Boredom is one of the challenges of contemporary life, including religious life. Children complain to parents, students complain to teachers, and congregants complain to rabbis and cantors that they are “bored.” Dr. Brown, who has quickly become one of the foremost leaders in Jewish adult learning and leadership, explores the history of boredom, noting that its use as a word is of relatively recent historical origin. Yet, as history has gone on, it emerges as a more common theme of complaints. The author suggests some powerful ways that Judaism helps us to combat boredom, as well as ways to make sure that our Judaism itself remains dynamic, deep, and interesting.
Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan is a Jewish educator and rabbi living in Miami, Florida. He serves as executive director of the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County.