Reopening Our Shul: Don't Give Up

Despite all of our precautions, there was no minyan. I was ready to throw in the towel and close for the summer. Then this happened.

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(4) Jonathan Dorwart, July 10, 2020 9:23 PM

Jewish Shema prayer

How Say 3 prayers I want to know please what kind of prayers?

(3) Brent Pieczynski, July 10, 2020 2:29 AM

Plans exist beyond our comprehension, just like taught.

I enjoy hope, faith, and participation in the community. This Christian community is about forcing gender modification and performance enhancers while ignoring the feelings and needs of others. With adopting their choices or violence will be done, so many are leaving the attendance of Christian Organizations, like myself.

(2) Anonymous, July 7, 2020 7:16 PM

The Rabbi must have had a bad an off day when this happened

I admire the Rabbi’s honesty, and maybe I am being presumptuous, but I find it rather interesting that he would give up after only trying one time to get a minyan going again. Yes it was hot out and yes they waited an hour and a half before a minyan gathered. But, if anyone looks at who he is, which clearly describes him as a motivational speaker, and he has smicha, and he is a therapist...that, to me shows he is a driven person. So, for him to give up so quickly most likely was because he had a bad day, or it was a ploy from the yetzer hora. With all of my rambling, the whole point was a learning lesson for all os to never give up.

Anonymous, July 7, 2020 11:42 PM

He said day 4!

1) He said day 4...that’s 12 minyans in...
2) Plus, since when are Rabbi’s not human?
3) I admire the Rabbi’s vulnerability. Impressive

Anonymous, July 8, 2020 11:41 AM

I stand corrected

Though I mixed up the number of days in regards to minyanim, the first thing I said was I admire the Rabbi’s honesty. That’s another way of saying I admired his vulnerability. Yes, he is human. We are all human.
And, in the end, I agreed with what he said- never give up.

(1) MICHAEL WILKS, July 7, 2020 6:10 PM

The idea that night is darkest just before dawn is false.

The darkest time of night is midnight. This is the point exactly halfway between dusk and dawn, or sunset and sunrise, when the sun is at exactly 180 degrees to the observer's position.

Of course, other factors must be taken into consideration as well, including moon phase and position. A full moon at extreme perigee, which is the closest orbital distance to the Earth, will naturally be brighter than a new moon, or a moon at extreme apogee, which is the furthest orbital distance from the Earth.

The idea that night is darkest just before dawn is, false.


Anonymous, July 8, 2020 4:38 PM

Midnight is before dawn, and anything after midnight is progress toward dawn. This is semantics, but I'd be happy to discuss it here or on


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