Our minyan is a participatory one in which everyone, from the rabbi on down, volunteers their services. Men, women, and children are welcome to take any part in the service that halacha allows.
My grandmother came to America from Russia about 107 years ago. She said she came from Russia. If someone asked for whom she had voted, she said “When I lived in Russia, the Tzar did not let me vote for someone and then not tell anyone who I voted for. Then I came to America, learned the language, became a citizen, so I could vote and not tell anyone who I voted for.”
The man cuts down a tree. With half the wood, he lights a fire, bakes bread and makes a roast, and he warms himself by the fire. It feels good. He says, “Ah.” With the other half, he carves an idol, and worships it, “rescue me, for you are my god.”
A History Of The Mishebeirakh Leholeh
1. Apparently the impulse to donate in order to effect a health result existed in Talmudic times, and the rabbis of the Talmud did not condemn this impulse.