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Friday, August 26, 2011

Sabbath music video

This Sabbath we bless the coming new month of Elul, which we will welcome on Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. It is said that in the synagogue of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, the preeminent Musarist, when the Cantor started to bless the New Moon of Elul, the entire congregation would burst into tears due to the coming judgment days that follow Elul. Elul is meant to be a month of introspection and repentance.

During the month of Elul, we add Psalm 27 at the end of the service in the morning and evening (morning and afternoon in the Sphardic and Hasidic traditions). This song comes from Psalm 27. It's called Achath Sha'alti (One thing I asked from God, this is my request, to dwell in God's House all the days of my life and to visit His sanctuary).

The tune was written by R. Shlomo Carlebach z"l (of blessed memory) and it's sung by Binyamin Steinberg.

Let's go to the videotape.

Shabbat Shalom everyone.

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