Bang, bang, bang.
I’m afraid this post will just be understood by Orthodox Jews. Does this ever happen in a Conservative, Reform or Reconstructionist shul? The rest of the planet are welcome to say, hmm, interesting custom here.
What does banging on the Bimah mean in your shul? Or banging on the side of a bench to get others’ attention? I thought it meant Don’t Forget Ya’aleh V’Yavoh on Rosh Hodesh or Don’t Forget to Say some Special Shmone Esrei. My relative said in the shul we attended last Friday night it meant Hurray Up Because I Attended This Minyan So It Should Move Along Quickly Because I Have More Important Things to Do At Home.