Sunday, January 11, 2009
"אם ננעלו דלתי נדיבים דלתי מרום לא ננעלו"
Schneur's amusing comments about the shock on the faces of those who were taught to despise Rav Kook, when they come to the library and actually see his picture, complete with the Spodik, untrimmed beard and peyos, amused me. We can differentiate between the two more zealous factions in Yiddishkeit today, the Yeshivishe and the Hungarians. (the Israeli so-called "perushim" as far as this conversation is concerned are an enigma and will be not be included in this discussion.) The Hungarians have a hard time seeing anybody with yiddishe simonim as not good; they immediately assume that someone they call an "Apikores" looked like a goy. Recently - among the Satmorim at least - they've taken that to a new level, where even Rebbes with peyos to the floor and veise bekitshes can be called "kofrim" wholesale, but when push comes to shove, when you confront them, they'll admit that s'iz nisht mamesh azoi. They'll have a hard time telling you that they wouldn't eat in a Gerrer Chossid's house - or Rav Elyashiv's for that matter - because he votes in the Israeli elections or worked for the rabbanut.
.......רקוד מצוה" - 70 שנה אחרי"
Then take these two pictures here and tell me what you think. Here we have two of the purest creations - Teimene Yidden with the original levush still intact, "antenna" and all. A Satmarer would salivate at the sight - maybe I would too. These folks managed not to be coerced into dropping their yiddishkeit in Israel, despite what the Tziyonim tried to do to them. I guess the Tziyonim were happy that they took their kids, or maybe these people made aliya pre-State days. Anyway, it seems like these pure and holy people had no problem dancing together in public, with a strange man banging on the oil can/drum taking it all in! Is THIS what they did for 2,000 years in the deserts of Yemen while we thought they were as pure as the wind-driven snow just because they had Simonim?! Can you imagine a Yerushalayimer Yid dancing with his wife like that in public while other strange men supplied the musical accompaniment? Of course you can't, so why do they get away with it just because they say Ivri funny and didn't accept the cherem deRabeinu Gershom?!
מסעודה, רקדנו מספיק היום, באי נכנס הביתה