Melodies

20 Mar 2019

A highlight of the Purim celebration is the public reading of the Book of Esther. Unlike many other Jewish communities, in the S&P tradition the Megillah is not read according to the...

1 Jan 2019

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 transit...

1 Jan 2019

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 s...

9 Jul 2018


For 100 years, an original manuscript containing the year-round order of prayers of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews of Bordeaux went missing.

     But in 2016, a copy was unexpectedly...

21 Apr 2017

Ha Lahma Anya (This is the Bread of Affliction) is one of the introductory paragraphs of the Haggadah, discussing the matzah and expressing the hope of freedom in the Land of Israel....

9 Feb 2017

Two Torah readings -- Parashat Beshallah and Parashat Yitro -- contain some of the most dramatic scenes in the early national life of the Jewish people. In Parashat Beshallah, we read...

15 Dec 2016

Many familiar and beloved melodies are associated with Hanukkah. This recording of the blessings over lighting the candles, followed by Psalm 30, “Mizmor Shir Hanukkat Ha-Bayit,” is s...

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...

10 Aug 2016

The Western Sephardic melodies for Tisha b’Ab, including the book of Ekhah (Lamentations) and the Kinnot (elegies), are unique, haunting, and beautiful. One of the most poignant Kinno...

22 Apr 2016

With Pesah approaching, below are several melodies recorded by the late Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo, an invaluable repository of the Spanish & Portuguese / Western Sephardic tradition,...

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