I actually paid for my Yom Kippur tickets this year

high holidayThere are just some things single frum guys aren’t expected to do like, buy their friends wedding gifts, become members of a shul, host pesach seders or buy high holiday tickets – at least in my mind – I am sure some of you break the rules of sungledom, but I don’t.

That’s why I’m kind of shocked at myself for purchasing a Yom Kippor seat for myself for a whopping $100. When I asked my dad if he wanted to come with me the first thing he said was “Nah that’s a rip off, the White Shil is only charging $75” I felt kind of dopey for a minute, but in the grand scheme of things my ticket was Maaser money, and I support the cause. I also love yeshivish high holiday davening.

I am not into davening at large shuls, and for some reason the thought of hitting up a yeshiva where I may get some good mussar between major prayer portions seems like a good deal. Besides, they have tables and for anyone who is into davening in shuls with tables you can affirm that tables are worth the $25 investment.

My friend Levi Brackman who runs the Chabad in Evergreen, Colorado made it to a bunch of the big news sites by an article about how his chabad house doesn’t charge for high holiday seats, smart devilish guy, most chabad houses don’t charge. I understand the charging but part of me feels that for those who only attend shul on the High Holidays, the cost is a big deterrent. Some shuls include the high holiday seat prices in the membership cost – but many don’t.

What do you think of paying for High Holiday tickets?