Melody of the Month

Over the course of the year, our Director of Musical Engagement has been introducing new melodies to the congregation as a tool to enrich and enliven prayer life here at Kehillah Israel. These resources are here for Shlichei Tzibur and congregants alike, as we seek to find familiarity and confidence in these new melodies. Browse at your liking!

If you plan to incorporate these melodies into your prayer but are in need of assistance, feel free to sign up for 1-on-1’s with Ariel Wyner.

January: Pitchu Li Jacob’s Ladder

If you come to the Melaveh Malkahs with Jacob’s Ladder, then you know Pitchu Li. Sung in the Hallel service, this niggun also works great for Kedusha and Oseh Shalom. 

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Pitchu Li (Psalms 118:19-20)

Pitchu Li Sha’arei Tzedek Avo Vam Ode kah

Zeh Hasha’ar La ה׳ Tzadikim Yavo’u Vo

פִּתְחוּ־לִי שַׁעֲרֵי־צֶדֶק אָבֹא־בָם אוֹדֶה קָהּ׃

זֶה־הַשַּׁעַר לַה׳ צַדִּיקִים יָבֹאוּ בוֹ׃

(19) Open the gates of righteousness for me so that I may enter them and praise the LORD. 

(20) This is the gateway to the LORD— the righteous shall enter through it.

February: Ya’aleh V’yavoh Miami Boys Choir (Yerachmiel Begun)

This melody is a staple for when Rosh Chodesh rolls around. Can be incorporated in many places, but of course resides in the Shacharit repetition, as well as during Rosh Chodesh bensching. 

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Ya’aleh V’yavo (Rosh Chodesh Prayer) 

Ya’aleh v’yavo v’yagi’a

v’yera’eh v’yeratzeh v’yishama v’yipaked

V’yizacher zichroneinu ufikdoneinu

v’zichron avoteinu, v’zichron Mashiach ben David avdecha, v’zichron Yerushalayim ir kodshecha

v’zichron kol am’cha Beit Yisrael l’fanecha lifleita l’tova

יַעֲלֶה וְיָבֹא וְיַגִּיעַ

וְיֵרָאֶה וְיֵרָצֶה וְיִשָּׁמַע וְיִפָּקֵד

וְיִזָּכֵר זִכְרוֹנֵנוּ וּפִקְדוֹנֵנוּ וְזִכְרוֹן אֲבוֹתֵינוּ,

 וְזִכְרוֹן מָשִׁיחַ בֶּן דָּוִד עַבְדֶּךָ

וְזִכְרוֹן יְרוּשָׁלַיִם עִיר קָדְשֶׁךָ וְזִכְרוֹן כָּל עַמְּךָ בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל, לְפָנֶיךָ לִפְלֵטָה לְטוֹבָה

May our remembran​ces and merits arise, arrive, come, appear, be heard and recalled,​ with the merit of our ancestors​ and messiah son of David, Jerusalem​ Your holy city, and all of Your people, the house of Israel, before You for good.

March: Yomam Valailah Josh Warshawsky 

We have been singing this song as a niggun in various contexts, from Kabbalat Shabbat to our GOT Shabbat dinners and more. Visit Josh’s website for full access to sheet music, translations, and more. 

June: Sivan Nigun