Late last night in Crown Heights, the Shabbos siren went off, to our surprise. I was eating dinner in a friend's apartment, and we looked to each other in confusion.
To find out what had happened, we checked Drudge, to see if Moshiach had come.
While scrolling through the articles, we were fairly certain that the Heralding of Moshiach would be a big headline, so of course we were disappointed when we didn't see any mention of the Messiah.
What else could be reason to sound the siren, then?
And then we saw it. The U.S. House of Representatives had voted 219-212 for Obamacare. As I later read in many comments on COL and CH.info, we too had presumed the siren was a signal to the new era of socialism.
One friend of mine who had lived in Kfar Chabad became worried, and told us that they would sound a siren whenever someone chas v'shalom passed away.
We quickly checked COL to see if anything of the sort happened. Baruch Hashem, no bad news. In fact, there was great news, and we decided at once that the siren was in honor of Mendy Pellin having a baby boy!
In the end, though, it turns out that the siren was just an accident. Oh well.
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