Slice of Life

Sometimes grocery shopping is boring and mundane. In fact, it mostly is. Today I ran to the local kosher establishment to get some groceries for Shabbat, intending it to be just a grocery run. So I am standing in line waiting my turn for stuff from the deli counter, the chassidishe music blasting near me. A bewigged lady in black is ahead of me, and behind me an ancient-looking rabbi type – long white beard, dark suit, white shirt and payes down to his pupik. Rabbi Pupik appeared to wink at me, but I told myself it was a facial tic. Then I glanced back to see him tapping his foot with the music. I cracked a small grin. Suddenly he throws his arms up, lifts his head to the heavens and starts to dance like he is at an einekel’s (grandson) wedding with a joyful beaming grin on his face. This dance lasted maybe 20 seconds, but oh how it lifted my spirits and left me with a smile on my face. Good for you Rabbi Pupik!!

kugelI went next door to what I call “My Kugel Place” – their potato kugel tastes exactly the same way that my Savta’s used to taste. It’s a necessary stop for me when we are eating at home for Shabbat. Must have me my kugel. So I walk in, and a voice calls to me from the back of the store. “Can I help you?” I peer around, and the very jolly chassidishe counter person is sitting on chair at the back of the store, with the other (teenaged boy) counterperson in front of him, backwards on a chair. Chassidishe Dude has a hand held massaging device and is using it to ease the tension from the teenage counterperson’s back. I wasn’t the only customer in the store, and as each person came in they yelled out “can I help you?” only getting up from their comfortable positions when someone needed something. I have to say because of the aforementioned dancing I was in high spirits so this was just funny to me, and I joked around with them. “sorry to disturb your massage but can I have some……”. We joked around that they should put a sign up front – free massage with your potato kugel order. It could totally bring more business their way!!

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  1. Mark says:

    Massage? In Monsey? Is that even allowed?

  2. Lady Lock and Load says:

    It’s allowed lekavod shabbos if you say tehillim while you are getting one and have a gartel around your waist.

  3. Chanief says:

    I sure as heck hope Rabbi Pupick’s dnce wasn’t part of some newfangled mating ritual ;o) In any case, I gotta start shopping where you shop, it’s far more interesting than anything than my local stores.

  4. Mark says:

    Talking about mating rituals, it doesn’t seem completely kosher for an adult to be giving a teenager a massage. I hope the Chassids name wasn’t Kolko!!!

  5. hadassahsabo says:

    mark, dude, it was all in full sight, nothing seedy….seemed totally innocent to me.

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  7. Z! says:

    I have found the men to be much more flirty and feely with each other. We think it’s cuz they don’t get to flirt with ladies. It’s mostly harmless fun/bonding.

  8. “slice of life” is another term for Brit Millah. a very male ritual.

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