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Monday, September 24, 2007

The Big Winner

Clearly the big winner of Yom Kippur, at least in my shul, was.....Croc's.

It seemed that everyone was wearing them. I actually bought my pair (basic black)shortly after Tisha B'Av after I saw a number of people wearing them. Made sense to me.

Apparently, I was not alone. Virtually every kid was wearing a pair and lots of the men.

(I can't really say what was going on in the Ezras Nashim since I am too frum to (a) peak behind the mechitza and (b) look at women's feet).

I'm not really sure what the point is but, as a keen observer of the human condition, I thought I would pass on my observation.



  • At 8:49 PM, Blogger Jacob Da Jew said…

    It felt like "Makat HaCrocs" in shul.

    BTW, still waiting for some thoughts on Landis losing his court battle.

  • At 9:22 PM, Anonymous megapixel said…

    here in lakewood, too. it was really colorful on men women and kids! a change from the basic black shabbos shoes.
    I love crocs cuz they are so universal- all ages, all kinds, men, women, children, rich, poor also they are comfortable!

  • At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Shmiel said…

    To show how we in NJ are BH behind the fashion curve. I think I was the only adult male in my shul in crocs(also in basic black). but I must say they are comfy.
    BTW I still hear your late Uncle's Musaf in my head all through this season as do many of my landsleit.

  • At 10:47 PM, Blogger Fern said…

    I noticed the same thing! Even the Rabbi and Baal Tefilah were wearing them!

  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    What is there to say?

    Stage 17 was one of the greatest athletic performances I've ever seen (or am likely to see) but it's all fafallen.

    I don't trust the French but it doesn't matter anymore.

    The Tour has huge problems. It will take years to re-establish its credibility.

  • At 7:51 AM, Blogger A Simple Jew said…

    I too wore Crocs this year and was so glad I did!

  • At 7:58 AM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said…

    Crocs: Official Shoe of the 2007 Aish Kodesh Yom Kippur

  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger Halfnutcase said…

    why not be frum and just, um, not wear shoes?

    Y'know comfy shoes rather miss the point (at least if you look at the shulchan aruch which says that the reason for the issur is not the value of leather shoes or some other unique quality of theirs, but their comfort, which at that time could not be equaled.)

  • At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    all i can say is that my yom kippur was like one endless stream of nachum segal's mp3 player.


    All the baalei tfilah from beginning to end, sang non stop showtunes. From carlebach to shwekey, all anyone did all day was hum along to "nai nai nais" withouth hearing or uttering any words.


  • At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To A @11:09,

    I think if you took a poll, most people would prefer the "show tunes" than the Chazzan just repeating words. I feel the Kahall gets more into the tefilah by singing or humming along. As Bill O'reilly would say "where am I wrong here?"

  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said…

    As usual, you guys are 2 years behind Israel in terms of fashion.


    Chag Sameach!

  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger Shira Salamone said…

    Darn! I should have thought of that!

    Sorry, Halfnutcase, but while I can see your point, I'm 58 with a foot that will probably never completely recover from surgery (nothing major, thank goodness), and would have given my eye teeth for a pair of non-leather shoes that would have made it possible for me to stand through the entire Neila service. My foot was already complaining by the time we got to the Amidah of Mincha. If I'd stood for all of Neila in the dreadful shoes that I was wearing (which were an improvement over my pre-surgery non-leather pair), I would probably have been much more dependent on my cane the next day.

  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger Halfnutcase said…

    shira, tell me, was the sole (and heel) made of leather? those are the shoes they're talking about, and in my experience they're less comfortable not more.

    leather indeed works better for the uppers, but that isn't what the shulchan aruch was talking about. they ment to soles.

  • At 3:21 PM, Anonymous zach said…

    If I'd stood for all of Neila in the dreadful shoes that I was wearing (which were an improvement over my pre-surgery non-leather pair), I would probably have been much more dependent on my cane the next day.

    There is no reason to stand for all of Neilah. Only the Keil Maley parts.

    (Most folks think that you have to stand when the aron is open, but it's really only when the Torah is travelling.)

  • At 7:34 PM, Anonymous zach said…

    Woops, I meant Keil Melech!

  • At 2:07 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said…

    I love my crocs.

  • At 2:58 AM, Blogger Shira Salamone said…

    Halfnutcase, both my pre-op and my post-op non-leather shoes were completely non-leather, top to bottom (or uppers to soles). For non-fast-day wear, I've pretty much resigned myself to wearing (leather) athletic shoes (or whatever they're calling sneakers these days). Very chic in shul, not to mention at the office, no? :)

    Zach, thanks for the info. I'd always thought that one was required to stand whenever the ark was open, but I was only able to stand for what I consider the "important" parts of Neilah, such as Sh'ma Koleinu and the Short Vidui (Ashamnu, bagadnu . . .), Hashem, Hashem, Kel rachum v'chanun, etc. Now I don't feel so bad about having sat through most of Neilah.


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