I was sent an article this week about the latest plan that our Mayor has to help the local economy. Use an ancient Hasidic tradition of baking a key into a loaf of bread known as a Challah for the Sabbath after Passover, but bake the key to the town in it, thus ensuring all the blessings for EVERYONE in Lakewood.
Mayor Miller explained, “Of course we recognize that tefillah(prayer) is the greatest source of merit for parnassah(livelihood) and any other yeshuah(savior) that one needs, coupled with limud haTorah(bible study),” Mayor Miller said. “But placing the Town Hall key in a challah demonstrates that we, as a klal(community), recognize that we aren’t the ones who bring about our parnassah. It all comes from Above.
When I read this article I had numerous questions(not to mention indigestion). First of all, if a well known priest requested to bless the key to the city for ALL the residents would that be allowed? Could a Shaman use the key in an animal sacrifice to rid all the residents of evil spirits? Don't misunderstand me, my wife bakes a Shlissel Challah, and I come from actual Hassidic lineage, but I would not bake a Shlissel Challah for a non Jewish friend unless he asked me to.
Perhaps Menashes intention was to bring all the same blessing from the Township building that he has acquired over the years as a Committeeman. After all when he famously became a member as a write in vote promoted by the VAAD, he was a Kollel student living a very austere life. After a few years on the Committee he has become quite a wealthy man regardless of not having a high paying job, successful business, or inheriting wealth. Perhaps he wants to bestow the same blessings upon us.
I would like to thank Mayor Miller for doing so much to help promote local business in Lakewood with his baking abilities. Just this week I went to see an amazing new sporting goods store that my employee is opening in Howell. It will be right next door to a new Amazing Savings. Both of these stores will be frequented by Lakewood Shoppers, and our sales tax money will go to Howell. These stores could easily have been brought to Lakewood with the right enticements. Baking our town Key in a loaf of Challah is not going to build business if you don't do some legwork. Yes Menashe, Prayer brings a person a livelihood, but not if you are sitting in a recliner. One must do a small amount of effort. And now I will list the three main functions of a committeeman once again
1. Safety of all residents
2. Make Sure all Services are maintaining the town and doing their jobs adequately
3. Promote the businesses and benefits Of Lakewood to people outside of Lakewood.
There is no place on the list for self enrichment, favors for friends, or baking.
Lakewood, NJ - The economic downturn has affected virtually every community and Lakewood is no different. A well-known segulah forparnassah is making shlissel challah for the Shabbos after Pesach. Various reasons are offered for the custom.
For the Shabbos after Pesach, Lakewood Mayor R’ Menashe Miller arranged for a key to Lakewood’s Town Hall, located on Third Street between Clifton and Lexington Avenues, to be placed in a challah as a segulah for all residents of Lakewood.
The unique challah, with the Town Hall key inside it, was used at the home of Mayor Miller.
“Of course we recognize that tefillah is the greatest source of merit for parnassah and any other yeshuah that one needs, coupled withlimud haTorah,” Mayor Miller said. “But placing the Town Hall key in a challah demonstrates that we, as a klal, recognize that we aren’t the ones who bring about our parnassah. It all comes from Above.