Niggun

LeChadesh Orhot KeKedem

Avraham Zigman is a songwriter and composer who composed many well known Israeli songs such as Elad Yarad El HaYarden and MeDarom Tiftach HaTeshuva. This film from the 1970's interviews him and his acquaintances in regards to his becoming a Baal Teshuva. During the course of the film he performs a few different songs, both his compositions and religious melodies.

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Films

HaNazir HaYerushalmi

Hanazir Ayerushalmi is a film about Rabbi David Yehuda Arieh Leib Cohen (1887-1972), otherwise known as Hanazir Hayerushalmi (The Jerusalem Nazirite). Rabbi Cohen dedicated his life to the ways of the Nazirite, he did not cut his hair, drink wine, or eat meat. Besides his extensive knowledge in Jewish writings, he also held a PhD in Western philosophy, and his writings would refer to both of these traditions.

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Films

A letter to mother - A Brivele der Mamen

 Directed by Joseph Green

Classic Yiddish film from 1939 with music by Abe Ellstein. In this film music is integral to the development of the plot and in addition to the film's central melody that acts as a leitmotif throughout the film, a Passover seder is also featured and a few non-religious Yiddish songs are sung during the course of the film. 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1939
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University

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