ACHAREI MOS/KEDOSHIM/Pesach Sheini (Leviticus, 16:1-20:27) — “Hanging Out on the Corner”

As the story goes, a secular Jew got on a subway in New York City.  This fellow, who had come to America from Poland, shuddered when he found himself face to face with two VERY Jewish looking fellows with long beards and big black hats…

He was repulsed.  He could barely hold back the venom in his voice.  “What’s the matter with you Chassidim?” he demanded in his still-Yiddish-accented English.  “Why must you call attention to yourselves in front of the Goyim?  This is America, not Poland!  I’m embarrassed to be seen with you!”

The two “Chassidim” looked at each other and then at him with confusion.  “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” said one of them.  “What’s a ‘Goyim?’  We’re not from Poland.  We’re from Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  We’re Amish.”…


 Additional messages from previous years: 

 “Our Man in the Holy-of-Holies”  (2011) 

“From the Summit to the Gutter”  (2003) 

“Cardiac Judaism” (2002) 

 “How to be Holy” (2011)

 “Honor Thy Father’s General” (2010)

“A Torah Crash Course” (2006)

 “Exodus from Belarus” (2005)

Published in: on May 4, 2012 at 10:45 am  Leave a Comment  

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