Saturday, July 4, 2009

Chukas-Balak in Crown Heights

Shmais would tell you that shabbos this week in CH was pretty normal.

On Friday night there were at least 6 Sholom Zochors k"ah.

Mendy Herz Davened Shachris @ the Umud downstairs. There were 3 Chasanim. Tully Silberberg spoke before Mussaf. Chezky Herz Davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

In the Rebbe's room, Levi Yitzchok Abramowitz Davened Shachris the Umud. There were 2 Chasanim. Sholom Mendel Kluwgant Davened Mussaf @ the Umud.

The regular Kiddushim including those for 12 Tammuz and the Chasanim were held both upstairs & downstairs in 770 and went on all afternoon long.

Downstairs in 770 before the end of Shabbos, R' Nachman Schapiro Chazzered a Maamer.

Would that be all there was? Of course not.

It happens, you know, that sometimes strange things occur. For example, today in 770 (that bastion of messianic excellence), there was no candy thrown at the grooms getting their call-ups to the kiddush. Aliyah. Wedding. Whatever. In other words, the poor kids who weekly crowd the bima and get screamed at by Zalman Lipskier were left bereft of their traditional Shabbos lunch. Sad, no?

Meanwhile, in other news, I davened in the new minyan (Beis Shmuel Daled?) in the back of 770 this week. It was quite cute to see how all the people who originally founded the minyan now stand on the side and talk while the minyan itself is made up of bums like me who missed the main minyan in the front. Of course, when it comes time for the kiddush these founders take their rightful place at the front of the que.

Later today I came to 770 for afternoon prayers and some 2 reading/1 aramaic. As Maariv started I noticed the quite disturbing phenomenon of a mincha minyan in the process of beginning. Far be it from me to criticize anyone's religious devotional shtuff, but I thought this was taking things a little far. I would understand if this were the winter, and maariv was starting at 5:30. But we're in summer now (though you'd never know it from all the rain), and maariv was beginning at 9:20. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. At least the moon made an appearance for Kiddush Levana.

103 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you forgot about the serial slapper on the loose. What's "pretty normal" about that? lol

The Real Shliach said...

I actually walked by that incident whenI was walking to mincha (girls, boys, cops) and when I was walking back from maariv (more girls, more boys, different cops).

Nemo said...

Wow. So this girl was so violated when she got slapped, but it wasn't equally demeaning for her to have a whole bunch of horny CH boys crowding around her acting busy?

The Real Shliach said...

Actually, I think it was her brothers or something.

Nemo said...

Incest, even worse.

The Real Shliach said...

You have a disgusting thought process :)

sarabonne said...

Hm, sounds like a good excuse for mingling...
What happened exactly?

Altie said...

thanks for the update. now im not so homesick, cuz it seems like i havent missed much.

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: http://www.crownheights.info/index.php?itemid=19679

Altie: Au contraire!

Altie said...

ha. u are wishing u are here in gorgeous california, and not in boring old crown heights. just keep telling urself there is so much happening there, and u might just be able to convince yourself...

The Real Shliach said...

I spent two summers in LA. I'm not missing anything by being on the east coast.

Altie said...

thats what u say now....

The Real Shliach said...

And what I'll say at the end of the summer as well.

Altie said...

thats only cuz ur getting married. otherwise, cali is a cool place to be during the summer. new york is just so... boring.
but then again, coming from a little hicktown like minassota like u do, new york must be so cool, and exciting, and happening for u. oh joy of joys! enjoy it, country boy.

The Real Shliach said...

LA is boring at any time of the year, unless you enjoy movie studios, theme parks, and the beach. Seeing as I don't enjoy any of those...

Altie said...

theme parks, no. movies, ya. beach, ish.

too bad for u.

honestly, california isnt that exciting. and its cold here! but its just the excitement of being in a new place, the change of scenery.

le7 said...

What a sicko.

Dovid said...

TRS- They probably had a late flight and just arrived in CH at 9:30.

TRS/Altie- Very meraglim-ish. At least you stopped short of saying LA is a land that devours her inhabitants.

The truth is tova haaretz meod meod.

Dovid said...

LE7- what was that sicko comment in reference to?
a. The leydiger mincha minyan.
b. TRS's LA bashing.
c. Nemo's comment.
d. Altie's movie watching and occasional beach visitation.

le7 said...

e. The slapper.

Dovid said...

I knew I should put a none of the above answer choice.

Altie said...

lol excuse me, what is sick abt watching movies and occasionally going to the beach?

The Real Shliach said...

All right, what's going on here? Hmm...

Dovid: This is Shabbos we're talking about-anyone flying in then probably isn't running straight away to 770 to daven mincha.

LA: shvach

Altie: Somethings.

Zvi said...

No candies?

Must have been a calmer shabbos than usual in 770

The Real Shliach said...

I'm not sure if that's the word I'd use...

Dovid said...

TRS- unless they don't keep Shabbos but are makpid to daven with a minyan.

Altie- The correct answer choice was not d. (I personally thought answer choice b was correct.)

The Real Shliach said...

Dovid: They presumably they'd daven with a minyan b'zmana.

Dovid said...

Perhaps they're not holding there yet. They're prepared to daven with a minyan but not yet minyan b'zmana.

When i was in CH they were throwing brown bags of something, it didn't feel heavy enough to be candy. Maybe pop-corn or nuts.

The Real Shliach said...

So they rush in from the airport to daven mincha? Why didn't they just daven before they took off?

Right, they always throw soft shtuff, but this time...nothing.

Dovid said...

They are makpid to daven in 770.

Ya, in CH you're throwing brown bags at chossonim and you say LA is shvach.

The Real Shliach said...

Skeptical I remain.

I never said CH was in any way better than anywhere else.

Altie said...

dovid, are u from LA?

trs- there is nothing wroing with watching movies, or going to the beach. unless maybe u are a little country boy from a hicktown called minnasota. ya, then maybe it is baaaaaad for u.

dovid and trs, i think LA is cool. but i aint sticking up for it, dovid, u gonna have to do that all on your own.

The Real Shliach said...

There is something wrong with watching movies and going to the beach, regardless of where you come from.

Tell me, what is cool about LA?

Altie said...

no there is not.

truthfully, nothing. it is a city just like any other. only it has famous ppl here, and palm trees, and nice weather all year round.

whats so cool abt italy? or france? or any other cool tourist attraction that ppl love to go to?

The Real Shliach said...

I suppose we will simply have to agree to disagree.

What does having famous people have to do with anything?

Palm trees can be found in many cities.

Nice weather all year round=not true.

Tourist attractions: Who says they are cool?

Altie said...

fine. we seem to do that a lot in arguments.

i dont really care, i doubt ill see anyone famous here, and no, they are not that cool.

true, but i dont see them much.

sort of. though it has been chilly ltely.

they arent. they are overpriced, and boring.

i am not going to argue abt something that i dont even care abt. i have better things to do. argue with dovid, he seems to stick up for LA a lot, for some reason.

The Real Shliach said...

Yup.

Yup.

Yup.

Trust me, I spent two years there...

OK

Perhaps because he lives there.

Altie said...

i never trust u.

really? that is a fact i did not know until presently.

The Real Shliach said...

That's a good basis for a relationship.

Well, now you know.

Altie said...

lol. im sorry, i guess i was not informed that we are in a relationship. either way, u have to earn the other persons trust, and u have not earned my trust.

u learn new things every day.

The Real Shliach said...

We aren't, Miss. Relationship Guru.

Yup.

Altie said...

altie: i never trust u.

trs: That's a good basis for a relationship.

altie: i guess i was not informed that we are in a relationship.

trs: We aren't, Miss. Relationship Guru.

(that took me forever to copy and paste. i hate laptops.)

YOU said it, not me.

i have nothing for or against relationships, so dont be all insulting against me.

VERY ARGUMENTATIVE NEVER-WANTS-TO-LOSE-A-FIGHT- country boy from minnasota.

The Real Shliach said...

Yup.

The Real Shliach said...

Do me a favor though, learn how to spell.

Altie said...

excuse me, i know how to spell perfectly well. ive gotten 100%'s on my spelling tests.

Minnesota

ok. u are just not worth the time it takes to look the stupid word up in a dictionary.

The Real Shliach said...

Kol hamisnabel...

The Real Shliach said...

Kol hamisnabel...

Altie said...

?? that is not the words to a yeshiva boys choir song, im guessing.

The Real Shliach said...

Correct.

Altie said...

so then what does it mean?

just a guess, but in english we say,

why u go'a be so ha'in?? (why u gotta be so hating, kinda in black slang.)

The Real Shliach said...

Who is hating? I merely expressed the sentiment that I remembered my hachlota not to get into these types of discussions because, as it says in tanya, he who wrestles with a filthy man gets filthy himself.

Altie said...

lol are u calling me filthy??

which argument are u refering to? i stopped counting after the first few.

The Real Shliach said...

It was an analogy. Basically, even if I think I have a valid argument, when it descends into stupidity, I come out looking stupid too.

Well, after the first several I made this hachlota. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't.

Altie said...

i think it is a very good hachlata. but notice how YOU are the one who took the conversation into the 'mud'.

dont correct me on my spelling, and we'll be juuuuust fine.

The Real Shliach said...

We have different standards for mud.

I merely resented your consistent misspelling of my state.

Altie said...

well, at the risk of being called a nice person, I do aplogize for the spelling mistake. I understand how annoying it can be, when people can hardly find your city on the map, AND they mispell it. I sympathize.

either way, u have it easier. either u can write NY, or CH and everyone knows what you are talking abt.

now, try spelling the state of which Boston is the capital, without any help from a dictionary. That is where I am from.

The Real Shliach said...

Actually, I'm also from Massachusetts.

Altie said...

u always manage to surprise me. and u can spell!! yay for u!

really. where are u from?

The Real Shliach said...

Good 'ol Brookline.

Altie said...

cool. parents lived there at one point.

i'm from a little hicktown called Sharon.

The Real Shliach said...

Yup. I lived there for a whole year.5.

Got some friends there.

Altie said...

wow. u are super duper cool.

i dont. i lived there for 3 years. not enough time to make friends.

The Real Shliach said...

You got that right.

Oh well.

Altie said...

im bored of this convo. check out my new post. and do not comment 'yup'. i dont like when u do that.

Dovid said...

Re LA, I disagree with TRS. I thing LA is cool because of the weather. Since the weather is good, good stuff happens all the time.

Re movies, I agree with TRS. Movies and the beach are definetely not good stuff (and thats not what makes LA good).

The Real Shliach said...

You might be correct if the weather was always good. But it's not.

Dovid said...

Its always better than anywhere else. No one leaves to the country for the summer or goes to miami for the winter.

The Real Shliach said...

Stuff and nonsense. I can think of ten places off the top of my head which are far superior in every aspect.

Altie said...

there is nothing wrong with beach and movies. maybe cuz u are guys, it is harsher.

trs- ya there are better places, but are u IN those better places? no. dovid is in LA, which is better than new york at any given time, therefore, at this moment, in this argument, LA is the best.

i cant believe u ppl are arguing abt this. it is so pointless

le7 said...

Altie stop arguing with TRS. TRS stop responding.

Altie said...

le7 r u playing moderator?

u forgot dovid. he's arguing too.

le7 said...

Yeah. but I didn't get as many notifications from him.

Altie said...

thats cuz he's not online as much as trs. NO ONE is online as much as trs. lucky him, he has one of those cool itouch thingies.

le7 said...

Not true. He's busy with other stuff... okay I'm not getting into this game.

Altie said...

smart. run, as fast as u can!! dont look back!!! quick before theres time. otherwise trs will pull u into these rediculous arguments, and try to get u to be on his side.

le7 said...

Even if I don't agree with him I'm always on his side.

Altie said...

awwww that made me smile.

Dovid said...

Ok, I just got back from a farbrengen with Mendy Shapiro, can you do that anywhere else but LA? I rest my case.

The Real Shliach said...

Mazel tov. You found the one good thing about LA (the hanhola of YOEC). Doesn't mean the city itself is anything special.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

I was at 770 for a chupa several years ago. While waiting the three minutes it took the olam to get there from ohalei torah I was inside (@ about 8pm in the winter) and saw some people taking off their tfillin. 770 is known to be worse about zmanim than amshinov.

The Real Shliach said...

I didn't know Amshinov was notorious for anything besides the Amshinover Rebbe.

Dovid said...

Amshinov is well known for davening at crazy hours.

The Real Shliach said...

Maybe we should make a merger.

Dovid said...

Well we already took Rabbi Raichik from them.

sarabonne said...

You should all move to Oregon. Rolling green hills and happy flaming liberals who jog at the wee hours with their golden retrievers. We're known for our rose gardens and fantastic bike lanes.
AND we have a lovely shul with a close knit community.

Dovid said...

is "close knit community" code for barely makes minyan on Shabbos?

sarabonne said...

Just like in Russia, we have mesiros nefesh.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

TRS: beis shmuel daled, huh? So that's what you call the corner with all the nigleh sforim.
Dovid: So that's where he went! Give him back!
Dovid2:yes
sarabonne: for flaming liberals and rose gardens?

sarabonne said...

There are flaming liberals in Russia?
I was referring to the mesiros nefesh necessary of men to trudge to shul and make the minyan. In the rain.

Dovid said...

Trudging to shul in the rain? What happened to jogging on green hills with golden retrievers?

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

The rain is after you move there.

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: where did that infomercial come from?
And yeah, if you get me a job there, I'll move.

Modeh: no, that's a different minyan. This one is next to the back door by the shelves with the sichos.

Everyone: who wants rain?

sarabonne said...

Dovid-we don't jog on shabbas.
TRS-I go home in less than a week, I need people to talk to. You could teach in our school, I went there and came out alright...sorta.

The Real Shliach said...

Wait. You want me to move there in a week?

sarabonne said...

Well I was kinda hoping for Le7 but you can come too. Road trip anyone?

le7 said...

Sounds good to me.

sarabonne said...

Fantastic, I'll make you some apple pie.

le7 said...

Awesome!!

The Real Shliach said...

You're driving to Oregon?

sarabonne said...

Nope, I'm flying but it seems your lady Le7 is...

The Real Shliach said...

Taking a road trip? Why am I skeptical?

Cheerio said...

i... am speechless.
california is great - northern better than southern, though.
trs - i support your hachlata!

The Real Shliach said...

re: CA: you're nogea b'davar

re: hachlata: me too.