Learn the Maariv Service
Every Jew, who is able to read Hebrew well, should learn how to chant the weekday Maariv service. The Maariv Service for the Weekday (Saturday Night-Thursday Night) is the easiest service to learn. It is short and involves very little chanting.
There are two primary Jewish musical modes involved in this service. The first mode is called "Ahavah Rabbah" or Phreigish mode. The second mode is called "weekday minor." If you know how to chant the blessings before and after the Torah reading, then you already know this mode. The "weekday minor" mode is found after the silent Amidah in the following prayers- Kaddish Shalem, Aleinu, and any other special psalms that may be chanted during the year. I chanted the following prayers as simply as I could. The weekday maariv service should take no longer than 10 minutes- maybe 15 minutes if the Baal(at) Tefillah waits for everyone to finish the two most important prayers- the Shema and the Amidah before continuing.
Shabbat tunes for Mi Chamocha or Aleinu should be sung on Shabbat and not during the regular weekday. Yes, we love G-d and want to pray together in a meaningful way but we must be careful to keep Shabbat special in every way- including using special congregational tunes that we reserve only for Shabbat and Holidays. Notice how I chant the Aleinu to the weekday minor mode. I love having a conversation with G-d, but if I have to hear the Shabbat tune for Aleinu every night of the week, I will age quite rapidly. I am still young and I would like to stay that way for a few more years. In addition, the original tune for "V'Hu Noteh Shamayim" is either the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" or "Who Sank the Bismarck." Please, I beg you, please chant it in the simple way so that I can go home and have dinner with my family.
I have not included the text of the tefillot because I did not want to have G-d's name printed. In addition, every Jew should have at least one Siddur (prayerbook) in their home. If you don't own a Siddur, purchase one from your local neighborhood synagogue or Jewish bookstore.
The following Hatimot (seals) or endings of the blessings are chanted from a Conservative Siddur Sim Shalom. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your friendly neighborhood Hazzan or send me an e-mail at A Friendly Hazzan.
Feel free to download the following files to learn how to lead the weekday maariv service:
(If you feel closer to the wicked son in the Haggadah, then ask a friend, "What tune do you use for the silent Amidah?)
The service concludes with Mourner's Kaddish or (Kaddish Yatom). Some chant it, some just speak it. Follow local Minhagim (customs) or ask your friendly neighborhood Rabbi.
Here is a compressed file of all of the above in MPEG form The Entire Maariv
If you have not opened a compressed file before, right click on the downloaded compressed folder and extract the files. A new folder with files will be ready for your listening pleasure.