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Prayers at simchas need not be clandestine

It always disturbs me how Maariv is conducted at Orthodox – both Modern
Orthodox and Chareidi – simchas in Melbourne.

The way it tends to be done makes it like a furtive, clandestine activity.

Rather than doing it properly as a formal part of the proceedings
announcing it as such, and stopping the band playing for the10 minutes
or so that it would take, what is done instead is that someone decides
that they want to daven Maariv, then furtively goes around recruiting
men for this clandestine assignment. The group then sneaks out, as if on
a special secret-men’s-business mission, finds an out-of-the-way spot,
sometimes in front of a wall of mirrors, and attempts to concentrate on
reciting prayers  – despite being in an environment where the continuing
loud music  extends out of the hall into the adjoining areas and
corridors at often only a minimally-abated  volume (though admittedly,
this is more an issue with some bands than others).

Many people who would have liked to join the group to daven with a
minyan but didn’t realise that it was happening miss out, whilst others
feel pressured to join the group and go through the motions of davening
in an environment where it is impossible to concentrate.

At a Barmitzvah, doing it as a formal part of the proceedings would also
allow the Barmitzvah boy to take part – perhaps even lead the service.

Stuart

Friday August 29

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  • Almoni says:

    Dear Letters to the Editor editor,

    How dare you replace the letters to the editor to the AJN. I am going to complain in a letter to the editor to the AJN about your highjacking of letters to the editor. Don’t you know that the concept, phrase, and act of ‘letters to the editor’ © are copyrighted to the AJN? Don’t you know that there is a contract between them and major Jewish community organisations (also ©) for certain people to write inflammatory complaints?

    It is a question of balance for the One Great Paper in Town (also ©) –without letters to the editor © to the AJN, all we would have to look at is the ads and a bit of local reporting and the hatches, matches and dispatches.

    In the Name of the Eternal Flame of the Jewish People, I won’t rest my case until you publish my complaint!

  • Adassish2 says:

    In the past couple of years – at many Adass weddings they have announced that maariv will be at (eg) 9.00 pm – one minyan only please. And the davening is held in the main wedding hall.

    It is not difficult to achieve

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