New Song of the Month: Shofet kol ha'aretz in Moroccan and Yemenite versions

New Song of the Month: Shofet kol ha'aretz in Moroccan and Yemenite versions

The JMRC is proud to present an updated entry on the Rosh Hashanah piyyut Shofet kol ha'aretz:

The piyyut Shofet kol ha’aretz (‘Judge of all the Universe’) is a centerpiece of the morning service for Rosh Hashanah in the Sephardic liturgy and appears also, since at least the early eighteenth century, in the Yemenite rite during the morning services of all the Aseret yemei teshuvah (Ten Days of Repentance). While its prominence in the Sephardic and Yemenite rites is maintained to this day through its performance, its presence in the Ashkenazi rite is obscured due to the abandonment of its singing in the liturgy. As the High Holy Days season arrives, we dedicate again the Song of the Month to this text, that was already featured is previous years, in order to analyze two new recordings, one Moroccan and one Yemenite, that have recently become available as online resources.

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