Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Getting in the Spirit of Kol Nidrei

As we get ready for Kol Nidrei tonight, here is some music to get you back into the High Holy Day spirit.  

First, courtesy of Be'chol Lashon, we have a Sephardic piyut or hymn recited at the start of Erev Rosh Hashanah, entitled Ahot Ketana.  The lyrics are in Ladino, the Spanish-dialect that is the Sephardic equivalent of Yiddish (Yiddish being the language of Ashkenazi Jews), and the singer and songwriter is Consuelo Luz, who is Chilean-Cuban.  According to the write-up, she "explores her Sephardic roots adapting ancient Jewish prayers and ballads from Spain, the Mediterranean and the Middle East into new 'World Music' style songs in a passionate marriage of Jewish and Latin soul."

For something a little more traditional, the Amonai Shamati is described as a "beautiful, pleading Sephardic High Holy Day piyut recited on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur before the Amidah."  This "traditional Moroccan melody is sung by Eyal Bitton."

And now for something completely different, there is Jew Man Group doing their "kosher" remix of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" with Star Wars-style titles and Star Trek imagery.  Entitled "Kol Nidrei" appropriately enough, you may have to watch it over on YouTube by clicking on the link they provide, due to copyright issues and depending on where you're watching from, but if you do, we'll still be here when you're done.

Now that was a lot of fun, wasn't it? And a great message, to boot!  And with that, we at Congregation Adas Emuno wish you an easy fast, and may you be sealed in the Book of Life for a good year for 5773!  Look for our next post tomorrow evening, with music to break the fast by!

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