A Song Every Day

Thoughts on Torah, prayer and Jewish miscellany

Morning: Blessing, with Echo of Gunshots

How lovely are these tents! not far from housing that has seen better days and housing that has seen too many awful ones. I love the place of Your house, … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Prayer Warm-up: From Self to Community

Part of the early morning warm-up for prayers — along with awareness of our blessings and awakening body, soul, and mind — is moving from what Mishkan T’filah [Reform prayerbook] … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

“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

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