Shabbat songs, also known as zmirot, are poetic songs customarily sung at the Shabbat meals. They are often written by famous rabbis. Most songs are typically designated for a specific meal.

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What book would be a good reference for prayer melodies?

When davening at different synagogues, I notice that some use different melodies for songs (eg: El Adon, Hallel, L'kha Dodi) as well as different nusach (in the sense of melodies for brachot used for ...
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Custom of singing Aishes Chayil before kiddush

It seems that not everyone [always] sang/sings Aishes Chayil with Sholom Aleichem at the Friday night Shabbos table. When and how did the custom of singing Aishes Chayil at the table begin? Who ...
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Rav Moshe's Chanuka additions to Baruch Hashem Yom Yom

This morning in Shul I saw a pamphlet that said as follows. The song Boruch Hashem Yom Yom, the sixth stanza is referring to Chanuka. It said in this pamphlet that Rabbi Moshe Feinstein Zatzal would ...
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When is OK to repeat words or lines in prayer?

I have read several questions and answers on here regarding repeating words in prayer, but they do not answer why some common repetitions are allowable. Some examples: 1) During the Torah service, ...
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Shalom Aleichem — “shuvchem” instead of “tzeitchem”?

I've heard a setting of the song "Shalom Aleichem" that, in the last verse, says "shuvchem" instead of "tzeitchem", with the explanation that instead of asking the malachim to leave as soon as they ...
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Can We Sing Zemirot Outside of Shabbat?

Can we sing zemirot outside of Shabbat? I just started working at a Jewish preschool, and I thought it would be a nice way to build community in my classroom. I love the songs like Hashkiveinu, Shalom ...