Another Day, Another Dispute
Interesting article in NY Mag about a Lubavitch Rabbi, Rabbi Rafe Konikov, and his attempts to start a shul in the blue-blood bastion of Southampton. I feel like every week there's another shul or yeshiva in the news, over trying to build amid outcry from their non-Jewish or non-Orthodox neighbors. I can see the neighbors' arguments, but the story clearly describes the street that the Rabbi is building on as a busy one. One neighbor, who has voiced some of the most vocal opposition, lives much closer to a gas station than to the proposed "Shteeble". Most absurd complaint by the neighbors about the shul (among a litany of them):
One lawyer for the plaintiffs mentions “restaurant service” that took place at the Chabad in April.Another is the neighbors' complaint that the shul has been disturbing the peace by using a PA system for prayers - on Shabbos. Obviously, there is plenty of misunderstanding to go around here. We'll see how this resolves.
“A seder?!” Chani Konikov yelps, incensed.