Lunch & L’Chaim with a Jewish Rabbi | Have a Little Faith with Zach AnnerOtis Rodgers September 10, 2019 100 Comments
-So, I’m meeting
a guy named Mendy today who is a YouTuber who happens to be
an Orthodox Jew. I’m gonna go to temple
with him, and then I’m gonna
spend the day with him and meet his family. So, this is gonna be awesome
because the only exposure I’ve had to Orthodox Jews, or Hasidic Jews,
is a production of “Fiddler on the Roof”
that I saw in college that I don’t think had
any actual Jewish people in it. I’m at Mendy’s house,
and we’re gonna go and meet him. He’s an Orthodox Jew. So, I don’t know
what that means. Hey!
-Shalom, shalom. Very nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you, too! I’ve watched all your stuff.
-Oh. I’ve watched your stuff.
Big fan. -I’m a big fan
of yours, too. -Come on in.
-Thanks. -So, this is a mezuzah. You’ll see it on
every door post in the house. It’s a scroll,
handwritten from a scribe. It has a portion of the Torah — the Old Testament —
written in by hand. -Okay.
-The Shema is our most famous prayer. -So,
what does the prayer say, and why is it in the doorway? -It’s basically making
this a godly house and that every room
that you’re in, you’re entering through, like,
God’s security. You know what?
Here’s the deal. Let’s make l’chaim.
You don’t have to drink it. The Grand Rabbi said
you can make l’chaim and then pour it
back in the bottle. -Oh! “L’chaim” —
What does that mean? -Well, it means “to life.” -To life!
-To life! L’chaim! -L’chaim!
-L’chaim. -I just want to keep saying it. -Ahh. -Are you a Hasidic
or Orthodox Jew? -Both.
The — Well, first — -Both? I didn’t know
you could be both. I’m learning things.
-I’m a “playa.” You have Reform,
Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Orthodox,
ultra-Orthodox, Hasidic. -How does that fit in with,
like, being a YouTuber? ‘Cause you have a lot
of YouTube videos. -They’re still under warranty.
It’s only been 40 days. Let me speak to your supervisor. Our sect is called Chabad. While a lot
of other sects stay sheltered — “Technology is evil,
stay away from it” — our particular sect —
thank God — embraces it.
Hang on one sec. -You can bring —
-Hey, Yosef and Hinda. Hey, you guys
want to come here a second? Hey.
This is my friend Zach. -Hi.
Nice to meet you. -Zechariah. -How has being a father
changed your relationship to your faith? -It’s strengthened my faith. Being a father has definitely
strengthened my faith because it’s — I mean, they’re just —
Kids are, I think, much closer to God, and,
like, they’re miraculous. All right, Hinda, go to Ima
for a few minutes. I got to talk to Zach, okay?
And then — And then we’re
gonna come inside. -Let’s talk about
this awesome yarmulke. -Oh. Here.
I’ll give — -Do all of them have
the yellow zippers? -I’ll give you half of it.
-Okay. I’ll take half. -You take half.
No, Actually, this — this yarmulke
is something that I designed. -So, you are — you are
the Calvin Klein of yarmulkes. -I’m the Calvin Klein.
-What does a yarmulke mean? What is a yarmulke? -The yarmulke is not a law. It’s not written in the Bible,
“Thou shalt wear a yarmulke.” It’s a custom
that the rabbis came up with to always remind us
that there’s somebody above. And there’s another garment
called the zizith. It’s a command
in the Torah if you have garment
with four corners, you’re supposed to
put the zizith on it. And it represents
the 613 commandments that the Jews have, so… -613?!
-Yeah. -I’ve only heard about 10! Quickly,
go through all of them. We’ve got to wrap it up
because your kids are probably
getting tired and upset that I’m keeping you outside.
-Yeah. Well, why don’t you help me
put them to bed? -Really?
-Yeah. Come inside. -Awesome. -Ooh, look at this.
The green one is coming. It’s flying.
[ Imitates plane flying ] Ah!
It got you! Whoo! Whoa!
We’re taking a ride! Aah! [ Laughter ] Did you take it? Did you take it? Ah, did you take it? Ah, she likes it.
She’s smiling. Here you go.
Pass Hinda the pillow. -[ Laughs ] -Go give it to Zach.
-[ Speaks indistinctly ] -“Here are the scissors.” [ Speaks Hebrew ] -Abba loves you.
Ima loves you. Yosef loves you. Hinda loves you. Batsheva Menucha loves you. The rabbi loves you.
Hashem loves you. Everybody loves…
-Everybody loves — and Batshe– -Hinda, Yosef, and…
-Batshe! -Let’s mack out of here. -I have to say, man,
I hope one day that I have a family that is as adorable
and as loving as your family. -Thank you. Thanks.
That means a lot. -We are so late to temple. -Yeah. I know. I’m gonna blame it all on you,
you know. -Blame it on the gentile.
That’s fine. -Yes. Should you go in first? Watch the camera. Want a yarmulke?
-Absolutely. Thank you. -This is Zach. -Nice to meet you.
-Zach’s coming to — He’s coming to visit the shul, and he wants to have l’chaim. -Thank you so much. [ Indistinct talking ] -Yes, yes. So, this is Zach.
-Look at this one. -This is Zach — hang on —
and Zach wants to know why people are paying
over 100 bucks for a lemon. -Well, that’s a good question.
Well, the answer is like this — that there’s
a special mitzvah — mitzvah means that God
has requested us to connect to God
by doing certain things. And in a week
from tomorrow night, for an entire week, there’s a special way
that we connect to God by taking four different types
of plants — this will be one of them —
and by uniting them together. And the idea is that every plant represents a different type
of person. And we only connect to God when we unite all types
of people together. If you want to do the mitzvah
next week — Thursday — then this community
is gonna buy you a set. How is that? -Wow.
-We got a deal? -Wow. We got a deal.
-We got a deal. So, let’s get him
a nice set. -You got it. -Thank you so much
for having me, putting your kids to bed
in front of me, and letting me partake
in story time. That is hospitality.
-Hey, hey, we can’t get enough —
enough Zach in our life. -People talk about
Southern hospitality. I’m gonna go ahead and say
it’s Jewish hospitality people should really be
talking about all the time.
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