Just as last Saturday, my songs came through services this morning, and Psalm 150 (הללוהו אל בקודשו) was the seventh song for me today. (Since I was in the “Conservative” group, much more of the service was done aloud versus when I went to Orthodox services last week. As it turns out, the words of this Psalm, plus a few things about the day, lead to some interesting dualities.
One was the fact that Psalm 150 was almost certainly NOT the seventh song sung in services, but the seventh one in which I heard and/or participated. The reason for this? The source monitoring error! On Monday of this week, I had gone to BHCBE (Beth Hillel-Congregation B’nai Emunah) for a שמחת בת (female baby naming) for the new baby of Shira, one of the congregation members who has hosted me for שבת afternoons in previous summers when I have ridden up to Wilmette on Saturday mornings for said services.
Well, at the luncheon after those services, some of the congregational members re-greeted me since I have not been there in this calendar year. One of them mentioned that services there now start at 09:30 instead of 09:15 on שבת mornings. Well, I must have inadvertently applied that to today’s service at Hillel, which was always slated to begin at 09:15. So I walked in at 09:32, and they were already into the middle of the פסוקי דזמרה (Psalms and Songs) section of the service.
There was definitely a contrast of the day as I was walking toward Hillel, and the people that I saw walking on the sidewalk. Today is (Arma)Dillo Day at Northwestern, which is a day-long music festival on the Lakefill. Translation: It’s the day when students treat Northwestern like a party school, and many become quite inebriated. Whereas I was walking in nice clothes, wearing a כיפה (kippah/yarmulke) and carrying (“OOPS!”) my טלית (prayer shawl) bag.
Back to services, it was more musical than what I experienced last week, as aforementioned in this post. There was still some individual reading of the Psalms and other readings throughout the service, but more communal singing as well. This is the way that I prefer it, as the singing is one of my favorite signs of community.
There are several “common” melodies to Psalm 150, and the one that I include at the end of the post is one that was not familiar to me, nor is it the one that was used in the service today. (I could not accurately recreate the latter, however, as melodies will not always stick to me on the first application.)
Today is the one-hundred and fifty-first day of M.M.X.I.V. That makes twenty-one weeks and four days.
.היום שישה וארבעים יום, שהם שישה שבועות וארבעה ימים לעומר
Today is the thirty-first and final day of the third round of M.A.P.L.E. That makes four weeks and three days.