Sunday, December 11, 2016
When 5,000 Chabad rabbis gathered in Brooklyn last month for their annual international conference, they posed for the traditional group photo, sitting in multi-level bleachers constructed just for the occasion.
The same photo is taken every year, but unlike the unvarying black clothing that they wear, the advance of technology makes a difference. This year the rabbis were pranked by Meir Kalmanson, whose funny videos about high-fiving in New York and dancing behind people in Jerusalem we have been sharing with you. Kalmanson, who goes by the name Meir Kay, made a video about the construction of the bleachers and the anticipation of attendees for the big snap.
We thought it would have been a great idea to have someone dressed in a Waldo costume infiltrate the group and turn it into a Where's Waldo? moment, but Kalmanson had a better idea. What better comic book character to insert himself into the photo but Batman? Dressed in a Batman costume, the prankster joined the thousands of similarly clad rabbis. The funny photo was picked up by the Daily Mail in the UK and elsewhere.
Another intruding technological influence was the selfie, enabled by many of the rabbis pulling out their smartphones, unable to resist the rare opportunity for a closeup with a sea of black clad rabbis in the background.
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