Song of the Day

The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters, each of them woven with words of masterful poetic praise and worship. These Psalms have been on the lips and hearts of Jews ever since the times of King David; they have been called upon during moments of pain and joy. As one of the earliest and most potent forms of written supplication, Psalms are ubiquitous in all Jewish prayer services.

At the conclusion of the daily morning prayer service (Shacharit), the Song of the Day (Shir Shel Yom) is recited, from a collection of seven Psalms, each corresponding to a day of the week. The origins of this prayer can be traced back to what was one of the most moving and inclusive rituals of the Temple Service, one which captivated the minds and hearts of the people. Today however, the Song of the Day doesn’t seem to stir the same emotions that it once did, and falls prey to being rushed and said with little focus. It is time to let this prayer reignite our spiritual imagination.

Join the Academy and Brent Davidoff in partnership with Greenside Shul on a soulful journey back to Temple times, and retrace the roots of a deeply significant ritual. Through in-depth and engaging textual analysis we will breathe life back into this oft disregarded part of the daily morning prayers. This course is suited to any individual looking for ways to begin their day with purpose, mindfulness and lasting inspiration.

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