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Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur

Two poetic and musical highlights of the High Holidays are Et Sha’are Ratzon on Rosh Hashana and E-l Nora Alilah on Kippur. Below are various versions from some of the S&P communities which we hope you will enjoy: Et Sha’are Ratzon Written by R. Judah ibn Abbas in the 12th century, this hymn dramatically re-tells the story of the binding of Isaac and is sung as an introduction to the Shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah. Rabbi Jonathan Cohen notes that the musical motif is identical to the version common among Moroccan Jewry. However, the S&P versions then develop the theme musically into three variations as you will hear below: New York (Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo and Shearith Israel choir): htt

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