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Bonfire of the Frumities

Smoking at the Lag B'omer party Seems like every community I’ve lived in suffers the same problem every year at Lag B’omer — who really owns the holiday?  Chabad or the Community Kollel?

It’s fair to say that Chabad got there first.  They’ve been doing these things for years — well before the Kollel guys were even making brochos on their mother’s milk.  On the other hand, the kollel guys are new and fresh. They’re on YouTube.  Their party invitation was on Facebook and Evite.  Their dvar Torahs will feature digging thumbs and will be “told over” using fancy English words (minus English grammar) that only people who read Artscroll would use.  Chabad will have better booze — they always do.  The Kollel will have girls that are slightly less crazy.  But then again crazy girls… well you know, crazy.

What should I do this year? Go to the Chabad party or the Kollel party?  Which will be more like Burning Man, and which will just go down in flames?  One thing for sure — I bet they’ll never have unified party that includes both groups.  Even though they are using the same beach, attracting the same people, in the same community, at the same time.  No, that wouldn’t work.  So what would Bar Yochai do?  Heck, he’d flame ’em both.  So will I.

Photo credit: rAmmoRRison on Flickr
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  • alejandro abramoff May 22, 2011, 12:02 PM

    Chabad parties make frum kollel parties look stupid. It’s not even a Shayla!

  • UrbanOut May 22, 2011, 2:32 PM

    Sooo sad I missed the Great Parade!!

  • UrbanOut May 22, 2011, 2:37 PM

    I’ve always been disturbed by that! We’re celebrating the end of an era of death amongst the students of Rabbi Akiva due to Machlokes and here we are, two groups that can’t unite. Sad.

  • Yoreh K'chetz May 22, 2011, 3:21 PM

    Only unfied party is in Meron. Yechi’s, nananachs, pin striped bekiches, shtreimels, sefardim, secular Israelis, hippies, well you get the point. All one big happy family partying 24 hours straight to the endless Bar Yochai tune.

  • Anonymous May 23, 2011, 6:58 AM

    just came back from Meron. It is amazing how everyone puts aside their differences and just parties. It is really amazing and just reminds you that no matter how we may relate to each other the rest of the year we are all jews.

  • chevramaidel May 24, 2011, 12:28 PM

    Three words: Chevra Ahavas Yisroel. Crown Heights ROCKED for once. About time!

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