Sunday, December 30, 2007

Truth and (some) consequences

There's been a lot of questioning lately, in the sacred halls of YHSTC, who exactly are the 7 people that brought the Shechinah down here? Everyone knows that Abraham took it down the first step, while Moses brought it back to earth, but who were the intermediate guys? The Friedriker Rebbe mentions Yitzchak, the second of our three forefathers, as being next in the chain that forged eternal links, but that still leaves us with 4. I'm sorry for plagiarizing that phrase, "Forged eternal links" from Artscroll, but it disgusted me so much that I felt the need to say something. Everyone forges eternal link. It's called having a kid. Even if you remain childless, no comment, you still affected people who forged eternal links. So, in effect, you also forged eternal links. So why pay Artscroll thousands to say that you forged eternal links? Get my point? Tremendous.
Back to the missing four. Today, while perusing the Friedriker's Maamarim, in search of a Maamar about lions, I found another Basi Legaani, this one from 2 Nissan, 1932, in which the entire list is enumerated. Ready folks? Here we go: 1. Abraham 2. Isaac 3. Jacob 4. Levi 5. Kehos 6. Amram 7. Moses. Happy? Me too. I haven't really learned the rest of the Maamar yet, but I'll try and report back when I finish it up.
Now onto less important things. This Shabbos Yoni Chanowitz and I, fellow Shlucim in the sacred precincts that are YHSTC, went to West St. Paul for Shabbos. Nothing too incredibly interesting, except that some guy was trying to get me engaged the whole time. I told him that I was enjoying the life of a Bochur too much to get married. So he asked Rabbi Mendel Feller if I was right. Rabbi Feller answered, "The life of a Bochur is the best life for a Bochur." I disagree. I say that the life of a Bochur is the best life for all.

13 comments:

Eliezer said...

I'm way unimpressed. Why didn't you look up the medrash instead of waiting to bump at random into some ma'amer?

The Real Shliach said...

The Rebbeim don't bring a Marah mekom for the Midrash.

Eliezer said...

that's why we have a modern invention called Toras Menachem

Eliezer said...

Waht do you think "bimkomo" is for? So you can know where to look it up!

The Real Shliach said...

Firstly, it's not in Toras Menachem. Secondly, the Friedriker Rebbe doesn't have a source either.

Eliezer said...

You didn't get it. Bimkomo means that the medrash is on the possuk "bassi legani." So, that means it's in Shir Hashirim Rabba, 5:1.

Reb yoel has a whole Torah on this. The same Medrash (about the seven heavens, and the seven sinners and the seven righteous people) is brought down elsewhere, except that in the other place it doesn't have the line "v'chol shviin chavivin." That's why the Frierdiker Rebbe davka wrote "b'mkomo" so you'll know that he's referring specifically to the medrash which does include the line about all sevenths are dear...

The Real Shliach said...

Thanks Eliezer, I guess you learn something new every day, eh?

Eliezer said...

Except for those rare days during which you learn nothing. (Actually I had a whole bunch of those days during my yeshiva years. YHTC bochurim: follow The Real Shliach's example and don't have any of those days.)

cheerio said...

a maamar about lions?

cheerio said...

a maamar about lions?

The Real Shliach said...

Is there a problem? I learned it on Shabbos. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it this morning. It's a Maamar on 13 Shevat, from the Friedriker rebbe.

cheerio said...

nah im just interested in a)why you were looking for a maamar on lions and b)what chassidus has to say about lions.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Real Shaliach: regarding the greatness of the life of a Bochur. I would seek the opinion of those who are required to support the life of a Bochur. Best wishes, Leo de Toot (also very interested in your lion research. Note that lions are not known to eat people in zoos.)