Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Parshat Vayeshev

Three items for this week...

First, some humour for those who told me that my blog is not funny enough. My first year living in NY, I rented an apartment on 105th and Broadway. More often than not, on Shabbat morning I ended up davening at a small schteibel on 103rd and West End (Minchat Chinuch-Baba"d). when Parshat Vayeshev rolled around some guys at the schteibel told a (most likely an apocryphal) story of a woman (according to the story a Barnard or JTS student) that would enjoy correcting the baal koreh from the ezrat nashim. This of course annoyed the men of the schteibel. When Parshat Vayeishev rolled around, the men got the baal koreh to intentionally misread Perek ל"ט, pasuk ז, --- here is the correct way to read it:

וַיְהִי, אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, וַתִּשָּׂא אֵשֶׁת-אֲדֹנָיו אֶת-עֵינֶיהָ, אֶל-יוֹסֵף; וַתֹּאמֶר, שִׁכְבָה עִמִּיוַיְהִי, אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה,
וַתִּשָּׂא אֵשֶׁת-אֲדֹנָיו אֶת-עֵינֶיהָ, אֶל-יוֹסֵף; וַתֹּאמֶר, שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי
The baal koreh read the last two words שִׁכְבָה עִמִּו -- our feminist baal koreh correcter than called out שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי. The baal koreh listened and repeated שִׁכְבָה עִמִּו. Again our feminist repeated שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי (sleep with me!!!!) calling out the phrase a number of times loudly until she realized that all the men in the schteibel were looking at her and smiling. Needless to say, the feminist never returned to the schteibel....
Nusach question: This week is mevarchim hachodesh for Tevet. So what is the correct/appropriate meoldy to use for יחדשיהו? Maoz Tzur seems out of place but then again, past of chanuka always falls out in Tevet. The Yekke shul in Ramot with the extensive yekke nusach project doesn't have a file up for Tevet. However, the Moreshet Ashkenaz website says יחדשיהו should be to one of the Chanuka melodies.
Lastly for you more modernish folk out there....what do you think of using a little Andrew Lloyd Weber in kedusha? Joseph fits perfectly for Shma in Kedusha of Mussaf (nusach Ashkenaz or Sephard)....

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