Saturday, July 29, 2017

The joys, and oys, of being counted

I didn't go to shul today to davven--I was too busy coughing and wiping my nose to pray.

No, I went to synagogue to make a minyan.

As our congregation becomes both smaller and older, with the health and/or mobility problems that often accompany advancing age, getting a minyan requires all hands on deck.

So I dragged myself over to the shul to ensure that we'd have a minyan, which enables a prayer group to read the Torah from the scroll--without a minyan, we'd be forced to read it from a chumash.

It's a good thing I went---even with me there, we still had to wait another 10 minutes to get a minyan.

I didn't dare leave until there were 12 Jews present, not counting me--this leaves some "wiggle room" in case one or two people leave for the ladies' or men's room.  Believe me, I was very happy to be able to go home and back to bed.

Egalitarian Judaism equalizes not only the rights, but also the responsibilities.


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