Skip to main content

Rosh Hashana 1st night - ליל ראשון של ראש השנה

Below you will find the recording of the opening piyut called Ahot Ketana. Throughout most of Morocco the tune was the same though with some nuances that are different. Notice how sometimes I will stay high and other times I will go. The Spanish Moroccans had the custom to sing it high all the times while the rest of Morocco went low and then went high right at the end.

For Kadish, this is where the Spanish Moroccans take control. They have a gorgeous tune beginning with the last stanza hizku ve'gilu and continue it into kadish. The French Moroccan hazan will just repeat hizku ve'gilu in the same tune as Ahot Ketana and continue the kadish that way. In my synagogue I open with the Spanish Moroccan way and then the second half of Kadish I switch to the traditional tune of Ahot Ketana.



Comments

  1. I am so excited to have come across your website. You have a beautiful voice. Thank you for sharing all these piyoutim.- Rivkah

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Selihot Lema'ancha Elohai - סליחות למענך אלהי

This song is recited every morning during Selihot, in addition to Shaharit of Yom Kippur. The tune is practically the same among all Sepharadim.

Ki Eshmera Shabbat (Rasd Dil) w/Shavat Aniyim - כי אשמרה שבת (רצד דיל) עם ראו בנים

Parashat Vayehi marks the end of the Book of Bereshit. The poets of Morocco used this opportunity to create some of the nicest tunes our Bakashot has to offer. The hymns associated with Vayehi are well known even to the beginner. Their sweet melodies are used time and time again throughout the year because they are easy to learn and fit well with the Tefila. This tune of Ki Eshmera Shabbat was taken from the original song Tuvu Lilah Ya Nas which I've included in a picture below. In this recording I sing the piyut and adapt it to Shavat Aniyim. It fits well with: Lecha Dodi El Adon Adon Olam Yidgal La'el Baruch Rau Banim....or any other quatrain song. The maqam of this song as well as with most piyutim from Bakashot Parashat Vayehi is Rasd Dil.

Lechu Neranena - לכו נרננה

Immediately following Shir Hashirim ( HERE ), the custom of many Jews around the world is to sing Tehilim chapters 95-100, collectively known as Lechu Neranena. Each psalm corresponds to one day of the week and then we directly proceed to sing "Mizmor LeDavid" corresponding to Shabbat. Ashkenazim recite the psalms to themselves, while Moroccans sing it to this traditional melody of Tehilim.