Thursday, February 16, 2023

Can an 'apples-and-oranges' Jewish community pray together?

Here’s a treat for those who attended this morning’s Songleader Boot Camp session (and those who didn’t)—this is a recording (courtesy of Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein) of the first time we heard Rabbi Josh Warshawsky’s Riverdale Niggun, at the Rising Song Intensive in December 2019.  Those who don't use Facebook can check out the studio version here.

My husband and I were left with more questions than answers after this morning’s/early afternoon’s Tefillah and Shira Kallah session with Eliana Light and Rabbi Josh Warshawsky.  We are dealing with, essentially, two different Jewish communities in our neighborhood.  One consists mostly of older people most of whom know their way around a siddur (prayer-book), but have been “trained” to leave the leading to experts.  Most of them have little idea how to run a service by themselves and little interest in new Jewish music.  The other consists mostly of younger people some of whom have ritual skills but many of whom barely read Hebrew, if they read it at all.  These folks try, nevertheless, to run services with or without the assistance of “experts” and with plenty of singing.  One group insists on a full service conducted almost entirely in Hebrew (with few songs).  The other prefers services that are short and sweet and full of songs, with texts that include transliteration.  The service that Eliana and Rav Josh conducted would have been perfect for the latter group, but completely unacceptable to the traditionalist group.  Is it even possible to serve such disparate groups in one service?


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