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This niggun of instrumental nature originater in the Bukovina region today located in the Ukraine. Yair Harel's Middle Eastern style of drumming and singing forms a natural bridge linking what would seem to be two contrasting styles which commonly come together in Klezmer music originating in the Balkans.
This sacred hymn attributed to Rabbi Yehuda he-Hasid (d.1217) is sung in Ashkenazi synagogues at the end of the Sabbath and holiday morning services and it customary to open the Holy Ark while singing this poem.