Friday, December 28, 2012

Anim Zemoris - Hamadregot

At the end of this great shabbos video, is this song.

Shabbat Shalom.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"Landsmen!!!" • The Frisco Kid

The final possuk in today's Shir Shel Yom always reminds me of this movie: "Vayacheele-e-ehu mechelev chee-taaaaaw...umitzooor, dvash asbee-e-e-ekaaaaw..." But I can't find that particular clip :)

Shabbos kumt!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Heppiness • Tizmoret Amamit

The only disappointment is the lack of a WOOOOOOOOOOOONK-klunk tuba-and-snare ending so you can jump off the chair you're dancing on, fall to your knees and exhale.

HT:Shmuel, who originally sent "Tzomo, tzomo", which I could not find on Youtube. Check out their other stuff, including "Village" and "Light"

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ki Simachtani • Pirchei

Aaaaaaaand, welcome back to 1976. With us today, a group that preceded my childhood but languished on record well into it; songs heard around the Shabbos table still. Pirchei, layduz and jennelmin...

Monday, December 24, 2012

Didan (Victory Song) • 8th Day

Today is the best day that today will ever be.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Y-ah Ribon • Aaron Razel / Shir Tzion

Three things to hear:
  • The final syllable of each stanza is the first of the refrain "...lihachavaYAH ribon olam..."
  • "Ovad GIvurteich vitimhaya.." is an identical tenuah to minute 1:37 of Arturo Marquez's Danzon No. 2, conducted exquisitely ad lev hashamayim here by our hero Gustova Dudamel, who deserves an annual mention.
  • The sound of Shabbos!!!
  • Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh • MBD / Ein Od Milvado

    In Hilchos Kedusha (Orech Chaim, 125:3), the Alter Rebbe quotes this entire passage as a "smach" for the custom to lift our feet during the words "Kadosh", "Boruch" and "Yimloch". So, of course, it took us eight times longer than usual to get through the se'if.

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Bird of Hope • MBD/Vichol Maaminim

    Ohhhh, Hashem! Please bring us hope for tomorrow! (And for Friday too!)

    HT:MM, AF, MBD

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Jews of Silence • Tzlil V'zemer 3

    This post could be any of a half-dozen songs relevant to today. But it will be something that our Shliach Tzibbur was humming while wrapping up his Tallis. It is relevant in some sense to the just-passed Chanukah holiday, the present Hey Teves celebration and the court hearing that is happening today to stop the pending ban on traditional Bris Mila. "Is that really the plan?" you ask. "To ban Bris Mila?" Let's not find out. Let's not be silent, so we'll never be silenced.

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    Yizkereim • MBD / We Are One

    The ninth day of Chanukah is when we take it all in and shine outward.

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    Lichtalach • Tzlil V'zemer

    This is the third, but never the last time that this song is posted (previously posted in 2008 and 2010). Because, really, "Aier faier is heilig un taier!"

    Rock on, Jews! Be happy, be bright, be lightful!

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Eililulilu • Yossele Rosenblatt

    My bubby sang it to my mom, my mom sang it to me, b'sheim my bubby. I have to master it so I can sing it to my-lilulilu.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    Ko Echsof • Yehuda Green

    Thank you, people who watch, listen and smile, and thank you for telling me about it every now and then. Here's Yehuda Green, Chassidishe neshama, singing Koh Echsof. It is either his own heart-stopping composition, or I am missing an obvious link...

    Why today? Because it's an addictive song that I don't deserve to be hooked on alone. But also because today is Wednesday. On Wednesday we recite the verses "Lechu Niranina" in Shir Shel Yom.

    The Frierdiker Lubavitcher Rebbe teaches: An explanation of the three verses beginning l'chu n'ran'na, in a manner meaningful to everyone, is as follows: Wednesday, we begin thinking: What will we have for Shabbat? This is a concern in the literal sense and also spiritually, "how can we Shabbos" (i.e. make a real Shabbat)? After all, every person is quite different on Shabbat than on a weekday. So we become a bit despondent. The solution is l'chu n'ran'na ("Come let us sing"), have faith, trust. Comes Thursday, it is now closer to Shabbat and we still have nothing. It doesn't seem to "n'ran'na" so easily and we realize we must do something. So we study Chassidus Thursday night, so that by Friday we sense the depth of "...for the L-rd is a great G-d and a great King1..."; and with this a Jew "can Shabbos." Original Yiddish.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    Hanimtza Ka'zeh? • Aaron Razel

    The last pasuk of yesterday's Chitas. One of the first Tenuos that opened me to Razeler Chassidus, c. 1998. (He used to play the Motza'i Shabbos Kumzitz circuit in Tzfas עיה"ק תובב"א.) It took a decade before I became a Chassid.

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    Haneiros Halalu • The Chassidic House Party feat. Choni G

    If ShirShelYom exists for a single reason, that single reason is this. For a quick-fix, watch from 5:05, then again from 7:05.

    The Chassidic House Party has arrived for very, very good, my friends. Recorded on Samsung Galaxy by SSY Contibutor Levi.

    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Matisyahu - Happy Hanukkah

    Published on Nov 19, 2012
    Matisyahu "Happy Hanukkah" (New Song)
    All Proceeds through the End of Hanukkah will be donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief. For more info visit:

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    I am by no means a Matisyahu "fan", but this one I like.

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Lamma Balue • 8th Day

    Welcome back, Divshare! We missed you bad! a

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Memories • Avraham Fried and MBD

    Pretty much the best Jewish concert, period. Ohel Concert 5768 (1998)

    I'm always struck by Fried's subtle change of lyric to reflect his Chabaditude: "There is little I can say or do..." (Originally "There is nothing...")

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Al Naharos Bavel - Shlomo Simcha

    Been waiting three days to post this.

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Hottie Kutaradi • Pronunciation Manual

    Commercial Interruption. This channel is so very funny! First watch a couple of PronunciationBook videos of which this is a hilarious parody.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Uf Gozal • Arik Einshtein

    What a story, what a voice.

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Dor Mitzuyan - Oif Simchas

    Lipa makes me want to listen to this:

    No. That's not a compliment.

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    Mizrich, Mizrich • Lipa

    Know that someone commented "Shmeltzedik!" on Youtube. You. Have. The. Right. To. Know.

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    Yismechu • MBD

    Remember the 70s? Good shabbos. I'd rather pray and sing!

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    K'ayol Taarog • Amram Fleece

    From "Shtar Hatano'im", a blockbuster recording that has yet to be fully appreciated.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Pardes - Yitzchak Simcha

    Yep, someone paid to have this recorded.

    Shir Hamaalos • Sheya Rubinstein

    Iiiiiiiiiiiiiit's Terrible. Tune. TUESDAY!!!

    HT:MM who asked me "Who's that guy...kind of a Chazzan...only put out one recording--a pretty regular recording--he's got a kind of annoying voice but you kinda want to listen to him?"

    "Sheya Rubinstein?"

    On this track, I love Yossi Green's "Oz yimolei" harmony starting :58 and the "Yeilech uvocho" response bit later on. Actually, Yossi Green all over this song...

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    Shomer Yisroel • Tzlil V'zemer

    Volume 6. The let's-push-this-one-album-further album.

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Moidim • MBD

    Ahhh, the songs we sing at Shacharis!

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Lakol Zman • Tzlil Vezemer

    I dare you not to Ahhhhh! it.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Candles • HASC 25

    Composed by Abie Rotenberg. Amazingly unruined by the passage of time and the addition of Shloime Dachs.

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Yoshaiv • The Nochi Krohn Band

    Good Shabbos people of giving, of thinking, of thanks.

    It's.... THE NOCHI KROHN BAAAAAND!!! Loooooooooi...loi sira mipachad laylaaaaaa!

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Kesheyiladim • Yehuda Glantz

    Welcome home! It doesn't get much more beautiful.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    R' Mendel's Niggun • Avraham Fried

    From R' Mendel Morosow. What else is there to say?

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Nearim Lo Mesaprim - Chaim Velador

    It's Terrible Tune Tuesday!

    Go vote!

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Ezkera Niginati Balayla • Piamenta

    Tehillim, 77 for the 15th day of the month. From the wonderfully named "Big Time!" recording.

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Ata Kadosh • Adi Ran

    Bidrachim rabot halachti... Chassidus views the command to Avram, "Lech Lecha", as a command to the holy Neshama to descend from Essential Truth into the highest truth of a physical existence. And also as the ascent from the world of Terach into the highest physical truth. And when we do both, bringing our neshamos into this bodily world and raising our feet to dance higher, higher, higher, the whole shebang gets lifted.
    Based on Maamer Vayomer Hashem El Avram, delivered from the Lubavitcher Rebbe's room in 1977

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Lech Lecha/Lo Nazuz • Dedi

    Go, go, go and stay forever! Happy Parshas Lech Lecha.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    The Question of Noach • R' Shlomo Carlebach

    Thinking is a quieter form of singing.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Shlichei Mitzva • Piamenta

    Lech lecha, go. Shlichei Mitzva einan nizakin.

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    Matt Corby - Brother [Stripped Back Version]

    Very interesting uses of his voice. Love it.

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    David the King • Avraham Rosenblum

    "And like a wiiiii-llow..."

    Good shabbos, good shabbos!

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Geshem Kaved Omed Lipol • Aviv Geffen

    Today's Hayom Yom: "[It became clear to Chassidim that] the Alter Rebbe meant for them to 'Live with the times' by living with each day of the weekly Parsha." This is actually better suited to Monday then, but enjoy!

    UPDATE: This is a cover of a Hebrew cover of Bob Dylan's "A hard rain's a-gonna fall:

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Tzei Min Hateiva • Aaron Razel

    The Chassidic Masters explain: Noach was instructed to board his boat and board it up,rejecting everything that threatened his values. This is what we do all of our lives; we close the door and study; we close the door and pray; we close the door and shut out what does not belong inside our inner inner sanctum.

    Then, Noach was instructed to leave the Ark. Not only that he may now stop hiding from the world, but that he must now run into it... him, his wife and his two sons with them; bring out the animals two-by-two and seven-by-seven; let them roam and run free and spread the news of an ark that saves.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Yona Matz'a Manoach! • Kol Achai

    Welcome back. Viyaakov Holach Lidarko... Today's portion of Chumash tells the story of this dove that finally found rest. You too.

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Viliyerushalayim Ircha • I.M. Helfgott

    C'mon, it was after the second dance...

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    L'keil Asher Shovass • MBD

    Wow! Why haven't we yet?

    Good Shabbos. Gmar Chasima Tova. Have a great day so your week is great so your season is superb so your year is excellent and have a sweet good year!

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Hamaavir Banav (Licha Anu Shira) • Yudi Cohen

    "So how was it dueting 'Licha Anu Shira' with a world-renowned Chazzan?"
    Pretty satisfying.

    Originally David Koussevitzky's.

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Hamelech - Berel Mockin

    Ready or not, here it comes.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    I Set My Place Here • Aaron Razel

    It's...Terrible Tune TUESDAY!!!

    In fairness, of course, this is an excellent tune with creative lyrics. It's just that, I'm Chabad, and yes, "Yesh harbei shluchim laMakom" and all that, but, like, it's just a tiny bit ludicrous, you know, as Chabadies might see it.

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Friday, September 7, 2012

    Oseh Shalom • Arkansas Freed

    V'al kol Yisroel, vimru amen.

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Holy Man • Isaac Bitton

    For Chai Elul, which has passed, and for a new Yisroel just born and brissed. Mazel tov, E&GW!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Nafsheinu Chiksa • Shlomo Carlebach
    Live in Concert at Brooklyn College

    This song's been sitting on my brain these last few days. Now it is on yours. :)

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Lo Yaavod • Yaakov Shwekey

    Impressive video concept and execution!

    **Tech Block**

    The upload software is currently down. Will post soon, bez"h!

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Ashamnu • Shlomo Carlebach

    First 2 minutes: awesome intro, awesome nussach. At 2 minutes: Nafshenu chiksa. At 6:35: Niggun Nachamu. At 10:01, cut-off. I think these are two different recordings: 1) Ashamnu and 2) Nafshenu/Nachamu.

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    B'chol Leebi - Mendy Werdyger

    Yay, it's Terrible Tune Tuesday!

    At War • Yitzchak Simcha

    There are worse recordings out there, I'm sure. Well, I'm not positive. The sick thing is that there are some really promising lyrics in here. Find 'em.

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    Ani Lo Misugal • Yehuda Glantz

    It's taken me all day because there are very many tracks on this recording that are worth sharing. The main point, though, is that the songs on this album are all re-worked (translated, formatted, melodized) teachings of R' Shlomo Carlebach. Which are, in turn, teachings of Judaism with the particular influence of Chassidus.

    Exhibit A: One who tells Hashem "Leave me alone. You don't have to watch me constantly." Hashem says: "Biseder gamur, have a nice day!" [As for me:] oy, Aibishter, I can't do this without you.

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    May You Blessed • 8th Day

    aka, Eishes Chayil.

    What eventually excited me was the time taken to think about, translate and explain the meaning of "Vatakam b'od layla," in terms of what the actual devotion of a Jewish mother is and how impressive it is.

    So, thank you to my Jewish wife, mother of our Jewish daughter, for staying up at night, so I can sing this song to you in the morning. (Do you see what I did there?)

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Kichitzim Biyad Gibor • Aaron Razel

    One more to drive Peretz off the cliff in search of a little solid rhythm. You'll find it at 3:12.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    Niggun Simcha • Akiva ben Horin

    The name I have seen countless times... scrolling through my music drive, quickly past the Aidan & Dotan and past Aleichem V'aleinu (Oif Simchos). And this has been sandwiched between those two all these years. Listen to him breathe between fluting. A keyboard cannot well replicate that sound.

    And see/hear him in a 1991 recital.

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Mo Oshiv • Avshalom Speed (Harei Yehuda)

    We met Harei Yehuda in this post. In short, Abie Rotenberg and friends sang to benefit a mutual friend who was stricken with Parkison's. This is Archibald Heed singing his participation.

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    R' Michel Zlotchover's Niggun • Israel Edelson

    For Yammo, wherever it may be. Good Shabbos!

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Kol Nidre - Perlman and Helfgott

    Can I be the next one to add the HH tag?
    The CD is being released by SONY on Sept 4th HaShata.

    HT: YA

    Nafshenu Katzipor • Aaron Razel

    Peretz commented on the non-flow of yesterday's post. It is a family thing.

    As I recall, Aaron Razel used to jam on Motza'ei Shabbos in random homes and shuls in Tzfas, 1999. He released a recording that year called "Hasneh bo'er"—the Bush is Burning. It was musically original as an acoustic, Jewish, solo-artist, non-Aderet-distributed act. I think it was also lyrically and conceptually original for its reliance on  story/message scripture in addition to the prayer/praise scripture. Examples are "Tzei min hateiva" "Ha'sneh bo'er" "Hayinu kicholmim."

    More recently, Aaron composed "Lev Echad" for Yeedle and "B'inyan hasimcha" for MBD, both "alternative" in music and concept relative to "typical" Super Star Singer Stuff, but always eidel, Jewish and good.

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Katonti • Yonatan Razel

    Sruly M. emailed this new mellow and melodic track last night.

    My first thoughts: Excellent background listen. Potentially excellent period.

    As both Razel brothers have separately proven to be thoughtful composers—inspired by and inspiring to the Chassidic soul of life—I am fine with "reading into" this whole thing like a three-part niggun.

    The low part is simple and structured, almost simple enough to be any low part on any slow song of any "Smashing New Superstar Singer", but with a few note-twists that remind me of JEP (hear 1:05).

    Often, a slow start from a proven musician is a sign of a great punchline to come. Indeed, besides for the fact that the composer called this song "Katonti", I think it is about "Hatzileni Na." These words are where the emotion and prayer come in. As if to say "it's true that I feel meritless; and it's true that I may be meritful; but Save me on Your terms, G-d!"

    Following the prayer is the self-assurance, "Ki chasdecha gadol"—You have saved me before and You will hold me again. Orchestra, gospel, understated but very full.

    Your thoughts?

    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Ki Anu Amecha • Israel Edelson

    And we blessed Chodesh Elul. Here is the first HH tag of the season :)

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    A gutten EREV Erev Shabbos!

    In the final minutes of 1442, I say: thank you for your love, your warmth, and all your music. See you on Monday, bez"h! Meshane makom, meshaneh mazal litova vilivrocha!


    Jo Amar: Yismach Moshe

    Yevarechecha Medley • Avraham Fried
    Live in Israel

    Great songs. Great singing. Ah, the good old Fried!

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    Adon Olam - Sruli Ginsburg

    Perfectly Pleasant. Well done Guy I Never Heard Of!

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    Yehuda Green • Holy Brothers (Tayre Brider)

    Three-of-three. PUMP IT, BROTHA!

    Also, I found an actively publishing blog with fewer clicks than ours! (Checked their Sitemeter for fun.) Check our for cool yellow, cooler yellow on highlight, and several excellent posts.

    Good Shabbos!

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    The Return • Avraham Fried

    The second of the First-Rate songs that I referenced yesterday. After davening, I was apparently humming the intro to this song. "Dijon" commented that "this intro is one of the best intros in Jewish music period. It is it's own song!" And I thought, Yeaah. It kinda is and it kinda is.

    But it wasn't yesterday's Shir Shel Yom.

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Binu Bo'arim • Yitzchak Fuchs

    This is the first of three #1 blockbusting songs that came to mind this morning. But it's the only one that is from today's Shir Shel Yom.

    Now let's hope I both remember and still love the other two when it comes down to it...

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Ribono Shel Olam • Moshe Schulhof
    Pierre Pinchik, composer

    A bit rushed, but certainly smooth and pleasant. Hits all the Pinchikities but with a little less precision.

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Hofachta • Avraham Fried

    In honor of Peretz. In honor of me.

    :'תהילים ל

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    V'Shomru (Carlebach) • Yehuda Solomon

    But I do have good news...

    Shabbos is coming, and we will sense the Beis Hamikdash in our hearts, so we will want the Beis Hamikdosh in our minds, so we will build the Beis Hamikdosh with our hands and see it with our own eyes and dance inside it, listen to its music and praise Hashem, Hallelu-y-a! Now!

    Have a joyous and meaningful Shabbos, easy and fast. If you must.

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Vehoyu Limshisa • THE Chevra

    "THE preeminent Jewish boy band today!"
    — Ber Boimel, Spotlight on Music

    Someone once told me that R' Shlomo Carlebach once noted to or about Avraham Fried "I don't mind if people copy my songs. I just mind if they ruin them." Or something.

    I think it was about this song. **Now more ruined than ever!**

    Ach, these 9 Days. Are you happy now, Roman conquerors? ARE YOU HAPPY NOW???

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Yedid Nefesh • Itsi Kleinfeld/Tzvi Silberstein

    The good thing about this song is that it is so exceptional that even a not very good acapella version is still technically pretty awesome. Cuz the song is, see.

    Itsi Kleinfeld was born in [Judenstrasse Shpitol] Antwerp, Belgium, [at 7:11 and 22 seconds] on October 7th, 1979. See more. I dare you.

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Shades of Acapella • Yossi Green - Shades of Green

    This track was naturally selected by the 9 Days themselves, which have proved surprisingly resilient in rejecting any *NSYNC, Bon Jovi or Mariah Perry in Jewish drag, a.k.a., AKA Pella. Grrrr.

    And then there is the beauty of the two songs selected for acapella treatment: 1) Min Hameitzar composed for Shlomo Simcha, and 2) Ki Chilatzta, which I had not heard before and do not know from outside of this track. Do You?

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Asader • Chabad Centennial Celebration

    It's not a song, it's an introduction to Shabbos. Gut Shabbos, Gut Chodesh!

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Ribon • Dedi

    Sorry for the delay in posting... I meant to not post, but then this came on. You just can't beat Dedi Day.

    Yossi Green harmonizes starting 1:53.

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Kobi's Lullaby - Oy Baby - The Schneiderman Sisters

    Sometimes you just gotta say thanks. (Kol Isha)

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    A Gezang fun'm Berditchever Rebbe'n • Mordechai Hershman

    לאמיר טאק'ע דערציילען די מעלות פון אונזער'ע אידעלעך!

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Good Shabbos!

    Three weeks of asking Why do we care?
    Three weeks of answering What do we know?
    Three weeks of learning What did we have?
    Three weeks of asking What will I do?

    Nachamu, nachamu ami, yomar Elokeichem.

    Good shabbos!

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Be Prepared • Y-Studs (Lion King)

    Peretz reminded me that we are now living within the three weeks between listening to lively music and listening to more lively music. Enjoy this acapella track.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    The Revelation Will Not Be Televised • Stereo Sinai

    Stereo Sinai is a husband and wife band from Chicago that rocks.