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


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 '13 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 '13 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. – Hacham Gabriel Feb 14 '13 at 16:19

here is one from about 30 years ago.


very beautiful



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