The Wednesday-night concert resembled any other summer show in New York, only more, you know, Jewish: The smartphones came out when a capella icons The Maccabeats took the stage; a young man landed front-flips in the aisles as the Klezmatics summoned their whirlwind of clarinet and violins, his tzitzit turning in midair along with him; Chabadniks wrapped tefillin on the edges of the crowd; people davened
Maariv during the (thankfully
Back then, there were just a dozen or so pilgrims, and men and women davened
together, on either side of the grave.
Without that sensitivity, he didn't even know what the service was, even though as a boy he had davened
it every morning of his life.
For years, I worked above a kosher grocery store, and the men there davened
in a large meat freezer in the back.
Led by a rabbinic intern, a chazzan, and a few others, and with no electronic amplificationthe group relied, instead, on the old protest trick of forming concentric circles and having the outer layers repeat what the inner layers have saidthe group davened
the Kol Nidrei service.