Back in 2006, Yitzchok Adlerstein gushed, “After more than a week in Los Angeles, the Skvere Rebbe’s entourage left town today, having bested Hollywood on its home turf.
In Hollywood, props are important. If you are doing street processions, cars are big props. This got me thinking about the Rebbe’s cars. Adlerstein forgot to delve into that detail. But others have given it more attention, because it does matter to the Rebbe.
The Skvere Rebbe, David Twersky, loves his wheels. In his home base, New Square, he rides around in late model Cadillacs with cherry lights which go flashing (all within a village of less than one square mile).
When he went to the Five Towns on Long Island, he was driven around in a Bentley.
I suppose he could go for a gangster car for Chicago to give it some local flavor. Please share your thoughts on the appropriate car for the Rebbe during his visit on February 20-27.
To assist you in contemplating his options see this listing of prestige cars.
(I have excluded sporty cars which would cramp his hefty frame, ecological trendsetters like the Tesla, and German cars like the Mercedes)
My set of potential choices include:
___ Cadillac (his favorite which he may have ferried in while he flies)
___ Jaguar (it just purrs animal power)
___ Zil (the preferred limousine of post-Communist functionaries in his native Ukraine)
___ Rolls Royce (it just screams royalty)
___ Lexus (I thought Japan should be included in the line-up)
___ Bentley (that was his choice in the Five Towns)
So, readers, what is your best guess on the Rebbe’s choice of cars for the Chicago trip. The reader who correctly predicts the car and provides the best explanation gets bragging rights as a maven on frum follies.
Disclaimer- Yerachmiel Lopin is the sole and final judge. People with inside information are barred from participating in this contest. Submissions must be clocked by midnight of Wednesday January 19, 2014, CST. The prize will be a citation by Yerachmiel Lopin and the right to brag that you are a maven on ganster rebbes.
Additional Entrants Suggested by Readers:
___ PopeMobile (aka RebbeShlepper). Will come in either traditional Yom Kippur white or weekday black. Naturally seat fabric will be checked for shatnez and Vatican insignia will be replaced with symbols of Skver Royalty
___ Gangster car special for Chicago with running boards for house butler to hold lit torches and fend off the riffraff while inviting in those with generous pidyonim (donations given before soliciting advice or a blessing).
___ Traditional Vehicle in Baal Shem Tov Stories. That would be a horse-drawn wagon without much luxury. Since the stories often have him talking to the baal hagalah (wagon driver) I will assume it was not an enclosed coach.
___ The Shtetl Saar Hamashkin is another candidate. Can handle enough whisky to keep an entire Hasidic community lubricated and joyous till the bill comes due. Pays homage to the many hard working Hasidim who took on tavern concessions from Ukranian, Polish, and Russian nobility. Can also be converted to a fire wagon to quench fires, that are, err…, inadvertantly lit by overly zealous house boys of the Rebbe. It has no seating for the Rebbe, who would have to ride astride a horse. With Purim approaching he has to hope he is seen as Mordechai and not someone else.
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