Sunday, September 21, 2008

Shabbos blues

I'm a big fan of summer Shabbosim, while married people seem to prefer the winter versions. In the summer, you can do whatever the heck you want on Friday, and still have plenty of time to get ready for Shabbos. In the winter, you don't even have enough time to get ready for Shabbos! In the summer, you can listen to a ball game while getting dressed before Shabbos; in the winter, not only are there no games to listen to, but they only start around the time you're finishing your meal. In the summer, meals don't take too long, because otherwise you'd finish at 2:00 AM. In the winter, you have to sit through interminable meals, and then afterwords you have to socialize for three hours. In the summer, you don't have to wake up too early, because there's plenty of time in the day. In the winter, if you wake up late, you might not be able to finish everything. In the summer, you can Farbreng for three hours after Davening, go home and eat, have a nice nap, Farbreng again, and Daven Mincha on time. In the winter, you can Farbreng for three hours after Davening...let me start that again...in the winter, you can go home and eat...wait, one more try...in the winter, you can have a nap after the Kiddush...all right, third time's the charm...in the winter, you can Farbreng for ten minutes, have an abbreviated meal, and not be able to fall asleep before you have to go to Shul for Mincha. In the summer, Shabbos Mevorchim is no problem; you have the whole afternoon to finish Tehillim if (CH"V) you didn't finish before davening Shacharis. In the winter, even if you wake up on time, there's still a good chance that you won't finish before darkness sets in. In the summer, it's super-easy to build up an appetite for your Halachicly-mandated third meal; in the winter, you try to figure out if dessert counts, or do you have to drink another cup of tea. In the summer, you come home from Shul on Saturday night and don't have to agonize for hours about how to fill your time; in the winter, well, yeah, you agonize.
Now of course, on the other side of the debate, you have the people who prefer winter to summer. Here's a couple reasons why: In the winter, your kids can attend the Shabbos meals. In the summer, they don't even get to watch Mommy light Shabbos candles. In the winter, you don't have to worry about catching one more pitch, because there's no ball game on. In the summer, you end up with your radio on the whole Shabbos, because you wanted to hear "one more pitch". In the winter, you don't have to worry about not making Kiddush between six and seven. In the winter, you can have a nice meal and still get twelve hours of sleep. In the winter, you don't have to make excuses why you can't Farbreng after the Kiddush. In the winter, you don't have to come up with something for your kids to do after the meal. In the winter, you don't have to feel guilty about not learning after the meal. In the winter, you can actually do something besides sleep on Motzei Shabbos.

So you see, life is pretty tough. What's a guy to do?

15 comments:

nemo said...

I think 6:30 Shabbos(os) are a nice balance. I'm starting a grassroots sect that's going to have 6:30 in/out Shabbos all year long.

The Real Shliach said...

Aderabe, then you have the worst of both worlds. You can't do anything on Friday, not on Motzei Shabbos.

S.Z.B. said...

I'm starting a grassroots sect that won't keep Shabbos at all.

Nemo said...

TRS: Not true. Unless you're watching movies on Friday afternoon, there's plenty of time for doing all those things you love. Unless, of course, you're a bochur that wakes up late and you're trying to pull off a six hour road trip.

And on Motzei Shabbos, there's nothing wrong with beggining your night at 7-7:30. If you're want, there's plenty of time to wander aimlessly in tight fitting jeans on Kingston, hook up a car to go to a movie in Manhattan, get back to Flatbush to see which Lubavitch girls are at Burgers Bar and still be back in Crown Heights, stand in front of Nosh World smoking and shouting obnoxiously and finish your night wandering aimlessly on Kingston strutting your jeans.

SZB: Um, I think they have those already.

s.z.b. said...

Nemo: Aren't you just a little Einstein...

nemo said...

Little K. Llewellyn*, I'd like to think.

*look it up

The Real Shliach said...

I googled and wiki'd his name, and cam up with nothing. What gives?

S.Z.B. said...

He's back!!

The Real Shliach said...

And better than ever! Tonight should find you with a full accounting of my recent endeavors.

Nemo said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_N._Llewellyn

Cheerio said...

which is why the seasons change, dude, thereby giving everyone, the winter shabbos lovers and the summer shabbos lovers, their time to shine, and their time to whine!
personally, i am a fan of summer shabbos, with time to nap and hang out with people. although there's nothing like a cozy winter shabbos, where you sit at the meal until its time for maariv...well, for the guys to go to maariv anyway.

The Real Shliach said...

At least I don't live in Southern California, where there's no real difference in the seasons-it's always just blah.

Cheerio said...

which is why i'm grateful i live in NORTHERN california, where there are only beautiful seasons.

The Real Shliach said...

And earthquakes.

LE7 said...

Eh, winter shabbosim you can sleep for 13 hours easy at night. Summer shabbosim you can sleep for a good 8 hours at night and get in a 5 hour nap if you crunch.

So the question is, do you like to get all of your Shabbos sleep in one shot or do you like to break it up?