Connecting Prayers to Historical Musical Eras
Prepared by N/A (, None)
Decades, Eras, Music, Trivia, History, Tefillah
Say: Hello, and welcome to Dive Into Decades Shacharit! Before each prayer we will ask a
question. If you get the answer right you will receive [candy name here]. We will begin with a practice question to get your brain spinning into gear.
Which band consisted of three brothers and one of their cousins?
C. The Beach Boys
Modeh Ani – Page 2
Modeh Ani has to do with the sun and a person rising in the morning. Which famous band sang
the song “Here Comes the Sun?”
A. The Beach Boys
B. The Beatles
C. Rolling Stones
Birkot Hashachar – Page 10 (please rise)
The Birkot Hashachar discusses all of the rights and freedoms G-d has given us. Which group
of five brothers were given the right to record music?
A. Jackson 5
B. Bob Dylan
C. Rolling Stones
Baruch Sheamar – Page 54 (please rise)
Baruch Sheamar is about the thankfulness of the creation of the universe. Which song by Three
Dog Night expresses the happiness of the Earth?
A. Mama Told Me
B. Pieces of April
C. Joy to the World
Ashrei – Page 80 (you may be seated)
Ashrei is a prayer that uses every letter in the alphabet to praise Adonai. Which song by the
Eagles has lyrics that give attention to someone?
A. Hotel California
C. Life in the Fast Lane
Hallelujah – Page 88
The literal meaning of the word Hallelujah is “praise God.” This prayer incorporates all types of
instruments that are used to praise God. Which band had some of the longest instrumentals in
A. Pink Floyd
B. The Rolling Stones
Nishmat – Page 334
The true meaning of Nishmat is “the breath of,” or, “our souls.” Another way to think of this prayer
is pouring our heart and soul into Adonai. Which artist is most famously known for pouring his
soul into his music?
A. Art Garfunkel
B. Stevie Wonder
C. Neil Diamond
Shochein Ad – Page 336
Shochein Ad marks the beginning of Shacharit. Which band formed at the beginning of the
1. Massive Attack
3. Green Day
Barchu – Page 340
Barchu is a call to worship God. What band wrote a song about calling someone?
1. Tommy Tutone
El Adon – Page 342
El Adon is a liturgical poem that was written during the medieval era. Which song was inspired
by a famous poem?
1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
2. All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
3. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Bon Jovi
Or Chadash – Page 344
In many of the prayers, we thank G-d for his many creations. In Or Chadash we are thanking
Him for the creation of light. What year did Madonna come out with the song “Ray of Light?”
Ahava Raba – Page 346
Ahava Raba is the prayer where we show our love and devotion to G-d. Which band sang the
famous 90’s love song named after a flower?
1. Counting Crows
3. The Goo Goo Dolls
Shema – Page 346
The Shema is one of the most famous prayers that almost every Jew knows. Which 90s song
do most people know?
2. I Want It That Way
3. Ice Ice Baby
Mi Chamocha – Page 352
Mi Chamocha is a prayer that Miriam sang to Adonai to give thanks after He freed the Israelites
from slavery. Which song by the Spice Girls does not show a theme of new found independence?
2. Say You’ll Be There
3. Saturday Night Diva
Amidah – page 354 (please rise)
Kaddish Shalem – page 392
Say at the end: Thank you for participating in Dive Into Decades Shacharit! I hope you had a blast like we did!