Sat through a really interesting presentation about bringing drums into davening during Community Time today at Hebrew College. Of course, the synagogues I tend to frequent do not permit drums during Shabbat or holiday services. However, every time this issue comes up, the clergy are required to explain their choices.
So, question for pondering today:
Not so long ago, we were a Judaism of “Because I said so.” Some communities still are — and this is not denominationally driven. Reform Judaism makes choices that they justify with “Because we said so.” Orthodox Judaism of every ilk makes choices based on its understanding of the Torah, “Because we said so.” “Because I said so” was a good enough reason for me to listen to my parents when I was a kid. When did that answer stop being good enough to mean anything at all? Is it always good to have to justify every choice, every decision? Is it okay to just have “blind faith,” not in our God, but in our choices?
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Jews are taught to question. If there is a responsa that states why drums or other instruments are not allowed to be played on Shabbat (is it a melacha?), then that would stand as the reason. If it is not allowed for other reasons, then those reasons do need to be looked into and poked and prodded to see if their wholesomeness still stands.
We have our cantors, rabbis, gabbais and homemakers work on Shabbat, to bring joy and ruach to the day. Yet no work should be done on Shabbat.