Sunday, December 3, 2017

Cantor Moshe Ganchoff: Aleinu

Chazzanut/Cantorial Music


Aleinu by Cantor Moshe Ganchoff
Via: Youtube

Cantor Moshe Ganchoff [born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1904–died in Brighton Beach, New York, in 1997] sings Aleinu (Hebrew: עָלֵינוּ‎, “it is our duty”), the prayer that comes at the end of the three daily services. The prayer was alluded to in a previous post (“Being Chosen, Part 2”); continuing this discussion, I would add that it conveys the fundamental values of Judaism, most notably about the Jews being a unique (or particular) people who collectively have a unique mission for humanity. The Jews, since their inception as a people long ago, have been marked for uniqueness and distinctness; such is what the Torah says time and time again (see, e.g., Exodus/Shemot 19:5; Leviticus/Vayikra 20:26; and Isaiah/Yeshayahu 54:10). For the prayer itself, go to the “Zemirot Database” found here; and for a more detailed rabbinical discussion of the prayer, go here. For a discussion of the unalterable and enduring unique connection between God, Torah and the Jews see here.

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