Aamatex Powerwashing, Jewish Home Improvement in Metuchen, New Jersey
Aamatex Powerwashing was started in 1991 by Josh Ostrin, working out of his Mazda 626 with a cold water machine and a ladder stretched through the sunroof. Today, Aamatex serves thousands of satisfied residential customers in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties, as well as commercial accounts throughout the tri-state area. Josh has always believed, to be successful, he has to offer the customer quality and value for a fair price. His loyal employees are well trained, his equipment is well maintained, and as a result, his business is over 70% repeat business. Aamatex offers a wide variety of services to add beauty to one’s home and property. At night, during the season, after Josh has been in the field washing, estimating, scheduling, coordinating, returning phone calls, and schmoozing with his customers, Josh hangs out with his 4 superstar children, his lovely wife, his two cats, and a horse named Luna.
Ostrin is the owner/operator of AAMATEX Power Washing, which serves residential and commercial clients in Middlesex and Monmouth counties. Ostrin has owned the business for over 25 years and devotes a lot of time to it, when he’s not volunteering at the same Congregation Ahavas Achim (he’s the incoming president) to which the Salits belong, and also at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva in Edison (where he’s coach of the boys and girls basketball teams).
One day in the mid-1990s, Ostrin was about to power wash a home in East Brunswick when he climbed a ladder to check out the quality of the roof. On the way up he noticed a peace dove sitting on a nest of eggs in the gutter. Josh remembered something he had just learned in a recent Halacha class, led by Moshe Feuer of the Agudath Israel of Edison, and decided that he had to consult with Moshe right away.
The Halacha Josh had learned was about the mitzvah of Shluach HaKon, sending away a mother bird before claiming one of its eggs. Moshe told the class that the mitzvah was a segulah (good sign) for a shidduch. Josh recalls thinking at the time: “Yeah, how often will this situation come up?” Yet days later, it appeared that the potential mitzvah was right in front of him.
Josh called Moshe at work and insisted that the secretary summon him to the phone. Josh told Moshe the situation, to which Moshe responded that he would consult with his rav. It turned out that the situation is more rare and more nuanced than many other mitzvot, so Moshe’s rav had to call his rav in Rhode Island, who ultimately called his rav in Israel.
After some waiting, Josh learned that the final decision was that because he was not on his own property, this was not his mitzvah to perform. He went back to work and, at the next meeting of the Halacha class, told the guys what had happened. One of them said, “You were ready to perform the mitzvah; you should get credit.”
Weeks later, that same classmate suggested a shidduch to Josh and he went on a first date with the woman that summer. The shidduch must have been a good one because that woman, Leslie, and Josh married in November 1997 and have since raised a family of four children. And maybe they have a not-so-obscure mitzvah to credit for their success in finding each other.