Sunday, March 14, 2010
א "מיטגעמאכטער" איד, בלע"ז
You know me, I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I tell you some of what's on my mind, just like I told you how I feel about the no hespedim minhag in Lubavitch. You guys are like family to me, or maybe even more than family. I doubt I tell my family as much as I tell you. Anyway, so today after Krias HaTeyreh, while the announcements are dragging on, a yungerman tells me how he once was at a levaya in KJ, where in the pouring rain the hespedim were dragging on and on. He's a paramedic who works for the KJ Hatzoloh and he was assigned the levaya by his employer. The levaya was not for some RaSHKeBeHaG, but you wouldn't know it from the way they were giving out hespedim like they were kibbudim at a bris... On and on they wept, all the while the women were outside in a driving rainstorm. After a while the medic realized that an elderly woman was about to faint. He did what he had to do and "made an end" to the shindig like only he could. I see that as an answer to my question of why there are no hespedim or stam reyd for a niftar in Chabad today. I'm sure it'll bother be at the next levaya, may there not be any, but for now I have a shtikkel "nechomoh."