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Friday, June 19, 2009

Round Wedding Hall. Coincidence?

I think not.

Last night we attended the wedding of one of the daughters of our Rebbe. Not surprisingly, the WQ at the wedding (which, ironically, was quite normal and nice) was off the charts; perhaps the highest ever recorded in history.

It occurred to me that it was very thoughtful of our Rebbe to host the wedding at the Sands of Atlantic Beach. The Sands is in the shape of a circle and I'm sure the Rebbe realized that many of his guests would be more comfortable in a setting that resembled the space ships in which they traveled to the wedding.



  • At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Here is the simple math. Your shul is known to be associated with Breslov. Breslov is a "cult" of freakdom. Every shiur given in your shul on breslov brings you one step closer to being embassy of freakdom in North America.
    If you have any doubts about what I am say take 5 freaks at random and ask them what they are learning. The answer will be obvious.

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    That's a WAY too simplistic view of the shul and is simply not true. Our shul is not associated specifically with Breslov. There is one shiur per week on Breslov (one on the teachings of the Baal Hatanya, one of Rav Kook, one on the Aish Kodesh, etc.). No, the WQ is far deeper than simply an association with Breslov Chassidus.

  • At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You are right it is too simplistic. But would you agree that it is a factor all be it unintentional.The chassidus of the shul is far more breslov than any other chassidus including Polisha (the aish kosesh). For kids coming back from Eretz Yisroel with oversized peyos,techelis and jeans your shul is the safe haven. From what I understand ( please correct me if I am wrong) your rov shlita encourages people to go to Uman for Rosh Hashana- the woodstock of freakdom.Any shiur in breslov, once a week or once a year is asking for it.
    Any "chassidus" that encourages having a Rebbe who is dead is dangerous.

  • At 9:45 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    I would say that it is not accurate that our Rebbe encourages people to go to Uman for Rosh Hashanah. I would assume if people ask him specifically, depending on their circumstances, he might say it is a good idea. I have never heard him, unsolicited, encourage anyone to go. (Indeed, I am not aware that he has ever gone himself, even before his Aish Kodesh days).

    While the shul is no doubt a weirdo magnet, I think your focus on Breslov is misplaced.

  • At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Anonymous is just another guy who plays to the generalizations made about the shul and has an extremely limited idea about what the shul (and its congregants) are really about nor has spent anytime actually figuring it out.

  • At 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    MoC- I've been waiting for the post about shiny shoe music's breaking into the Prisons.....

  • At 9:03 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    anon 9:54

    I couldn't agree more. This happens over and over.

    anon 9:55

    Not worth it. I assume that Schwecky thought he was doing a toivah to a bar mitzvah boy whose father was in the slammer and didn't realize the implications. He proably got picked off by some schm**k.

  • At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Fyi. I have spent a lot of time thinking about it and have davened at the shul albeit irregularly since the minyan was held at the Woodmere Academy library. So the brushing off what I am saying because I don't know the shul or haven't bt thought to isn't true. Breslov is a clear factor in the WQ. Its not everything but its alot. Again take an unscientific poll. Find any wierdo and asking him what he is currently learning.

  • At 10:15 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    anon 6:18

    I'm not brushing you off; I'm simply telling you that your analysis is wrong. But if it makes you happy to think that the WQ is high because people study Breslov Chassidus, gezunter haight.

  • At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    can you please post some pictures from the chasunah for the chassidim who couldn't make it?


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