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.

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2 comments:

  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.

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    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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