Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Meforsumim - can it get any worse?
B"H this Simchas Torah I celebrated mostly by the holy tomb of Shimon Hatzadik, and maybe partly in my merit the whole congregation sang Nanach and the Petek - in the mincha hakafos and the first night. The day hakafos however were very very disappointing and I satisfied myself with almost a very bare minimum of circling around the Torah - I was conscious that two mefursamim had joined us for these hakafos, but there was nothing I could do - except in a different room I danced a little more. After the hakafos of the day the congregation split into two groups, and I saw that each mefursam lay their hands on a group and I couldn't decide on the lesser evil, so I picked the smaller group and I was privy to see something I never saw or imagined - everyone in the group got called up to the Torah, and they asked the mefursam if he wants the aliyah which finishes the Torah or the one the begins the Torah - each very very special, so the mefursam says - "baider" - both! And he proceeds to take both aliyas!!! This was so disgusting and revolting to me that I was not able to continue praying with them, and after hearing the Torah reading I completed the prayers on my own.