Thursday, May 06, 2004

Sermonizing

OK. I have been slacking off on blogging as of late. Too busy and tired. But I would have thought that my housemates would have picked up the slack. Maybe we have an opening for a new blogger/housemate.

I have been IM-ing with people about SIW's offer to post links to anyone who Blog's their Rabbis Sermon. Only one person has done that so far.

Personally, I actually like Sermons. As a kid, I couldn't stand them and, for the most part, managed to avoid hearing more than 20 or so Sermons before graduating High School. But, with intellectual and spiritual maturity, you grow to like things like chopped liver and Rabbi's Drashot/s. Nowadays, I rarely get a chance to hear them, but try to pay attention when in a Shul with a Sermon.

But there is something anti-thetical between those who read and write blogs and listening to Sermons. If you are a member of a Synagogue, you hear the same Rabbi speak every week for months and years. Usually, you can pick up the Rabbi's style and take on life and Judaism and decide if you him and his sermons. If you like them and find them meaningful and relevant good for you. If you don't you have to work out what to do.

Sermonizing is a dying form. Most people I know enjoy a a good Drasha, but one chase after one. And their is something foreign about having a Sermon in middle of Tefillah. Those who want Torah can get Torah elsewhere and elsewhen.

Now in blogging you pick and choose who and what you read and how often you read him or her. You can find what you enjoy or find meaningful and decide when to read it. Unlike Drashos/t where you take them before Mussaf Shabbos morning or else.

It has been pointed out to me be various people the blurring between the lines between Divrei Torah and Drashot/s. The old time RCA pulpit Rabbis used to give sermons. And many of them were classics (for fun you should pick up an old RCA Sermon Manual and browse through the pages) and some of them were pretty good. Now, for various reasons which we will not get into here (among them people spending more time in Yeshivos/t, a more educated audience) the line between Divrei Torah and Sermons is blurring (which I think is for worse). Sermons now sound more like Divrei Torah with instructions in the end instead of a semon.

Christian bloggers often compare the art of blogging to that of sermonizing. I do not know for certain if this is true, but there are strong parallels between blogging and sermonizing.

I have wondered, as of late, if bloggers could spawn a new breed of Darshanim, Maggidim, who would sermonize in their blogs.

Reading/listening to blogs gives the ultimate freedom to the audience. Listening to drashos is usually to a captivated crowd. (Elder Bronstein talks about Rabbis saying what people want to hear.)

I have more to say about Rabbinic Blogging, but that will wait for later.

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