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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

No Tachanun?

From my experience with the 5:45 minyan, I think it's fair to say that we skip Tachanun (a special prayer towards the end of the service) more often than we say it. It usually comes down to this one old guy (the one who calls me Steve), who gives a klop at the end of the Shmoneh Esrei, and utters "yisgadal" mysteriously. Normally you only skip Tachanun on special occasions, like if there's a wedding, or a circumcision, or a yahrtzeit. Most often, one of the younger guys will turn around with a confused look of "why are we skipping this." This is almost always followed by the old man saying something like, "Don't ask too many questions."

Today he just pointed at me instead. I can only assume it's because he knows that today is my 18th Wedding Anniversary.

1 comment:

PsychoToddler said...

Mazel Tov; 18 is also a mazeldik number. May things always be bright for you and Mrs. Balabusta! (and the mishpoche)
Go home and drink a l'chaim; or better yet, get one of the older kids to babysit and take the missus for a night out.
Just leave the pager and the chunky key ring at home!
Pearl | Homepage | 06.07.05 - 4:37 pm | #

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Mazal tov, Steve! It sounds like some Aricept couldn't hurt for the morning minyan regulars. And if you don't like them skipping tachanun, you know where the door is!
Doctor Bean | Homepage | 06.07.05 - 5:39 pm | #

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Ah, Dr. Bean. You really would fit in here.

Not.

But at least I'd have company!
Anonymous | 06.07.05 - 6:16 pm | #

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Mazal Tov on the anniversary! As more of my acquaintances are getting divorced, I realize that every year of marriage is a huge acheivement.
On a completely different note, is there actually a mikvah under your shul or am I missing something; like "mikvah" being a stand-in for "bingo parlor," or "where the schnapps is."
ball-and-chain | 06.07.05 - 7:56 pm | #

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Or maybe he knew that you knew that tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh...

The Wolf
BrooklynWolf | Homepage | 06.07.05 - 10:05 pm | #

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Mazel tov!
Stacey | Homepage | 06.07.05 - 10:20 pm | #

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Mazal Tov Steve.
Jack | Homepage | 06.07.05 - 10:31 pm | #

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Mazel Tov! May you and your better half have many more years of health and joy together. (Doesn't seem that long ago, does it?)

There are a whole list of Chassidic quasi-holidays, such as Yahrzeit of various Rebbeim, so maybe that's what's going on with the Tachanun thing. Do you really like the long Tachanun enough to say it more often than you have to?


Yes, the mikva in that shul is in the basement.
tuesdaywishes | 06.07.05 - 11:05 pm | #

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a little bit over my goy head, but i do appreciate the circumcision reference in a vague sort of way. have a great trip to niagara, and if in the adirondack region of NY state, consider hiking hurricane mountain in keene valley (at least i think that's where it is, hiked there about ten years ago now!)
charles | Homepage | 06.07.05 - 11:37 pm | #

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Mazal Tov! 18 years - ok, so according to my husband's way of thinking, you've served a "life" sentence...do you now get time off for good behaviour??!!

Hope you do something fun to celebrate!
Kiki | Homepage | 06.08.05 - 8:24 am | #

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Mazel tov!
Essie | 06.08.05 - 9:40 am | #

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"No Tachanun for You!"

oh yeah, and MAZEL TOV!
Mirty | Homepage | 06.08.05 - 10:11 am | #

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Oy, and I completely missed the point of the post...

Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! May you and the Mrs. have many, many more happy years together.

The Wolf
BrooklynWolf | Homepage | 06.08.05 - 10:17 am | #

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Happy A-Day.

Most poskim say that Ashkenazim should say tachanun anyway, if they unfortunately find themselves in a shul where tachanun is capriciously skipped. You don't need to fall on your face.
DovBear | 06.08.05 - 10:23 am | #

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Thanks everyone.

BAC: We actually have a mikveh in the shul (wouldn't be much of a chassidishe shul without one).

Tuesday: I'm happy with any opportunity to miss tachanun: the old man says he saves me 10 minutes each time. Maybe he does do it for me. Not a big fan of the vidui part anyway.

Dr. charles! Thanks for stopping by. I have a definition of Jewish terms posted if you get lost. Oh, and for some reason, I keep wanting to misspell Niagara as Niagra.

--Steve (not my real name)
psychotoddler | Homepage | 06.08.05 - 10:25 am | #

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after 2000 years of golus and you still go to shul everyday,what are you saying tachnun for?(besides Rose and her generation did tachnun for us all)
amshinover | Homepage | 06.08.05 - 12:43 pm | #