Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Observations in Shul Part II - Tachanun

Here's one point in Davening that always cracks me up...
I'll give you a play by play in slow motion.

Let's go to the videotape...

The Chazzen finishes shemonah esrei.."Hamevurech es amoi bashuloim...."

Here comes the Tachanun Pause
Suddenly there's this's as if everyone in shul morphs into Baalei Teshuvah their first day in shul with blank looks on their faces as if..unsure of what to do next..
Then suddenly..the terrifying realization starts settling in..the realization that we will be saying tachanun today. No Bris..No Chosson..No Yahrtzeit..No Siyum...

Now if there indeed is some hero that calls out "Kaddish" from the back of the shul, then turn your attention to the 2-3 Litvaks in the Minyan. They react as if someone just took their morning coffee out of their hand.
The funny thing is that that's how they reacted yesterday and the day before as well. You'd think they'd catch on by now.

Actually according to Kabbalistic sources you should try avoiding Tachanun if you can.