A NY legend
Anyone read about the passing of Yitta Schwartz, a staple of the Hasidic NYC community - and indeed, ancestor of much of it (2,000 descendants at the time of her death!)Question asked via StreetAdvisor The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of Douglas Elliman.
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Nope. Didn't hear about it yet. Once I do, I'll make a more extensive comment.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/nyregion/21yitta.html Here's an interesting article about her life story
@DBlack: Very interesting reading for sure. Thanks for sharing that. Does this mean that Hasidic's don't believe in birth control? Many people practice this so I was just wondering about it. Obviously, with so many kids, I assume they do not.
Jeez - after reading that article, it is no surprise that the Hasids are growing in population more than anyone else....
Maybe this is stupid question, but how do they ensure they're not marrying first cousins or any other kind of too-near relatives? I'm assuming they marry into their own communities exclusively, right? Wouldn't that quickly become a problem?
@ajadeidealist Childbirth is exhausting!
@NeverSleeps That article gave me the heebie jeebies, the pressure put on kids at way too young of an age to be something special.
@neversleeps I do know some of these super competitive parents in the city - it really is exhausting just to hear them speak about classes and activities for their 3/4 year old kids. One of my friends sends her four year old to learn french because she believes he will be able to pick it up easily when he is younger. The poor tyke hates it and cries every time he has to go to class. There is a really funny book called the Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quin which gives you an insight into the super competitive world of NYC moms and their kids and the private school admission process. I used to have my own copy but lost it..
Egads, did you guys see the visuals that went along with that article? That one essay using the word "semiotic" and in a child's handwriting? Is that for real, do you think?