Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nachas


Last night we had another Shiur with Rabbi Shagalow, and it was really good. In fact, we also had a Shiur with Rabbi Wilhelm, and that was really good. So I was going to write up the Shiurim, but then the editor sent me a photo, which appears on the top left, which is very cute. If you don't get it just ask.
Ahh, so what am I going to blog about today? I picked up a book that is even cuter than the photo on the top left. This book is called "Shabbos Secrets" and it's written by a guy named Dovid Meisels. What's cute about the book is that in the back is a whole photo section of different Minhagim for Shabbos. Incidentally, the one time he mentions Chabad in a picture, he gets it wrong. We put our thumb outside the Kiddush Cup, the opposite of what this dear boy says. But what of it. There are, and I'm not exaggerating, 42 (!) different customs when it comes to holding a Kiddush cup. That's crazy! In the text of the book I'm sure it explains each Minhag, but I was too lazy to write all that down. And how many Kugels? 24. We Jews are crazy.
So at first I was going to write that it's a pity that people focus on such narishkeit instead of learning, but then I realized that this is a terrible way of looking at things. Why are Jews so great? Specifically because we have so many different Minhagim. Specifically because each and every one of these Minhagim has a source in Torah. It says that there are 70 "faces" of Torah, but the amazing thing is that they're all the will of Hashem. If this doesn't make sense to you, just email me, along with your question about the picture on the top left. Then I can answer. Then we can all be friends. Hooray!

5 comments:

miserabel, depressed youn man said...

If you answer my questions from today till tomorrow, you'll never be my friend.

you dumbo! said...

Are you stupid? the kiddush is the break-fast

Eliezer said...

I just want to say that I really love your blog and it is the light of my life. the best thing about your blog is that it doesn't have bloody fights going on between the posters

The Real Shliach said...

I used to agree Eliezer, but then some "young miserable man" had some issues. Obviously. Oh yes, and you answer the Kiddush question.

Altie said...

oh lovely. the good ole (quiet) days. do u take back your words now, e?