Sunday, September 21, 2008

WILL YOU EVER KNOW WHERE YOUR UP TO?

Last night I went to slichos. And as usual I lost the place every few minutes. No I didnt lose it because I have ADD. I lost it since those little pamphlet like "machzor" for slichos have got it all wrong. At first it all worked out with flipping back, I didnt have a problem. It would show a lttle few words and I would know to go back where ever I needed. After a while I noticed it was inconsistent with what the Chazzan was saying and would lose my place.

Now if you have one of those fancy sidduim with slichos in order and no turning back you have no problem with the place as you cruise through all of it and clop your chest a few times then stand up for Shema kol'einu.And even these guys dont know where the shul is holding all the time. Then there are guys like me who on a normal slichos basis, dont know where the chazzan is and just says everything for that days slichos and sits around until everyone elses done.

Some people dont say anything. They sit and wait, Pretend to clop their chest and scream Vay'yavor Hashem A'al Panav Vay'yikra. They are the fakers and its hard to tell who to ask where you are up to if you really care.

So I ask is it really possible to keep pace with the chazzan not just one day of slichos (you should up to him every day) every day of slichos. I just dont see it happening.

5 people gave their 2 cents:

sporadicintelligence said...

I thought it was only girls that lost the place. I never got how the men kept pace, but they were always mumbling at the same time so I assumed they all got it.

Atleast you don't have to stand the whole slichos. Women never know when to sit or stand, so they stand the whole time...you're not frum if you don't.

Mikeinmidwood said...

No I stood the whole time. even across the wall you are labled lazy if you sit or you just have a bad back but we label lazy mostly.

The Babysitter said...

I haven't ever gone to Slichos, I don't think. SO this is all unfamiliar to me.

sam the organizing man said...

i'm the type of person that will lose the place every single day and the day i get it right will be the last day of slichos like today i must have lost the place 3 or 4 times

Lion of Zion said...

SI:

"but they were always mumbling at the same time so I assumed they all got it."

mumbling is the operative word

"never know when to sit or stand, so they stand the whole time...you're not frum if you don't"

there's a very funny video from israel about that i've been meaning to post