Hassid vs. Hipster
This is truly nuts. Many of us have heard about the uneasy relationship between the two diametrically opposite residents of Williamsburg, NY - the Hassids and the Hipsters. This heartwarming little vignette is an example of what can happen when the two worlds collide:
Finn came back to his apartment in Williamsburg on Thursday to find this mysterious sticky-note on his door. Not recognizing the language, he did what any bright hipster would do: posted it to Flickr and Ask.Mefi and asked for help. Quite soon, the answers started rolling in, and it was bad news! He had been cursed in Hebrew:"My guess is that it is some kind of a curse written by a native Yiddish speaker who is religious (hence the "basad" at the beginning). The curse itself is in "loshen koydesh" i.e. Hebrew but the names are written in Yiddish...the entire last two lines are a name of a person (two names actually). "hi-ku besanverim" is from the bible and literally means to blind someone. It was probably aimed at a specific tenant only they weren't sure about the apartment number."
Basically, walk through the door and you'll be struck blind. Yikes! Time to get a counter curse brewing.
"With Heaven's help, strike blind the people of this house." The two names at the end--Levy Yitshak ben Sara-Sasha and Nachman ben Feyga--most likely identify the tenants to whom the curse is directed.
Evidently, the hipster tenant of a Williamsburg building did something so offensive to his Hassidic neighbor, that the Hassid felt it warranted a curse of blindness.
One can only wonder what offense would be worthy of such punishment. A party, thrown by the hipster, on Saturday afternoon, complete with music blasting so loud that it disturbed the Hassid's shabbos afternoon nap? A frequent female visitor to the hipster's apartment that doesn't dress modestly enough? The smell of the hipster's roasting pork wafting through the Hassid's air vents?Any other good guesses, anyone? Put 'em in comments.