Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Chodesh tov, part (and day) 2

This being one of those months with a two-day Rosh Chodesh--is that only in the Galut/Diaspora?--yesterday was really the last day of the month of Sivan and today's the first day of Tammuz. So Chodesh tov--(have a) good month.

Well, I finally did it--I asked the hubby to take my tefillin (phylacteries) home after minyan yesterday morning. (I don't know how that's going to work out when he has a 9 AM class to teach in another borough and my backpack is too stuffed with a winter sweater to have room for tefillin, but, for the time being . . .) It's been a good long while since I davvened (prayed) the weekday Shacharit (Morning Service) at home. I don't think I've done that on a regular basis since I was first trying to teach myself the weekday Amidah pray close to 30 years ago. But, now that I'm trying to davven Shacharit at home on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (just can't manage to wake up on on Sundays), it just felt way too weird to davven with a tallit (prayer shawl) but without tefillin.

At what passes for an almost-reasonable speed for me, I was able to davven:

1. all the brachot (blessings) of Birchot haShachar/the Morning Blessings section (Torah-study blessings through Morning Blessings through gomel chasadim tovim l'amo Yisrael, then from Ashreinu, ma tov chelkeinu through m'kadesh et shimcha barabim),

2. a decent chunk of P'sukei d'Zimra /"Verses of Song" including Baruch Sheh-amar, Ashrei, and about 4 other psalms before and after, closing with Yishtabach,

3. the entire matbeiah shel tefillah (required core of the service), including Hallel,

4. Ashrei again, U'va l'Tzion Goel, followed by a two-minute break to remove my tefillin before Musaf, as required,

5. the Musaf (Additional Service) for Rosh Chodesh,

6. Aleinu, Shir shel Yom (Psalm of the Day), and the Psalm for Rosh Chodesh (though I ran out of both time and focus on that last one and had to switch to English halfway through--my heavens, is that ever a long psalm!)

in about an hour, including putting on and putting away tallit and tefillin.

Okay, granted that that rock-bottom minimum required Shacharit that a former rabbi of mine (Conservative) proposed was probably based on Mincha (the Afternoon Service), which is a pretty bare-bones service, but still, it might be worth trying to get up 15 minutes earlier to davven a fuller Shacharit.


Blogger PsychoToddler said...

What I found interesting about the last two days was that all the minyan regulars who complain bitterly about how fast I daven said nothing when the rabbi who davened on rosh chodesh did the same parts of the service in 2/3 the time it normally takes me.

Wed Jun 28, 12:05:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Oy. What can I say? Ms. Slowpoke here would probably be among the complainers. :)

Wed Jun 28, 06:21:00 PM 2006  

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