Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A tale of two

You know the old saying, "You can't dance at two weddings at one time"? It's true. Tonight I tried it. First up was my first ever Williamsburg nuptial, on the legendary Bedford Ave, just a few (give or take a couple miles) blocks from my infamous Chanuka Mivtzoyim of last year. It was also the first real non-Lubavitch wedding that I've ever been to. The Shmorg? Also a first for me. There was portion control by the wait-staff, but I asked extra nicely and got what I wanted. Actually, I got what my sister wanted. Before the Chupah I left to go to Shmulie Bortunk's wedding at Oholei Torah in beautiful Crown Heights. I felt a lot more comfortable there, seeing as I knew at least 3/5 of the crowd, and anyway, they're all Lubavitch, I'm Lubavitch, so it fits. Following the first dance it was back to Williamsburg, also for the first dance, which was more stop-and-go than anything. I was really able to get a good read on the difference between us and them. By us, (Chabad), everyone just dances in a circle breaking off to dance with the Chassan at various intervals. By them, (not Chabad [Duh]), it's all about the individual guys showing themselves off. Perhaps I'm being unfair, but it sure looked like they needed a little lesson in Bittul. Anyway, I'm not here to criticize, (officially), so instead I'll report that 3 Friedmans and an Eizicovics came to the wedding, near the end, and Benny sang Tanya very nicely. What else would you expect? Then we all headed back to OT where Benny entertained the sparse (11:30) crowd with Dedi's Ima and then Pia Poscha. Hey, the kid sure does know how to sing. Both bands were pretty good, though the Williamsburg version was way too loud for my taste. There's no Mitzvah to lose a pretty good set of eardrums.
And Chanuka 5768? Gone the way of the dodo bird? Mentioning Chanuka, I was gratified to see that someone had lit a small Menora in the wedding hall in Williamsburg. Why? No one could possibly be Yotzei with it. So obviously it was for Pirsumei Nisah. And obviously the only reason is because of the incredible work of Chabad Lubavitch worldwide. Would that be acknowledged in this particular wedding hall, deep in the heart of Satmar? Possibly not, but facts are facts.

30 comments:

Eliezer said...

It seems like you did a pretty good job of dancing at both weddings!

e said...

i actually remember this post from the first time around. Maybe it's because you included a Yiddish saying, which always makes things more interesting and memorable.

The Real Shliach said...

And now with my iPod Touch I can write the Yiddish in it's original lettering!

The Real Shliach said...

That would be if I knew what the original Yiddish was.

Altie said...

e- THATS how u sprnd your 4th of july?? by readin trs's old posts? tragic.

Altie said...

very nice. i like weddings.

e said...

Altie: It was Shabos afternoon. I had nothing better to do.

Altie said...

thats my point. a sad sad world we live in.

4th of july fireworks anyone?? bbq with a shikse?

no, u are just trying to prove a point.

e said...

Lady. Don't talk. What were you doing fourth of july?

Altie said...

I was spending a nice, boring afternoon at the rabbi's house, waiting and wishing shabbos would end.

The Real Shliach said...

If you were waiting and wishing that shabbos would end, why didn't you just end it?

Altie said...

oh like e? cuz i have my scruples.

and no computer available.

The Real Shliach said...

So if you had a computer... or a car... etc...?

e said...

she also has scruples (she claims).

The Real Shliach said...

Not that I know all the facts, but I might be compelled to differ:

http://from-the-holy-land.blogspot.com/2009/08/that-subject-revisited.html

e said...

well certain scruples. Although she does seem to lack the meta-scruple.

The Real Shliach said...

Or else she only had scruples before she was tested. And now, with one scruple out the window, to where shall the others go?

e said...

my point precisely. Without the meta-scruple, is all hope not lost?

The Real Shliach said...

Unless she has previously un-guessed at powers?

e said...

Or maybe she just likes certain scruples more than others. For example, some people who are notoriously meta-scrupleless have managed to faithfully keep the scruple of not murdering. Perhaps some scruples have greater strength, and perhaps keeping the sabbath is one of those strong scruples for the young lady in question.

The Real Shliach said...

Ahh, the hypocrisy charge rears its ugly head...

e said...

not hypocrisy, just selective scrupulousness.

The Real Shliach said...

That, my friend, is a brilliant euphemism.

Altie said...

oh boy, you guys are talking abt me without me present? no fair, i had no chance to argue my point. now i shall try to catch up. (damn, i NEED an itouch thingamajig.)

selective scrupelesness? meta-scrupel? do please explain what the heck you are talking about.

e- i DO have my scruples, whether or not u choose to believe them. and trs- no u dont know all the facts.

but in my opinion, its better to have scruples, even if u dont always stick to them, because then u will stick to them sometimes, rather than E, who doesnt have any scruples, and does whatever the hell he wants with no regrets altogether.

g-d i cant believe im trying to defend myself to 2 boorish men who dont even know me. although trs, i do believe u have some scruples of your own.

my scruples include keeping the sabath, ya. anything else you wish to know?

e said...

The meta-scruple is to keep whichever scruples you have. I have only a scruple or two. But I scrupulously observe the meta-scruple. You take the exact opposite approach. Suit yourself, lady.

Altie said...

you are saying i dont bother to keep the scruples that i have?

that is not true.

you know i always do.

e said...

Not that I know all the facts, but I might be compelled to differ:

http://from-the-holy-land.blogspot.com/2009/08/that-subject-revisited.html

Altie said...

E-suit yourself lady
me- You know I always do.

my scruples are none of your bussiness. I dont have to explain myself to u.

The Real Shliach said...

Altie: Really? I'm a boor? And I have scruples? Who knew?

Altie said...

funny.