I heard a niggun for ma nishtana this year (my recording here) that goes "ma-a-a nish-ta-na ha-a-a-a-layla ha-la-ayla-a-a-ha-ze" that apparently might be from somewhere in Poland and was on Yiddish records in the 50s/60s)

I'm wondering if anyone recognizes it or knows where it is from. Thanks!

  • +1 for the beautiful voice. The niggun is slightly reminiscent of Frere Jacques towards the end
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Apr 10, 2023 at 15:07
  • @RabbiKaii Thanks!
    – ak0000
    Apr 10, 2023 at 15:26

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The song is a chassidic niggun for Mah Nishtanah, I don't have more information on the historical background.

It is on Lchaim Tish by Yosef Moshe Kahana. available here https://open.spotify.com/track/5vapru0AWJzBe6wDd8x1Jt?si=7831430f61864a1e. or here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp6pJOV1lkw on the track of Mah Nishtanah

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  • are all songs on L'Chaim Tish Belz?
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Apr 10, 2023 at 15:42
  • I think the melody for the "ma nishtana halayla haze" is correct, but the niggun I heard had a similar continuation whereas this one goes into the seperate yiddish "four questions" melody and I'm curious if anyone has the full original. Thanks!
    – ak0000
    Apr 10, 2023 at 15:44
  • @RabbiKaii edited. I thought it was but to in case i am wrong i changed Apr 10, 2023 at 15:55

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