Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It turns out that it is possible to wax nostalgic for kitsch. Four years ago, I described Yom Haatzmaut in My Little Town, as follows:

... every Yom HaAtzmaut I awaken to the startling realization that I now live in Mayberry. Or, if I might phrase it a bit less delicately, in Israel we are the goyim. Yes, in My Little Town people actually gather in the main drag for a display of schoolkids doing funny waving stuff with flags, the mayor bashfully reads all the right cliches, youthful entrepeneurs sell cotton candy, and it's all topped off with, you guessed it, a dazzling display of fireworks.


That was then. In what I sincerely hope is not a metaphor for some more profound shift in the cosmic order, this year's celebration of Yom Haatzmaut in My Little Town was a quasi-professional "production" involving two loud, obnoxious and unctuous "presenters" of the sort once confined to game-show hosting. Somebody had the bright idea that some tenth-rate hired guns would lend the proceedings a more polished feel. Another innovation was that the usually very affecting brief autobiographical statements read by the lighters of the torches were pre-recorded; the result was less so much affecting as reminiscent of Bob Eubanks' descriptions of the contestants on The Dating Game.

If even My Little Town has to fob Yom Haatzmaut off on a producer, big trouble is brewing. I'm hankering for Andy and Opie.

7 Comments:

Blogger ADDeRabbi said...

In my burb, we had a choice between the uncoordinated flag-play and off-key renditions by schoolchildren that you described a few years ago, and the kitch of today. We opted for the former.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous zalman said...

agreed. if is any consolation, your sentiments have been expressed on the My Little Town chat list. And perhaps more significant, someone tried to push all discussion off list. So there is hope.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nebach your still "fardimyint"

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAY WE ALL BE ZOCHEH TO BITTUL MEDINAS AMALEK BEVIAS MASHIACH TZIKEINU

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous: That's right, down with the Arabs. Shkoyach.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous micberma said...

We encountered the same thing in our neighborhood. Fortunately, the locale was big enough to enable us to escape the noise while still enjoying the rest of the holiday atmosphere. The truth is, the local performances in years past used to drag on far too long, but surely there's a happy medium somewhere.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They once asked the great satmar rav where in parshas emor is yom atzmaut mentioned (after all all the moadim are mentioned there)

The rebbe responded its mentioned in the parsha of the "mekkalel"
as the saying goes "mer emes vee git"

8:29 PM  

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