by Sophie Maimon
Two separate morning davening options exist for Northwest Yeshiva High School (NYHS) students, as a result of a Town Hall that took place in October.
These two minyanim, the main minyan and the alternative minyan, have some subtle differences.
The main minyan, which takes place in the beit midrash, is known as the “slow minyan,” according to sophomore Jacob Benezra, and includes “repetition and Torah.”
Naftali Katsman, one of the leaders of the minyan, says that he joined this minyan because he feels that, “davening is, in a way, incomplete if you’re davening without a minyan and not doing a repetition and all the Berachot.”
This student-led minyan, which is supervised by Director of Learning Resources Rabbi Weiss, seems to be a very focused minyan that is liked by all attendees.
The other minyan, which takes place in a classroom, is led by Rabbi Kornfeld, one of the school’s Judaic studies teachers.
While, according to the Head of School Jason Feld the “fluency and comfort of where [they] collectively are, requires a bit more work,” he says that the feeling of “Tefillah B’Tzibur- communal davening” is incredibly inspiring.
Dina Koyfman, a sophomore, and Max Greisman, a senior, both say that they chose to go to this minyan because it is much shorter than the main minyan. While Koyfman believes that there should be Torah reading in this minyan, overall, the consensus is that the shortness of this minyan is much loved by its participants.
Students explain that there are some hardships in each minyan. In the main minyan, people walk through the Beit Midrash, distracting the members of the main minyan. In the alternative minyan, they often have to pull people out of the bathroom. However, both minyanim are successes.
Students and teachers alike seem to agree with Feld’s statement that everyone is just trying to find their “center of balance during Tefillah” and that’s what a minyan is all about.