Friday, March 20, 2009

Ain't got the blues

I got a phone call tonight from a mashpia who said, "I have to farbreng in one hour, what do I talk about?" I gave him a few worthless (for a mesifta) suggestions (25 or 27 Adar? Shabbos Hachodesh?) and then admitted that I hadn't been to a good farbie in a while. "After all," I said, "when you're learning smicha you tend to forget there's other things in Judaism." He told me to call him if I thought of anything. I couldn't.

This is not a good thing. This bothered me the whole night. I really couldn't think of a single good thing to farbreng about the entire night.

Happens I guess.

29 comments:

le7 said...

Dang.

sarabonne said...

Writers block. Farbrengers block.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Ouch. Your turning into a litvak.

The Real Shliach said...

le7: yup.
Sara: yup.
Modeh: I is?

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

yes. when you are learning teiras hashem all day and you can't think of anything spiritual you're a litvak.

The Real Shliach said...

You mean I've forgotten the Nosein HaTorah? Sick.

Dovid said...

If it bothers you the whole night your still a chossid.

The Real Shliach said...

Awe...I think I like you dovid.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Dovid: You're right but then I'd be one too so I can't actually admit it.
TRS: I would never c"v say such a thing about anybody. (Except one or two people from HS) I meant that learning nigleh is supposed to be a spiritual undertaking as much as nistar and if you don't get a chiyus from it then you're a farbissene litvak. The secret that everybody knows is that the cold litvaks are all fakers. They get fully as "drunk on god" as a lubavitcher on ya"t kislev or a chagas on lag ba'omer. They just refuse to admit it. The farbissene litvaks are the unsuccessful ones.

Crawling Axe said...

MBM, Chabad is anti-spiritual. It’s also anti-appikorsus.

Crawling Axe said...

Honestly. Who needs to come into this world to be spiritual? Stay where you came from? Hashem wants you to be spiritual? Hashem wants you to do your job and shut up about it.

Crawling Axe said...

Sorry, that was supposed to be a period in the second sentence. Stay where you came from. Or “!”.

The Real Shliach said...

Modeh: They get high on G-d? Really?
CA: What's wrong with spiritual? Ever heard of dveikus?

Crawling Axe said...

Spiritual is wrong when it’s the goal and priority. Dveikus is like eating. As a Russian saying goes, “a man eats to live, not lives to eat.”

The Real Shliach said...

Maybe. Maybe not. I don't know.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

CA: I was looking for an English word for dveikus. Spiritual doesn't quite cut it. And from the apikorsus comment I presume you recognized the quote.
TRS: Yes, they do. Which is why when the besh"t came around with chasidus they said something along the lines of "who needs this? M'hust rav boruch ber" (major anachronism I know). You just don't realize it because in litvishe machshovah the body exists to move the head between the sefarim shrank and the shtender. Of course, since they are dead wrong about that last point, it does overflow on rare occasions. Next simchas Torah do your tahulucha to snagville and find out.

The Real Shliach said...

I would sincerely hope to be too inebriated to go anywhere next simchas torah.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

I hope to be sober enough to shlep myself out to 770. Then again, that's saying the same as you.

The Real Shliach said...

Walk from S. Paul to 770?

Crawling Axe said...

You’re from S. Paul? I was going to ask if you know a buddy of mine from Azerbaijan or thereabouts (Kazakhstan, maybe), but I realized I no longer know his name.

There was another buddy of mine from there who was a Lubavitcher with singing therapy major.

The Real Shliach said...

Some buddy.

Singing therapy major? Who invented that?

Crawling Axe said...

Or maybe it was music therapy major. But he did singing. Except he was the only guy in the major, with about 12 girls, and he was frum, so he couldn’t listen to girls sing. Anyway, I don’t know how he pulled it off. Sound more about as difficult as a kohen in medical school.

The other guy was the musician’s buddy and became my buddy. In yeshiva that is. Used to sleep through Gemara. The only sane person in the class actually. Thought that the Small and Big Bear were proof of G-d.

The Real Shliach said...

Who is small and big bear?

Crawling Axe said...

Umm. They are constellations of stars that look like a small and large version of each other. There is a geometrical term about this when you talk about triangles that have same corresponding angles, but I forgot it now. Congruent? Something like that.

I think in English they may be called Big and Small Dipper. In Russian, they are Bears (of course).

Crawling Axe said...

By the way, the guy who believe the Dippers were proof of G-d was once punched by Rabbi Immanuel Schochet. Actually, not just once but several times. But I guess it happened to a lot of people.

le7 said...

What huh man who?

sarabonne said...

What did he do to get himself punched?

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

CA, I am not from St. Paul I'm from Brooklyn. In English they are called Ursa Major and Minor respectively because as we all know bears look so much like dippers. The geometrical term is similar congruent is when they have the same size also.

Crawling Axe said...

Oh, thanks.