Sunday, June 20, 2010

Minchah, the rabbi came late

After over five years of giving the Shabbos Goy a royal song and dance if he came a minute late to fetch the rabbi for Minchah (Afternoon Service) on Shabbat/Sabbath, the rabbi was forced to deal with the Shabbos Goy's absence yesterday. Lo and behold, he suddenly discovered that there is a way for him to get out of his building without triggering an electrical device, and showed up--10 minutes late--wearing his keys around his neck, as I do. Those of us congregants who understood the halachic significance of this act were hard-pressed to refrain from rolling our eyes.


Anonymous Too Old to Jewschool Steve said...

Why did the Rabbi need to be "fetched" for minchah? Does minchah require the Rabbi?

Sun Jun 20, 09:30:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Technically, one doesn't need a clergyperson to lead a service, but the minhag (custom) in our synagogue is that both the rabbi and cantor participate in the Minchah minyan, both on general principles and because they help make a minyan. (Morning services generally attract about 20-30 people, but we're lucky to get a minyan in the afternoon, even with the rabbi and cantor). In recent years, my husband has generally led Minchah, and the cantor usually leads Maariv/Arvit (Evening Service).

Sun Jun 20, 09:59:00 PM 2010  

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