Wait! Come Back!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how – if you are going to only going to attend shul infrequently – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are possibly the two worst choices for your visits (Twice a Year).

This morning, the day after what is arguably the longest and hardest day of the year to be Jewish, I realized that the Rabbis of old weren’t dumb. They saw that after the prayer marathon that is Yom Kippur, we might be so drained, so completely put-off, that we’d be tempted to skip it all together.

So they organized things so that  it’s one of the shortest services of the year. Entire chunks of the service – even things we normally say – are omitted during this break between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. It’s a service which is over in the blink of an eye, especially as compared to the previous days’ marathon.

The brevity left me disoriented. It left me almost hungry for more.

It made me wish, once again, that everyone who left services yesterday muttering “Thank goodness I’m not coming back to that for another year” would have gotten their dates mixed up by just 24 hours, so they could experience the contrast for themselves.

2 Responses to “Wait! Come Back!”

  1. Gedaliah Yitzchak Corbett says:

    I don’t mean this this with malice, I am just asking a question. Who is Abigail and what is your source for adding women to the Uzpiezin.

    • leon says:

      No malice seen. No worries.

      While the practice has certainly been wholeheartedly embraced by the more liberal (and I mean that in the best sense) branches of Judaism, a quick Google search reveals it might just be of Sephardi origin (and you know how that makes me happy!).

      “The Sephardim (Jews of Spanish or Mediterranean ancestry), who often set aside a special chair laden with holy books for the ushpizin, invite the patriarchs, then the leaders/prophets (Moses and Aaron), then royalty (Joseph and David). They often send provisions to the poor along with a note saying, “This is the share of the ushpizin.”Recently, it has become popular in some circles to invite matriarchs and other important women of Israel–Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, Leah, Miriam, Abigail, and Esther–either paired with the men or on their own.”

      There very well might be other sources. If anyone can find them, please post a comment here!

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