Thursday, May 29, 2008

בואי בשלום עטרת בעלה

Did you know that if you arrive at shul while the congregation is facing the entrance and bowing towards the metaphorical presence of the Sabbath Queen at the end of Lekha Dodi... makes you the Sabbath Queen for that Shabbat?


Blogger Lipman said...

Why do you arrive before they finish the DAPS? Did your after-minche cigarette burn so quickly?

But yes, this is very awkward, and I've waited once or twice for them to turn back before I entered.

In Manhattan, does one bend towards Queens for that?

5/30/2008 4:06 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

hey, why are you assuming that it's me that caused this situation? :-P

5/30/2008 5:33 AM  
Blogger Lipman said...

General you, general you.kcxhtl

5/30/2008 5:40 AM  
Blogger Lipman said...

(Sorry that wasn't a crypitc message, but the word verification, which somehow crept into the comment.)

5/30/2008 5:41 AM  
Blogger Baruch said...


5/30/2008 12:16 PM  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

Do I get a crown? (I assume a gown is out since it is a female garment.)

5/30/2008 12:26 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


if you're the Sabbath Queen, you can have whatever you want!

5/30/2008 2:59 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

I never thought I'd find a bunch of queens here. And oddly, I feel right at home.

5/30/2008 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never walked in at that point of Lekha Dodi, but I have walked into a room at the exact moment that an audience of people on the radio started clapping. Don't try to tell me they weren't applauding my arrival.

6/01/2008 9:57 AM  
Anonymous kaguya said...

I kind of like that.
Next time I should aim at that time! ;)

6/03/2008 1:39 AM  
Blogger Tzipporah said...

wow, not only fashionably late, but in drag, no less!

6/03/2008 4:00 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Psst: Italy Netherlands match three nil. The squadra azzura had their hats handed to them.

6/10/2008 3:03 PM  
Blogger BZ said...

At shuls with separate seating, why doesn't everyone face the women's entrance?

6/18/2008 12:10 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


good question.

it seems to be my family's custom to face the entrance, since the metaphorical presence of the sabbath is entering like a person would; but for some reason, many people just face "back", no matter where the entrance is.

also, remember that many mehhitza shuls don't have separate entrances to the heikhal. on the other hand, there are those shuls that have completely separate entrances from outside the building. in Boropark a few years ago it became very fashionable. we call it the "Froyen Araingeng" fad, since that's more-or-less how the 'Women's Entrance' is labeled in Yiddish.

6/18/2008 12:31 AM  
Blogger Wil Jost said...

I laugh because of the Shabbat under the stars a few years back in which the congregation, davening in the park, turns to bow in what happens to be the direction of the Catholic priest on his way to a boy scout gathering across the way.

7/02/2008 12:15 AM  
Anonymous brother kayin said...

"but for some reason, many people just face "back", no matter where the entrance is."

I think they're facing "west", not "back". Because if you look west at sunset you can actually see the Sabbath Queen arriving (in the form of the sun going down).

10/26/2008 11:53 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

that's dependent on the shul being oriented E~W

10/27/2008 12:09 AM  

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