Rabbi Bloom’s Sabbatical Blog
Mizmor LeDavid – East Talpiot
Mizmor l’David, a very modern Orthodox synagogue in the Talpiot neighborhood. They have a side by side mechitza, so women feel much more comfortable here, and a woman takes the Torah and carries it around the women’s section so all have the opportunity to kiss it. The ruach here is tremendous, with people singing in wonderful harmonies at the top of their lungs to mostly Shlomo Carlebach melodies. The people also try to dance after Lecha Dodi, both the men and the women, though separately. If I hadn’t attended another Carlebach style synagogue called Kol Rina the week before, this would have been amazing, but It’s hard to compare anything to the ecstatic feeling created there. This was just an energy notch below. However, the Saturday Musaf at Mizmor l’David was the best Musaf I have ever seen. The person davening had an amazing combination of good voice, ruach, and sincerity. Unfortunately, the 3 1/2 hour service which preceded Musaf didn’t enable me to enjoy it fully. Still, I have to give many kudos to the men and women sustaining this shul. It’s certainly a great one and would be one we could see ourselves joining if we lived here.