Sunday, April 10, 2011

The shul's loss was my gain

As usual, we didn't have a minyan for Minchah (Afternoon Service) yesterday. Our minhag (custom) when we don't have a minyan for Minchah on Shabbat (Sabbath) and can't have a Torah reading with a scroll is to chant the Torah reading using the text printed in the back of our weekday siddur (prayer book). So I took advantage of the situation and volunteered to "lein." I happen to know the weekday portion of Acharei Mot because it's the beginning of the Torah reading for the morning of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), which I leined (chanted) at our former synagogue for seven years. It was nice to be back in the saddle, though the transition from Yamim Noraim trup (High Holiday cantillation) to regular trup was a bit bumpy--I've forgotten my t'lishah k'tanah and g'dolah. Having my husband, who was on the bimah already because he was leading services, give me a hand was certainly handy.


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