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


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON KEDOSHIM AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Honorable Mentshen
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

The Value of Reverence
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5764

Burden of Reproof
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Lag B'Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

"What Does God Say?"
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

The Counting of the Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Looking for a Chavrusah?

In Pursuit Of Holiness
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Growth Period
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Jumping To Conclusions
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

ArtScroll

Holy Reality Check
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

The Fundamental Rule
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

Holiness Happens
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

> Self-Love: Is it Self-ish?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Beyond Common (In)Cense
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Parshas Kedoshim
Shlomo Katz - 5771

Kiddush Moments
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772



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