Tuesday, April 24, 2012
fun times with the Ribnitzer Rebbe, זצוק"ל
The person who made me aware of this clip yesterday morning intended for me to see how the Ribnitzer Rebbe was a great Ohev Yisroel and didn't make much to do of himself. How he cared for every Jew at his own expense, and despite the fact that he was אין די הימלען. Literally. I do not dispute that. But am I wrong for thinking that despite the fact that he was very friendly and approachable, צוגעלאזען בל"א, that those around him seem to be taking advantage of his good naturedness here? That this half hour video looks more like a hippie commune than the home of a Tzaddik? (OK, it wasn't his home, it was apparently a visit to LA) [which proves that he was basically told where and when to go...] I can understand this to be the case back in Chernovitz in the 1950s, when those who surrounded him knew no better, but in 1981? What a זלזול! I would not believe it had I not seen it! Do I see Berel Weisz there? Who's the guy with the guitar and the limited music repertoire?
Thanks to a reader we now know that the guitar player is Mr. Neil Seidel. A quick Google search found this picture on his FB page.