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Old 08-05-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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SLOATSBURG, N.Y. — On Thursday nights during the summer, thousands of Orthodox Jewish men transform an ordinary rest stop into a sacred space.

The travelers, who hail from Brooklyn, Staten Island and northern New Jersey, look for a place to pray as they make their way upstate to meet their families.

N.Y. rest stop offers Jewish men place to pray - USATODAY.com
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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That is interesting! I think it is a great idea. Non-Jews can watch Orthodox Jewish men davening.

For decades highway rest stops have offered gay guys a place to meet, socialize, and "hook-up" ...
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:33 AM
 
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As a long time (now former) resident of New York State, I've seen this a number of times. I'm very glad they do it in the rest area now. I remember when they used to pull over along the side of the road in that area, often there would be half a dozen station wagons (and later mini-vans) with a number of Orthodox Jewish men that had come from each standing alongside the road.

It really wasn't safe for them or other motorists.
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