Monday, September 13, 2004

A few weeks ago, one of the rolly-polly characters in the shul said the shteeble was, in his opinion, "too Jewy." I smiled and nodded my head, and did nothing to challenge his opinion.

Last night, F, one of the boys from the shteeble called the shul "modernish" and the Beast Within was unleashed. I went on for five whole minutes, pointing out that much of what he considered "modern" were in fact, long-standing Ashkenazic customs.

Why did I defend the shul, and not the shteeble? Perhaps bad history bothers me more than ordinary insults.

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