Sunday, September 12, 2010

Minhag Yerushalmi is my new minhag

I heard several years ago that the Jerusalem custom (minhag Yerushalmi) is to pray at least the Birkot HaShacher (Morning Blessings) before going to synagogue. I've decided to do something similar. Now that my husband, instead of our speed-davvening former rabbi, is leading P'sukei D'Zimrah (Verses of Song--mostly psalms and other biblical quotations), I can almost keep up, and I'd like to show my husband some respect, too, so I'm now shocking the shul by showing up at the beginning of services on Shabbat (Sabbath) and Yom Tov (a major holiday), something that I haven't done for probably at least five years. (For several years, I prayed up to the Torah Service at home. In recent months, I've started praying through P'sukei D'Zimrah at home and showing up in shul for the Matbeiah/required prayers, in the hope that they'd get a minyan in time for the Amidah prayer, at least.) As a compromise that enables me to davven/pray at least part of the service at my own pace, I'm praying from the Birkot HaTorah/Torah blessings up through the Mizmor, Shir Chanukat HaBayit, L'David psalm, at home, then continuing from Baruch ShehAmar when I get to shul. That way, I keep everybody happy. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is also the minhag in Yerushaliyim that women don't wear tallis and tefilin (they _do_ however, cover their hair) and are not counted in a minyan.

Mon Sep 13, 11:36:00 AM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I never said I was consistent. :)

Mon Sep 13, 12:32:00 PM 2010  

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