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I keep the whole Sefira, and I've been having a most difficult time this year (already!) because for the first time, I am trying only to listen to Jewish music.

The first goal of this question is to collect recommendations for good, anti-depressing, preferably upbeat and catchy, Torah-themed music that is suitable for Omer listening: that is, it shouldn't involve instruments (except for the human voice and body). (Music with female singers is welcome, but it should be identified by you as such -- thanks!)

And since others might profit from non-Torah-themed a cappella, too -- preferably, but not necessarily, by Jewish songwriters and performers -- I'd invite recommendations for that sort of music, too. I'll kick that effort off with two lists: this one (kol isha) and this one (female voices in some songs).

What are your recommendations? Thanks guys!

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    See also judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7002 – msh210 Apr 20 '17 at 22:26
  • You're looking for listings of live performances? In what area? – Double AA Apr 20 '17 at 22:38
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    Chances are that if you shop in a Jewish supermarket, you would be hearing A Cappela music during sefira. I don't necessarily recommend that you shop all day long, there, but, here's an idea - while shopping, you could approach the store owner and ask them where they're getting they're music from. (I'll wager that it's being streamed from some "radio" station!) – DanF Apr 21 '17 at 17:46
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    @SAH it is not clear that listening to any recorded music is prohibited, but it is also not clear that a capella should be different than any other music yeshiva.co/midrash/shiur.asp?id=2262 – wfb Apr 21 '17 at 18:14
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The Maccabeats. Six13. The Ystuds are all jewish accapella groups.

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JewishMusic.FM has a whole list of [Jewish] acappella music.

My personal recommendations from there include the Maccabeats and Lev Tahor. I'm familiar with AKA Pella, Six13, Beatachon, and the Chevra's acappella album -- some is good, some not. But hopefully there's enough in this list to last through sefira for you.

  • That's a great link; thank you. I'm so happy to have found Shlockapella, I'm cringing (especially "We've Got A Strong Desire" and "Every Little Thing We Eat is Milchig") – SAH Apr 21 '17 at 14:19
  • ...and "Samson's Flowing Hair" (of course) – SAH Apr 21 '17 at 14:20
  • Not every Lev Tahor album is acappella - only volumes 1 and 3 – Jay Apr 23 '17 at 2:46
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I also recommend the album 'Kol Zimra Sings the Songs of Abie Rotenberg' (I think Kol Zimra was the later version of the Beatachon group). I found myself listening to it the rest of the year as well!

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