Friday morning, I logged on to Yahoo Messenger and instantly got a webcam invite from Beach Hillel’s famous Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, one of the masterminds behind the Jewlicious @ the Beach conference. Not that I randomly accept webcam invites from strangers, but this was no stranger….
Within seconds of accepting the invitation, I found myself magically transported inside the Bookstein’s Long Beach home, sitting around the table as we awaited the beginning of three-year-old Shlomo Bookstein’s upshirin. After a few pans around the room, Rabbi Yo abandoned control of the webcam and steadicammed in on the action.
There went the first lock of hair, which hadn’t been cut during the first three years of Shlomo’s life. Rabbi Yo and Rachel took turns cutting and brandishing the locks of hair in front of both the family and the webcam…
Danielle and Rafi were there too, to celebrate with the familyâ€”Rachel’s parents, and Rabbi Yo’s mom (does that make her the â€œYo Mammaâ€?), who, her son reports was reluctant to cut Shlomo’s hair, since her own son (by his own admission) looked like a hippie until he was 11. There was breakfast, and orange juice, and something undefined but l’chayim-worthy in a glass.
I’d never been to an upshirin before, and never expected that the first one I ever attended wouldn’t even require me to leave my apartment. But technology made it possible.
Which got me thinking…technology made it all possible…from finding Jewlicious to organizing that first meeting on the Upper West Side, from coordinating the Jewlicious conference to subsequent Jewlicious gatherings at California wineries and Lower East Side bars.
But I know what you’re all thinking: what style of haircut will the Booksteins select for their newly shorn son? The Dorothy Hamill? The Jew mullet? The â€œRachelâ€? Time will tell as the youngster’s personal style emerges. And I am certain that technology will bring us pictures, bimhayra b’yamainu (speedily in our days). Amen. And mazal tov!