Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Shul On Queen Anne II
For some reason, the Suburbanite has not updated their website since August 26, so if you don't get the paper delivered, here's what you missed in today's edition regarding Rabbi Feldman's private prayer group and/or synagogue:
Headline reads TOWN PUTS HALT ON AN "ILLEGAL" SYNAGOGUE
Story doesn't have much that differs from the Jewish Standard's piece last month other than the fact that the cease and desist order has been appealed, during which there is a stay of the decision.
Notice that the headline comes to the conclusion that the house is a synagogue, when that is the whole point of contention; whether it is a synagogue or a private prayer group. Didn't really expect more from the Suburbanite, which is not a friend of the orthodox community (ever notice how even the ex-mayor's Chinese restaurant, which plasters their ads everywhere, does not advertise in the Suburbanite?)
The story also quotes Rabbi Feldman as saying "the letter gave us no guidance as to what would have to be stopped, as the act of praying itself was explicitly approved..." The way I interpret these words is: if the house is found to be a synagogue, they plan to "revert" to a private prayer group.
What would that take?? If they no longer call the place Etz Chaim, but instead refer to it as Rabbi Feldman's house, would that be enough?? What would make the house minyan a private prayer group and not a synagogue? Beats me!
Posted by Out Of Rightfield at 8:13 PM