The Rabbi Takes His Shot

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Rabbi Takes His Shot

Updated 07/29/2008 - 10:45 am

As forecast last week, Rabbi Marc Schneier is finally set to extend that long-promised, curiously-delayed "hand of friendship" and hold his own educational eruv meeting at the Hampton Synagogue at 8:00 pm on Wednes­day, August 13.

It is open to the public... even those shadowy members of the Christian Citizens Council.

Some more cynical than I would note that the announcement is as much about the Rabbi as the eruv.


1. WHBYankee said...

A Little Levity: The Pope vs. the Rabbi

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He'd have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they'd have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise Rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the Rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they agreed that it would be a "silent" debate.

On the chosen day the Pope and Rabbi sat opposite each other.
The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.
The Rabbi looked back and raised one finger.
Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.
The Rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.
The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.
The Rabbi pulled out an apple.
With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the Rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened.

The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity.
He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our beliefs.
Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us.
He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us.
I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins.
He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.
He bested me at every move and I could not continue."

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the Rabbi how he'd won.

"I haven't a clue," the Rabbi said. "First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy , so I gave him the finger. Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I told him that we were staying right here."

"And then what?" asked a woman.

"Who knows?" said the Rabbi. "He took out his lunch so I took out mine."

O sweet honey mustard! Has OtBB actually devolved to this?!?

Not to encourage such "Comments" in the future, but it is illustrative of what this entire eruv contention is... perspective. We all need to broaden our own before there really is a religious war.

Besides, it's a funny story!

2. E.M. Tate said...

It is true that comedy imitates life. Life has some of the best material. Besides it takes the edge off the tension. Sometimes we need not take ourselves so seriously.

3. Tugboat Bertha said...

The meeting is at the Synagogue? Only the Rabbi's supporters will be there. The meeting needs to be in Village Hall or at the Parish Center.

This is the Rabbi's game, so it's his rules.

If he was really "ballsy," he'd hold it at WCC.

4. Matlynn Carville said...

Where can we park?

I wasn't going to mention that in this context, but it's a issue the Synagogue is going to have to address sooner or later, and has been raised in their application before the Planning Board.
– Dean

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