To the point of the discussion: Before Mincha I sat down in the Yeshivah and opened up last fall's edition of Hachayal, a Chassidic children's magazine. One of the articles was a series of brief journal entries, written from the perspective of a Yeshivah student during the establishment of the Lubavitcher Yeshivah network. Obviously fictitious, it served the purpose of educating the younger generation.
Something caught my eye - the entries referred to the Rebbe at the time of the Yeshiva's founding as the "Rashab", and his son - the dean of the school, and destined successor of his father in the year 1920 - as the Frierdike Rebbe (the Previous Rebbe).
Now I'm sure my convoluted rantings on a blurry photo taken with my cell phone make no sense to those not versed in Lubavitch lore . . . so let me attempt to explain, and thus make clear what bothered me so.
I understand I'm dealing with a kid's magazine, and thus besides the general issue of poorer quality work, exceptions must be made in style and fact to facilitate the understanding of the youth; hence Hachayal's use of the more prevalent titles for the esteemed Rabbis.
However. . .
If the article were to attempt a credulous style, it would never have referred to the Rebbe Rashab by said acronym for his name . . . any chossid worth his beard would have referred to the then current Rebbe strictly as 'the Rebbe'. And the Previous Rebbe, would have been known at most as the Rayyatz, but most certainly not as the Frierdike (Previous) Rebbe - a title that references his place in the dynasty relative to his successor and son-in-law . . . the Lubavitcher Rebbe (someone who wasn't even born at the time the journal speaks of!)
What, dear reader, do my inane rantings have to do with you (besides the fact that for some reason the wrong titles annoyed the Hecht out of me)? I open up the discussion: To what extent do we change things around to simplify them for the purposes of youthful consumptions?
Others in the series:
Don't read the fine print,
Return of Don't Read the fine print,
Don't Read The Fine Print -Partie Trois,
More of Don't Read the Fine Print
and Revenge of the Don't Read the Fine Print.
Oh . . . and for those of use waiting, all the photos from Ukraine are on my computer - so stay tuned for the Lubavitcher Pesach in Uman posts!
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