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Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?

It's hard to describe who's tune this is and I can only refer to it as the 'commonly used' or 'popular' tune for birkat hamazon. It seems like it is compiled of many unrelated tunes. At times there ...
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Meaning of “bidi-bidi-bum”

In Fiddler on the Roof, in Tevye's song "If I Were a Rich Man," there is a line "all day long I'd bidi-bidi-bum." According to Wikipedia this is a reference to prayer. A repeated phrase throughout ...
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Why do kohanim always chant in a terrible monotone? [duplicate]

I am not sure if it is just me, but it seems that there is never a melodious chanting of birchas kohanim, but rather is always a mixture of many toneless voices, as if they are tone-deaf. Is this for ...
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Guitar during public weekday prayers

Is anyone aware of any halakhic opinion regarding the playing of musical instruments, guitar for example, in shul on a weekday, not Shabbos. Does it have the same religious stigma and opposition as ...
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Are computer-generated vocals permissible during Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

According to those traditions which prohibit music during the Three Weeks and parts of Sefirah, but permit a capella, would listening to computer-generated vocals be permissible during Sefirah? Is the ...
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Music at a Wedding

Someone told me that there is a requirement to have music at a wedding. He said that the Mishna Brurah says if one side does not want to pay for the music the other side can force them to pay for it. ...
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How was Shlomo Carlebach allowed to play his guitar during Havdalah in the shul?

Follow up to this answer: The article cited in the answer cites sources that prohibit playing a musical instrument in shul. I assume that this applies only during prayer. I recall that Shlomo ...
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Listening to Music Erev Shabbos during Sefira?

Some people note being lenient to listen to recorded music on Erev Shabbos during sefira, which I never considered until today when I saw a rabbinic figure play recorded music outside (Erev Shabbos ...
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Is downloading pirated music stealing?

Either way, it should be frowned upon as not a nice thing to do, but would it actually be assur?
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When and how were trop melodies first written down?

We know that the trop (cantillation) marks were added to our written Tanakh text by the ba'alei hamesorim (Masorites) around the 8-10th century CE. They were recording an oral tradition that, I ...
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How much volume and singing should the chazzan use during holiday Birkat Kohanim?

In the various Ashkenazic services outside Israel that I have attended, where Birkat Kohanim is only performed on holidays, and with holiday-level pomp and circumstance, I have seen various types of ...
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Why do we recite Psalm 150 every day?

Psalm 150 says: Praise the Lord with the trumpet, psaltery, harp, timbrel, stringed instruments, organs, loud cymbals and high-sounding cymbals. We haven't used musical instruments in worship ...
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What religious music would have been sung in Israel after the time of David and Solomon?

I'm almost afraid to ask this question here for fear of being shot down in flames because I'm not Jewish. However, nothing ventured, etc..... I understand that many of the Psalms were put to music ...
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Have recently-published allegations that Shlomo Carlebach was a sexual predator led to any bans of his music or conversions? [closed]

Even before his death, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was, at best, controversial. Many people loved his music and some congregations organized "Carlebach minyans" that emphasized spirituality through music. ...
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Source for song “Don't walk in front of me”

A popular Jewish children's song contains the lyrics Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Just walk beside me, and just be my friend. This is ...
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Non Jews in Shul choirs?

What is the Halacha and the Minhag regarding Non-Jews in Shul choirs at religious services led by a Cantor?
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Why not use the Yamim Nora’im tune when reading the Torah at Yom Kippur mincha?

Many (all?) Ashkenazi communities have a different and distinctive tune used for keriat hatorah on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning (and in some communities also on Hoshana Rabbah and Simchat ...
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Sleeping and listening to something that's a Mitzvah

Is there anything that someone can listen to that is as if he is doing mitzvot or good things or even teshuva while he is trying to sleep or asleep? I’ve heard subconsciously you still realize ...
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Composing religious songs and melodies on Shabbos [duplicate]

"Shiru laHashem shir chadash..." "Mizmor shir leYom haShabbat" Recently on Shabbat I put together some notes in a pleasing order, and used it as a zemer at our table. A guest was concerned that I was ...
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Why no music and singing during daily prayer?

Throughout the (morning) prayers a large amount of passages speak about praising and singing to the Lord. "Shiru lo, zamru lo..." "Nihalelicha... Bishvachos Uvizimiros..." ".....
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Which parts of the Chazon Haftorah get sad tune (Eicha trop)?

The Shabbos before Tisha B'Av gets a very sad Haftorah, known as Chazon. It's Isaiah 1:1--27. (I recommend you open the text in a new window, or else the answers to this question will make no sense.)...
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Learning music theory during the Three Weeks?

Would learning about music be allowed, if not actually playing an instrument? Would I also need to not listen to instrumental audio? Or is that still itself an activity that could be considered ...
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Source of Baruch SheAmar melody

In my old shul, we used to sing a version of baruch she'amar that, to my understanding, was a fairly standard, traditional version. however, I've tried to find it recently and can't. I've transcribed ...
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ashkenazi style melodies to mizrachi birkat hamazon?

My wife has an Ashkenazi background and loved singing Birkat Hamazon at the shabbat table with a traditional western melody (similar to http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/692733/jewish/...
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What is halachically considered an instrument for the purposes of Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

It's commonly practiced to avoid music during at least part of Sefirah and the entirety of the Three Weeks. Many of those who hold of this stringency also hold that certain types of a capella are ...
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listening to a cappela during sefira?

A friend of mine told me that there is a problem with listening to a cappela during sefira. A few people mentioned a few places where it talks about it but I don't remember the places. What is the ...
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Why do Akdamut, Reshuyot on Simchat Torah and Yom Tov kiddush use the same tune?

The tune used for Yom Tov Kiddush throughout the year by most Ashkenazim is almost exactly like the tune used for Akdamut - the Aramaic poem recited in many Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard ...
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Breaking an Omer restriction

In a hypothetical case, I have chosen to observe the restrictions of the Omer during the "first half." But then, I am placed in a situation at which happy live music is being played. Does my presence ...
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Movies and music during the 3 weeks according to Rav Soloveitchik

The Rav compares the 3 weeks to the twelve months of mourning, and following that comparison he permits shaving during the 3 weeks (but not the 9 days) but forbids large social gatherings. What does ...
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Listening to Music on Shabbos

Would there be a problem with leaving my MP3 player on speaker for Shabbos so I can enjoy listening to some sweet Jewish tunes throughout the day?
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Music during sefirah and “exemptions” [duplicate]

There's a common custom that people do not listen to music during 33 days of the Omer. There are also two customs as to when these days begin: From the 2nd day of Pesach until Lag Ba'omer or From ...
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Not All Te'amim Signs Musical?

Those of you may remember I had previously asked a question regarding a French Musicologist who had notated the Egyptian te'amim in 1798. One of the striking things I learned from that notation is ...
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Are the musical instruments in the Beis HaMikdash exhaustive?

Rambam (Hil. Klei HaMikdash 3:4) lists the instruments accompanying the Leviim: וּבַמֶּה הֵם מְנַגְּנִין. בִּנְבָלִים וַחֲלִילִים וְכִנּוֹרוֹת וַחֲצוֹצְרוֹת וְהַצִּלְצָל. וְאֵין פּוֹחֲתִין ...
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Source for Vilna Gaon saying that music can revive the dead?

I remember learning (and even found in the 2nd to last paragraph of this article) that the Vilna Gaon said that music is so powerful that it's possible to resurrect the dead with it. Anyone have the ...
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Listening to music during year of aveilut

Is one allowed to listen to music during aveilut after the shloshim for therapeutic porpuses? Is there any difference between the way ashkenazim and sephardim hold?
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Creating songs in your head (lyrics and melodies) on Shaabath

What I've noticed is that when there is not too much to talk about with haShem, I get kinda 'hyper'. In this state I like to go a bit primal and just shout out some noises, do some clapping and stuff ...
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Chayav Inish - Source of Tune?

What is the origin of this classic melody for the popular Purim song "Chayav Inish Lebasumei"?
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Humming or whistling being Kol Isha

I've heard various opinions from lay-people if a woman's whistling and/or humming a tune are considered kol isha, which a man shouldn't listen to, and something women should be considerate of. I ...
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Jewish Online Music Radio Stations

I would like to get a list of all online radio stations that only play Jewish music. Absolutely no Kol Isha, please (or better yet, specify which one's do have Kol Isha so that women will know). I'll ...
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What kind of flute was used in the temple, according to the mishna?

In Mishna there are several mentions of the use of flute, there were used at the time of the Bet Mikdash, see below a few examples. I am interested to know if we have some knowledge about the type of ...
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Story of the “marching” version of the song Kel Adon

I recall once hearing that a chassidic rebbe composed a marching-style tune for the Shabbat piyut Kel Adon. This was the closest thing I could find to the tune. I found very few references to it ...
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Which Maqam is Haftarah Chanted In?

In the Sephardic/Edot Ha Mizrach tradition, the te'amim of the Torah are chanted in maqam sigah/sikah. Which maqam is the Haftarah chanted in? Note: A maqam (مقام), which in Arabic literally ...
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Listening to non-Jewish music [duplicate]

Is there anything wrong with listening to: A) non-Jewish music that has no sexual content in it? B) non-Jewish music that has no lyrics?
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Music with unholy content and the Jewish soul [duplicate]

As I grew in my Jewish self I've started to be very weary of the people I surround myself with and (right now way more importantly) the people I want to surround myself in the future. Same can be said ...
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Can a kosher restaurant play music for its diners? [duplicate]

I was told by Rabbi Yehezkel Danziger, an editor at Art Scroll (he was editor in chief of most of the volumes of the Shottenstein Talmud Bavli) that it is forbidden to listen to music while eating, ...
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Can we go back to using musical instruments in synagogues when the Temple is rebuilt?

We stopped using musical instruments in the synagogue after the Temple was destroyed, as a sign of mourning. We used them before that time (see Psalm 150). When the Temple is rebuilt, does halacha ...
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Online resources for traditional Ashkenazi Rosh Hashana melodies?

I received a request for help this afternoon and it's already Shabbat in the requester's time zone, so I'm asking on her behalf. A small community has just lost their Rosh Hashana sh'liach tzibbur ...
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Musical Performances and Shows on Shabbat

There is a musical performance with free admission on Shabbat with, presumably, no Jewish performers. Can one enjoy it without violating Shabbat prohibitions? Or will this be benefiting from someone ...
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Looking for a Halachic/Hashkafic Sefer about Shirah

Music seems to play a predominant role in Jewish life, looking at the common practice of Shabbos zemiros or the wide variety of tunes during davening as some examples. Some of this bleeds over into ...
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Looking for Jewish music that lifts the spirit

I really love the soft sweet tones, chords and voices in the music of Shlomo Katz, Ishay Ribo, Yonathan Razel; but, searching for similar music, I just don't know where to go. Are there alternatives ...

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