Friday, May 6, 2011
what to do on Shabbos in Willy if the Cholent won't let you sleep
No, we're not talking about the Shabbos parades they used to have back in the 30's and 40's, where frum Jews would tell Jewish shopkeepers who had their stores open that they were violating the Torah by doing business on the day of rest. Here we speak of Jews who took it upon themselves to harass other frum Jews who rely on the Rabbinic "solution" that allows carrying outside the home by using an eruv. These zealots have a problem with some people having the freedom to move about town, and Shabbos takes the "blame." They say that the Shabbos has an issue with this freedom of movement, and that they wish to defend the holy day's honor. They do this by making the lives of the more vulnerable a living H E double hockey sticks. Nobody likes to be yelled at on the street, no matter how right or innocent they may be, and no matter how crazy the one doing the yelling may be. It's good to see that even those who suffer from indigestion and heartburn (are they one and the same?) can also pass the time productively by yelling at mothers out for a Shabbos stroll with their young'uns, or fathers carrying their heavy Terkishe Tallis home on a hot summer's day after spending 4 hours at his first cousin's Shabbos Sheva Brochos.