Saturday, April 22, 2006
ועמך כולם צדיקים
These days everybody seems to be a Tzaddik, at least on the outside. Every second Yungerman in BP wears long white socks on Shabbos and YT, with a "Rezhvoolke" to boot. When you look at the holy figure on a cold winter's day, with his hands in his sleeves, he looks like a regular Tzaddik. Far be it from me to intrude on another guy's holy intentions, but wholesale Tzidkoos like this seems a bit of a stretch. The Rebbe, upon accepting the leadership of Chabad, was asked to wear a Shtreimel he answered that a Shtreimel was a Malbush for Rebbes only, and he wasn't one.
As far as a Malbush saving you from Aveyres, I think modern technology has just about debunked that myth.