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Sunday, February 19, 2006


Dear Readers & Fellow Bloggers,

Tonight is the yahrzeit of the "Seraph" [fiery Angel] Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Kotzk. I've been searching for quite a while, both in sefarim and on the Web, for niggunim by him or his Chassidim, and haven't found anything but this:

"With less success later on did Chassidim, notably those of Kotzk and Ger, make use of the melodies of Schubert, Chopin and Verdi. That these melodies have been completely forgotten by the Chassidim is the best indication that they did not lend themselves to a reworking into the Chassidic mold." -- Velvel Pasternak, "Chassidic Music - an Overview" [found in Melodies of Modzitz, p. 14].

We know that the Chozeh of Lublin - one of the Kotzker's first Rebbeim, composed niggunim, and later, the dynasty of Ger which followed from Kotzk, has many precious niggunim, including beautiful marches and waltzes.

If anyone out there knows of either Kotzker or Pshischa niggunim, please let us know either by e-mail or in the Comments section, thanks!

In the late '60's when I was still in NY, I found myself at the 92nd St. Y listening to Eli Weisel lecture about the Kotzke Rebbe. It was the first time I ever heard anything like it.

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