September 3, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Headlines we're grateful not to have written dept.

Rabbi to attend Selichot services

After that breathless hed, the rest of the story (From the Times Leader) is a bit anti-climactic:
WILKES-BARRE – In preparation for the high holy days, Selichot services will take place Sept. 16 at Congregation Ohav Zedek, 242 S. Franklin St. The TGIS Committee has planned a special evening, to begin at 10 p.m. with a light supper and a program. Selichot services are set for midnight.

Rabbi Joshua Levy will attend. He is the principal of Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia and the former principal of United Hebrew Institute, Kingston.

Reservations must be made by calling 825-6619 by Sept. 11.


You need a contest -- what story with that headline would actually be worth reading?

How about:

"Despite his arrest early last week on child-molestation charges, Rabbi Hershel Flutz told congregants he planned to attend a pre-High Holidays service at his Wilkes Barre synagogue."


"When Rabbi Yitchok Clop retired from Congregation Ansche Emeth last year, he told congregants, 'I have no regrets.'

"Apparently, he was either mistaken or disingenuous: On Saturday he will take part in special pre-holiday services where Jews like him acknowledge a host of regrets.

"I feel misled," said synagogue president Barry Glackenburg. "He also told us, 'I leave you today with a heavy heart.' Now I am wonder how heavy his heart really was!"

Posted by: andy at September 7, 2006 11:28 AM

Rabbi Simcha Dinitz says he's relieved. For the first time in five years, he'll be allowed to attend Selichot services at the egalitarian synagogue he leads.

It was Dinitz who spearheaded Congregation Beth Shalom's change to a strictly egalitarian synagogue. That meant attendance at services became first-come first-served, with no exceptions.

"The first year I rushed over from a funeral I was officiating," the rabbi recalls. "But I got to the shul too late. I couldn't get in."

Every year, it seems, Rabbi Dinitz was barred from attending Selichot for one reason or another.

This year he was determined to daven with his own congregation. "I got in line on Tuesday," he says. "I was the fifth person in line. Nothing was going to keep me away this time."

The rabbi brought his camping gear, including stove and a tent, for the several days he spent in line. "Fortunately, I was blessed with good weather," he said.

He added that he passed up three funerals, a nosh n' drash study session, a budget committee meeting and every service last Shabbat.

"But I finally made it for Selichot," he said. "It was all worth it."


Posted by: David H. at September 18, 2006 12:06 PM
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