Monday, December 08, 2008

I wanna be a rebbe - taken down?

YouTube reports: This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Chofetz Chaim

I wonder what this means?


Blogger Ezzie said...

ParshaBlog has it. Someone felt it was Loshon Hara and convinced YouTube that "Chofetz Chaim" wanted it down. Rather clever.

December 09, 2008 7:06 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Ezzie, thanks for the heads-up!

December 09, 2008 7:32 AM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

What it means is that for ordinary people, copyright lasts only seventeen years, but a great rebbe shoulders the burdens of his people, and correspondingly has copyright that lasts as long as that of ten ordinary men.

And if he made his youtube recording on shabbes, it lasts TWENTY times longer.

December 09, 2008 2:23 PM  
Blogger -suitepotato- said...

Checked Parshablog and every time it gets put back up, someone gets it taken down again.

Amazing, now the secular world isn't safe.

December 09, 2008 2:54 PM  
Blogger -suitepotato- said...

Found another copy and saving it.

Not a bad effort.

I just noticed something... I can't remember a single instance of anything in all the books I've read on basic Judaism to chasidism about the importance of having a sense of humor...

December 09, 2008 2:57 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

OK, Ezzie, I just got the connection between LH and Chofetz Chaim. FOr some reason I thought they meant the Yeshiva. Slow on the uptake today.

BOTH- good one :)

suitepotato - I can't think of any source which addresses the importance of humor. For some reason it reminds me of the medieval arguments about whether Jesus laughed.

December 09, 2008 3:50 PM  
Blogger -suitepotato- said...

You're right. I suspect the difference between feeling pious and spiritual on the one hand and feeling comedic and amused on the other are opposing states of mind. I've noticed most religions for humans sooner or later get a bit mixed up with asceticism and denial of pleasure.

I'd rather laugh.

Besides, if it is too great a temptation for a man to go to a strip bar, or even see a woman scantily dressed on the street for the temptation one might have to think dangerous thoughts, then what kind of temptation to ego, vanity, and arrogance must a rebbe have with the fawning followers?

Temptation is temptation. If one is too much, then so must the other. Cults of personality must necessarily be self-defeating and injurious to the one you are following. If you care for your leader, you'd not want them tempted to err in self-glorification.

That's what the video made fun of very well, and it's a good lesson. A bit of humility is always a good thing to have.

December 09, 2008 8:00 PM  

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