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Monday, January 12, 2009

Two More Parking Morons

Moron 1. Last Friday, after Kabbolas Shabbos, a visitor to the shul approached the president and asked him if the janitor was around to move his car. He had been running late for shul and parked his car in the neighbor's driveway (blocking two other cars).

(The backstory is that we had a Rebbe in Residence and a Semi-Famous Shiny Shoe Singer leading the davening that night and this dodo came to be inspired, I guess. Needless to say, MoC davened at the local minyan across the street thereby avoiding much agmas nefesh. This story was related by witnesses).

The good news is that the irate neighbor called the police and the offender's car was ticketed to the tune of $110.

When he president located the janitor, the offender asked, "Can I trust him?"

Moron 2.

Sunday morning a visitor from the holy city of Far Rockaway came to the 8:15 minyan and parked his car on the street directly in front of the shul. He was politely told by one of the gabaim that (i) he was parking illegally and (ii) had a high probablility of being ticketed. He shrugged and said, "that's ok".

During the amidah, this very same man was davening with vein-popping kavanah. So much so that when his phone went off...twice...he simply ignored it.

The good news is that we stickered his car with a no-parking sticker. The bad news is he didn't get a ticket.



  • At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Confused said…

    Maybe if you came and heard the Rebbe in Residence message you wouldn't have so much agmush nefesh.
    I also like all the rules that have to be followed by great visiting Baal Tefillahs (why doesnt Chaim Dovid daven Kabbalos Shabbos anymore?) but the local shleppers can do what they please.
    Used to be a time I liked coming to your Shul and having an inspirational davening without the 4Horseman looking at their watches and kvelling all davening (in between your talking and rude glances).
    At least you have your Rebbe still. Hopefully you wont make him adhere to any more rules.

  • At 5:20 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    You mean kvetching, not kvelling.

    If you don't like the way the shul is run, I suggest that you offer to take over. I think the "four horseman" would be very happy to give up their high paying jobs. The reality, though, is that most of the people who complain the loudest don't do anything (they are the people who, as Rebbe noted last week, walk by when they see a candy wrapper on the floor and don't bother to pick it up), don't give money, and often come frequently but don't even become members. (Some of them park in neighbors driveways). They just whine.

    And, we must be doing something right because despite all the deadbeats and the difficult financial times, the shul is still running smoothly and is standing rooom only virtually every Shabbos.

    Finally, after working like a dog all week, the last thing I need on a Friday night is to hear a utility infielder pinch hit for Babe Ruth.

  • At 5:43 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    And, by the way, the "rules" come from Rebbe, not us. And "great" is a very subjective term.

  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger ThePeoplesChamp said…

    There's the old MoC! Where have you been! Nothing like a little market turmoil to bring back the "O" in MoC :)
    That last line was classic and i agree with the Babe comment (L'Havdil of course), but the Visitor in this case was much better than a Utility IF'er.

    Speaking of standing room only, what's with the "guy" that has to lean on my shtender of my aisle seat and invade my Daled Amos. I'm sure as a fellow aisle seater you have experienced this "guy". Does he have a name yet?

  • At 9:00 PM, Anonymous MocDisciple said…

    Ahh...the joys of anonymous blogging. Mr. Confused you know not of what you speak. A. None of the 4 horsemen wear watches. B. The great baal tefilah - NOT. c. Rebbe makes the rules, not the other way around. If you had a clue you would know that (and this Shabbos was a perfect example). Note also that your post was completely off topic. If you feel that strongly about the issues, have you ever spoken to the people involved? My guess is no....much easier to hide and blog about others than to be constructive. Besides, knowing the 4h's (and in particular war and death) quite well, I suspect you wouldn't survive 60 seconds of debate. Enjoy the anonimity

  • At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Fern @ Paperback Traveler said…

    I don't get the people your describe who are perfectly willing to follow all of the "rules" of observant Judaism but don't give a second thought to acting like a mentsch. Why are they attracted to an admittedly difficult "lifestyle" when they have no desire to be a good person? It's sort of sadomasochistic in a way. It seems as if they observe mitzvot solely for the sake of doing something difficult and not for the purpose of developing a closer relationship with Hashem or refining their neshama.

  • At 11:52 AM, Anonymous megapixel said…

    could you do a new post? I am bored of this one.

  • At 2:42 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    I have my firm's annual meeting today and the Vance is not doing a good job of sleeping through the night. So, give me some slack.

  • At 9:38 PM, Anonymous megapixel said…

    priorities, priorities...

  • At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Rebbe and have been listening to shiurim for about 10 years.

    I and some other chevra I know feel judged in shul. It seems like its contradicting the warmth of chassidus. I think we would agree it used to not feel this way.

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Judged in what way?...

  • At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Like, I'm not frum enough.

  • At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    with a rapidly growing community the shul is not big enough. I think woodmere could use al least 2 more shul"s like aish.
    As for"it aint like the old days" it will never be.

  • At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yo man, you really got to lighten up,I would venture to say you have health problems. everyone has their pecklach, and even though you may think you are perfect, there is someone around who is pointing at you and calling you a moron as well. just lighten up, it is good for you. put a smile on your face and i promise you, these minor things won't seam as significant as you make them out to be

  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    anonymous 9:12

    You clearly know nothing about me so you know where you can take your silly little psychological analysis.


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