Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cantor Moishe Oysher: Shema Koleinu

Cantor Moishe Oysher [1906-1958] sings Shema Koleinu ("Hear our Voice''), which forms part of the service during Yom Kippur. It is a cry from the heart and soul to God to display pity and compassion and accept, with compassion and favour, the prayers of the Jewish People. It is essentially a plaintive cry to God to remember the Jewish People, a reminder of his everlasting and eternal Covenant.



  1. It is interesting that the cantor sings the word "HaShem" (the name) in order not to take the name of the Lord in vain. His style is quite old-fashioned Orthodox Jewish, and his pronunciation is regional. The chorus, on the other hand, sounds a bit Reform.

    1. Oysher comes from a long line of cantors (chazanim). Yet, he was also a well-known Yiddish stage actor; he straddled both the worlds of the stage and the shul. I am not sure where this recording took place.


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