Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Locally Lawrence

So I could either write some brilliant new genius shtuff and get not so much sleep, or else I could clue you in to some fascinating shtuff that went down a little while ago in Kansas and Missouri. I mean seriously folks, in the grand scheme of things, whether the world is 5769 years old or 13 billion years old, two years is the merest blink of the proverbial eye. So here's an account of a little local bikur bayis, followed by a journey to the darkest depths known to humanity. Yup.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My friend Sruli Clapman and I just got back from a house call in Leawood, Kansas. There's a very nice elderly couple living there, and we were coming to check their Mezuzos. First, of course, we exchanged histories. He was born to Jewish parents in Salt Lake City, Utah, but had no Jewish contact until he met his current wife, in Omaha. She's involved with the Chabad here in Kansas City, and had asked for us to come. The first Mezuzah-case that we looked at had no scroll. The second had a piece of paper in it. The third had a piece of parchment, but it was obviously not Kosher. So we put up five Mezuzos, which is really tremendous. Might be a little expensive in the short run, but they protect you and all you own, for eternity, or your next scheduled oil tuneup, whichever comes first.

Following the Mezuzos, we asked the man of the house if he would like to put on Tefillin. He hemmed and hawed a bit, but his wife soon put a stop to that. 45 seconds later he had phylacteries on his head. The first time too. Amazing, isn't it, that a Jewish man can go 85+ years without checking his Jewish blood pressure! And then it was time to go, but not before cooing over their great-grandson, who is quite cute, I must say.

Friday, July 20, 2007

A couple of nights back we went to Lawrence to learn some Torah with the locals. Lawrence is the home of Kansas University, and I learned Kuntres Inyana Shel Toras HaChassidus with a student. We'll call him Charles. Sorry about the plug there, it was just one of those things that had to be done. Essentially, this work explains why Chassidus is so important. After all, we have the Torah, the Mishna, the Talmud, the Kabbala, the Medrash, the Codifiers, and the great Halachic authorities. Who needs Chassidus? I won't spoil the surprise, so go pick up a copy and find out.

Officially we sell books on Merkos Shlichus. OK, not only officially, but something tells me that a little more emphasis was put on it forty years ago than today. Just a hunch. Anyway, I'm just doing my part.

After the learning was done we settled down to a Farbrengen with Rabbis Wineberg and Teichtel. It's great to be able to sit with guys who really don't have too much contact with the rest of the Lubavitch world, and who look for inspiration from Yeshiva guys like me. Me! Sure, I'm great and all, but I don't really see myself as too inspirational. (If anyone disagrees they can post a comment). See, guys in Yeshiva look up to the Shluchim, and rightly so. These people are on the front line of the battle for Jewish survival, and they're doing an incredible job! Meanwhile the Shluchim (some of them anyway) are pining for their days in Yeshiva, where a guy can be surrounded by people like himself all day and just learn and pray and all those things to his heart's content.

Sorry this is so needlessly soppy.

Anyway, we all enjoyed the Farbrengen (and the excellent pickles) and then we headed back to KC for the night. Morning. Whatever.

15 comments:

C said...

Jewish blood pressure.

So incredibly corny, it's actually funny.

:D

Altie said...

you are inspirational. sometimes.

just a thought: what are you gonna do in 2 years, when your whole current audiance has by then read all your old posts from the past 2 years, which u so kindly keep recycling? will u use the stuff u so kindly write from fresh now? so you will forever be backed up 2 years... oh how confusing.

solution: wreite new stuff! yay!

good job though. always an interesting read. (many more words, but too tired now to think of any.)

The Real Shliach said...

C: I try.

Altie: If writing new shtuff was so easy...

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

The only good reruns are the shlichus and chassidus stories.

e said...

Modeh: back in the day, that's what all the posts were.

Nemo said...

when your whole current audiance [sic] has by then read all your old posts from the past 2 years

This assumes that his current audience will be his then-current audience. I doubt that once some people here get real lives they will still come around, or at least not as often.

le7 said...

I'd like to note that in a few months TRS will have a life.

The Real Shliach said...

e: Ahh, the good old days, when I could actually blog about my life.

Nemo: Probably not.

le7: Can't wait.

e said...

trs: you can't blog about your life any more? Is it that shameful?

The Real Shliach said...

Let's just say that it's not necessarily for public consumption.

Altie said...

nemo- half way agreed. some ppl do have real lives. this is it. sad.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

My life begins when my class is over. Until then I type with my eyes attentively on the ignorama (not ignoramus) TA and an interested look plastered onto my face.

The Real Shliach said...

Life. Don't talk to me about life (Marvin).

Cheerio said...

marvin?

The Real Shliach said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_the_Paranoid_Android