Two great liturgical songs perch together in the early pages of the daily prayer book. Most often recited at the end rather than at the beginning of the service, they represent rival attempts to summarize Judaism under a single handy rubric. Since, in both cases, the history behind the rubric is not so simple, looking at where each came from and what it draws upon can tell us a great deal about both Judaism and Jewish liturgy.
Two Anthem-Like Views of What Judaism Boils Down To
The two great liturgical songs of Yigdal and Adon Olam offer rival attempts to summarize the essence of Judaism.