…And so ends yet another successful (according to all accounts) “early Shabbat” season.
But first, before I get ahead of myself, a bit of background for the uninitiated:
As I noted elsewhere, here in TRLEOOB (=the real life equivalent of our blog), we’re huge fans of starting Shabbat early on summer Friday afternoons, and in addition, YZG has been serving as the gabbai of our local early minyan for many years now. (Check out my original early Shabbat post for further details.)
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Apparently, many (myself included) were somewhat surprised that the season was ending already. After all, we won’t be changing the clock for a while.
But, as YZG explained, it’s a psychological thing.
You see, on a typical week, our community’s early Shabbat minyan boasts about 50-75 congregants.
In fact, some people even walk over from other neighborhoods, where they don’t have their own early minyan.
However, as soon as minchah dips below 5:30 PM, attendance drops dramatically.
Even many regulars, who never miss a single week throughout the entire summer, feel that 5:25 (which is when minchah would have been this coming Shabbat) is simply too early for them.
Which brings me back to the beginning of this post and the fact that this past Shabbat was the early Shabbat minyan’s season finale.
When did/will your community’s early Shabbat minyan go on winter hiatus?