July Caption Contest Winner

A Hasidic man flying, or jumping, because the Rebbe told him to jump

July Caption Contest Winner

Dearest Friends and Witty Captioners and Flying Bochurim,

And now the July caption contest comes to a close. As does July. As does the season (almost). Where, oh where, is the glorious summer going?

I digress. Sniffle. The caption contest announcement:

This month’s cartoon for the contest was a totally random illustration of an orthodox-looking man suspended mid-air. I thought I’ll take a leap and just draw something totally absurd; without any ideas to focus on whatsoever. I had a bit of apprehension about it because I thought maybe it’ll be a dead-end and there won’t be any of those fantastically witty responses. As I was doodling this I was thinking

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  • Shragi Getzel
    Posted at 21:06h, 01 August Reply

    Remember the old yiddishist song? Ven di rebbe zugt tantz tantzn di chassidim etc.
    Or something to that effect, I’m sure some of the lurkers here are more familiar with the details.

  • Chana Gittel Meyerowitzerbaum
    Posted at 21:06h, 01 August Reply

    Yay me… you know that was me, right? c’hub nisht gevist vee git eech bin… ooh, can’t wait for August one.. game on.
    P.S. I’m Feiga Leah too.. thats the beauty of aliases, you can change it up whenever 😉

  • rokhl
    Posted at 21:34h, 01 August Reply

    Lurker here. Shragi Getzel, the song wasn’t a Yiddishist song, but a maskilic, anti-hasidic one. (I think most maskilim would have died before calling themselves Yiddishists.) Anyhoo, here’s a link to the lyrics for Az der Rebbe: http://zemerl.com/cgi-bin/show.pl?title=Az+Der+Rebbe

  • Shragi Getzel
    Posted at 22:47h, 01 August Reply

    Thanks Rokhl, the truth is I’m an am huuretz but I do know the difference between a maskil and a yiddishist and I realized my mistake after I wrote the comment. I’m glad you were paying attention.

  • rokhl
    Posted at 23:03h, 01 August Reply

    But I *am* intrigued by your Freudian slip of maskilim/Yiddishists. 😉

  • Shragi Getzel
    Posted at 01:54h, 02 August Reply

    It wasn’t Freudian. I heard about this song 9 years ago from an Israeli chassidishe friend of mine, when he told me about it he said it was “fin di yiddishistn” I never gave it another thought until I was reminded of it while reading this post, after I wrote it I thought to myself that it probably was maskilim way earlier than the yiddishistn since they were the ones making fun of chassidim but since I wasn’t sure, and I really don’t know any more about the matter than what I just outlined, I didn’t edit my original comment.

  • Rokhl
    Posted at 08:46h, 02 August Reply

    Huh. Interesting!

  • S.
    Posted at 11:23h, 02 August Reply

    “Remember the old yiddishist song? Ven di rebbe zugt tantz tantzn di chassidim etc.”
    Someone gave me a Chanukah present, the “Jewish Kids’ Catalogue,” when I was a little sprout. I later learned that it was a direct descendant of a famous hippie Jewish Renewal thing, the Jewish Catalogue. But I digress. It was full of cool stuff, like cartoons about Eldad Ha-dani and it has the music and words for az di rebbe zingt.It was quite fascinating to my percolating little mind.

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