Shirat Ha-Yam, Az Yashir

February 9, 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 Shirat ha-Yam (Song of the Sea) and the following week in Parashat Yitro we read the ‘Aseret ha-Dibberot (Ten Commandments). The S&P tradition distinguishes these readings with special te'amim (musical notes). Below are recordings of these two distinctive sections:
Shirat ha-Yam – fourth aliyah of Parashat Beshallah
Sung by Rabbi Ira Rohde, Hazzan of Congregation Shearith Israel, New York
‘Aseret ha-Dibberot – sixth aliyah of Parashat Yitro
Sung by Rabbi Rohde
Shirat ha-Yam, which begins with the words “Az Yashir,” is also a familiar part of the daily, Sabbath, and holiday Shaharit liturgy, with its own distinctive and beloved tune that is also used for Baruch Haba in Hallel and for Bendigamos. Below are three local variants, from Amsterdam, Bordeaux, and London.  
Az Yashir liturgical tune, Amsterdam tradition
Sung by the late Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo (1914-2006), a native of Amsterdam, and later Hazzan of Congregation Shearith Israel
Az Yashir liturgical tune, Bordeaux tradition
Sung by Hazzan Adolphe Attia
Az Yashir liturgical tune, London tradition
Historical recording, 1950s






















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