Monday, March 28, 2005

V'ha'ayin l'tziyon tzofiya - u'bochiya

received by email

Dear Dov,

On Purim night we had in our shteeble a band that played some good music. In between sets, the keyboard man started hammering out the Hatikva. One of the people at the party took the mike and began to sing. Would you believe that the Rav's son ran out so as not to hear the music, he said later? And the Rav himself claimed not to know that it was the Hatikva, but later when he found out he was really steamed. The Rav isn't a Naturai Karta person. He's just a plain old Chusid.

What are your thoughts on this matter?

Your loyalest reader (not Amshi)

Well, first let me say that I hope you play sports, because with that diction you'll never make it as a blogger. I don't really have anything to say about your Rabbi, except this: Non-Hasidim who imagine this behavior isn't common are deluding themselves.

Perhaps the hasidic bloggers can weigh in? And perhaps the less cynical readers, assuming they exist, can offer my correspondant some advice. What should he have done or said?

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