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Concluding the Sabbath - Habdallah

On Saturday night at the conclusion of Shabbat, we recite the Habdalah or “Separation,” including prayers over wine, fragrant spices, and the light of the candle, and mark the transition back to the weekday. Again, the S&P melody appears in close variants in communities around the world: Amsterdam (Dr. A. Alvares Vega) http://www.chazzanut-esnoga.org/all_material/banden_die_niet_op_CD_staan/LexAVega_aanvulling_NN/mp3/Habdala.mp3 London (Rev. Halfon Benarroch) http://www.spmusic.org/files/ShabbatEnd/p138h_Zakhur_Letov.mp3 http://www.spmusic.org/files/ShabbatEnd/p141a_Savri_Maranan.mp3 London (Rabbi Jonathan Cohen) http://web.nli.org.il/sites/nlis/he/Song/Pages/Song.aspx?SongID=991#8,136

Greeting the Sabbath: Lekha Dodi

On Friday evening as we welcome Shabbat, we sing the beautiful 16th-century hymn by Rabbi Shelomo Ha-Levi Alkabetz, Lekha Dodi – “Come, my beloved, to welcome the bride.” There are several recordings of the familiar S&P tune for Lekha Dodi from communities around the world, demonstrating some regional variation: Amsterdam (Hazzan S. Nunes Nabarro) http://www.chazzanut-esnoga.org/Old1/MP3/2b-0.28.mp3 Curacao http://web.nli.org.il/sites/nlis/he/Song/Pages/song.aspx?songid=55#8,136,3043,1678 Florence (Fernando Procaccia) http://www.archivio-torah.it/audio/LeoLevi/077.mp3 Gibraltar (synagogue choir) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIxhVgDuLJ8&list=UUAejUFDBq49setnTx2wZGnw London (Rev.

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