The following appears below as well, in the “Out Of The Mailbag” category:
Over the past few years Klall Yisroel has been faced with various “Crisis’s”. We had the Shaitel Crisis, The Strawberry Crisis, The Bug in the water Crisis, and the ever popular Shidduch Crisis.
While not everyone would agree that the aforementioned crisis affected their “Kehilla”, I would like to introduce a new “crisis” that affects all of Klall Yisroel equally. This is the BLACKBERRY CRISIS!
Take a moment, and think how long does your minyan in shul take? Let’s assume anywhere between a half hour to an hour and 15minutes for Shachris and perhaps 10-15 minutes for Mincha or Maariv?
Now if we add that up it’s about 1 hour and half out of your day. Do you honestly feel that you can not be away from your phone for that hour and a half? What do you think would happen if you don’t answer that E-mail, BBM, or text message within the duration of the Tefillah? Here you are talking to the “President of the biggest company in the world” and yet you would excuse yourself “for a second” because your friends want to know where to meet you for breakfast?? Is this logical? Have we forgotten that Hashem runs the world and not the person on the other end of your phone? (Even if it is your Wife, Co-worker, Stock broker).
You can’t go to a Tefillah anymore without having a phone ringing in middle. You can walk into any random minyan at any Shul / Beis Medrash you are guaranteed to see this.
It has reached a point where I have seen people with their Taalis and Tefillin on leaning on the Bimah, chatting away on the phone !! THE BIMAH ? The very same place where we place a Sefer Torah people are busy talking about the biggest nonsense ! I was recently at a minyan where the Baal Tefillah was checking his messages !! Have we forgotten how Heilege our Tallis & Tefillin are?
Have we forgotten what it means to daven ? What kind of example are we setting fro the next generation?
As I heard over in a shiur from one of my Rebbeim, we are very busy constantly making taking upon ourselves new takonos and segulos yet we are forgetting the basics Teshuvah TEFILLAH Tzedoko maavirin es roah hagezaria ! If we are “skipping out” on the basics how can we expect the “extra credit” to work ?
P.S. Can you imagine if The Ribono Shel Olam would “Kaviyochol” look away from his nation for “just a second to check his blackberry”??