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bAnd they journeyed from Poland (or Russia or Galicia or bLithuania or Hungary or Rumania or Syria or Turkey) and bthey camped on the Lower East Side. And they journeyed bfrom the Lower East Side and they camped in Williamsburg. bAnd they journeyed from Williamsburg and camped in bCrown Heights. And they journeyed from Crown Heights band they camped in Boro Park. And they journeyed from bBoro Park and camped in Forest Hills. And they journeyed bfrom Forest Hills and camped in Nassau County. And they bjourneyed from Nassau County and camped in Suffolk bCounty. And they journeyed from Suffolk County and were blast seen clinging to the lighthouse on Montauk Point for bthere were no more camps left. . .

b“I am not ashamed to admit it. I do not understand the bJew. I am at a loss to understand a man who so clever in bbusiness, so keen in science and the professions, so intellec- btually bright in debate—and so incredibly stupid when it bcomes to saving himself.

b“The wanderings of the American Jew are legendary. His bmoves into a new neighborhood and his predictable— balmost inevitable—flight just a few short years later to a new bneighborhood. His flight from fear of crime, Blacks, falling bproperty values, and his decision to move into precisely the bsame kind of situation, one which must see a repetition of bthe old one in the space of an absurdly short time, a time that bgrows progressively shorter. He flees Brownsville, leaving bbehind all his property and Jewish institutions, and moves bwhere? To East Flatbush, where he must inevitably suffer bthe same fate. Burned twice, he will proceed to throw him- bself into the flames yet again by moving to Staten Island, bwhere a new yeshiva is being built after the old one collapsed bunder the pressure of a changing neighborhood. And he bwill not be in Staten Island six months before the specter is bupon him again and he will unconsciously wonder how bmuch time it will take to get to work in Manhattan from the bwilds of New Jersey . . .

b“It is not a peculiarly American problem. It is indigenous bto affluent and ‘healthy’ Jews in every ‘New Paradise’ on bearth. I once met a Jew from Montreal. He was a survivor of b 

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