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Megilat Echa - מגילת איכה

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The climax of the solemn day of Tisha Be'Av is Megilat Echa. I've recorded it here for learning. The beginning of the recording I am reading at a much slower pace in order for the listener to learn the te'amim. I speed up as the Megila continues.
May Hashem rebuild the 3rd Bet HaMikdash speedily in our days.

Haftara Matot הפטרת מטות

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Whenever Shabbat Pinehas falls after the fast of the 17th of Tamuz then we read the Haftara of Matot instead to mark the first special haftara of the three weeks.
There is a special tune for this haftara sung by both Spanish and French Moroccans

Havdala - הבדלה

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HAVDALA


HAMAVDIL BEN KODESH LEHOL

Above you will find two recordings. The first is Havdala which consists of the piyutim, Eliyahu HaNavi, Avarech et Shem followed by the blessings of Havdala. I only recite the first stanza of each piyut. After Avarech et Shem many have the custom to bless the members of their family.

The second recording is the song Hamavdil ben Kodesh Lehol. However, I recorded it in maqam Sahli and not in the traditional tune which may come at a later date. One can also sing the song Amar Adonai LeYaakob which can be found here.

Haftara Balak - הפטרת בלק

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French Moroccan
Spanish Moroccan

Michtam LeDavid - מכתם לדוד

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The prayers of Motsae Shabbat begin with Michtam LeDavid; a chapter in Tehilim in which various paytanim in the synagogue each chant one verse as a petiha. The maqam is El-Maya and therefore each line sounds the same.
In my recording, I change the tune at Avarech as was custom in Spanish Morocco all the way until Neimot which reverts back to the final concluding petiha. Normally, the Neimot Biminecha Nesah ends abruptly in order to segue into the chapter of Tehilim following: LeDavid Baruch... However for the sake of this recording, I ended the chapter as if I was ending a song, but note that it's not how it's done in synagogue.
French Moroccan Jews have the custom to recite the verse of Avarech also in the tune of a petiha, and then change the tune at shiviti. French Moroccan Jews have multiple tunes of Shiviti throughout the year, while Spanish Moroccans only sing one tune (the one I recorded).
This isn't easy to learn and master, but with lots of practice, you can easi…

Haftara Hukat - הפטרת חקת

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French Moroccan

Spanish Moroccan

Amida (Hazara) Minha of Shabbat - עמידה (חזרה) מנחה של שבת

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For our 2nd installment of the Amida series on Shabbat, here is the Amida repetition ofMinha of Shabbat. Generally, it's a lot easier to learn Minha than Shaharit simply because it's shorter. But in reality, it's the same tune just different words in the middle section.