Do you like to sing?

Do you like to sing at your Shabbat table? My boys have recently got more into it, and if you pass by our house on a Shabbat evening or lunchtime you can hear them singing with such joy and such energy.

There is an awesome new CD out that can help you experience the joy of twelve different niggunim (tunes) and raise money for Leket Israel (The Israel National Food Bank) at the same time. The CD is called “songs at a table” and since I received it on Sunday evening it has been on continuous play on my iPod. Just listening to this group of guys sing with such deep joy and simcha is truly inspirational. I would so love to have this kind of singing at my table. In time, I will, I am sure.

From the CD jacket:

Our group of experienced singers of niggunim gathered together around a table with a pot of cholent (a Sabbath stew) and sang, much like what happens on the Jewish Sabbath in homes throughout the world. We sought to capture the energy, spontaneity and informality with which they are commonly sung, and to create an authentic and inspiring experience for the listener. From a moving wedding niggun to a rousing Moditzer Chassidic march, these niggunim evoke the emotions and senses of the settings in which they are most often used.

If you click here you can order your own copy and donate to Leket Israel at the same time. Your donation is tax deductible. This will also make a great Chanukah gift – it isn’t that far away…


[Editor’s note: in the interests of full disclosure I should let you know that this CD was arranged by my nephew Josh Milner. Honestly, though, even if he wasn’t family I would still recommend it because it makes my soul happy.]

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  1. kisarita says:

    I have never met a person who does not like to sing. Some people can’t sing one line on key but they love to sing anyway. Some people (perhaps most) are bashful about it, but if they’re certain no one is in the shower, even they will let loose.

    It’s unfortunate that singing in American culture is more or less a spectator sport.

    It’s especially unfortunate for me, having moved on from Orthodoxy in large part due being shut out of the group singing.

    What a disappointment to find that the more American the chevra, (and this includes modern orthodoxy) the less they sing, and the more self conscious they are about it.

    (Still, I prefer it that way. I’d rather be the only one singing- or better yet, the one driving the song- than the only one not. )

  2. Dovid says:

    I have been drawn to Chasidish Shabbos songs these past couple years. I love the Lchaim Tish series. All the songs are original songs that were composed by previous Chasidish Rebbes mostly before the war and are still sung by their respective sects. You can hear the kedusah, if you will, in those songs. Very powerful.
    As an aside, I cant make a kugel on Erev Shabbos if that CD isnt playing Kah Ecshof. (composed in jail by the Skulener Rebbe, I believe) It makes the food come out so much better. I know, Im crazy.

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