HaBucher HaChushev Ploni ben Nistar here for shtick, news and fun. You know, a Chassidic life isn't as boring and heavy as most people might think! ;-)
מצוה גדולה להיות בשמחה תמיד
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LOL. No, but seriously… idols? It sounds so strange. So wrong… But I guess that if it means like “examples” or “rolemodels” I’d say my Rebbe and even some of my best friends.
There really aren’t a lot of people I look up to. But there are a select few among whom, like I said, my Rebbe -for obvious reasons. Also I have some very close friends that are really like great examples to me.
One of them lives in America now for a few years already but as a bucher he learned here in yeshive and we became very close friends. He was like the ‘goldene bucher’ every shver would look for and the chaver every good yeshive bucher wanted to have, with amazingly good middos, a masmid (he would get up early and be the first to sit and learn in beis medresh every single day -even Shabbos), a talmid chochom, funny and still down to earth as well. A great friend with lots of ahavas yisroel, always there to talk to, a real chassidishe bucher (well, now ‘yingerman’), and again… good middos like I’ve hardly seen before by bucherim, etc.
The second one is another friend, also a yingerman now, who had lots of his own nisayonos and yeridos in his life -despite being born and raised in a chusheve chassidishe family- but he managed to fight against them, overcome them, and turning out to be the wonderful person he is today. Being mechazek and helping other Yidden basically 24/7.
So Hatzolah got an emergency phone call the other day:
"Please come quick! A Yid had a seizure!"
- “Where are you located?” replied the Hatzoloh phone operator.
"Bobov! Come to Bobov. Quick!"
- “Bobov? Which Bobov?” asked the operator again.
"What do you mean which Bobov?! There’s only ONE Bobov!”
Drama llama. lol. According to the [by me] unreported psak there is only one Bobov now. I read the whole psak right after it came out since we are very close to Bobov
48 as well.
So this whole thing reminded me of a very well known story of the current Satmer Rebbe R’ Aharon.
Once he was on vacation somewhere where he met a chassidisher yingerman. The Satmer Rebbe asked him what chussid he was.
"Bobov" answered the yingerman.
"Which Bobov?" asked reb Aharon.
"There is only one Bobov" replied the yingerman again.
At this point the Satmer Ruv looked at the Bobover chussid and said, “yingerman. Don’t tell me there is only one Bobov. If you ask in Satmer people will also say ‘there’s only one Satmer’. I am Satmer Rebbe and I’m telling you there are two Satmers. So drai mich nisht di kop and tell me there’s only one Bobov!”
Overheard the following in the past few weeks:
Litvish American Bucher: “Kama Mamon Zeh?”
Guy in grocery store: “asara zuz!”
LAB #2: “Ad mosai atoh poseiyach?”
Storekeeper: “Ad mosai? Ken… *lifts up hands and looks up to the
skies ceiling* “Abbaleee! Ad mosaaaiiii?!”
Me: *bursts out laughing* “Rak b’Eretz Yisruel”.
To be exact it’s the Hungarian pronunciation of Yiddish. For Loshon Hakodesh I’m using the kinda Russian-influenced Hungarian one. But it’s almost the same.
Any online resources as of where to learn it I don’t know. I don’t think there are any such kind of online things available as the ones who still speak this dialect daily are basically only the chassidim (we learn it just at home, in cheider, etc).
Also try out Kol Haloshon for audio shiurim in Yiddish.