Things That Really Grind My Gears #2: When people “think” that they’re on a higher Madrega than you

I would like to take this chance to put my own “unique” (Torontonian Jewish) spin on that segment, to tell you guys what really “grinds my gears” in our community, or others. I’m sure most of you I will try posting one or two grinds per week to keep this as an ongoing segment.

You know what really grinds my gears?!…

…Being told by a student at Ner Yisroel that one of the Rabbeim gave a whole speech on how schools like Medrash Shmuel in Israel is a great school, just not for Ner grads, as they are supposedly on a higher madrega, and would therefore be both looked down upon and talked about in the community, which in turn affects how people perceive you…funny thing is, in the same sentence as them saying how they are on a higher madrega then students that generally go to Medrash Shmuel, they are in fact putting down other Jews, which happens to be quite a serious sin, thus lowering their so-called “madrega”.

More to come next week. Stay Tuned….

Please send me some suggestions (via reply to this thread) of things that Really Grind YOUR Gears, and I will post the winner in a few weeks!

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Posted on November 27, 2011, in Frummies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I agree with some of what you’re saying, but I think it’s important to distinguish between “higher” and “better.” There definitely is such a thing as being at a higher madrega, and it could very well be that the particular Ner Yisroel bochur in question is higher than the average Medrash bochur in terms of how well he performs mitzvos/how stringent he is with them. In that sense, it could be that Medrash isn’t the place for him, and there could be a different yeshiva that caters more towards his needs, just like Medrash caters to its own segment’s needs.

    That said, there certainly shouldn’t be an attitude of “we’re better,” let alone the attitude of “you’re worse,” especially in a situation where there’s a relatively small distinction. Each of us is different, unique, and has his/her own path to follow (within the boundaries of the Torah) to be the best that we can be, regardless of what others think or do. It also grinds my gears that people don’t get that.

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  2. Shikkered Shvigger

    Know what really grinds me gears? When some doofus writes about how he was the victim of loshon hora, and then one week later, turns around and spews loshon hora about the rebbeim at Ner Yisroel. If you were aiming for irony, you really hit the mark.

    Honestly guys, this site stinks.

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    • Better than Shikkered Shvigger

      So does your face.

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    • Bobby Orr-Somayach

      I never said I was higher than them, or strive to even care about lashon hara. I just find it ironic that people who claim to be holier than thou dont get it. Trust me, lashon hara is quite low on my list of things to fix in the immediate future 😛

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    • Frum From Bathurst

      Mr. Shvigger,
      We appreciate your insights because yet should hypothetically keep our writers in check regarding what we write about as well as what to expect from our audience. We sincerely hope you continue calling out our writers, and thus genuinely trying help improve the quality of our site. If you have any other insights, concerns or even ideas to plug, please feel free to speak up.
      Sincerely yours, FFB.

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  3. Who reads a blog and then complains about it? Don’t read it, loser.

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  4. Shikkered Shvigger

    @desire…are you for real? Should one who reads a blog merely praise it, and not point out its obvious fallacies? What level of education have you completed? My guess is that you, and the hypocritical author of this post who childishly praised your ridicuous comment, are still somewhere in middle school.

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    • Bobby Orr-Somayach

      …or graduates of said Ner Yisroel?…in my case that can’t be true because how could a graduate of Ner ever embrace or go to Ohr Somayach?

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  5. Shikkered Shvigger, clearly your life is so dull that you have nothing better to do than read a blog you hate and then waste time arguing with a bunch of a people you deem to be kids. Why not do something productive with your life like anger management, sinas chinam classes, or “how to not keep responding to comments from middle-school kids on crappy website” classes. Get a life, geezer.

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