Sunday, March 08, 2009


Our appearance outside shul may not be like our appearance inside shul.

Why is it necessary that we wear a Purim costume in shul when our yarmulke or long skirt may also a form of costume that we wear?

To the outside observer it is impossible to determine which person is the real us.


At March 8, 2009 at 7:18:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is from Rabbi Berel Wein's book "Tending the Vineyard: The Life, Rewards and Vicissitudes of Being a Rabbi":

"What is so dangerous in synagogues is that the bad people often clothe themselves in the garb of seeming piety. They second-guess the rabbi's opinions and decisions, and profess themselves to be in many instances "holier than thou" and more scholarly and wise than the rabbi and hide their inner weaknesses under the mask of fighting Heaven's battles here on earth..."

At March 8, 2009 at 8:17:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes its the rabbis themselves who are garbed in seeming piety.

At March 9, 2009 at 7:25:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Styles help make our understanding of other people a challenge. The same clothing, language, manners, etc., that can be a personal expression for one can be a disguise for another.


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