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A Whack To Remember

If you were in shul today, as on any Rosh Chodesh, you may have heard the distinctive sound of a gabbai or chazan's hand whacking the bima immediately prior to the Amida (or Shemona Esreh). At many shuls this sound is accompanied by a verbal reminder to add the Rosh HaShanah prayer "Yaaleh b'yavoh," or in many cases the sound itself is meant to be a self-explanatory reminder.

This got me thinking about how this intriguing and efficient concept can be applied to other aspects of synagogue and Jewish life. Here are some humble suggestions:

Top 10 Signs Of Shul Fatigue

A little post-holidays humor. (Very little, some would say.)

Top 10 Signs You've Spent Too Much Time In Shul

10. Show up to work with tallis on.

 9.  Before opening garage door, a voice in your head says “chai dollar psichin …”

 8. Punctuate coworkers' presentations with “baruch hu baruch shemo

 7. Mistakenly hand train conductor a dollar for the pushka.

 6. Instinctively start counting people when you enter room.

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