Eine Kleine Shabbosmusik 5/8

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2. Yom Shabbaton

1. D’ror Yikra


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2. Yom Shabbaton

This zemer is attributed to Yehuda Halevi (c. 1075-1141), a talented Hebrew poet and important Jewish philosopher of his era, author of The Kuzari. The text below is copied from the USY bentscher “B’kol Echad” edited by Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz; buy a few for your own Shabbos table! Aspiring Hebrew scholars will note that the translation given here is not tightly literal, but rather approximates the meanings while retaining the rhyme scheme and a similar rhythm to the original Hebrew poem. The recording is by me. This melody is not drawn from one of the most influential pop albums of the twentieth century, but it’s very easy and has the benefit of a chorus you can join while you learn the verses!

Yom Shabbaton Hebrew

Yom Shabbaton English












1. D’ror Yikra

Below are the text and a recording of the beautiful medieval Shabbat table song “D’ror Yikra” by the 10th Century Moroccan paytan Dunash ben Labrat. The text below is from the USY bentscher “B’kol Echad” edited by Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz; you should get a few for your household. The recording is by me.


We’ll sing this together before Friday evening services for the next few weeks. If you’d like to sing along, you can learn it here! If you’d like to harmonize, you can pick up some ideas from The Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B.” which is the melody.

D’ror Yikra text

D’ror Yikra translation