Sunday, March 19, 2006

Chazzanus...Take it Outside

I can't stand chazzanus. Don't get me wrong, if that's your thing, go for it. Throw concerts, sing at halls. But not in shul. Not on Friday night. There is NO excuse why kabbalas shabbos should take close to an hour because the chazzan decided to sing some mizmorim out loud in toto.

Ba'alei tefilah are good, but not chazzanim. Why? The job of a shliach tzibur is to lead the kehilla (congregation). They should help inspire us and move us. Chazzanus doesn't do that for me, for many of my friends, or from this last shabbos, for most of the congregation.

It turns davening into a one man show, a performance. Not the good one, where everyone joins in, but one where the performer is just showing off, and everyone's falling asleep.