My latest blogging venture

I’ve started a new blog. Not that I plan to neglect this one, but I had a great idea for a new blog.

It’s called Bein Adam laMakom: Jews at Prayer and the Places they Pray. It’s about Jews. And the places they pray. Hence the name. Check it out here and submit your photos!

2 Responses to My latest blogging venture

  1. Larry Kaufman May 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    I wasn’t sure if I should post these comments here, or on the new blog itself. But you seem to indicate that you want the new blog to focus on pictures, not words.

    I’ve followed synagogue architecture with some interest ever since my childhood congregation hired a world-famous architect to design its new building. (Park Synagogue, Cleveland Heights, Erich Mendelsohn.) And for a long time, I believed that the aesthetics of an awe-inspiring sanctuary had a major influence on the quality of the worship.

    Then I realized that the “best” services I attended took place in sterile hotel ballrooms, during board meetings of ARZA or URJ — and the thing that made them so good was that the entire community was into the service and imbuing it with kavanah. Never having been a camper, I suspect the same phenomenon pervades worship at Kutz or OSRUI, and is the engine that fuels indy minyanim.

    So while I look forward to seeing makom after makom in service to HaMakom, I challenge your photographers to capture the ruach, and demonstrate that one niggun is worth 1000 words.

  2. David A.M. Wilensky May 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Thanks, Larry. Indeed, the focus is on the photos. And as you’ll see, I’m going for a diverse set. So far I’ve had a pic of a Torah service at Kutz, a megillah reading in a backyard and an under renovation sanctuary.

    Please Larry, feel free to send me any photos you might have or take for the new blog.