Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tonight is Chai [the 18th of] Elul, yahrzeit of the Maharal of Prague, as well as the Birthday of the Founder of Chassidus, the Baal Shem Tov, and the Founder of Chabad Chassidus, Rebbe Schneur Zalman of Liadi. One person who combines both the music of the Baal Shem Tov and Chabad is Mike Tabor, whose "Jewish Soul" album [pictured above] features a rare niggun of the Baal Shem Tov [second tune on the link], as well as a number of Chabad tunes: "Inner Thoughts," V'Somachta, Utzu Eitza, a Farbrenghen Niggun, and a Yiddish tune, "Vos darf mir sorgen?" Very interesting, too, is the Bandit's Niggun [first tune], which was discovered by a friend of Mike's on a trip to Eastern Turkey, upon being ambushed by a band of... Bandits!
Mike Tabor is also known as "Reb Shlomo Carlebach's man in Manchester," and indeed, he was very close to Reb Shlomo. This album has been out for some time, but well worth ordering from Arc Music in Britain. Enjoy!