Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Morning or Afternoon

Why do we say these songs in the morning and not in the afternoon or evening, as is the case with other parts of the prayers that are repeated? The Beis Yosef writes that the appointed time for the Levi’im to say these shirim was in the morning. Therefore, we only say them in the morning (Tur 133).

Other commentaries note that the Levi’im did, in fact, sing their shir in the early afternoon. If so, why don't we say the shir during the afternoon prayers?

We can understand this practice in light of the fact that the Levi’im would only sing their song at the start of the afternoon. Since our custom is to recite their shir at the end Shacharis at the conclusion of our prayers, saying the shir at the start of the afternoon prayers would create a divergence of practices. Therefore, the custom is only to say the shir in the morning (Magen Avraham 133,4).

On the morning of Tisha B'Av, when we are totally consumed with mourning the Temple’s destruction, we do not recite shir. Tisha B'Av afternoon is already a time of consolation, and we start off our prayers with the shir (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 124,19). Following the practice of the Levi’im, on Tisha B'Av we recite the shir at the start of the afternoon prayers.


Text Copyright © 2011 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON SHEMINI AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Prisms of Light - Reflections of Shattered Glass
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

Searing Fire or Reaching Higher
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

From Strength to Strength
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

> Can You Hear It
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

Great Expectations
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

You Are What You Eat
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

ArtScroll

What Do You Stand For?
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

Mistaken Instinct Mistaken Choice
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

Authorizing an Authority
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Matter of What You "Eight"
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

If You’re Not in the Mood of It
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Where Heaven Meets Earth
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Special Spirituality of the Jew
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

Wearing The Same Robe
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

The Sign of the Swine
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Just Say Traif!
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information