I would just like to know - is there a mesorah for Tehillim trop for Ashkenazim? I know that there is a Sefaradi one (I have heard them) but I would like to know if there is any Askenazi one. Thank you.


There was an Ashkenazi Tehillim trop mesorah, but it was lost about half a century ago:

R' Yisroel Rabinovich of Monsey, NY, is a master baal koreh and baal dikduk. He told me that as a young Yerushalmi boy, he met the last living man who knew the Ashkenazi cantillations for Tehillim. Unfortunately, at the time, neither R' Rabinovich, nor anyone else around, was interested enough in kriah to take note of this mesorah.

  • I doubt he would call himself a "master baal koreh". – Double AA Apr 1 '14 at 19:45
  • @DoubleAA Why don't you ask him? (He is aware that he knows how to lain better than most experienced baalei koreh – spoke with him about it.) He is very sought-after, and leins thrice each shabbes. He leins in accordance with all klalei dikduk; dagesh chazak and kal, shva's, chaf/ches, ayin/alef, etc. People flock to him for parshas zachor! – Adám Apr 3 '14 at 17:27
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    Then he would probably call himself a "master baal keriyah". – Double AA Apr 3 '14 at 17:28
  • Does he do teimoni pronunciations n trop? – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Apr 3 '14 at 19:49
  • @MoriDoweedhYaa3gob Pronpunciations of Ayin and Ches, yes. He knows Dhaledh, Ghimel, and Thav, but doesn't use them in public. He has two pronunciation schemes that I have heard him use. One is for general and audience use, the other for deoraysa use (shma, zachor, birkas hamazon...). – Adám Apr 3 '14 at 20:24

There is an ashkenazi trop for Tehillim, Mishlei, and Iyov (טעמי אמ"ת) but it was reconstructed from the Sephardic tradition. KAJ in Washington Heights chants Tehillim 29 with that trop on Friday nights. You can buy software to learn Ta'amei emet, and find sample mp3s from the software here.

  • That recording is the same as in the link I posted in a comment under the question. It is a reconstructed trop, not original. – Double AA Apr 1 '14 at 21:20
  • @DoubleAA If it was reconstructed then it should be the same as the original -- in an ideal world, anyway. Was it reconstructed or merely constructed? – msh210 Apr 2 '14 at 1:23
  • @msh210 Attempted reconstruction? As I understand it, it was made by listening to the recordings of three different Syrians reading the Tehillim and kind of mixing it up together. Something like that. – Double AA Apr 2 '14 at 2:31
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    @DoubleAA, ah, so a m'kubal/nimsar one (at least pretty much), but not Ashkenazically. – msh210 Apr 2 '14 at 2:53
  • So it isn't Authentic Ashkenazus then but I would argue that if that's what's used by contemporary Ashkenazim to lein tehillim, it is now the Ashkenazic trop. I will edit to include that information – Yitzchak Apr 2 '14 at 16:43

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