Wednesday, November 30, 2005

JB (and I don't mean the scotch)

Ever hear a rabbinic story or saying that unintentionally conveyed something negative?

We have this comment on DovBear by Roni, about the old "JB" issue:

One person asked my Rosh Yeshiva--one of the gedolim on the Moetzes--if he can call RJBS "JB"--the Rosh Yeshiva answered, "Certainly not you. . . " He meant to say that no "bachur" is in the position to talk about him in a deragotory way. Don't discount this.

That's pretty magnanimous. Only a baal madregah may call Rav Yoseph Ber Soloveitchik "JB", but not a mere bochur. Great chinuch strikes again.

Obligatory qualification: this is obviously something that an anonymous online commenter claims his unnamed RY said. Take it for what it's worth.

edit: Happy With His Lot called Roni on it.

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