Thursday, January 3, 2008

Why?

Last night several people's attended a Farbrengen with the one and only Rabbi Mendel Feller, Shliach of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to West S. Paul, Minnesota. I wrote about him a couple days ago, and he read the post. As I told him, this shows that he has good taste. The question facing us is, why Chassidus? For thousands of years Jews were doing just fine, and why has Chassidus suddenly popped up? If your grandfather didn't learn it, why should you? The Rebbe answers this question by pointing out that you and your grandfather are not exactly equals among men. He didn't wake up every morning and check his email. He didn't pay cable bills every month. He didn't eat beef with more hormones than your average teenager. And most importantly, he didn't have Italian marble in his bathroom. In fact, he probably didn't even have a decent bathroom.Your grandfather did not learn Chassidus because he didn't specifically need it. And when you live the same life as your grandfather, the you too don't have to learn Chassidus. But our generation needs it.
In other news, it's time for some political shtuff. As everyone knows, Rabbis can't use their pulpits to promote candidates without messing with their tax-exempt status. But I'm not a Rabbi, I'm a Shliach, and anyway, I pay taxes like all good Americans.
So here's my picks, going into tonight's caucus in Iowa, home of Rubashkin's meat and not a whole lot else. Oh yeah, the corn palace thing. They got that too.
I remember in 2000 that I jumped on Bush's bandwagon very early. I liked what Alan Keyes said, but I knew he had no chance, so Mr. Bush it was. And guess what? I'm still a big fan. As for this election, well, it's a pretty tough question. I've been flip-flopping on the issue for a year now. The good thing is that my opinion really doesn't matter, because it'll all be over by the time I have a chance to vote in a primary. I'll be able to vote on the Republican candidate with a calm heart and mind.
Oh, who am I going for? Whoever has the best chance to win the White House. Simple as that.

5 comments:

Altie said...

u voted for bush?

The Real Shliach said...

Of course.

Altie said...

did u vote for obama? i havent heard anything on your blog pro or against him.

le7 said...

Read again then...

The Real Shliach said...

http://therealshliach.blogspot.com/2008/06/barack.html

http://therealshliach.blogspot.com/2008/06/pictures.html

And no, I did not vote for him.