Sunday, August 31, 2008

Excuse me sir, that's my bagel you're trying to eat

I went to a bris today. Small shul in a basement. I get my seat, get my plate and cup. Make myself a bagel and pour some orange juice into my cup. Then I go to wash. I come back, some middle aged guy is just slipping into my seat.

Dude, do you see the bagel and the full cup? And the meal just started so it's not like someone left a half-eaten bagel and left. When I indicated to the guy that it's my food he's sitting in front of, he had the audacity to be upset about having to vacate my seat.

On the other hand, I again ended sitting at the rabbi's table for shacharit and not the first time too. For some reason, when I go to a different shul I end up sitting by the rabbi's table. The previous time it was by rabbi Gornish. Is it my fault that I come on time and take a sit at some table. And both times no one bothered to mention that it's the rabbi's table.

When the rabbi comes, I can either get up and move and acknowledge my faux pas or continue sitting because I was there first and it's the fault of the guy sitting next to me for not telling me it's the rabbi's table. Yep, I continued sitting there. Me, admit doing something wrong?! I'm not the one that's wrong, it's the rules that changed. ;-)

27 comments:

  1. Maybe this is why there are no knives in the men's section

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  2. You can do a lot more with a fork. Or, since the person is sitting, compress the two arteries on the sides of the neck.

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  3. I remember being at a kiddush in Miami and this old guy behind me slowly creeps his arm under mine and takes a boreka off my plate that I was holding. I let him get away with it because I was too shocked. Also because he was old, maybe he was just senile.

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  4. WTF?! Are you serious?! That's insane. I don't care how old the guy is, if it's one of your friends screwing around, that's one thing, some total stranger doing that, that's messed up.

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  5. Frumpunk: I would have loved to see your face.

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  6. Moshe - that's funny. And sad too. Was this guy an FFB by any chance?

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  7. LOL on sitting on the Rabbi's table. :-)

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  8. Moshe: what shul does R' Gornish have?

    Doesn't someone have to sit at the Rabbi's table? unless its a table for 1. So what's so bad if you sit there? its reserved for special people?

    and yea that wasn't so nice of the person to take your seat and then be upset to give it back.

    Mlevin and Moshe: ha you can't blame the FFB's for this one!

    see this is another case of labeling, who cares if they're a BT or FFB, its the action that counts.

    Just like you don't call a child bad, but rather they do a bad action. You don't label BT's or FFB's as bad, because of actions some do.

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  9. At least the guy didn't eat your bagel. At a wedding last night, my son brought me a plate of food from the shmorg. As he set it down in front of me, the woman next to me said thank you, took the plate out of his hand, and began to eat it. We stared at her in shock, and then she said to him "These dumplings are dry. Could you get me some sauce please?" He was laughing so hard that I was afraid he was going to wet himself.

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  10. SuperRaizy: OMG, that's crazy. I would have laughed too. But how dare these people treat everyone as servants?

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  11. Both shuls have normal tables and the rabbi sits there. It's not very respectable to sit at the same table, especially on the same side. By Rabbi Gornish, I think his son was sitting there with him.

    superraizy, that is insane. You win the prize.

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  12. Moshe: ahh I see.
    So then who's allowed to sit next to them?

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  13. Family, I guess. In our shul, the rabbi sits on rabbi chair to the left of the aron kodesh.

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  14. You got a beard. That makes you a Rabbi. Congratulations. Who cares about the other people. Your a Rabbi, Dude!

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  15. Trimmed it a little. The damn trimmer is mostly dead and I'm too lazy to go to barber. The barber is about 2 minutes away from my house.

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  16. You need an extension cord? I might have a spare.

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  17. It's just the whole idea of sitting there for 10~15 minutes and not even being able to use my cell for internet.

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  18. That sounds more like a roflmao than a lol. ;-)

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  19. Dude I was once at a wedding and I got up in the middle of eating my meal- when I sat back down to my half eaten meal there was someone else sitting down and eating it. Now that is a chazer.

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  20. Was at least one of those people who collect money? That I kinda expect because they wait for people to leave and then eat their food.

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