Thursday, May 24, 2012
Extra (Musaf) Prayers
The Musaf prayer for the Chagim is a very explicit tefilla. Perhaps it is because my understanding of the Hebrew is adequate, I find the language of this prayer to be very powerful, acknowledging the special moment that is a Jewish holiday. "Because of our sins, we have been exiled from our lands...." I think this verse draws a direct link to the purpose of our tefillot in reality lacking a temple to bring a sacrifice. The tefilla's drawing out of the context allows for a reenactment of the temple service of that Biblical holiday and not only mentions the wish to return to a higher/closer level of worship with language, but evokes the people and spirit of the day.
Usually I am not into extra prayers; I am of the philosophy that less is indeed more. There is even an element to the Shabbat Musaf that is routine enough for me that it can pass without exceptional notice. But I do feel I higher level of enjoyment/simcha when davening on the chagim and wonder if I am the only one.