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Whatever is best for you. It is probably best to learn aloud but if not, start with music. There is no chisaron (loss) of the amount of reward or quality. If you learn best with music, go for it. Eventually, try to build up to a level where you can shteig and not need the music. I recommend asking your rebbi or rav though, each case is different.


Salamone de Rossi, a renaissance composer, wrote an Adon Olam. The base line sounds like the modern tune to my ears. YouTube link.


When The Village Stompers first released it in 1963, we believed that it was indeed an instrumentalization of (an already existing tune for) Adon Olam. I do not know if they ever "officially" announced it as such, but it seemed obvious (to us) that it was the same. I do know that we used it at summer camp. I think that the summer camp was the summer before, ...


According to some research done by the zemereshet website, the song originated in a German cigarette company commercial ("Salam Alaikum" was its name), and performed by a Turkish band (they actually say "we smoke Salam Alaikum", and if you look at the commercial's slides, you're in for a weird experience). Later, in 1943, the same tune was found in an ...


According to this book, page 194, many of the "early Israeli" folktunes such as the one you mention were influenced by the culture of the early immigrants. This song comes from roughly the same era as the popular "Hava Nagila". "Heveinu Shalom Aleichem's" tune originated from a Hassidic tune. The words "Shalom Aleichem" are mentioned most notably as part of ...

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