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January 09, 2014


Judith Gerson

I'm only now reading this post. Quite wonderful in so many ways, and especially as you suggest, in the ways readers refresh and surprise us. Truly it's affirming to read.

Paula Rich

The essay is thought provoking and adds meaning to the original book. I especially appreciated the comment of the old man at Stockton. I was also interested in the comments of the two students and their respective neighborhoods and particularly Ms. Schwartz's comment in regard to them. I see neighborhoods on a continuum as well. for example, my neighborhood is neither functional or dysfunctional. Rather, we lie somewhere on a continuum, as do most areas and issues.

Yael Pipano

I've just completed reading Good Neighbors, Bad Times which really enriched my understanding of how valuable a neighborhood and its interrelationships can be. Even though these neighbors could not help the Jewish families in their midst, just their small efforts mean a great deal. I agree strongly that when a person is very appreciative of small acts of kindness he is more likely to have people sacrifice much more for him as the story about the Jewish butcher reveals in the book.

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