Virtual Shabbat (Liberal Judaism) (Coronavirus)

virtual shabbat

Not terribly enthusiastic, I’ve been not thinking enough about the phenomenon that will be live streaming Shabbat and other tefilot and the many aesthetic choices that will matter going forward. This one conveys something to do with the aesthetics of empty space and the diminutive human figure. The screenshot captures Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Cantor Daniel Mutlu leading Shabbat services at New York City’s Central Synagogue March 21, 2020, streaming online.


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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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1 Response to Virtual Shabbat (Liberal Judaism) (Coronavirus)

  1. Charles Cohen says:

    my synagogue is on that path — the rabbi streamed her own erev Shabbat celebration. We haven’t done anything from the sanctuary yet, but I think it’s coming. What else are we supposed to do — it’s the only way to work around “pikuach nefesh” and still keep the congregation alive.

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