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By: tzirelchana

Thu, 15 May 2008 09:23:55 +0000

Ivisit an elderly neighbor. She's blind and wheelchair bound due to diabetes so she cant get out much but she's still very with it mentally--she used to be a clinical psychologist and I enjoy her company. I find it makes my shabbos afternoon much richer.

By: Larry Lennhoff

Wed, 14 May 2008 16:15:09 +0000

Depending on where you live, if you don't have the responsibility for young kids Shabbat can also be a time for walks, visiting with neighbors (even if they aren't shabbat observant you can manage to avoid doing any melachot yourself while visiting), and other forms of light physical activity. When you spend your days sitting behind a desk, as I do, you can really give yourself a lift just by getting outdoors. There's nothing like nature to give you kavanah when you pray "Mah Rabu Maasecha, Hashem".

By: Bob Miller

Tue, 13 May 2008 23:51:11 +0000

FYI, by "shallow" I meant books that do not present enough insight (for my curiosity) about the special inner nature of the people, places, and events covered, or are not well- documented to support what is said.

By: Bob Miller

Tue, 13 May 2008 21:42:18 +0000

I read a lot of parsha sheets, and biographical and story material. Sad to say, much of the material seems shallow and unoriginal. However, some is very good.

By: Ron Coleman

Tue, 13 May 2008 13:26:19 +0000

If you can't set up a chavrusa or otherwise "back-load" your heavier-duty learning to the late afternoon, such as a shiur before mincha (very common in most shuls, especially this time of year), maybe you should find pleasurable English-language Jewish "easy" reading such as biographies or those compendia of stories with Jewish themes and lessons that are all over the stores these days.

By: Ilana-Davita

Tue, 13 May 2008 13:07:15 +0000

I agree with you, summer days seem long in a community that is not very active. However you can read books you have set aside for Shabbes, print D'var Torah in advance, invite friends.

By: Ellen

Tue, 13 May 2008 04:24:36 +0000

Pardon my apikorsis, but I look forward to a long Shabbos afternoon so I can catch up on any of my reading, including an occasional good fiction I've wanted to read, Newsweek, the Cleveland Jewish News (hey, Ezzie, I also grew up in Cleveland), and printouts from websites such as this one, Crosscurrents, parshah stuff,, etc. In fact, if someone shows up, I feel a little resentful at times, because Shabbos is the only day I can kick off my shoes, lie on the couch with my reading material, and not feel guilty about another task that I should really be getting done. And if you're in a smaller community, do you have any Chabad around. Maybe do your own kiruv there. Go to a university Hillel (if you have one) and invite some college kids over. I know easier said than done.

By: Bob Miller

Mon, 12 May 2008 21:25:46 +0000

I'm not against naps! But they're not meant to consume the major part of a long afternoon.

By: G

Mon, 12 May 2008 20:32:32 +0000

Naps are not meant to fill the time available. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa??!! I'm sorry, but the pillow emblazoned on the family crest begs to differ.

By: Ezzie

Mon, 12 May 2008 17:30:56 +0000

I don't know that this issue is specifically an "out of town" one - I find that the long Shabbos afternoons are as hard to fill here in KGH, even with the multitude of guests we have, as they were back in Cleveland growing up. I don't know how much you pull these off in your shul, but since zman krias shema is later, getting shul to start later in the morning helps a little; having an early mincha and then doing Pirkei Avos with family or a shiur in shul is really good, too. Growing up that worked well - 9am davening, back home at about 12-1230, finish meal whenever, read/nap until about 6, mincha, shalosh seudos/pirkei avos until maariv, maariv.

By: Steve Brizel

Mon, 12 May 2008 15:06:34 +0000

I don't know how one defines "out of town" but in KGH there is a nice variety of shiurim for men and women and many shuls move Mincha back so that families and friends can enjoy Seudah Shlishis properly, which is not always possible in the short Shabbosos during the winter months. FWIW, there is nothing per se wrong about taking a nap. The Zmiros refer to "HaShenah Mshubachas".

By: Bas Yisroel

Mon, 12 May 2008 11:07:42 +0000

How about inviting guests for shabbos (if you are able to). Try getting a very good book that you promise yourself you will only read on shabbos. Say Tehillim, or take a walk with a friend.