Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Tale of the Ten-minute BT
On Purim this year an interesting transformation took place at the Satmar Rebbe's tisch in Kiryas Joel. A young man with long hair originally from KJ, who had lost his way and left Yiddishkeit, showed up at the Tish and was summoned over to the head by the Satmar Rebbe. He spoke to the young man for ten minutes and then asked for a hair clipper. He then proceeded to shave his head in front of the thousands in attendance! The Peyos were already there due to the long hair, so the kid was instantly transformed from what the locals would call a "Goy" to a regular Satmarer Bochur, Tallis Koton, white shirt and all!
Here are the pics courtesy of BeChadrei Charedim
Now I don't know if he woke up the next morning, realized that he was stupid, and shaved the Peyos off as well, nor do I know what happened as far as this week. I'd just like to know if a change like that, drastic as it is, can actually take hold and continue for an extended period of time. Let's remember that he's from that community and has seen it all. He also knows that after Purim come the difficult times, and let's not even talk about the summer. It's not that much fun being a Satmarer Bochur. Purim is fun, yes, but we wait for all that year. This kid obviously has delved deep into today's pop culture world, and has been influenced heavily. I don't think a ten minute talk with a Rebbe, whomever
it may be, and especially a controversial figure like Reb Aron T'baum, will undo all those years of turmoil that this kid has gone through.
Yes, Amnon Yitzchak does it all the time, but he does it with people who are sick of the Israeli secular culture, and are looking for a fresh start. They're also more open to religion and tradition in the first place. This kid has much fun left in him, I doubt he's sick of the pop culture world yet, he can live it up for many more years before he gets tired. Does he make this transformation last? or were we duped by this dude big time?
(The Satmar Rebbe and the BT)