Friday, July 2, 2010
Disturbed In Lakewood
So here I was enjoying my leil shishi after a long day's work and he had to go and ruin it for me. Yankle, that is. Here in New Hempstead the weather was absolutely perfect, "divine," if you will, or as it were, and I wanted to enjoy it, even at the expense of my blogging buddies, which is why I've been slacking off in that regard. But it looks like fun himmel hut men andersh gevolt, they wanted me to write. So here I am, telling you what I think, during the three weeks, and even if "Gedolim" are involved.
Here's the comment as Yankle said, unedited, and all grammar errors included:
HT. we are expecting a post from you about the Lev le'achim asifa where R'Chaim K and his brother inlaw R' yitzchak Z spoke via satelite to Lakewood, and the issue of a Chabad house having a din like a bais Avodah Zorah came up.... in front of 10,000 people. I kid you not! I was there the place was roaring from laughter of the silly state that your chasidus has become. To sum it up as one person said after the event "Chabad has become the laughing stock of yiddishkite". were all waiting to hear some HT gems on the issue.
At first I was thinking that they were taking questions from the audience from the Urim VeThumim 2.0 and he was forced to address them, meaning anybody could get up and ask any question. Oyb Azoi we can understand the question getting through. So I went to matzav.com and looked for the video, and sure enough there it was! No, not the question that Yankle mentioned, but the edited version. What I did glean from video clip that was that there was no open mike. You couldn't just walk up there and shoot your mouth off. Azoy fil seychel hubben zei gehat. Basically Reb Chaim Kanievski's ex-brother in-law Zilbershtein sat there and read questions out loud to him. Questions that arose from the kiruv work of Lev L'Achim. The asifah was after all a fundraiser for LL, and I guess the attraction was the live hook-up from Rashbam Street in Bene Beraq. You also merited to see RCK walk up 3 flights of stairs to get to his apartment. We can overlook the tone that Zilbershtein used, a shrill, unpleasant voice that could awaken the dead, but some of the questions were like, "Please!" Oh, and the "Rebbe" baloney too. I'm sure he doesn't call his shvogger "Rebbe." Is that the only way you can attract serious Bnei Teyreh, by asking cutesy chapelech like that? Whatever.
So my question is on Zilbershtein here, not on RCK - at least not yet. What was the point of the question? What does it have to do with Lev L'Achim's supposed Kiruv work? Why did Zilbershtein not have the seychel to drop the question? And so on and so forth. I guess maybe one of their thousands of baalei tshuveh asked them if they're allowed to go into a Beis Chabad, and they had to ask the Urim VeThumim that question. So in answer to your question of why I had to break the achdus that we have I say this: I broke nothing, Zilbershtein did, by asking that question. I know Reb Chaim enjoys a good laugh, and laughing can be contagious, so we'll let him off the hook. Er iz doch a bosor VeDom. I'd love to see the clip, so if anybody can get his hands on it or send me a link, I'd greatly appreciate it. Until then Zilbershtein is ah shtik efes in my book, whatever that's worth. I call on the Hanholoh of Lev L'Achim to apologize to the thousands of Lubavitcher Chassdim, and the Rebbe BeRoshom. The same is true for the foursome that runs the Lakewood Academy, since they were in attendance as well.