Rav Elyashiv apparently utilized a distinctive melody when learning. Are there any extant recordings, either audio or video, of this melody?


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I've found this video of R' Elyashiv learning at home.

There is also this much longer video (with better audio), but the first 8:15 of this one is dubbed over with music.

Although it's longer, watch the second one, or leave it playing in the background while you do other work/learn, because you're right, in the recording he does hum and chant his learning with a tune that is somewhat different from the standard chanting commonly heard in most Batei Midrash in which I've learned.

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    There is "standard chanting"? I've heard unique melodies from many people, not just gedolim. I also have a unique melody. Maybe you do to? Maybe everyone else. I suppose however this question was merely to obtain information rather than pointing out anything unique? Or perhaps both.
    – Yehoshua
    Feb 14, 2013 at 13:38
  • @Yehoshua, I couldn't really tell you how many people have a unique melody. I don't think I'm consistent in how I learn, though most of the time I whisper; I'm pretty Makpid about pronunciation, as you may have gathered from my writing style, and if I'm not totally sure how a word is pronounced, I get self-conscious. Still, there is certainly a common chanting tune used by many, many Talmidim in Yeshivah. By the way, that was my +1 on your comment.
    – Seth J
    Feb 14, 2013 at 13:53
  • I think I remember when I was in Cheider in Israel the tune was just like the one Rav Elyashiv ZS"L was using here. Feb 14, 2013 at 16:19

here is one from about 30 years ago.


very beautiful



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