Saturday, July 08, 2006


I can't be the only one who has had this experience. Admit it, it's happened to you too.

You're saying "יעלה ויבוא" from memory in the Amidah or birkat hamazon on some holiday or another, and you get to the end, "כי א-ל מלך חנון ורחום אתה...", and then instead of resuming where you left off, you go on autopilot and continue with "...ושמור צאתנו ובואנו".

So anyway, a variant of this happened to me today. They were using a tune for the musaf kedushah that was the same tune that I used for "א-ל אדון" the last time I led shacharit. So we sang "כבודו מלא עולם" to this tune, and then I almost continued "...דעת ותבונה".


  1. my problem is accidentally switching from benching to amida, or vice versa, after ya'aleh v'yavo.

  2. There was one time, while singing "shehu noteh shamayim" to our shul's standard tune, which bears an amazing similarity to "Itsy Bitsy Spider" that I forgot "ush'chinat uzo" and babbled something about "out came the sun..."

    In my defense, I did have a newborn at the time. :-)