Monday, May 15, 2006
?מאי שנא ל"ג בעומר
ל"ג בעומר has recently, and in America very recently, become a Yom Tov celebrated by one and all, Chassidim as well as non-Chassidim. The fact that so much good can come from singing, dancing and lighting bonfires is something that everybody is excited about. Add to that the fact that it all comes without the expense of food or drink (save for the Chai Rotel) and it's a real winner. I see Yidden dancing and singing the praises of RaSHBI yet to them his teachings (Chassidus and Kaballah) are taboo, but that's part of his greatness, that we cannot help but dance on the day of his Simchah.
Standing and watching the crowds illegally blocking off streets and singing to a burning fire while the fire truck sirens were blaring all over the neighborhood, I wondered. First I had somewhat unJewish thoughts of how strange this seems to the Non-Jews passing by in the buses and cars, and what the Irish Firemen were thinking about our strange customs. I then realized that me riding on the train, with lots of extra hair on my face and sides was just as strange to them.
I then wondered why to these people dancing, taking a Yid and putting Tefillin on him "on 5th Avenue" was strange and unacceptable, yet doing a "raindance" in middle of the street while blocking all forms was traffic was just fine. Now, far be it from me to Chas VeSholom laugh in the face of Minhogei Yisroel, but you can see my point. The point of accepting that what you do is fine and what others do is strange at best.
כדאי הוא ר' שמעון לסמוך עליו בשעת הדחק