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Holy songs and poetry are often found in Tanach. Another meaning is that of ordinary Jewish songs.

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song of songs 5:16 'im' & 'Muhammadim'

Following from a discussion on Christianity stack https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/80248/47775 on this passage, I thought it prudent to get clarification from a Jewish perspective. I would ...
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Reciting/singing Aḥeinu outside of the formal prayer setting and origin of tune

Where, when and why did the prayer Aheinu begin to be recited outside of the liturgical context? It seems that it originated as and was restricted to being recited after reading from the Torah, ...
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Should we be careful not to mispunctuate prayers?

There are a few times that we ten to (from personal experience) punctuate parts of songs/ piyutim/ prayers wrong. For example, in Modeh Ani people tend to punctuate as follows: שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה ...
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Origin of "Shomer Yisrael"

What is the origin of the prayer Shomer Yisrael? Who wrote it, when and where did it first appear? שׁוֹמֵר יִשְׂרָאֵל! שְׁמֹר שְׁאֵרִית יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאַל יֹאבַד יִשְׂרָאֵל, הָאוֹמְרִים: שְׁמַע ...
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Why only Az Yashir?

Why did the Jewish people only praise god with song after the miracle that occurred at the splitting of the sea? Were the miracles of the ten plagues not significant enough for the Jews to praise god?
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Trying to remember a piyyut about the morning

I seem to recall that there is a piyyut that lists major events that took place early in the morning, similar to the way that "Vayehi Bachatzi Halaila" (at the beginning of Nirtzah) does for ...
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What's the name of this poem in Danya Ruttenberg's "Surprised by God"?

The introduction to Rabbi Ruttenberg's book features an English translation of a Hebrew poem she is singing at the beginning of a Shabbat service. The translation seems to be unique to the book, and ...
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Piyyutim as replacements for prayers

I seem to encounter the following theory regarding piyyutim fairly requently: The piyyutim were originally composed as replacements for the fixed texts of the various blessings in the prayer service. (...
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Why does Siddur Avodat Yisrael not contain piyutim for a wedding?

Levush HaHur (minhagim) records what seems to have been the widespread ashkenazi practice to recite certain piyutim on the shabbat of a wedding. (I assume this means where the chupah takes place on a ...
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Is אעדיף כל שמונה online in an accessible format?

אעדיף כל שמונה is a set of piyutim by R' Elazar Hakalir for a weekday Shemoneh Esrei of Chanukah. It was apparently said in Ashkenaz into the Middle Ages, but didn't make it into printed siddurim. I ...
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Structure and Rhyme of early songs

I was hoping someone could help me. I am trying to understand the structure and rhythm of Teffilos and Piyutim written by chazal or early Rishonim. understanding the zemiros of shabbos and other songs....
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What is the name of this Song?

I've got an idea that this question is going to get closed, but on Meta I did not get any answers on if it is allowed to post it here, so here I go. In a online shiur by Rav דוד צבי רוזנבוים, a song ...
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When and by whom were the Piyutim of Channukah written?

There are communities that recite special prayers on Shabbos Channukah they begin with אודך כי אנפת ותשוב. Do we know who wrote these and when?
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ועם רוחי גויתי meaning in Adon Olam

What is the correct meaning and translation of the last line of Adon Olam: ועם רוחי גויתי
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Death on the battlefield

Last Shabbat, I was reading a book called היהודים בערב (The Jews in Arabia) by Dr. Yisrael Ben Ze'ev. In the book, a section was dedicated to a pre-Islamic Arabian Jewish poet named Shmuel ben Adiyah. ...
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Why not הקם לנו נסיכי שמונה?

The last four words of Maoz Tzur end with the words הקם לנו רועים שבעה. This is a clear reference to the verse (Micha 5:4): וַהֲקֵמֹנוּ עָלָיו שִׁבְעָה רֹעִים וּשְׁמֹנָה נְסִיכֵי אָדָם But as I was ...
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Seder night songs

In the מגיד section of the הגדה does anybody know if there are any songs/tunes for: יכול מראש חודש מעשה של ברבי אליעזר Any part of the section starting צא ולמד רבי יוסי הגלילי up to דינו
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Instances of epic poetry in Tanach?

In the book "Mevo Lekitvei Hakodesh" - "Introduction to The Holy Scriptures" by Shmuel Shrira, he writes that there are different types of poetry or songs ("shirah") in ...
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If a composer of a nigun is accused of a serious offense should his nigun no longer be sung?

If someone who is well respected in the community writes wonderful inspiring nigunim that are used in tefila, and then allegations appear that the individual is suspected of, or implicated in, serious ...
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Maoz Tzur: Last stanza

I have been to various Shuls over Chanukah and they say Maoz Tzur but they don’t say the last stanza. I asked and they say we don’t say it. What would be a reason not to say it? Don’t we want revenge ...
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Meaning of phrase in Hannukah song

I'm having trouble understanding the concluding phrase in the famous Hannukah song O Hannukah, which is על הנפלאות אשר חללו המכבים. What root is חללו and what is its meaning here? How to translate ...
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Why is חֲבַצֶּ֣לֶת traditionally translated as a "Rose" (וֶרֶד), instead of an "Onion" (בָּצָל)?

In reference to the megillah שִׁ֥יר הַשִּׁירִ֖ים Chapter 2 : verse 1, the Ivri (עִבְרִי) word "חֲבַצֶּ֣לֶת" is translated as Rose "וֶרֶד". - When using Google translate, Rose and ...
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History of מי אדיר and מי בן שיח

Where can I find sources about the history of the piyutim מי אדיר and מי בן שיח, which usually get sung at Ashkenazi weddings under the chuppah when the groom and bride walk in?
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Tosfos Yom Tov's elegy

Tosafos Yom Tov is said to have authored elegy, kinnos, to be recited on Tisha B'Av to commemorate the massacres know as Tach V'Tat. Apparently it has not been included in the standard corpus of ...
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Is it necessary to include Seder HaAvodah in the Musaf Repetition on Yom Kippur?

As far as I understand, piyyutim (poetic additions to/replacements for certain brachot in public prayer) are optional/only a minhag, and that omitting all of them wouldn't be a problem. On the other ...
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R' Elazar Hakalir's kerovah for Pesach and reason for אותו ואת בנו

Over Yom Tov I was looking at R' Elazar Hakalir's kerovah for the second day of Pesach, which is in the Daniel Goldschmidt machzor (available on Otzar Hachochmah, search for גולדשמידט) starting on ...
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Are there any traditional tunes for Yishaya 26:20 [closed]

During the Corona virus pandemic a verse which comes to mind is Yishaya 26:20: לֵךְ עַמִּי בֹּא בַחֲדָרֶיךָ, וּסְגֹר דלתיך בַּעֲדֶךָ; חֲבִי כִמְעַט-רֶגַע, עַד יעבור זָעַם. Go, my people, enter your ...
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Does anyone know of a place on the web I can find Kabbalat Shabbat sung from the people in a synagogue (preferably Ashkenazi)? [closed]

Here is a perfect example of authentic singing, this is what I'm looking for but for Kabbalat Shabbat. The problem for me is when people solo Tehillim they make their own version and that is not what ...
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Connection between Tehillim 22 and Purim?

A few years ago, I started hearing around Purim-time the song "Keli, keli, lamah azavtani" - ק-לי ק-לי, למה עזבתני, which comes from Tehillim 22:2: אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי רָח֥וֹק ...
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Put a samech in Kel Adon?

The piyyut Kel Adon (below), the Song of Creation which we recite or sing on Shabbat morning, is an acrostic: Each verse begins with a different letter of the alphabet, in order. Except for "Smechim ...
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Lowest counting number not in mishna [duplicate]

Some years back, i heard a song that counted using Mishna quotes. It was to the tune of (this website's anthem), Echad mi yodea. The first few lines, as best I remember them: אֶחָד הַחוֹפֵר בּוֹר ...
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In Maoz Tsur should it say תִכּוֹן בֵּית זביחתי instead of תִכּוֹן בֵּית תְּפִלָּתִי

The word תְּפִלָּתִי in the poem Maoz Tsur seems out of context: תִכּוֹן בֵּית תְּפִלָּתִי וְשָׁם תּוֹדָה נְזַבֵּחַ לְעֵת תָּכִין מַטְבֵּחַ מִצָּר הַמְנַבֵּחַ אָז אֶגְמוֹר בְּשִׁיר מִזְמוֹר ...
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Ashkenazi Mishna memorization tune?

I once came across a website with an audio recording of someone singing mishnayot in Ashkenazi pronunciation with a tune for memorization. Where can I find an audio with mishnayos sung in Ashkenazi ...
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What song has the lyrics "I used to think my mother was the Shabbos Queen" [closed]

What song has these lyrics? I don't remember them so clearly. It goes something like: I used to think my mother was the Shabbos Queen, She stands so regally in royal grace, I know my mother doesn’t ...
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Songs like Hava Nagila [closed]

Are there any more songs similar in folk dance and style like Hava Nagila? I'm looking for a song to listen to while studying Torah commentary. All suggestions are open and appreciated.
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Why is mercy the only characteristic that is quantified?

In the Hoshana poem L'ma'an Amitach, various characteristics of God are enlisted as a reason for God to save us. The version appearing in my prayerbook, and recited in congregations I have been ...
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Different versions of Haazinu song structure

I have heard (in conversation) that there are early Torah scrolls, or sources mentioning this, that don't follow the two-column Haazinu that is now universally written; but rather, something similar ...
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Songs Carlebach created from the Rosh Hashanna liturgy

Besides Simcha Lartzecha, did Shlomo Carlebach record other songs specifically from the Rosh Hashannah liturgy? If so which ones?
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Explain the combination of verses sung when the kallah first appears

At many weddings that I have attended when the kallah (bride) first walks into the reception room, the band plays / people sing a tune that combines two apparently unrelated verses: It starts with ...
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Are Abraham Ibn Ezra and Moshe Ibn Ezra related? [closed]

Are these two figures of Jew tradition related, and if so, can anyone point me to any encyclopedia articles which deal with this question?
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Can a man listen to woman singing a pizmon?

Hypothetically, would it be permitted for a man to learn a pizmon from a woman? Namely, that she sings a tune for the purpose of teaching Torah (i.e. Tehilim) and the man has the intent to learn. Does ...
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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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Why does the Gemara say Chizkiyahu didn't sing?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 94a says that the reason Chizkiyahu was not the Mashiach is that he didn't sing after Hashem did miracles for him (Rashi adds that this refers to saving Yerushalayim from ...
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Did father buy or sell that goat for two zuzim?

In chad gadya, we use the Aramaic root זבן. Now that I think about it, I always recall hearing both דְזָבִין אַבָא בִּתְרֵי זוּזִי and דְּזַבִּין אַבָּא בִּתְרֵי זוּזֵי‬. The obvious difference being ...
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Which verses in Az Yashir get the special tune? [duplicate]

I hope the title is phrased well. This week, being Shabbat Shira, we read Az Yashir ("Song by the sea"). I have been laining this for many years. There are certain verses that are read with a special ...
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Origin of a tune to Baruch Kel Elyon

When I was growing up in the 1980s, I heard a tune to "ברוך קל עליון" that I've now reproduced to the best of my recollection, except that I sang it a bit faster than I recall it having been sung. ...
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Carrying the Torah around

When the Torah is taken out and is being carried around songs are being sung. I would like to know which songs exist for this part of the service and where I could find traditional tunes for those ...
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Is King Saul positively regarded in Judaism?

King David is well-known to be positively regarded in Judaism, not only for his great accomplishments and devotion (psalms, if not authored by him, became prominent because of him), but also as the ...
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Yiddish version of "Tov Li Toras Picha"

In various shuls during Hakafos on Simchas Torah, I have heard the well known song "Tov Li Toras Picha" (טוב לי תורת פיך מאלפי זהב וכסף" - תהלים קיט עב") with a chorus in Yiddish. Does anyone know the ...
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Criteria for special formats of some chapters in the Tanach Scrolls

Usually, when writing verses in Tanach Scrolls, words are written across the column from the right margin to the left (except, of course, for required Parsha spacing.) I have seen two "special" ...
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