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The Top Ten Plagues That Keep Us From Coming to Synagogue in Ordinary Times

04/07/2020 11:12:35 AM


Rabbi Dan Dorsch

10. Synagogue services are too long
9. It conflicts with my favorite baseball/college football team on TV
8. I don’t want to get dressed up/I a don’t want to argue with my kids about getting dressed up
7. Services are too formal for me
6. I don’t want to make the drive
5. My kids have too many extracurricular activities e.g. sports/band/dance classes that conflict
4. I don’t have enough time in my daily life to relax with my family. Life is too busy. How will I make time for shul?
3. There’s not enough English for me to follow along
2. I can’t drink my morning coffee and sit in the sanctuary at the same time
1. Life is going pretty great right now. What do I have to worry about/pray for?
What Makes This Pesach Different? Top Ten Answers for Our Community in our Time of Coronavirus
10. Our newly modified online service meets for an hour and twenty minutes.
9. There’s no live sports/nothing on television right now: except for Tiger King, and you can watch that anytime.
8. You don’t have to get dressed up. You can even block other people from seeing you online! In fact, you don’t have to get       dressed at all: Only don’t tell us if you are.
7. I can’t imagine anything less formal than an online service from the comfort of whatever space in your house is the most     comfortable for you
6. No drive necessary (don’t worry, it’s okay if you still come fashionably late).
5. Extracurricular activities are canceled. Dance your way into shul.
4. You may be spending TOO much quality time with your family at the moment. Need a break?
3. Our new service uses a lot of more English for the “in between” parts where not everyone has a prayerbook
2. Now, you can drink your coffee and watch services at the same time.
1. There is little question that the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing, and the like have led all of us to think deeply about life,   as well what we take for granted. There can be no better antidote to the feelings of social isolation and social distancing on   Pesach than coming together as a reflective, prayerful, community.
Wed, June 3 2020 11 Sivan 5780