How Do You Get Through Shabbos Morning Services?

A typical Jewish Saturday morning service at synagogue will last nearly three hours. How do you survive that? It verges on the impossible for me to survive this unless I have friends with me. A holy book I can study also helps. And the kiddush club. And promises of lunch afterwards. And fantasies about that cute girl on the other side of the mehitza (divider).

Akiva Potok: “Several survival tips. First and most importantly: get there late. Second: bring what my dad used to call a shul appropriate book and read it. A Jew goes to shul on Shabbat — that doesn’t mean that doing the same thing every Shabbat all your life is supposed to be some sort of spiritual high. What it is supposed to be is… wait for it… normal.”

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