Sad and discouraged! I wrote here the other day all excited that Dennis Prager was coming to town and that I was going to find a way to go hear him speak on Friday night…
Well, no. Apparently not.
Apparently his talk on Friday night is ONLY for those upper-crust folks who can afford a $40 fee per person for the privilege of dining with His Pragerness and listening to him speak afterwards. To be fair, the rate is lower for members, so it would only cost us $124 for dinner if we joined the shul. Otherwise, it’s $175… oh, but Gavriel Zev could eat free! Seems like a bit of a waste considering 4 out of 6 of us couldn’t care less about the talk.
I guess I could just pay $40 and have dinner there all by myself. But that seems so sad when my family is just a block away, enjoying a wonderful Shabbos meal I would still have to prepare in its entirety. For another $40, I could bring Ted along… raising the question of who’d take care of the rest of our family.
The third option is the saddest: pay the $40, skip the meal, and just come for the talk afterwards. $40. Is he worth it? Do we even make $40 a day after taxes?
Apparently, there’s no way they could let in rabble from the neighbourhood who are simply Prager fans. Not for any price. Not for a donation to the shul. Nothing gets you in except the cost of their chicken dinner.
There are only about THREE speakers I jump and run to go hear, anytime, anywhere. Maybe four. Dennis Prager is one of them, and everybody who knows me knows that. There MUST be a way around this little obstacle…