Susan Rich

Bored in Shul

An unlikely career booster. 

I’ve been coming to shul on the high holidays my whole life. I think back to my earliest days in synagogue, when I was really little, and I remember exactly what it was like: terrifically boring. In fact, it seemed to me like some sort of senseless test of my patience. How long could I sit still, how long could I stay quiet, how long could I entertain myself with nothing to work with but the fringe of my father’s tallis? Year after year. Not again I’d think as the holy days rolled around.

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