Thursday, January 05, 2006

This is Sad

This is somewhat depressing to read, from On the Main Line.
You can purchase a CD containing the white noise of a Bes Midrash.
Produced by Diaspora Yeshiva Kollel Mount Zion Jerusalem, Rabbi Chaim Faecher project-coordinator.

An original and unique CD “Hokol Kol Yaakov.” Recorded in the halls of Torah study of the holy Eretz Yisrael, and presented in a special way. A background, serving as an aid to strengthen your private Torah study, creating a holy atmosphere and providing the experience of the pleasantness and life of Torah at all times and at all hours. From now on, the Torah world is with you in your home, with the endorsements and blessings of leading Torah authorities.

Sixteen minute sound clip (only 2 mb).

From my chaver ha-blog ADDeRabbi
Great to see where Judaism is headed.

Note: I really tried to figure out how to look at this in a positive way - perhaps it allows some people to learn better, etc. But really - a CD of nothing but background noise from a Beis Medrash? Come on. Are there different tracks for Israeli and American yeshivos? Dati Leumi/Hesder and Charedi ones? Small batei midrash vs. big batei midrash? It doesn't say a price, and perhaps when you contact them, it's free. That would lessen this, a bit - but I imagine they're charging. Oy.


  1. I heard mekubalim in Flatbush are selling it for $20 a pop....ok I made that up.

  2. JB 20? I got ripped off, they were selling it for $26 at Eichlers (ya know shem havaiah an all)

  3. Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer is watching a PBS fundraiser and the guy says "And the next twenty callers will get this album of museum noises. Now your music room can sound just like the Metropolitan Museum in New York."

  4. Heh - James Taranto would say it's "Life Imitates the Simpsons".

  5. Personally, I find the noise in the Kollel very distracting. I think I could concentrate a lot better if I didn't have to yell over all those kids hockin a chinek.