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Monday, August 06, 2007

Sock It To Me

I don't ask much.

Will guests of my shul please humor me on this one?

I know you come from Israel. Or you once spent a year in Israel. Or you thought about moving to Israel. But please. Can't you wear socks to shul on Shabbos? Would it kill you?

I know it shouldn't bother me so much but, what can I say, it does. It's our minhag to wear socks. I'll even bring a few extra pairs.



  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger ClooJew said…

    It seems to me that half of New York becomes, lulei demistafina, Israeli in the summer.

    As gabbai of my shul this presents complications. I get flack if kibbudim go to people who are not dressed "properly." That includes, on Shabbos, wearing a jacket. (My great grandfather would send his grandchildren home if they did not wear a jacket to shul.)

    While I mostly agree with this standard, I also seek to distribute kibbudim evenly and look to embrace people as much as possible. I know that no one comes to shul thinking he is not dressed appropriately.

    And while we did have a fellow daven for the amud without a jacket - but with a talis - I can't imagine calling someone up who wasn't wearing socks.

    What is this the Beis Hamikdash?

  • At 2:18 PM, Blogger rescue37 said…

    If it was good enough for the bais hamikdash, why not here? (plus we have carpeting, not as cold on the feet in the winter

  • At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Sender said…

    Many aspects of life are going to pot. In our shul, a top hat is still required on Shabbos for those standing on the bima. But on weekdays, you no longer have to wear a jacket in order to lead the service. A tie is optional, and so is a button down shirt. A polo shirt or even a tee shirt will do.

    OK. But then people arrive at shul, knowing that they are likely to be asked to lead the service (because they are mourners), wearing a polo shirt or tee shirt, which they don't bother to tuck into their pants. Would that be so hard? It's even easier than putting on socks (you don't have to bend down). Just tuck the shirt into the pants.

    But as I say, the world is going to pot.


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