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Monday, May 03, 2004

Al Regel Achas

I had occasion to spend Shabbos visiting friends who were celebrating their son's bar mitzvah. Kabbolas Shabbos was led by a very holy Jew who is one of the best ba'alei tefilah around and the davening was, indeed, very beautiful.

It turns out, however, that the ritual committee of this large MO shul was not happy that the ba'al tefilah failed to wear a tie and a representative asked him to wear one when he davened musaf the next morning (which he did).

Apparently, it didn't bother the ritual committee that their congregants talked virtually non-stop during davening; that the shul barely had a minyan when shul started at 8:45 a.m.; that at least 5 men (just within my site lines) were chewing gum in shul; and that a number of women were dressed incredibly inappropriately for shul. As long as the ba'al tefilah wore a tie, everything was cool.


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