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Oru Bat Tziyon - אורו בת ציון

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It's been a while since the last post so I'm glad to post one of my favourite songs to sing. This goes beautifully with Kadish or Rau Banim.
The maqam is Istahalal.

Mevorach Shabbat - מבורך שבת

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This is the original song where we sing "Kedushat Shabbat" when Aliya Maftir goes up to the Torah on Shabbat. Easy to learn. It's from the Bakashot of Parashat Vayeshev. Maqam is El Maya.

Ten Commandment Aseret HaDibrot Moroccan - עשרת הדיברות נוסח מרוקו

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It's the climax of the entire Torah. The moment the world was created. The recital of the Ten Commandments in any synagogue is a special moment. In a Moroccan synagogue it's no different. More than that, the congregation has the custom to rise just as the hazan recites the holy words of the Aseret HaDibrot. For your listening pleasure, I have recorded the Ten Commandments in its entirety.

Torat Emet and Ashorer Shira - תורת אמת אשורר שירה

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In honour of Parashat Yitro, the parasha where we read the Ten Commandments, I present to you two famous songs that we sing in honour of the Torah. These two songs are of the same maqam (sika) and compliment each other nicely. I sing them to many parts of the tefila. They fit with almost everything. In addition, these are great songs to sing at a Bar Mitzvah or at the Shabbat table.

Kol Et Eleha Enai - כל עת אליך עיני

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First time I heard this song, I fell in love with. It's beautiful and melodious. And believe it or not, it's not a Moroccan song. It's origin is from Yerushalayim (or Egyptian) and can be adapted to many parts of the Tefila.

Yehida Raya (Vehaofanim) - יחידה רעיה (והאופנים)

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You know you're in a Moroccan synagogue, when they sing this for VeHaofanim. The tune comes from the piyut Yehida Raya, which is normally sung during a celebration for a girl's lifecycle event; baby naming and/or wedding.
The last line of VeHaofanim, the custom is to change the tune to that of "Lichvod Tora" hence we sing this Vehaofanim at almost every simha in the synagogue.