Now that I am semi retired, I have decided to attend daily services in my community synagogue. Recently, that has included evening services as well. While this can be seen as a chore, I find it a reason for gratefulness in the following ways-I have the opportunity to pray as part of a community; there is every possibility that without my presence a full 'minyan'-a quorum of ten adult Jews necessary for the recitation of the Kaddish by those in mourning-a very important human need-could conceivably not be achieved; every now and then, as I peruse a holy book during the service, I encounter a word, phrase or explanation that adds enlightenement to my spiritual life. Last night I was exposed to a wonderful interpretation of the word-Shalom-peace.
In place of the afternoon prayer which this synagogue is unable to conduct, prior to the evening service a selection of the Psalms is read followed by the Kaddish.The edition of the Psalms that is used is one with a new translation and commentary by Martin Samuel Cohen- Our Heaven and Our Strength.