Paying to pray on Rosh Hashana

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The son of a rabbi just sent me this URL for a cute video from the Lubavitchers (an Orthodox Jewish group) about the high costs of attending a synagogue for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year that begins tonight. There are some funny passages about the lengths folks will go to scalp tickets and sneak into temple, only to be kicked out by mean-looking security guards. 

Agree or disagree? Should paying to pray be done away with? If so, please suggest other ways a synagogue can raise its yearly budget. My suggestion: Do what the Christians do: Tithe. Takers, anyone? 

L’shanah Tovah to you all.

Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times


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Julia Duin

Julia Duin

Julia Duin is the Times' religion editor. She has a master's degree in religion from Trinity School for Ministry (an Episcopal seminary) and has covered the beat for three decades. Before coming to The Washington Times, she worked for five newspapers, including a stint as a religion writer for the Houston Chronicle and a year as city editor at the ...

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