Friday, October 28, 2005

What's that bad taste in my mouth?

It is my experience that frequent conversations around the Shabbos table in the typical Jewish/Orthodox home, has some element of "bitching" about why they hate the societal standards/customs in their local community.

I would therefore imagine that this would make good fodder on a blog as well...
This way you can focus your time around the table to your kids pictoral parshah questions (you know the ones where Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov look chassidish) and stop complaining about your neighbors or shul.

Black hats? White shirts? Machitzah height? School uniforms? Smoking/drinking/drugs, Yeshiva boys? Seminary girls? Yeshiva boys WITH seminary girls...and on and on and on...

Everyone and their bubby has an opinion, and the most irritating part is that no one ever wins the arguement de jour.

Shouldn't there be a right and wrong answer?!

There isn't always one right answer for all situations, but there are MANY wrong answers. But even the people with the very wrong answers think they share pearls of wisdom. Often done under the guise of qualified facts...they usually are anything BUT qualified facts.

This is your opporunity (aka. my opportunity) to give thought out reasonings for some of my pet peeves in the Orthodox community, and it is my hope that when you post, whether in agreeance or disagreeace, you think before you type...or else my #1 pet peeve will sound something like this:

Pet Peeve #1
Any arguement that contains this sentence..."But the [Insert European town] Rebbe says that if you respond hello to the opposite gender you are a heathen!"

Please have YOUR OWN OPINIONS. Not a Rabbi for Rabbi sake...that is unless you can QUOTE him and HIS REASONINGS.

Enjoy, because I know I will...

Mr. Reflux

9 Comments:

At 12:18 PM, Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Welcome. Wishing you success. You sound thoughtful.

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

In Boropark, during the ‘Eruv controversy, the anti-Eruv people put up signs saying "IT IS ASUR TO PUT UP AN EIRUV IN BOROPARK, BECAUSE THIS LONG LIST OF RABBIS SAY SO:"

And then the pro-Eruv people put up signs saying "IT IS PERFECTLY MUTAR TO PUT UP AN EIRUV IN BOROPARK, BECAUSE THIS LONG LIST OF RABBIS SAY SO:"

No actually halakhic discussion. No issues. No facts or opinions. Just "these people say so".

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous uncle moishy said...

My father, a"h, lived in BP for 54 of his 56 years in this country. His considered wisdom was that it was easy for many rabbeim to say "no" to the eruv because their trip to shul consisted of descending from their 3rd floor apartments to their 1st floor shtieblach. If they had to trek like the rest of the yidden, they might have been a bit more sympathetic.

Regardless, good luck with your new pastime.

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Lumpy Rutherford said...

Eruv controversy

Oh, I love that! For some reason, the Jewish Press ended up in my house last week. According to one article, the lastest crazy shidduch question is Do you carry? Arrrrrrrrgh!

 
At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Reflux said:
----------------
> But even the people with the
> very wrong answers think they
> share pearls of wisdom. Often
> done under the guise of qualified
> facts...they usually are anything
> BUT qualified facts.

There's a new word for this very phenomenon. It's spelled B-L-O-G.

It's a shame to hear about the conversational ambience at your Shabbos table, but if you're looking to spread the misery around, you've come to the right forum. Welcome.

 
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