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From what I have seen by attending services as well as viewing various Siddurim, it seems that on weekdays, the Song of the Day is said at the end of Shacharit (Nusach Ashkenaz after Aleinu; Nusach Sefard before it.)

However, on Shabbat and Yom Tov, I have seen it placed in one of 3 places for both Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard:

  • Beginning of service just before start of Psukei Dezimra
  • Just after Chazzan's Shacharit Amida repetition
  • End of Musaf service either before or after Shir Hakvod or Aleinu (Shir Hakavod is also "portable".)

Why is there this flexibility on Shabbat / Yom Tov but not during the weekday?

Speculation: It's either the day itself or the fact that we say Musaph that creates the ambiguity.

  • What is the analogous weekday part to "after Musaf"? The only option which is different from the weekday is the before Psukei Dizimra one which is quite rare to see. I don't see much evidence for much more flexibility on Shabbat if any – Double AA May 24 '18 at 17:40
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    You also get this on Rosh Hodesh and Hol HaMoed. Most Nusah Sefard places will say it before Keriat HaTorah. – Joel K May 24 '18 at 17:41
  • @JoelK I haven't seen this. Then, again, I don't attend Nusach Sefard that often. I guess my assumption is incorrect. – DanF May 24 '18 at 17:44
  • @DoubleAA Agree. But, there is one option still there, namely, at the beginning. I don't know anyone doing this on weekdays, but, my shul, e.g., does it at the beginning on Shabbat & Yom Tov. – DanF May 24 '18 at 17:48
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    According to Minhag Anglia, it is always recited before Baruch Sheamar, although it's always printed at the end of shacharit. – Noach MiFrankfurt May 24 '18 at 21:26

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