Monday, September 10, 2007

Truth Is Stranger #55: Congregation got a problem with pew-possessiveness? Try EBay.

Synagogue Auctions Off Front Row Seats at $1.8M.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Just in time for the Jewish high holidays, two lifetime front-row seats to services at a synagogue here are being auctioned off on eBay. The bidding starts at $1.8 million.

Besides getting to schmooze up front with the rabbi, the lucky winner's family name will be engraved on Seats 1 and 2 of Row 1, Section DD, at Temple Emanu-El. The winner also will receive free parking, two custom-made prayer shawls and yarmulkes, and a hefty tax write-off. Plus, the winning bidder can pass the seats down to his or her children.

The article goes on to say the synagogue is doing it "just to be edgy," really.

Folks, Amos was edgy. Jeremiah was edgy. Moses was edgy. This...well, there must be a different edge involved, methinks.

This may not catch on, since no one has ponied up for this. The auction is right here. And it ends Monday evening. The drama! The excitement! The weirdness!

p.s. In response to a comment left: this blog isn't anti-semitic. It IS anti-ridiculous. And if you look at the "Truth is Stranger" pieces, you'll count that Christians are ridiculous about 50-1. Nuff said.