A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

“Because of this…” (Blessing and attitude, continued)

A (very) previous post discussed the idea of being too grumpy for gratitude, with a focus on one humility-prompting passage from the morning blessings: …Master of all worlds, we do … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Iyun Tefilah”: Deeper in Prayer

For years, I’ve been looking at the expression “iyun tefilah,” as in the famous passage from Shabbat 127a, where it is translated as “contemplation [or "meditation," maybe "devotion"] in prayer.” … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Psalm 30: Words, Chant, Song

some resources for exploring Psalm 30 Word-based Commentary So far the most thorough and useful commentary I’ve found on-line is still Schechter’s “A New Psalm”. If anyone has a resource … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Robe, River, and Bond in Morning Prayer

Wrapping The early morning section of a Jewish prayer book focuses — with some variety in content and order (see below) — on wraps: God is robed in majesty (Psalms … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Further Awakenings in the Siddur

The Soul, Slow Waking, and a Little Grammar Beyond the first two lines of the earliest morning prayers — it takes some of us a long time to make those … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · Leave a comment
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