The Shtiebel. Traditional shtiebels are not only a place for prayer, but also a place for community gathering, according to that open source contemporary mephorash known in Yinglish as “Vikipeedya”, or more colloquially, Der Viki. Such was the scene earlier this morning in a Boynton Beach Starbucks. Outposts like Boynton are fertile ground for Chabad to plants seeds until it flowers like Boca, then time to move on to new outposts.
I was minding my own business, reading first thing in the morning which is sacrosanct time, when in strolls a black Jew replete with yarmulke and flagrant tzitzis, an instance when hanging out on the corners is respectable. He made his way to the table adjacent to mine, assiduously opening his Old Testament. Trailing behind, clutching his Quad Venti Skinny with Whip Iced Caramel Macchiato, was The Shtarbuckisheh Rav. They were soon joined by a third gent, constituting a java quorum. This was not the first time I had encountered Judaic Scholarship at Starbucks, but it was my first time seeing it as a communal activity.