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Sunday, September 23, 2007


Shlomo Katz's Alt-Neu Niggun

I really wanted to post Shlomo's "VeHaKohanim" before Yom Kippur, as the words are from the Yom Kippur "Avoda" [service of the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur] which we recite at Musaf [the additonal service] of YK, but time was too tight.

In any case, a few comments: I refer to it as an Alt-Neu [old-new] niggun, because the first part is very similar to part of an old Ropshitzer waltz, that Shlomo Katz could very well have heard from R. Shlomo Carlebach, or elsewhere. The second part, "Hayu korim" [they bowed] is the newer part and quite original. This is the title song of Shlomo's CD, about a year old now.

I post it now as we are going from the post-Yom Kippur joy of atonement for our sins, to the full Joy and Simcha of Chag HaSukkos. In addition, those of us in Eretz Yisrael will soon enjoy the mass Birkas Kohanim [priestly blessing] at the Kosel HaMa'aravi, the Western Wall, this Sunday...Meanwhile, enjoy the video above!

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