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The wife and i are interested in the various musical traditions of Biblical cantillation (aka trope, aka te'amim). However, finding reliable recordings of decent quality are always hit and miss. Does anyone know of online resources for learning to chant Torah?

Specifically, looking for resources for all the various traditions, whether Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Temani / Yemenite, or Mizrahi.

  • judaicapress.com/products/leining-master-mp3-cd is very well done, but it is only one 'nusach'. – Double AA May 17 '16 at 19:31
  • @DoubleAA Their "Sephardic" preview sounds very Ashkenazi. Quite amusing – Aaron May 17 '16 at 19:36
  • I think it just means Ashkenazi style read in "Sefaradit" AKA "Modern Hebrew". – Double AA May 17 '16 at 19:36
  • moryapp.co.il another for the list. Nosakh taimon. – ShamanSTK May 17 '16 at 19:36
  • It's funny that i have bookmarked almost all the online resources people have proferred up thus far. My hope was that by getting access to CDs there might be some older more original tunes. As for the Nosach Teiman website, i would love to hear the te'amim done with a simple zarqa table. – Aaron May 17 '16 at 19:38
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If you're willing to trade voice quality for a larger set of trop systems, take a look at Trope Trainer. It has a mechanical voice (not a recorded human voice) that you can use to hear any portion in any of a couple dozen trop systems. (You can also change the voice's pitch and speed to match your own voice, for people who are using this software to actually learn trop.) I've used the audio in the past, though these days I use this software mainly to print practice sheets. The audio has all the properties you'd expect of a computer-generated voice, but from what I've heard the trop is correct (for the tradition I learned) and consistent and the Hebrew pronunciation is correct.

Version 5.1.377 has the following entries on its menu of melodies:

  • Ashkenazic - Common Melody
  • Ashkenazic - Rossowsky
  • Ashkenazic - Rossowsky/Lipton
  • Ashkenazic - Binder
  • Ashkenazic - Binder/Mod 1
  • Ashkenazic - Binder/Mod 2
  • Ashkenazic - Avery/Binder
  • Ashkenazic - Avery/Binder High Sof Pasuq
  • Ashkenazic - Chabad
  • Ashkenazic - Spiro
  • Ashkenazic - Grob
  • Ashkenazic - Kreinces
  • Ashkenazic - British
  • Ashkenazic - Hungarian
  • Ashkenazic - Hungarian - Mod 1
  • Ashkenazic - Goldenberg
  • Ashkenazic - J. Jacobson
  • Ashkenazic - Landau
  • Ashkenazic - Spiro
  • Ashkenazic - Propis
  • Ashkenazic - Grob
  • Sephardic - Moroccan - Casablanca
  • Sephardic - Moroccan - (Idelsohn) [Idehlson isn't a comprehensive notation]
  • Sephardic - Syrian - Halab (Aleppo)
  • Sephardic - Moses-Gaster (Spanish-Portuguese)
  • Sephardic - Yerushalmi

I just noticed that they now have a Mac version, so I plan to upgrade my ancient Windows version that I've been running under emulation for years. The publishers of Trope Trainer accept submissions of melodies, so newer versions probably have more options than what I've listed here.

  • Waw very impressing. But it seems as if every family has his own nussach: Lando, spiro, jacobson. But in realty, this demonstrate that the nuances are in aa great spectrum. – kouty May 19 '16 at 4:42
  • @kouty, these are presumably those who recorded assorted customs. For example, Idelsohn, was a scholar of musical nusach – Noach MiFrankfurt May 19 '16 at 20:27
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As there hasn't been a lot of answers for Sephardi Nusach, i will post all the resources i have found for Sephardi sources:

Egyptian Nusach: Ahaba, Shaarei Shalom, Orah Saddiqim, Karaites.org

The Ahaba website is from an Egyptian synagogue in New York. There are many recordings and videos here. Many. There are several years' worth of Seder Tawhid, an Egyptian Jewish celebration on Rosh Chodesh Nisan (said to have been instituted by Avraham Ben haRambam). Three years of Slichot plus selections from a fourth. Several High Holiday tunes. Several kinot. Havdalah in a whole bunch of different maqamat. Torah and haftarah trope according to the Egyptian minhag (under the Hazzzanout section). All of Esther. Under R' Yosef Hamaoui Media there are even more recordings, including all of Psalms and a wedding service. The Shaare website also seems to have an Egyptian Hazzan, with much simpler melodies. The Orah website is from an Egyptian Karaite synagogue with Egyptian Karaite melodies. The melodies are related to the general Egyptian melodies shared by all Egyptian Jewry. The Karaites.org website has the entire Torah and Haftarah chanted by a new (and very good) Hazzan with very high quality recordings. Many of the melodies are the same as normal Egyptian Jewry, though the Revi'a is quite different.

Syrian/General Sephardic: Sephardic Hazzanut Project, Bar Mitzvah.com, Pizmonim.org, Shituf Piyut

The Sephardic Hazzanut Project contains Syrian and Sephardic recordings. The website went online in 2009 and has regular visitors from more than fifteen hundred cities around the world. It is exciting to see such interest in Sephardic hazzanut and we are very interested to hear about you and your community. As of September 2015, additional recordings and updates will be on the Sephardic Hazzanut YouTube Channel. The Bar Mitzvah website has te'amim lessons according to the Sephardi Yerushalmi tradition, as well as Morrocan and Ashkenazi. The pizmonim website has Torah readings for various traditions, usually giving you the names of the Hazzans. There's lots of material, so it's a lot to sift through. The Shituf Piyut is designed for people to submit their own recordings, so if you search through it you can find lots of interesting recordings, including te'amim.

Italian Nusach: Torah.it

Website is in Italian. Huge archive of Italian recordings, including Italian Torah Reading, Italian prayer nusach, and classes. There's a lot more there than I've been able to properly categorize, wade through if you're interested.

Moroccan Nusach: http://www.tht.co.il/, http://www.orshalommontreal.com/hazanout.html, Te'amim according to Itamar Malka, Te'amim according to the Darke Aboteinu Community

There are actually waaaay too many sources to just provide one link. So i will post various links to websites, as well as various youtube recordings. The Moroccans have done a great job of making an online presence. The Or Shalom synagogue website has two streaming players on the page with Moroccan nusach and music, one of which has a CD that can be downloaded. The one that can't be downloaded has several recordings of each part of the Friday night service, several parts of the Saturday morning service. However, you have to scroll through them to see them. The second player has music from a concert (the CDs can be downloaded, but there's no track information on them), which mostly includes piyutim (a couple from Havdalah) and features instrumental music as well.

Tunisian Nusach: http://www.rebbihaitaieblomet.org/, http://www.chivteisrael.com/piyoutim-hazanout/

The Rabbi Haitai website is for Tunisian synagogue in Paris, with quite a few recordings! I'm not sure why, but under Hazanoute, there are several recordings of the Kaddish and even more of the Kedushah, and they include Shabbat evening and morning. There are also a number of miscellaneous recordings, including piyutim, Sheva Brachot, havdalah, Shabbat morning, Brit Milah tunes, etc. Under Haguimes (Fêtes), aside from Torah and haftarah readings, there's Esther, the Haggadah in several recordings (including in Judeo-Arabic), Ruth, Eichah, and Slichot. Under Autres passages, there's Shir Hashirim, more Haggadah recordings, and a few other things like haftarah blessings and the Shema. The Chivtei Israel website has lots of recordings in the Tunisian, Moroccan, and Yerushalmi rites. There's also a few Egyptian songs there.

Iraqi Nusach: http://www.hibba.org/en/allmusics, http://www.spicereaders.com/reading-with-flavor-step-1/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh2ppJ2GzFk

The first website hibba has lots of musical recordings. The spice readers website has the te'amim according to Saeed Jalali, cantor at a an Iraqi synagogue in Los Angeles called Kahal Joseph. The last youtube video is a zarqa table according to the Iraqi tradition and Sephardi Yerushalmi tradition according to Moshe Chabusha, a world renowned Iraqi Chazzan. After the Zarqa table he does a proper reading of the Shema.

Yemenite / Temani Nusach: http://www.temoni.org/?cat=4, http://www.moryapp.co.il/

The Temoni.org website has lots of avrious recordings, but the entire website is in Hebrew. The Moryapp website has the weekly Torah and Haftarah reading in high quality with a scrolling Hebrew text that makes it easy to follow.

Libyan Nushach: Sfatai R'nanot

The website is Hebrew. This is an institute for the preservation of the traditions of Libyan Jews, and there are lots of recordings often with texts. There are Torah readings, but i've been unable to find a Zarqa table thus far. But they are organized on the side menu, and there is a search feature as well.

London and Amsterdam Sephardic Nusach: S&P Central

A big hub for various websites of the London and Amsterdamn Sephardic tradition. Follow the links to their various websites to get to the recordings.

  • FWIW, Italkim are not considered under either the Sephardi or Ashkenazi umbrellas and their community is older than either the S&P or the Jeckes – Noach MiFrankfurt May 19 '16 at 20:46
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I don't know about CDs, but you can use these great online resources!

Chabad.org offers recordings of all the Torah readings, according to the Lubavitch custom, of course. They are awesome and very educational.

Plus, if you want to learn trope yourself, please see this website: Learn Trope. I believe the trope they teach there is the traditional Ashkenazi version.

Again, here's another resource, also from Chabad.org: Interactive Torah Trainer

  • Chabad's "Interactive Torah Trainer" doesn't distinguish Kadma and Pashta, and it doesn't seem to pronounce Mappik Heys. I wouldn't recommend it. He also seems somewhat confused about Munach Legarmeihs. R Slavin too doesn't seem to distinguish between Shva Na and Nach (I'm not commenting on the way he does vowels which I assume is consistent with his tradition). – Double AA May 17 '16 at 19:19
  • Note all of these are Eastern Ashkenazi trope only. – Double AA May 17 '16 at 19:27
  • @DoubleAA I never said the Interactive Torah Trainer was reliable; after all, Rabbi Chaim B. Alevsky, who operates the trainer, is not a ba'al kriyah. The recordings of the readings that I listed first are the best, in my opinion, out of the ones I listed. – ezra May 17 '16 at 20:11
  • @DoubleAA Would you like me to remove my suggestion of the Interactive Torah Trainer? – ezra May 17 '16 at 20:11
  • That's up to you. You're the one who said "these great online resources!" The first recording listed isn't all that consistent with his trop (He tends to swallow Tipchas half the time, also doesn't distinguish Kadma and Pashta, has no discernible Merkha 80% of the time, among other things) – Double AA May 17 '16 at 20:32
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This is very very good. great choice of reading, cantilation, words, music. many combinations

This link is in English

This is a non-free program called Kol Kore to learn kriat hatora, all the options of nussach (at least 4) are present. It is for 4 NUSSACHAOT (ashkenazi Israeli, Ashkenazi Litay, Sfaradi Yerushalmi, Sfaradi Marokay). Very useful for children and parents.

  • All nussach are represented – kouty May 19 '16 at 4:26
  • kouty, there are more than 4 ways of doing Trop. You don't have Yekkish or Temani-Baladi listed for instance. – Double AA May 19 '16 at 4:36
  • @DoubleAA also Tunisay, tripolitay, polani, ok ok. and don't forget Italiani... – kouty May 19 '16 at 4:38
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This is a stellar site if you haven't seen it.

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    Hi Razim, and welcome to Mi Yodeya. A link only answer isn't really a good answer for this site. If you could summarize what the site has and why it answers the question, it would be much better. – Yishai Aug 30 '16 at 21:53
  • I think it's a good answer, but with the specification that the Yemenite tradition is not included. – ephraim helfgot Aug 31 '16 at 0:15

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