Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Guess Who Made It Happen?
I saw this ad recently and it got me thinking. Truthfully only a guy like myself - living in both worlds - would realize a thing like that, but that's why I'm here, to make y'all aware of what goes on in the world. Look closely at the young man standing at the Kosel, all emotional, asking G-d to help him find his way. He came to the Wall, either by himself or with a Birthright type group, and is overwhelmed with emotion by the awe and splendor of Israel and Yerushalayim. On his way to the Wall he's approached by a pesky Chabadnik who asks him to put on Tefillin. Look how the tefillin is worn, if you don't believe me. It's minhag Chabad. The guy may have had the chance at his Bar Mitzvah to put them on, or maybe not - that's beside the point. The fact that he's wearing a paper "Kosel yarmulka" adds a lot to the picture; it makes for a great paradox, as if only black hatters should be there, or something.
I was thinking of asking the good people at P.I.T. if they made sure that the lad washed his hands and had a Guf Noki before he donned the Tefillin. After all, the mentors of the group always had that worry on their minds when condemning the Chabadskers at the Kosel and elsewhere grabbing people in all levels and styles of dress, plopping a yarmulke on the head, and strapping on the tefillin. I happen to know that P.I.T. is a good group of people, so I'm not condemning them, C"V, it's just sort of ironic, that's all. They were also the group that made the Lakewood ger/goy frum, not that it was their fault, but just so you know.