Amazing rendition of Unetaneh Tokef by Cantor Shai Abrahmson
Posted by Cantor Steven Leas on November 10, 2014
In the next few weeks I will looking at different,exciting renditions of songs in the Jewish tradition.I will attempt to choose versions of songs that are not common ,but in my mind are really beautiful and meant to inspire.
Unetaneh Tokef is one of the most important and haunting parts of our Liturgy for Rosh Hashana.Over the years ,so many different arrangers have composed beautiful choral arrangement and scores of this piece.The Artscroll machzor refers to it as “one of the most stirring compositions in the entire liturgy of the Days of Awe.”
The words of Unetaneh Tokef are translated as follows:
“Let us now relate the power of this day’s holiness, for it is awesome and frightening. On it Your Kingship will be exalted; Your throne will be firmed with kindness and You will sit upon it in truth. It is true that You alone are the One Who judges, proves, knows, and bears witness; Who writes and seals, Who counts and Who calculates. You will remember all that was forgotten. You will open the Book of Remembrances — it will read itself – and each person’s signature is there. And the great shofar will be sounded and a still, thin voice will be heard. Angels will hasten, a trembling and terror will seize them — and they will say, ‘Behold, it is the Day of Judgment, to muster the heavenly host for judgment!’ — for even they are not guiltless in Your eyes in judgment.”
Here is Cantor Shai Abrahamson ,Chief Cantor of the IDF singing a new version of this Piyut.
I hope you enjoy.
Next time I will be looking a song from Chanukkah, SO WATCH THIS SPACE!