Balancing Home and Prayer

For four months CoViD-19 has brought many people in chains and because of lockdowns unable to go to their regular prayer-meetings.

Some believers wonder if they can meet up with worthy prayer only at home. Some need to be convinced or given advice on how to make sure to have a worthy service for the Elohim, even when in a closed private or personal space like the living room.

Those who went on to their balcony for singing out loud, and got the police at their door, avoid such public witnessing now. Many of our and other congregations still think on certain days we cannot make use of electronic tools like television and computers, and as such cannot take part in our weekly e-streaming. It would be nice if some other solution could be found for those to give them still a feeling of unitedness and gathering in prayer.

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To remember

  • all experienced a number of sweeping changes to our lives > financial, logisitical, medical > one overarching difference in our now normal routines = blurring of any boundaries that we once took for granted.
  • locations between wor/school + home = same.
  • we once entered the synagogue to pray, reflect, read Torah, say Kaddish
  • routinely took online classes or even home schooled their kids > no one ever thought congregational life would be possible without actually gathering as a congregation.
  • praying as individuals at home = omitting communal prayers like Kaddish.
  • Can one experience the same connection – the same kavannah — at home as when in the sanctuary?
  • experience in being a congregant or participant on the Facebook Live screen or  Zoom
  • once awkward task of leading prayer into a computer screen
  • Shabbat services or Zoom minyan > do you set aside a dedicated space at home that you know is your worship spot? Or sit with your laptop anywhere that’s convenient?
  • How much of the service has become passive for you?
  • Do you make services a family experience?

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Preceding

In a time when we must remain in our place

Even in Corona time You are called on to have the seder

Israel celebrates Purim amid Coronavirus outbreak – ILTV Israel news – Mar. 9, 2020

2020 A Passover seder meeting limited to members of the family

Eykhah – How can it be?

Thinking about the happiness by the Torah reading

9 Av: Tisha B’Av 2020

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Additional reading

  1. The offspring from a tortured generation finding the Word of God again
  2. Social Distanced but Spiritually Close
  3. Turning Your Home into a Sacred Space
  4. Hineni for our Virtual Services
  5. Voor het eerst in jaren weer een Pesach in isolatie
  6. Isolatietijd vrij te nemen voor jezelf
  7. Opdracht niet na laten om over de belangrijke Uittocht te praten
  8. Oplossingen gezocht voor Joodse dienstvoorziening
  9. Ontnomen van een gebedshuis #1 Doodveroorzakers
  10. Ontnomen van een gebedshuis #2 In de greep van een coronavirus
  11. 9 Av 2020 en Dagen van droefheid

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Related

  1. LockedDown because of a Virus
  2. Locked Down and Distanced
  3. Lessons learned during the lockdown
  4. Pandemic Response: From Containment to Mitigation
  5. Behaviour insights: How has lockdown effected Voice and Connected TV usage?

Cantor Matt Axelrod

Over the last few months, we’ve all experienced a number of sweeping changes to our lives–some financial, some logisitical, some medical–but the one overarching difference in our now normal routines is the blurring of any boundaries that we once took for granted.

We used to make a separation between work and home. Now those locations are the same.

We used to make a separation between going to school and being in the house. That too is no longer the case.

And even more than those examples–we once entered the synagogue to pray, reflect, read Torah, say Kaddish, and shmooze over black and white cookies. While some people had already worked from home before all this started, and others routinely took online classes or even home schooled their kids–pretty much no one ever thought that congregational life would be possible without, you know, actually gathering as a congregation. Sure, some people…

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