews took the Pennsylvania Amish on a walking tour of their world Tuesday "It's reinforcing to the Amish community to see us Jews living the way the Bible says Jews are supposed to live, and have lived since the time of Moses and Abraham," said Yisroel Ber Kaplan, program director for the Chassidic Discovery Center in Brooklyn. "The Amish are also living their lives as the Bible speaks to them."
Dozens of Amish residents from Lancaster County, Pa., toured a Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn's Crown Heights to learn more about their culture.
Today's Lubavitchers wear the black hats and beards of their 18th-century forebears, speak Yiddish and refrain from turning on electricity or driving cars on the Sabbath.
The Amish get around in a horse and buggy, living off the land.
However, both groups use one modern amenity cell phones that kept ringing as they wandered through Crown Heights.
The Amish listened, commenting to one another in Pennsylvania Dutch, a dialect of the German of their ancestors.
When Epstein, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., had first greeted the Amish with the Yiddish "Zei gazunt!" "be healthy" they understood. After all, the expression is derived from the German word "sei gesund."
As the two groups walked side by side on Brooklyn streets, Crown Heights residents did double-takes; the Amish could be mistaken for Lubavitchers at a quick glance. But their hats are more square and their ruddy complexions from working outdoors contrast with the pale faces of the studious, urban Lubavitchers.
Hasidic children in Crown Heights begin their formal schooling at age 3, and by age 5 are studying many hours a day. At the headquarters on Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway each day, dozens of men gather to pore over religious books,
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probably more common features than the few mentioned.
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
If you buy a camera from those boys in Brooklyn, READ ALL THE FINE PRINT!
Thanks for posting.
I have to presume there were no photos of the visiting Amish with their Jewish tour guides but that certainly would have been a sight.
“You be careful out among the English.”
LOL. My Anglican rector was raised Amish/Mennonite.
Are the Amish Democrat voter’s?
“Are the Amish Democrat voters?”
I kinda doubt it...they get harrassed by libs..
Such as wearing hunting orange...
Very well done video about the http://www.hulu.com/watch/17789/crime-scene-the-amish-schoolhouse-murders
Nonsense! Best quality and price at Supreme video in Brooklyn. Hassid-run B&H Photo in Manhattan is the finest electronics store on the planet.
Could be the horror stories I hear are about other places, but Brooklyn in general doesn’t have a good rep for camera stores.
It is time for my Jewish brothers to make Aliyah....