Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Battling the good battle

One of the bochurim here in Morristown was pontificating about the greatness of Lubavitch bochurim. He commented on their tremendous kabbalas ol, and how roshei yeshivos who claim that today's bochur refuses to listen to rules and accept guidance are utterly wrong. "All right," he allowed, "so maybe they're not perfect, but to say that they don't take upon themselves the yoke of heaven at all? How could you say this?" I said, "What they're doing is not kabbalas ol, it's convenience!"
Now listen, I'm the first one in the world to say that Lubavitch bochurim are incredible, and on top of the world, but when someone is waxing lyrical, I often feel the need to burst their bubbles. And listen, I did have a point. When you're just doing something out of habit, then it's not worth too much. As the good 'ol Bible says, Mitzvos Anashim Melumdah. So yes, maybe it's not the nicest thing in the world to do (bursting of bubbles I speak of), but a guy got to do what a guy got to do.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps, by building expectations, and relaying those expectations to others, we give people the opprotunity to live up to such expectations?
Furthermore, how can one truly know the motives of another's actions? Kabalo Ol is a very lofty level, yet how can you say that it's convenience that guides these bochurim? If frumkiet was convenient, then wouldn't we have a lot of an easier time reaching to the level of kabolos ol?

Just like a guy said...

I wasn't saying that people are Frum because it's convenient. I was saying that once you accomplish something, great, but if you don't move forward, then you're falling backward.