Sunday, February 1, 2009
Palm Springs 2009
You know me, I fargin anybody a good time. Really, I do. Especially if Chabad is the host and we can squeeze some positive PR out of this. Yet, in these trying economic times, when most people are uncertain of the future, there seems to be a new consciousness, people don't want to seem like they don't care. At least most people. Democrats and the Hollywood types have no problem saying one thing and doing another, but most people want to seem as if they care, even if they have no worries of their own and could afford to live as normal. We all remember the bailout hearings where the CEO's of the big 3 auto companies were laughed off of Capitol Hill because they arrived at the hearings in their private jets. People like it when they think that you care about their financial problems, it makes them feel as if they're important to the people that matter. The same can be said about vacations to exotic locales; if you're struggling to make ends meet, and then you see that some people have no problem taking weeks off and never bat an eyelash, all of a sudden you begin to resent them.
Palm Springs 2006
You may think that it's me and my "hate" for anything not Lubavitch, but really, it's not. I asked several non-Lubavitchers and I got the same answer: "It looks like no recession there." I also have the utmost respect for Reb Aron of Satmar. I think he's a trailblazing Rebbe, one who utilizes most of his time to help people, it's just that there seems to be the most pictures of him available, not of the others. I guess his people see it as some kind of chashivus, the fact that he's resting up in California. Truthfully, if anybody needs a vacation today it's him, but what's up with the Pupener Rebbe? וואס דארף ער זיך אזוי אפרוהען? Maybe every Baal Mishpoche should be given an all expenses paid trip to his choice of Miami or Palm Springs to rest his weary bones? Instead the Yeshivos go after you for doing what the leaders do and teach us to do! They charge you more for going on vacation since its disposable income in their opinion. What gives?
The Viener Rov of Williamsburg in Palm Springs last week