Monday, March 1, 2010

Shabbat Zachor

Readers may recall that the NF is not all that fond of Purim or as the big Gong likes to say, "Anything that involves smiling". Now that is not completely fair --- It's not smiling and being happy that bothers the NF --- the NF doesn't like balagan and lack of decorum. I smile plenty on Tisha B'av.

Friday night, the gabbaim got a guy up there to daven knowing he would do silly schtick...
So the said chazan (not a usual mitpalel in the NF's shul) did Kabbalat Shabbat Carlebach style and I must say his grade for Kabbalat Shabbat (up to Lecha Dodi) was A+ for the simple reason that he flew --- none of that schleppy, eyes closed happy clappy spiritual stuff --- it seemed like the guy took "speed" before he started.
then things started breaking down:
1. Lecha Dodi --- to the melody of mishenichnas adar. It's not original. It doesn't fit that well and the chazzan couldn't figure out how often to do the high part.
2. After K'gavna (it was nusach sfarad), the chazzan went into the neigh neigh neighs of R"h and Y"k. The NF doesn't understand this one at all. what exactly is the connection between the yamim noraim and Shabbat Zachor. Was the chazzan trying to be mizalzel the yamim noraim or showing the importance of Shabbat Zachor. The answer: neither.  He was trying to be cutsie/funny and failed miserably. If anyone can explain the "humour" of using the yamim noraim melody  it would be much appreciated.
3. After Magen Avot,  YS whispered to the NF --- "I bet the he's going to try a victory kaddish"...much to our surprise, the chazzan went  into a normal kaddish --- that is until titkabel tzeloton where he started a yamim noraim melody --- see the NF's comment #2 above.
4. When he hit עושה שלום במרומיו he went into that classic Israeli 1970's melody that makes you think of the Israeli male of yore --- tight pants, open shirt (with a huge collar) showing an "Austin Powers" worthy set of chest hair, a large magen david or Chai medalion, a Hebrefro etc.  Were it the case that the chazzan was trying to be funny, it would have been one thing ---- but I think this was his nusach. As the big Gong said (and I mean this as no offense to the non-heterosexuals in our readership): "That was really really gay."

Happily, the next day the Rishon Ltzion of Uruaguy davened Shacharit and J davened musaf with good old fashioned nusach and we didn't have to sing Avinu Avinu or any Broadway showtoons.


Dr D physician said...

In answer to your question why he did the YK nusach, don't you know the whole Yom Ke-Purim drasha. No doubt he had this in mind....obviously

the NF said...

Dear Dr.D,
the post was about Shabbat Zachor. not Purim. I strongly suggest you find more time to learn bechavrusa before commenting again on the blog.

the NF

itchiemayer said...

So what are the odds that the very first time (and only time) I ever mentioned the Nusach Freak to anyone in the entire world, it would be to a fellow who KNOWS the Nusach Freak!

Well, it happened the 7th day of Pesach at my shul in St. Louis, MO.

If I have the story correct, it seems as though this individual grew up in the same neighborhood as the NF, and the NF may have been the one to introduce this man to the woman who is now this man's wife.

Small world, eh?

the NF said...

Hey Itchiemayer,
Send my love to the good Rabbi DR Aaron R. (brother of Yoni R from the NF's hood).
The good Rabbi Dr was my college roomate and indeed, the NF introduced the the good Rabbi Dr. to his Rebbetzin.

-- The NF

itchiemayer said...

Unbelievable that of all of the people that could have been the first (and still only) to whom I have ever mentioned the NF would be HaRav Aharon Shalom. B"N I will pass along your message the next time Rabbi R. comes to town.

Yes, he did mention that Yoni is his brother.

itchiemayer said...

I have passed along your regards using his MIL as the intermediary, and I received an acknowledgment via email from the good Rabbi Dr. himself.

Rabbi Dr. said...

Dear NF,

No need to use Itchiemayer as an intermediary - may your Yom HaAtzmaut be a beautiful one, and may all of your hatikvas be sung to old German tunes.