Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Modern davening, in one sentence

The weakness of a significant chunk of modern Judaism is reflected in one sentence I overheard after a Shacharit minyan several days ago:

Person speaking to Chazan: That was quick.

Chazan: I have things to do today!

[My point is not the speed; I didn't find the davening that day to be any faster or slower than the norm at that minyan. Rather, my point is the philosophy.]


  1. Shalom RosenfeldJuly 2, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    You must have misheard:

    CONGREGANT: That was passionate.

    CHAZZAN: I have things to do today!

  2. I'm in the process of saying Kaddish for my mom, and I'm attending a number of nearby minyanim in order to do so every day. The chazzan where I was on Sunday morning - a shul where the usual pace is quite brisk - set some kind of land speed record.

    1. Sorry to hear of your loss.
      I wouldn't be troubled by the speed, if not for the attitude that davening is a speedbump rather than a destination.