Sunday, October 31, 2010

A poem.


(sent in by a reader)

with a lifeless stare
and a soft glare
no one comes near

a drag and a puff
a bag filled with snuff
snag's had enough

clear as can Be
future ain't gonna Be
what is was supposed to Be

oh ragged and forlorn
reckel ripped and torn
own life does he mourn

got nothing to boast
sips a lonely toast
for life like burned toast

can no longer learn
can't even earn
for the past does he yearn

he accepts his fate
no longer does he wait
for a shtelleh he'll hate

downs the whole glass
trash it in trash
for the roof does he dash


Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

I was a bit afraid about the last line, but my fears were unfounded. B"H.

SDR said...

When will those yarmulkes come back into style?

Twistelton-Twistelton said...

UG. I hate poetry.

snag said...


How do you know he was a snag? Some Chassidim wore those hats/outfits too.

Drag and a puff? Sounds like a Chossid or Rebbe praving ketayres.

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...


the poem was sent in by a reader, and I added the photo. The pic is for illustration purposes only.

The poem doesn't talk about the man in the pic.

I thought that was self-understood.

snag said...

Note that his garment seems to button right over left, by the way.

snag said...

Sounds like a Chossid with the ketayres and the mashkeh.

How did he become a snag? Shaychus with Halloween? A costume? Chossid dressed like a snag?

grainom said...

also a litvak has returned, better than having sheur back

WanderingJew said...

"can no longer learn
can't even earn
for the past does he yearn"

Sad indeed. Our oilam is Kerach Mikan VeKerach Mikan...

"he accepts his fate
no longer does he wait
for a shtelleh he'll hate"

How many Yungerleit can exsist on In-House Shtellehs? How many Yungerleit who do get those coveted shtellehs actually know how to teach. Or care.


Klainer A. said...

Can anyone tell me definitively what kind of yarmulke the Rebbe Rashab ZTL wore. Obviously his brother the Razah ZTL wore the same yarmulke pictured here. Maybe someone out there talked to one of the alte chassidim.

The Bray of Fundie said...

if he accepted his fate he wouldn't be dashing for the roof. His dash to the roof is built on unfounded
תרעומות כלפי מעלה

also "got nothing to boast" Why not? All those years in Kollel, all the blatt Gemara, all the shittos HoRishonim v'Akroinim, all the lomdisha Sevoros... If these are not boast-worthy, i.e. of enduring and eternal value in a mans life..what is?

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...


maybe all that learning was for a means, which isn't happening in his case, which may make him look at all that time spent as wasted. r'l.

Maybe the system needs to change...

The Bray of Fundie said...

or maybe the attitude just need an adjustment.

If full time long term learning has become synonymous with תורה לשמה then yungeleit have to stop dreaming about, and validating themselves exclusively through,the "pot of gold" shtelleh that awaits them and the end of the Kollel rainbow.

C said...

I am a young dead couple in Mumbai. I am the tears of millions. I am the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

I am generations restored to G-d. I am the Jewish world redefined. I am the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

I am a Chosid. I am a Rav. I am a Misnagid. I am a Rosh Yeshivah. I am frum. I am not yet frum. I am a Jew. I am the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

I am whatever a Jew needs, wherever a Jew is. I am Ahavas Yisroel, I am Klal Yisroel. I am the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

I am part of you. I am the Lubavitcher Rebbe. And so are you.

fellow traveller said...
I thought this niggun is an appropriate counterpoint to the story