Friday, April 15, 2005

the Yingelech.

Ladies and Gentleman. Welcome to todays special lesson: Yeshivaboys Uncovered! Sitting around in the Beis Medrash, I noticed something really unique! I realised how many different species God created. All variations, look-a-likes and imitations of the, once original, Mr. Macho. My little and innocent brown eyes spotted a whole bunch of them; the Rebbelech, Frummer-Than-You fakers and bluffers, Frummy-Krummies, Shgotzim, Kofrim and Yingelech. Let's take an adventerous and exciting tour. Let us explore this nice, and sometimes not so nice, boychick-world out there.

Well, we'll start our ride with the group I call the Rebbelech. This group, besides being a tiny minority, is most probably a dying species. During my wonderful career posing as a yeshiva boy, and in the countless yeshivas I popped in - and eventually popped out- I have only met a couple of them. The Rebbelech are the nice, real chassidim. Emmesdike yidden; no bluff, no bullshit. They know what's right, they know what's wrong. They don't care what others think, what others do. They trust in God wholeheartedly, they serve Him with great warmth and love. A young, but real and honest Rebbelle.

Yuck! I just spotted a faker. These disgusting Frummer-Than-You fakers can usually be spotted by their unique way of praying. They shokel their brains out, look like they are having a boxing match with God. Moving their brain boxes here there and everywhere. They frown and squeeze their eyes tightly. Then they peep to see if their pain is worth the gain. Can anyone see me? Wonder how their praying-act would look like when they are alone in their bedrooms...

Frummy-Krummies. No sheitels, no mobile phone and no strawberries. Whatever. It's all in the name, so let me stop right here.

This nasty bunch are most definitely the majority. They are pure bullshit-yidden. As long as they chap sherayim and dip themselves everyday, (And if he happens to be Litvish, insert; As long as he kvetches a Rashbo...) they are all guaranteed a VIP pass straight to heaven. Anyone who doesn't dress, look or think as crooked as they do, is a complete and worthless ausvurf. They wont talk to you. Don't blame them, just be a little don lekaf zechus; they are embarrassed to stand next to such a billige menuval.

It's the 'God loves me, hates you' philosophy. This cult is a very Orthodox and strickt stream, descending directly from the Frummer-Than-You sect. These are people with no heart, no middos and no honesty. To keep it plain and simple: they are full of bull. In my Websters they are listed under the Shgotzim. Definition of a shaigetz: low, fake and cold. Well here you have them.

That small chevre that give up everything, family, garb and belief; The Kofrim. They are sometimes so smart, yet they still believe in big-bangs, multi-million-year evolution, we-descend-from-monkeys Darwin theory etc etc. Naah; they don't really believe in all that crap. This is how Shlomo explains it, and I couldn't of done it any better. 'I think Orthosceptics don't want to believe. They are not looking for proof of the existence of Hashem, they are looking for an easy way out. Their education is not missing proof, it might be missing the the love of Torah, Mitzvos and Avodas Hashem that should have been an essential part of their upbringing.' Exactly.

Last, and most definitely not least here we are. We believe. Allot. We try to be good, we try to grow and become a mentsh. We fail, we fall, but we try to get back up. We take two steps on that long long ladder, and we fall one back down. We say what others only think, and we do what others only want. We don't care what others might say, what others might do. The Shgotsim is what we are usually called. We live our lives. day by day, yet we know what's right, we know what's wrong. Even if we stumble and fall in Yiddishkeit, we still aim to be human. Little Yingele is part of this crowd. I call us, the Yingelech.


  • Although the majority of these groups exist, from my Yishevisher experience these groups are actually a minority. Most are or Rebbelech or just normal guys. In general although you have a knack of describing all those interesting types one has out there, (Mikvah Guys for example) you have a tendency of making it sound like every person falls into one of those weird groups.

    By Blogger Joe, at Friday, April 15, 2005 4:35:00 PM  

  • Joe, I was exagerating. Have a nice shabbos,


    By Blogger yingele, at Friday, April 15, 2005 4:36:00 PM  

  • I'm just wondering...Don't you think that everybody views himself as a "yingle"?

    By Blogger Stx, at Friday, April 15, 2005 5:49:00 PM  

  • Yingele,

    Ehmm humm. I detect a distinct wiff of hypocricy in this post.

    Its difficult to come to terms with but you have got to realise that you are yourself a fully paid up memeber of the 'God loves me, hates you' club?

    It is clear from many of your (pretty good) posts that you think 'my way is the way and all else is wayward'.

    You are evidently young and hopefully will become more broad-minded over time.

    Keep Posting & Git Yomtef

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, April 15, 2005 6:20:00 PM  

  • You might have put your kind at the bottom of the list but that’s part of the olm hofech roesi(upside-down world).
    Seven times the righteous fall and get up, so don’t worry Yingele when u fall, because every time after that when you get up you stand taller.

    Be strong and Git Yomtef

    By Blogger LostSpirit, at Friday, April 15, 2005 8:55:00 PM  

  • well I'm off to shul now-hope there's a good kiddush

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, April 16, 2005 3:22:00 PM  

  • Whatever happened to Ahavas Yisrael...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, April 17, 2005 9:07:00 AM  

  • Stx, most definately not. The yingelech are usually looked at as the shgotsim. Most like to think that they belong to the Rebbelech...

    Anon1, Thank you for the compliment, but would you mind noting a sentence I ever said, where I think I'm holyer and better than anyone else? Afterall, that is what I ment with the 'God loves me, hates you' philosophy. Pushing down others, while thinking 'I am the best'. A nice Jom Tov to you too!

    By Blogger yingele, at Sunday, April 17, 2005 11:14:00 AM  

  • Lost, thank you for your encouragement!

    Anon2, I hope you wheren't dissapointed... Such a real rebel.

    By Blogger yingele, at Sunday, April 17, 2005 11:16:00 AM  

  • you've inspired my next post. thanks. keep on shteiging.

    By Blogger Josh, at Sunday, April 17, 2005 6:10:00 PM  

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