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    I was at relatives in Lakewood for the first days of Yom Tov. I was surprised that in shul, they sang Adon Olam after davening. In most Modern Orthodox shuls I’ve been to, that is the norm, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it in a yeshivish shul.

    Once thing about it bothered me. In my shul, the Rav once noticed two people talking during Adon Olam. He immediately stopped the singing and spoke about the beauty of the tefillah, and how it was disrespectful for anyone to talk. He also emphasized that davening was not yet over. This has not happened again since, and the entire shul now says it properly, without any talking.

    In the shul in Lakewood, after the first 2 seconds, you wouldn’t know they were saying a tefillah. The only person singing was the baal tefillah. He was drowned out by the rest of the people talking. Even the Rav had removed his taalis, and was talking with someone while folding it up.

    Adon Olam really is a beautiful tefillah. It speaks about the malchus of Hashem, and how Hashem is eternal. Why do people have so little respect for it? Is it so hard to keep quiet for another minute?


    Maybe because it is only said on yom tov and so many of us (myself included) don’t think of it as part of davening. Yes, its a wonderful tefillah, but we’re going to be saying it by kriyas shema anyway in just a bit.

    It might be the wrong way to look at it, but there you go.


    FYI: I say it 5 times a day. After, Modah Ani, after the 3 tefillahs, and before I go to sleep. It carries me thru the day.


    Feif: Most yeshivish places only say it on Yom tov so everyone is too busy talking to their cousins.


    It really is beautiful. In Munks (The biggest Yekishe kehilla in the UK), they sing it on ??? ??? after Davening, and the children all run around the shul together. It is a bit of a ????? for Davening and my father never let me go when i was a child.

    The Minhag started in Frankfurt where the children would make a train by putting their arms on each other’s shoulder and march around the shul singing Adon Olam, which is very beautiful.

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