I see a chasidic minyon that has been saying tehillim with a specific niggun every night of chol hamoed after maariv,‎ it seems like a well known practice,‎ does anyone know what it is?‎

  • Which tehillim?
    – Joel K
    Oct 9, 2020 at 12:24
  • שיר המעלות is starred after stopping pirke avot
    – kouty
    Oct 13, 2020 at 8:14
  • I'm remembering the chorus was ושאבתם מים בששון
    – ak0000
    Oct 18, 2020 at 10:26

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I went and asked the Gabbai of the minyon,‎ which was difficult because we didn't have a fluent shared language,‎ but it sounds like he thinks many communities Chasidish‏/‏‎Litvish‏/‏‎Yerushalmi all have a custom of reading after Maariv the 15 Shir Hamaalot tehilim on chol hamoed in imitation of the order they were read in the Beis Hamikdash.‎ He says all communities he is aware of have the same niggun,‎ which I would like to find but haven't been able to yet.‎ Thanks for the suggested answers!

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    – Joel K
    Oct 11, 2020 at 18:31
  • Thanks for the source @JoelK ! Now I'll try to find the niggun that was used,‎ it was very interesting.‎
    – ak0000
    Oct 15, 2020 at 11:31

Many chasidim recite a psalm after maariv (before "Alenu") every weekday. Normally, it's psalm 121, but on chol hamoed Sukos it's 122, and I'm guessing some sing it and that's what you heard. (On chol hamoed Pesach it's 114.)

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