Sunday, September 24, 2006

Judging Rosh HaShana

I know you shouldn't judge how good or bad a Chag is based on the time that shul ends, but our shul finished before 12 on both days, and it made a huge difference in our enjoyment of the Chag.

Instead of sitting in shul all day wondering if it was ever going to end, we were done quickly, and spent the afternoon with friends (day one) and family.


Blogger Emah S said...

Probably cuz things only need to be said once, as opposed to in the states when some prayers are said in English and Hebrew in some places. Also prob. cuz of the speed of the hebrew reading???? either way, way cool, we had a similar experience!

And how bizarre was it to for ex. pray for Medinat Yisrael, and to look out the window and be like, yeah, that's us!

September 25, 2006 7:04 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Our old shul was almost exclusively in hebrew, but there was a speech in the middle, and they sold aliyahs in the middle, and then they sang tunes that were hundreds of years old that people only know becuase they sang the same tunes last year, and it just drags on because that is what they expect it to be...but whatever, because we're here now.

September 25, 2006 7:23 AM  
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September 25, 2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger The Zwicker said...

I agree on the ending time affectring the Yom Tov. I daavened at my parent's shul this past weekend. They started a little earlier than usual, at 7:45 and had fast chazanim. We finished at 12:30 the first day, 12:45 the second. I like to think that I still had a decent amount of kavanah without that dreaded feeling of "get me out of here already."

September 25, 2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger mother in israel said...

I think the main reason is because they start much earlier here; we started at 7:30. And on the second day we had a kiddush and then the rabbi spoke, but there was no nonsense. No pledge speech. No page announcements either. We finished at 12:30, too early to say mincha. Anyway, the rest of the holidays will be a treat for sure--only one day each, and an extra day of chol hamoed. As I posted.

September 25, 2006 11:37 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Mom in israel -

Part of it is the earlier start time, but in the states we would start at 8 and still finished quite late.

September 25, 2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger stillruleall said...

I told my in-laws how back in the D Rosh Hashana davening can go as late as 2:30 and they were shocked. We were done around 11:30 the first day and a bit before 12 the second.

September 25, 2006 6:54 PM  

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