So we moved! And one of the greatest unsung features of our building is a very regular minyan.
This is temporary, due to corona. Building minyans are nothing new in Israel, but usually they're "lobby minyans" held only for "quickie" davening, like maariv after Shabbos, not on a regular basis, with a Torah, for longer davening. And definitely not Shabbos morning, when everybody tends to go off in their own direction.
And one of the joys of life in a Jewish country, I've decided, is waking up Shabbos morning surrounded by prayer.
Not just mumbling, but all-out singing, with gusto.
(This picture has been making the rounds of social media... best guesses seem to suggest it's somewhere in England. It’s definitely not Israel, so I guess this phenomenon has spread out a little.)
Last Shabbos, our last in our old apartment, I went out for a walk with the kids after we lit candles (with masks on!). We passed at least a dozen little minyanim, so we started
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