Sunday, June 14, 2009

GOOSEBUMPS: MY BAR MITZVAH IN PRISON

Yes, we all remember the hit book series I never read, Goosebumps. Goosebumps was a supposed to be a very scary book, but it basically was freaky stories about weird washing machine monsters and changing bodies with a killer santa (okay I read 2). Why do I bring this old book into topic? because it must be a nightmare for the kid whose Bar mitzvah was in a prison, just like the book would write it out. Imagine what the kid is going to remember, a Bar mitzvah in jail with a bunch of convicts waiting next door, all because his father was arrested (who knows why he was arrested), and then your bar mitzvah is published about in the New York times, oh! and Yakkov shwekey famous Jewish singer sang for you (not the bad part). That's a horrible Bar mitzvah ain't it? unless you wanted it to be memorable.

Now there are hilachic issues that come with making a bar mitzvah in jail, and they don't only pertain to chilul hashem. One is the halachah of bringing a Sefer Torah to people in jail, you aren't allowed to even for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, the reason being that its a disgrace for the Torah to come to you and you not go to it. This can be applied to a Bar mitzvah, the Bar mitzvah shouldn't be brought to someone in jail along with 60 other people, its not respectful. And if that ain't enough, than at the bar mitzvah the one who is being honored (bar mitzvah boy) usually says a D'var Torah which should not be brought to the jail for one person but; rather, the one person should be brought to it. And if for some reason you don't agree with this past paragraph, that I put so much effort into writing (shame on you), then you can always resort to chilul hashem, and it will still be deemed halachicly wrong. This seems like a good question for the rabbi who allowed this, why did you allow it?

Theres your lesson people, don't make a bar mitzvah in jail or you will bashed for every reason possible. People will be calling it despicable, and posts will line every blog about why you aren't you ashamed. And what a nightmare it will be for your son, like straight out of a goosebumps book.

4 people gave their 2 cents:

G6 said...

Wow! I never knew that about the sefer torah. Very interesting....

I too, wondered about whose interests and desires were truly being served anyway by holding this affair in the prison.

As far as the "bashing" goes... "Shtikah K'hodo'oh". If this man's fellow Jews do not decry his actions to the rest of the world, it could be viewed by the Goyim as support for his behavior. I for one, want to try in my own imperfect way to set a better example.

Well done post.
Thanks for the link.

Moshe said...

"One is the halachah of bringing a Sefer Torah to people in jail, you aren't allowed to even for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, the reason being that its a disgrace for the Torah to come to you and you not go to it."

This is not true. It can be brought to a person if it will be read from, I think 3 times. This is how a sefer torah is brought to someone sitting shiva.

Mikeinmidwood said...

G6

Youre welcome, and I agree.

Moshe

If it has a set place before hand, about a day or two, then it is okay.

Jewish Side of Babysitter said...

I read one goosebump book about something happening to mannequins, that they became alive or something. Ever since then I wasn't able to look at a mannequin the same way again!

Now about the Bar Mitzvah...it does say the reason why the father was in jail. I feel bad for the bar mitzvah boy, like you put it, I'm sure this is a nightmare for him.