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Story: Rich Man Insults Unwanted Guest

Rich Man in Bar Kamtza story

Once upon a time there was a rich man (played by my daughter, see above photo). He was throwing a party. He told his servant to invite one particular guest. His servant messed up and invited the wrong guy. Ooops. Major oopsie doopsie. The rich man was super mad. In the end, a temple was destroyed, and the Jewish people scattered. Yes, to those who know, this is the Bar Kamtza story. Learn more here:

Or use the Wikipedia version:

And if you want a really long detailed discussion of the whole story (this is from the yeshiva where my son is, Yeshivat Har Etzion):

Rich Man Insults Unwanted Guest – Bar Kamtza Story in Photos

My daughter played the rich man. Here is the story (or some of it) in photos:
Invitation: "You are invited to Mr. Ashir's Birthday Bash! If your name is Bar-Kamtza, don't come."
The invitation says: You are invited to Mr. Ashir's Birthday Bash! If your name is Bar Kamtza, don't come.
TIME: Sunset – Sunrise
PLACE: Somewhere

servant instructions to invite Kamtza
Mr. Ashir the rich man instructs his servant to invite Kamtza to his party. Servant messes up (note the similar names between the friend and the enemy), and Bar Kamtza shows up the party instead.

Mr. Ashir screams at the top of his lungs at Bar Kamtza.
Mr. Ashir screams at the top of his lungs at Bar Kamtza. Now that is one unwanted guest!

Bar Kamtza takes his revenge by putting blemishes on these cows. Everyone including the Roman emperor gets upset. Disaster happens. Temple is destroyed. There are lots of morals of the story (you can look up those up if you are really interested).

Notes on Bar Kamtza Story

1) We never find out anything about Kamtza. He does not seem to be a part of the story. Just has a great name (probably a fake one, like Ploney Almoney).
2) What in the world did Bar Kamtza do that made Mr. Ashir dislike him so much?

Your Turn, Please

If the wrong person showed up at your party, what would you do? How would you treat him or her, especially if it were someone you didn’t really like? What if you were a guest, and a host starting yelling at an uninvited guest? What if you were hurt by someone – what do you do with the hurt?

Lorri M. says

I enjoyed the discussion from your son's yeshiva! Your daughter's expressions never cease to amaze me. I love the photos, but the one with her screaming is fantastic! I could tell from the profile (without reading the description) that she was screaming...her body language is so defining. I love how the girls are smiling and enjoying her performance! Excellent photos and post!

I have been a guest at a function where the host was speaking assertively to an uninvited guest. It was quite awkward to be there, listening to the obnoxious and loud tone in the host's voice.

Leora says

I'm guessing that the Yeshivat Har Etzion dvar torah is old - it's an old web format. Nice that you read it.

Yes, my daughter has lots of body language! And your uninvited guest experience does not sound pleasant.

Lorri M. says

It was an old web format, but it didn't diminish the content.

Ramblingwoods says

I agree. She is so expressive..... I would let the person stay if they weren't nasty. I am going to check out your links...

Batya Spiegelman Medad says

This post is one of the only 18 in the Shiloh Musings: My "Alternative International Jewish Newspaper," aka HH*
See what other posts there are. Enjoy, read, comment and share, thanks.


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