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When an Outremont city councillor was caught measuring the decibel levels of air conditioners in Jewish homes for noise pollution and a popular blogger claimed that smoke generated from burning chometz before Pesach is a health hazard, the chassidic community of this Montreal suburb realized they’d been roped into a turf war. But instead of remaining at loggerheads with the Quebecois, they embraced their non-Jewish neighbors with deeds of loving kindness.
How did a Russian yungerman who barely spoke English, and who arrived in Florida when a good part of state was undeveloped swampland and inhospitable to Jews, play such a pivotal role in introducing Orthodox Jewish life from Tallahassee to Key West and more than 100 points in between?
For some it’s the trek to the Catskills on Visiting Day. For others it’s the hidden blueberry patch. For some it’s heat so intense, it dwarfs all else. For others it’s the clock standing magically still. What’s your summer memory? Mishpacha’s contributors share theirs.