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« Topic Start: December 11, 2008, 07:08:57 am »

One of the men I work with is a Haisidic (sp?) Jew.  He has a steadily growing stack of paper cups on his desk that apparently has a kind of religious significance.  I wondered if anyone on the board (Jewish or otherwise) knew what it's about.
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« Reply #1: December 11, 2008, 07:32:18 am »

One of the men I work with is a Haisidic (sp?) Jew.  He has a steadily growing stack of paper cups on his desk that apparently has a kind of religious significance.  I wondered if anyone on the board (Jewish or otherwise) knew what it's about.


No idea, but I can ask my cousin, or if I get time even run down to Chabad House.

How do you know that it has religious significance?  I mean, what has he said to indicate this?

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« Reply #2: December 11, 2008, 06:23:48 pm »

No idea, but I can ask my cousin, or if I get time even run down to Chabad House.

How do you know that it has religious significance?  I mean, what has he said to indicate this?


My two bosses have said that it is at various times.  He really keeps to himself, so IDK. ...
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« Reply #3: December 11, 2008, 09:42:44 pm »

One of the men I work with is a Haisidic (sp?) Jew.  He has a steadily growing stack of paper cups on his desk that apparently has a kind of religious significance.  I wondered if anyone on the board (Jewish or otherwise) knew what it's about.


The only thing that comes to mind is that sometimes very observant Jews will use paper dishes in order to keep from using dishes that haven't been koshered.

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« Reply #4: December 12, 2008, 12:03:18 am »

My two bosses have said that it is at various times.  He really keeps to himself, so IDK. ...

I asked my cousin via e-mail, and hope to hear back in the AM my time. If not, it will have to wait until after Shabbat. I also asked a couple at shul and they had no idea what it was about, but they are not Chasid.
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« Reply #5: December 12, 2008, 06:49:41 am »

The only thing that comes to mind is that sometimes very observant Jews will use paper dishes in order to keep from using dishes that haven't been koshered.

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Hmm...this could be it. I guess that would make sense.
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« Reply #6: December 12, 2008, 06:55:41 am »

I asked my cousin via e-mail, and hope to hear back in the AM my time. If not, it will have to wait until after Shabbat. I also asked a couple at shul and they had no idea what it was about, but they are not Chasid.


Thanks!
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« Reply #7: December 12, 2008, 07:29:35 am »

Hmm...this could be it. I guess that would make sense.

Except it doesn't explain why they'd be saved and stacked.  Disposable plates and cups are used when traveling or visiting a non-kosher place.

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« Reply #8: December 12, 2008, 10:13:48 am »

Except it doesn't explain why they'd be saved and stacked.  Disposable plates and cups are used when traveling or visiting a non-kosher place.



I agree that the saving and stacking doesn't make sense, either.  That was just the best guess I could muster.

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« Reply #9: December 12, 2008, 10:30:09 am »

Thanks!

Heard back from my cousin.  She's never heard of it.  Sounds like your boss made something up, especially since he wasn't the one doing the stacking.
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« Reply #10: December 12, 2008, 10:31:36 am »

Heard back from my cousin.  She's never heard of it.  Sounds like your boss made something up, especially since he wasn't the one doing the stacking.


I was wondering if maybe there was a prankster involved.  'I'll stack cups and tell people it's a religious thing!'
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« Reply #11: December 12, 2008, 07:21:40 pm »

Heard back from my cousin.  She's never heard of it.  Sounds like your boss made something up, especially since he wasn't the one doing the stacking.


blargh, okay.  I guess I should've expected it from him.  Thanks for digging around for me, anywho.  Undecided
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« Reply #12: December 12, 2008, 09:56:49 pm »

My two bosses have said that it is at various times.  He really keeps to himself, so IDK. ...

Given the responses thus far, my best guess is that either he's a prankster or he's the butt of other people's jokes.  I could easily see other people joking about a habit like that having religious significance and someone down the line not quite getting the joke and thus passing it on as gospel rather than humor.
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« Reply #13: December 13, 2008, 12:48:08 am »

The only thing that comes to mind is that sometimes very observant Jews will use paper dishes in order to keep from using dishes that haven't been koshered.
What comes to my mind, Lusiphelia, is that maybe the use of paper cups is, as Sperran says, to be scrupulous about avoiding the non-kosher, but the growing stack of them is just a personal idiosyncracy, and the bosses, finding all of it equally inexplicable and exotic, have conflated the two under "it's some religious thing".

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« Reply #14: December 13, 2008, 05:18:34 am »

Given the responses thus far, my best guess is that either he's a prankster or he's the butt of other people's jokes.  I could easily see other people joking about a habit like that having religious significance and someone down the line not quite getting the joke and thus passing it on as gospel rather than humor.

Yeah.  Which is why I wanted to find out.  Sorry if I offended?
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