Friday, November 27, 2009

At least it was warm

You know what happens when you listen to your mashpia? I'll tell you what happens: You end up looking like a complete dork for wearing your kapote on Yud Kislev. "Why is this?" you ask. Because there's a total of four other people wearing Kapotes in 770, and two of them look like they haven't used their brains in four decades.

You know, I don't mind being holier than thou, but there comes a point where it looks more like you're out of your mind than being holy. Think about it-it's really holy to learn chassidus for six hours and then daven, but if you're putting on Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin during Rabbeinu Tam Shekia? No one thinks you're holy, they just think you're nuts.

In summation: just because you're mashpia wears a kapote on Yud Kislev in yeshiva, where no one else is wearing one anyway and it looks cool, doesn't mean you should.

In other news, N G asked me to mention him and his blog. I agreed, but only if I could savage it, because you know, I don't just give out links for free. Seriously, I don't. So I was going to ridicule someone he mentioned this week, R' Shimshon Ostropolier, but it turns out he's a holy dude, so I couldn't do that. This guy, Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, on the other hand, looks like he could be fun...

52 comments:

La-Z-Boy said...

That's what you get for taking fashion advice from your mashpia... ;). Nice title though.

Modeh B'Miktaas said...

I hereby find TRS guilty on two counts of erroneousnessity.

There are three reasons you should wear your kapote
1-Ah mohl they wore them every day
2-A truly holy chossid takes any excuse he can find to wear his chassidish levush (azei zogt Rav Moshe Leib Sassover who was a relative of Achad Ha'am and hence a relative of the rebbe Rashab)
3-Ozzy Osborne wears one.

Second count. Do NOT criticize Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld. Especially since wikipedia pages are generally written by detractors. And was, as you would put it "a very holy dude. Probably moreso than Rav Shimshon Ostropolier and definitely more than you.

La-Z-Boy said...

Ozzy wears one because for him, its always Shabbos (Sabbath)....

I know, I know, that's a real groaner... I couldn't resist though.

Anonymous said...

O-M-G! did you that that guy - y.c.s. is e's grandfathers brother!!

e said...

Actually Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld is my uncle's grandfather. Yeah, TRS, you're picking on the wrong guy.

e said...

subscribing

Mushkie said...

wow e high roots...trs, why don't you pick on the vilna gaon's brother and right hand man instead? he's my great-great-great etc. grandfather.

N said...

:)

sarabonne said...

Perhaps next time there's a slip up like this you can be on Cheerio's Hip n da Heights fashion blog for being novel.

Crawling Axe said...

This is too good an occasion to quote the story with Tzemach Tzedek’s (Rebbe Maharash’s? Alter Rebbe’s?) chossid and his short jacket during his trips to Petersburg vs. his kapote on his trip to Lubavitch.

So good that I won’t do it.

Crawling Axe said...

e, there is a good chance I am a gilgul of Rambam. Beat that.

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lirridum said...

you guys are too funny

for the record Sonnenfeld was the Orthodox Rabbi in Israel in the times of the Old Yishuv and suchlike, was he not?

anyway, i think trs is cool for that in an odd way

The Real Shliach said...

La-Z-Boy: Thank you.

Modeh: What do you have againstRav Shimshon Ostropolier?

e: Just because he's your relative doesn't mean he wasn't a haredi parasite.

Mushkie: Mazal Tov!

Sara: An absolutely frabjous idea.

CA: Glad you had hiskafia.

lirridium: Thank you.

La-Z-Boy said...

A bit late to your own party, aren't you?

Admiral Frum said...

There's a story about that, about looking crazy. That R' Avrohm Pariz used to daven b'arichus in a shtiebl, and would lose himself in thoughts of chassidus and davening. One day they chapped a passerby for a minyan and he saw that he was the 11th. He asked what was going on and they said to him - "oh, there's that guy in the corner there but he doesn't seem to be all there mentally so we don't count him."

The point being that daas balebatim is heifech daas torah - he was davka the guy who was davening properly. I don't know if you've been married long enough to use that excuse, TRS.

Mushkie said...

Do answers have to be related to questions? Just checking!

La-Z-Boy said...

Mushkie: Speaking of which... How is that related to the whole kapote discussion? ;)

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Re Rambam: how do you know?

The Real Shliach said...

La-Z-Boy: If you want to pay for internet in my house...

Admiral Frum: I think my daas was heipech that of Torah long before I became a baalabass.

Of course, since Lubavitchers snort at the concept of "Daas Torah" (at least when used by snags...)... (and one more for good measure...).

Mushkie: A. No.
B. I was congratulating you on your heritage.

Modeh: He has special powers.

e said...

Admiral Frum: That story was with R' Leib Sheinin, the rov of Duckshits. This is according to my grandfather, who knew said Leb Sheinin.

La-Z-Boy said...

TRS: If you aren't above breaking a few laws, I can probably get you the $2.50 per-month Sprint USB Modem for half of the usual $300 signup fee.

The Real Shliach said...

I'm not above 'em-tell me how!

La-Z-Boy said...

I worked out a discount with a guy in LA who does them. I'm calling him now to see what the story is. I'll let you know soon.

The Real Shliach said...

I am forever indebted...

La-Z-Boy said...

Ooohhh I can't wait to cash in on this one! ;) I left him a message and sent an email. He should reply within the hour. What time do you go offline?

The Real Shliach said...

5:00 PMish

La-Z-Boy said...

I got through to him, and he's checking to see if he has any ready pieces.

The Real Shliach said...

The suspense is killing me...

La-Z-Boy said...

He doesn't have any on hand, but should have more within a day or two. He raised his prices, but I'll bring him down.

The Real Shliach said...

A true source of comfort you have been!

sarabonne said...

If we're offering goods, I have a lot of plastic forks. They're great for eating, flinging objects, brushing hair, and making idle threats.

La-Z-Boy said...

Great!! I was planning on making 3 idle threats this week, but I only had a pillow-case. How much for the lot?

The Real Shliach said...

You can make some pretty good idle threats with a pillow-case.

La-Z-Boy said...

Not the kind I need to make... I need something small and pointy. I was gonna use a toothpick, but a plastic fork is so much more intimidating.

The Real Shliach said...

As far as I recall there is an ample supply of plastic forks in the MoTown dining room... in fact, you might even be able to get a plastic knife from there!

La-Z-Boy said...

I need a case of them. I tried taking from the kitchen and Dovid nearly bit my hand off. It would be much safer to just buy from sarabonne.

The Real Shliach said...

Use Dovid as an idle threat!

La-Z-Boy said...

That's an idea... He's the master of the idle threat. The other day he threatened to shape my body parts in a way that I don't believe is possible in a world bound by physics. And all because I took some cheese! Sheesh!

By the by... Is your phone number on your FB profile? I need some way to communicate with you when this guy gets back to me, and my carrier pigeon isn't feeling well...

The Real Shliach said...

I have them sometimes.

You can call me at(651) 967-7820 (Google Voice)

Admiral Frum said...

e: Thanks. I'm not a daykon by any means so I tend to mix these things up. I think I saw it printed somewhere, so now I will have to go look for it and find out what other mistakes I made.

Admiral Frum said...

I looked for it in sforim and couldn't find it, but the google thinks that it was indeed R' Leib Sheinin, as witnessed by Avrohm Pariz, in Bobroisk.

La-Z-Boy said...

If Almighty G--gle says it, it must be true.

sarabonne said...

OK, so good news and bad news:
My roommate won't let me sell the forks. She likes them.
But, you still have that dangerous companion that goes by "Dovid" to release upon people. Make sure, however, he wears a muzzle in his off time.

sarabonne said...

And TRS you can write nice long blogs and then just post them when you have internet. You know, no pressure.

La-Z-Boy said...

Dang! I was counting on you. Dovid is the cook in Morristown. We need him for our daily dose of grease.
Oh, and I told Sebastion today that TRS used that as an excuse, and he couldn't stop laughing. At least its original.

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: I considered doing that, but when I'm home I have better things to do than blog...

La-Z-Boy: I'm glad to bring some joy into his life.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

While we're being the lubavitcher craigslist, I will trade an 8' 2x4 and a used paint roller for a 12' 2x4.

(Will also write shtiklach torah for alcohol)

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

The first deal was semi-serious the second wasn't at all.

The Real Shliach said...

As in, you wouldn't write torah even for alcohol, or you'll write it even without alcohol?

e said...

Admiral Frum:
Now I remember another detail the my gramps said. Avraham Pariz then told Leibel Sheinin something to the effect of, "I knew you're a holy Jew. But I didn't know that you reached the level that balabatim think you're crazy."

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

even without