Ten classes on the theme of Psalms in Jewish prayer, formal and informal
"David Composing the Psalms," Paris Psalter, 10th century
By anonymous - Paris psalter (BnF MS Grec 139), folio 1v, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=807679.
Jewish liturgy includes a special collection of psalms for holidays and Chanukah (Hallel, Psalms 113-118). In this class we will explore passages which help set the tone for Hallel as a whole: Psalms 114 and 115. Depending on how one looks at this psalms, they are either a single unit, two units, or three units.
Psalm 24 is the first of the weekday 'songs of the day/shir shel yom.' What is the purpose/function of the 'song of the day' in its Temple context and in our lives? What does Psalm 24 teach about being a human being in God's world? What does it say about the world, Temple, and God?
The "Songs of Ascents" (Psalms 120-134) are a unique and beloved collection of prayers of praise and petition in the book of Psalms. "Shir HaMa'alot" (Psalm 126) is particularly beloved. This source sheet explores the imagery, language, music, and visual power of this psalm.