Thursday, October 20, 2005

Great Yom Tov

The first two days of Succos were fantastic. The weather was perfect fall weather, and the bees stayed away. The rain which threatened to fall on the first night fell briefly, but by the time we were ready to eat, it was all clear.

The food was excellent, and the davening did not seem to drag.

But here is the thing. For some reason, our rabbi does not like to wait for yom tov to start before starting maariv at night. Usually, he has someone speak for ten minutes, and then we daven, causing us to get home minutes before candlelighting.

It seems perfect, doesn't it. You walk in, Yom Tov starts, your wife lights and you eat. Here's the flaw. First, how it should be.

Forty minute break between mincha and maariv, where someone gives an interesting d'var torah or we go into the hall for some shmoozing. We daven at candlelighting time, and by the time we get home, the dishes are washed, the soup is warmed, the table is set and it is time for Kiddush.

Here is how it is though.

We hear some kid speak for ten minutes. We daven maariv. We get home right before candlelighting. Then we have to help with the dishes, setting the table heating the food and waiting until everything is ready before we eat.

Why do I think the Rabbi's wife is very involved in setting the davening schedule?


Blogger Gebrec said...

We had the same thought!

October 20, 2005 3:14 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

On Rosh HaShana I went to the rabbi and told him Maariv was too early. He asked me why, and I went through the list that I wrote here. He said I was right, he uinderstood why I wanted to daven on time, but he thought the people liked davening early.

October 20, 2005 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If "the people" liked to drive home to get their quicker I wonder if that would be ok too?

October 20, 2005 4:23 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I don't think starting early and driving home from shul are quite in the same category

October 20, 2005 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as air has mentioned before, the man he voted in as rabbi is really not that interested in detroit anymore. he is looking for bigger and better, and enough with the small people.
why do anything if it does not add to the resume?

in any case, air will have some time off since he is off to spy out the land.

October 23, 2005 6:01 AM  
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