Join me online for Kabbalat Shabbat

Against my better judgement, I shall be attending an online service on Friday night.

It is being run by OneShul, a project of Punk Torah, neither of which I think very highly of.

But I wanna see what this is like. A full review, of course, will be made available here a day or so later.

Or maybe I’ll live-blog it? I dunno. That seems much too silly. We’ll see what happens. Anyway, tune in at 7pm EST on on Friday night if you’re feeling as stupid as I am.

Oh, and you may recall my review of the Punk Yeshiva Whatever Siddur from last year. That was the same folks.

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6 Responses to Join me online for Kabbalat Shabbat

  1. Jen January 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Silly. When you go to services in realspace, you write notes and tell the internets later that you wrote notes; logically what you ought to do here is _think_ notes and write them down and scan them and put them here after Shabbes.

    • David A.M. Wilensky January 24, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      I’m confused by the word “think” in your comment, Jen.

      But if I’m “going to shul” online in the first place, what should stop me from at least typing my notes and putting them up later?

  2. Shaun January 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Were you apprehensive about attending the service because it was held by PunkTorah or because it was online? I understand (somewhat) your feelings regarding their siddur, as many people have very different opinions on how a siddur should be done; some want it full of Hebrew while others want it written in a language everyone can read/understand. It seems, however, that you made a decision on the quality of the Shabbat service, before you attended it. I have enjoyed some of your posts in the past, but it is difficult to respect a post that is written with such an obviously condescending tone and offers no true critique. Let’s try to improve the global Jewish community by actually helping those who are trying to make it easier for others to pray and study. Use your “powers” for good, David.

    • David A.M. Wilensky January 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

      OK, man. I have heard the notion twice today that I’ve prejudged this service before attending it. If I had decided completely that it is going to suck, do you think I’d be tuning in?

      I actually need to daven on Friday night and I’m not gonna go somewhere to do it that I know I don’t like. I’m trying something new out.

  3. Shaun January 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Thanks for the response, David. I didn’t really care about whether or not you prejudged it, I was really more concerned with the fact that you didn’t state why you might be prejudging it. Though I daven on my own, I also join the OneShul services (when able) to help support what they are doing. They have helped light a spark that drove me back to davening and, I hope, to help push that forward to others. I also (primarily) use the Mishkan T’filah to pray, simply because I like having more Hebrew. I do, however, like the fact that they have posted prayers on their site and in their siddur, for those who are new to Judaism or simply do not know any Hebrew. I also attend Shabbat services online with a different community, as their services start at the correct time for my time zone (instead of an hour after sunset). All this aside, I didn’t mean to seem like I was kvetching, I just wish your critism would be a little more constructive, when regarding a group that is simply trying to help Jews be more observant. Thanks for trying something new, and if you don’t like it, let them know how you would change it. PunkTorah and OneShul are sort of like a fledgling, learning to fly. If you think they’re flapping their wings the wrong way, tell them a better way to flap.

  4. Leslie Bass January 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Use, if the typing-on-Shabbos thing doesn’t bother you. I would follow.

    Also, on prejudgment- the Punk Torah logo is enough to generally encourage me to steer clear. The whole Star Wars/Dark Side of the Moon/yellow-on-yellow thing is special.