There 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?