TORONTO — While the worship team at Shir Olam Messianic congregation starts in on their fourth round of “Roni Roni Bat Tziyon,” observant Messianic man Shimon A. Essray is hoping he can complete the Amidah before an awkward silence occurs.
Messianic rabbi Dan Sparty disapproves of traditional davening. “We have freedom in Messiah. We don’t burden ourselves with vain repetitions here.”
UPDATE: The worship team has started it’s fifth time through the chorus. Sources say Essray should have plenty of time to complete his prayer.