Saturday, January 10, 2009

ARE YOU YESHIVISH?

What defines yeshivish? Is it the hat and jacket, or is it the way you think, or whatever you say you are even though you definitely aren't? I, personally, consider myself "modern orthodox machmir" (M in M is M 'O' M). What that literally means, is up to you.

Yeshivish Definition #1: The outer appearance is everything. You wear a hat and jacket, and a gartel everyday, or the gartel just on shabbos. Those Shabbos coats are a must, without one you just aren't yeshivish, you wear it even though it doesn't keep you warm. You went to a Yeshivish Yeshivah, can there be a yeshivah that isn't yeshivsh seems to be against possibility then again its a frummie version of English so it is possible ( E.G. Frummie:I stayed by their house. normal:I stayed at their house), then you went to learn in kollel. This definition of Yeshivish has nothing to do with your outlook on life, rather how you appear. You can fake your way through, if anybody asks are you yeshivish you can say "Don't you see my hat and jacket?" and they will be forced into agreeing, you are.

Yeshivsh definition #2: You believe that kollel is good for a year or two, secular education is needed, you like music that has a beat to it. You don't wear those "shabbos coats", they aren't warm enough, for you its a nice puffy coat. You put on the hat and jacket, no gartel. You went to a Yeshivah, be it out of town or in. You learn a little here and there. Your logic is, "Its how you think that makes you yeshivish". You have a Rabbi that you hold of, and you keep all halachos and strict kashrut. You never miss a minyan. Your basically Yeshivish, minus the whole look and kollel idea. You are Yeshivish, just there are people more yeshivish than you.


Yeshivish definition #3: It doesn't matter how you act, all you need to do is say you are and you are, with some of the look. You go to any black hat shul. The yeshivah you went to could have been MO, it doesn't matter. You wear a hat sometimes, and you hardly daven with a minyan. Like definition one, you fake your way through, but instead people notice. You are Yeshivish, just there are people more yeshivish than you.


Yeshivish Definition #4: You believe in kollel for life, and you went to the greatest and strictest yeshivot. The hat and jacket are worn everywhere. Anything lower than you is not considered yeshivish.

Are you Yeshivish, well to some maybe and to others no. I guess its like a rhetorical question.

8 people gave their 2 cents:

frum single female said...
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Anonymous said...

yo rabbi mike i want to know if im yishivish

i went to a messed up yishivish school with perverted kids,

i am a break dancer,

i touch girls (only girls i know)

all these really mean nothing but, i just want to know

Mikeinmidwood said...

Anon

Rabbi Mike says "Messed up Yeshivish school etc. etc. Not possible. It could have been a Non Yeshivish Yeshivah. I believe you to fit in MO.

Anonymous said...

Hey anon, are u messed up or what

The Babysitter said...

I see the word Yeshivish and I'm thinking about the Yeshivish Reid song I heard.

But I see you didn't even mention yeshivish language!

Mikeinmidwood said...

Babysitter

its a given for #1 and #4

Mikeinmidwood said...

Babysitter

its a given for #1 and #4

Anonymous said...

$#^% you anon