Saturday, August 20, 2005


Yingle is on Holiday and won't be posting for the next two weeks.
So he hopes to hear from you all then.
Love a very special person in Y's life.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Talmud Torah.

Fine. So last night I was the special guest. Well, not really special, but I was the guest. Me and a couple of friends ended up going to our rabbi's siyum. The rabbi has a kollel, and his crew just finished yet another mesechte. The tables where all nicely laid, golden crispy bilkes, gefilte fish, schnitzel, kugel and delicious strawberry ice cream where all on the menu. After all, it's a sudas mitzvah – so just stuff our faces! Everything was prepared with style and class, fit for royalty. All was there in honor for the words of wisdom that these real bnei torah feverishly have learned.

I was pretty much shocked, or should I say amazed, by the behavior of some of these kli koidesh… Is that what the torah teaches them? Some where just joking and making fun – others where just stuffing their faces with food. The rabbi was darshening, and of course - noone was listening. At least try, fake listening. Pretend you care. But no, your silly and immature jokes are more important. Much more important.

Many years ago (lol), when I was nicely learning in yeshiva ketana - I realized something really odd. It was strange seeing that, in a place solely devoted to establishing young teens future, they where so wrong, so mistaken. The learning boys where frequently the only ones that one was supposed to look up at. Any other boy, who wasn't so smart, or didn't have a tuches to sit on all day, was labeled second class. And to make it worse, not only did the rabbi's label them that way - even their fellow colleuges looked down at them. Please do note, we are talking about 14 year old, immature little kids. Nevertheless, their ideas come from what they see, from what they feel by their superiors.

I was talking to this rebbish child the other day - he was all proud of the fact that his son-in-law knew 1500 daf by heart, at the age of 18, just before he got married. Now, by no means am I trying to push him down. In matter of fact, he's a really nice guy. Middos toives, kedishe and simche.

But, if all the boys sitting on those wooden benches, shokeling by a shtender, leaning over, reading a reb chaim.... If all those black-and-white bochurim think that their only mission is reaching the 1500 blatt gemoro. If that's what they think Judaism is all about... And the rest isn't really important. If a kind heart, a clean head and a straight life is unimportant - then, then.. I don't know. it's pretty sad.

But if that's what the Rabbi's preach, is there any wonder why the so called good-learners get snatched, and all the other boys - better boys, kinder boys just get dragged along and wait for whatever second class girl will take them... And once they get married; Kollel. They all got to sit in kollel. 2 years? 5 years? 10 years? Bloody hell! Will that do any difference? Will he be any better, just because you want him to sit for 10 years in kollel?! You give him money - he gets a free vacation, and just sits in kollel. Gan eden!

Or maybe it's all the systems fault? Maybe blame it on the net? No. Just blame it on the yachne town syndrome. What will the shtetl think if your son in law would work.... Hashem yishmor! "You know Yossel's new aidem - he works!" Oh, tragic.

And who's to blame for the way our lovely shtetl thinks and acts? Well, the Rabbi's of course. They are the ones that pressure the 'learning' factor of judaism, instead of focusing on things really as important. But, let us not blame them. Isn't it easyer to just tell the whole yeshiva that everyone has to sit and learn all day - instead of helping each individual boy. Just tell them to learn, and you'll save yourself the hassle. The hassle of helping the kids, one by one. The hassle of polishing all the young diamonds, fixing them and restoring them to their original glory that God so magically bestowed on these young men.

And the Rabbi's, on their turn, just point their fingers towards the hailige mishne - Talmud Torah keneged kulom...