Sunday, March 15, 2009

Short enough for you?

Here I am standing in the middle of the forest at 1:10 in the morning blogging about what? Today's haftora of course! Or at least I would be blogging about it, but it wasn't this week's haftora, because it was parshas parah, so we got to read another haftora, which was also interesting, but not as interesting as the haftora we would have read if not for parshas parah. Shoo, that was a mouthful. Ok, so why was it such a great haftora? Because it features the immortal line, "Ad masai atem poschim al shtai ha'sifim?! Oy laHashem, oy laBaal!" Good shtuff, no? And of course the Rebbe's famous question, how could you give a Jew a choice in the matter? Very simple! Because when a Jew is faced with the option, there's only one place for him to go-to Hashem!

Any one dispute this?

31 comments:

everyone's favorite heretic said...

Dispute I shall dispute!

The Real Shliach said...

Excellent. I figured you would. Nu, do you have anything intelligent to say on the matter?

e said...

Yes. Let's talk facts. NOT every Jew will choose god when faced with a choice

Mottel said...

The point isn't that every Jew will always do the right thing - the point is that we Jews will cling to what is our own - even if it is entirely irrational. During the Crusades, the Inquisitions et cetera, an abnormally high number of Jews refused to give up their faith . . . e. Not every Jew will choose god - many, however, will choose G-d.

e said...

aha! Many, but not all!

Crawling Axe said...

Of course he does. Every Jew chooses good.

But. Good of light or good within darkness?

Mottel said...

E. also Sprach die heiliger Alter Rebbe in Tanya Kadisha!

e said...

Mottel: Deutsch shprach ich nicht, obber oib krign zich oif rebbe's sicha ken ich, oif alter rebbe oich ken ich.

CA: I won't even get into that fundamentalist it's-all-good business.

Crawling Axe said...

It’s not all good. Because Hashem tells us that day is good. But. B’dieved...

e said...

let's not get into hasgacha and bechira and all that. Let's keep it simple.

Some people, when told "God or baal, but not both," will hop after the baal. tak ili net?

Crawling Axe said...

Most people vs. Jews? Or most Jews?

I don’t know. Maybe most people and most Jews too.

E said...

Most is not equal to all.

le7 said...

Short and sweet.

(I can think of something else besides this post that is also short and sweet). Twenty points for whoever gets it.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Last time around I heard a good vort on this: It is better to go to baal and know where you stand than to be poiseach al shtei has'ifim and dilute the ribono shel olam with pagan nonsense.

The Real Shliach said...

le7: nu? I give up!

le7 said...

Oh. Let's give someone else a chance.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Not too hard. Who in the TRS harem makes incessant short jokes about how she is barely tall enough to ride without a carseat in california? Give you a hint: she writes hip in the hights.

The Real Shliach said...

Does someone (modeh?) have a crush on someone (cheerio?).

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

For an uberfarfrumpt chassidishe bochur you have a singularly dirty one-track mind. Then again, only someone who spent their lives in yeshiva (partly snag school) could even have that line oleh al hada'as at age twenty. (being a bochur I know whereof I speak) Now apologize to Cheerio. As a bochur I can laugh it off.

The Real Shliach said...

Oh come come! You my friend are the one who made the assumption!(Besides, I'm 22). I think you should apologize to le7, Cheerio, and myself!

le7 said...

Wait why are you apologizing to me? And it should be obvious who I was talking about.

(Me. Duh. I'm short. I'm sweet. Hello...)

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Anonymous said...

okay
so choosing G-d
in practice many dont bec we combo
we satisfy ourselves doing what we want and we quiet our conscience doing G-d
if we stopped the combo --
we prob wouldn't choose the dark side of it
rather the light

Modeh B'Miktsast said...

anon almost got us back onto a serious topic. That's a no-no over here so I'll have to write some letzonus.

TRS:
1) I meant to write 20+
2) I assumed that's who le7 was talking about
3) Apologize? If you insist
TRS-I humbly apologize for calling you chassidish.
le7-Please forgive me for saying you thought your friend was sweet
cheerio-I'm so sorry for saying le7 thought you were sweet.
Is everyone mollified now?

The Real Shliach said...

Anon: say what?
Modeh: not at all.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Not mollified? you got someone as arrogant as me to apologize to not one but 3 people! do you know what that means?

The Real Shliach said...

Ok, ok, we're really proud of you.

sarabonne said...

lol, this is all really funny.
Here's something short and sweet: my moshpia's nephew...what a doll!I wish he could be short forever...

e said...

When it comes to short and sweet, MY nephew takes the cake. He's 18 mos old and wears clothes that are 3-6 mos. And sweet... Oy, you never saw sweet if you haven't met him.

sarabonne said...

sorry but this is kid is magnificent. He's got these mischevious blue eyes and an evil little grin. Ok fine...perhaps not so sweet but certainly entertaining.

Crawling Axe said...

Ah, but you haven’t seen my new nephew!

Actually, neither have I, but I have a feeling that he has mischievous blue eyes.