Shabbat songs in the Western Ashkenazic rite


The Shabbat, the day of rest, is a very important event of Jewish life. And the songs that rhythm this particular day hold a major place, at the synagogue with the five services from Kabbalat shabbat to Motsei shabbat, as well as at home with the rituals of lighting the candles, the Friday night Kiddush (blessing of the wine), the Birkat hamazone (prayers at the end of a meal), or the Havdala (last Kiddush which closes Shabbat).It is also a custom to sing, during the four Shabbat meals, several religious poems called Zemirot (or Tish nigunim by the Chasidim).
The Shabbat allows thus to find our inner route by the means of our outer voice.

The following playlist features a selection of Shabbat songs, traditional or not, from Ashkenazic communities of France (written by Samuel Naumbourg, Jules Franck and Léon Algazi), of Germany (Louis Lewandowski) and Austria (Salomon Sulzer and Franz Schubert). Note that most of the songs of this playlist are accompanied by music instruments, which is not the case today in most of Jewish communities, except for reformed synagogues.

Read the article about Shabbat songs

Listen to

In case the music player doesn't open, you must allow the opening of pop-ups for the website in your browser settings.

  • Lecho Dodi - Samuel Naumbourg - Shalom Berlinski (Extrait)

  • Lekho dodi - Leon Algazi - Adolphe Attia (Extrait)

  • Leho dodi - Salomon Sulzer - Ensemble vocal hebraica dir Hector Sabo (Extrait)

  • Chir Hamalaus (ps 126) - trad. - Michel Heymann et Jean Marc Israel

  • Kidoush - Jules Franck - Shalom Berlinski

  • Hachiwenou - trad. - Joseph Borin (Extrait)

  • W’shomru - Leo Roth and the Leipzig Choir

  • Ouvnou’ho yomar (priere sortie de la Torah) - Louis Lewandowski - Adolphe Attia

  • Tow lehodos (ps 92) - Franz Schubert - Europaischer Synagogalchor, dir Andor Izsak (Extrait)

Lire tout

You may also like

Release of eight new musical scores by Itaï Daniel at the EIJM publishing house

The EIJM publishing house releases eight new instrumental or vocal scores by Itaï Daniel, a composer inspired by Judaism and its (…)

Ani Maamin - Ben Zion Shenker

Discover the audio collections of the EIJM

Release of a new musical score by Serge Kaufmann: Katouna, for clarinette and cello

Release of the musical score Katouna by Serge Kaufman, at the EIJM’s editions

Training of Music Teachers of Paris - 2011

The CFMJ continues its educational action by organising another training day for music teachers in Paris. In the program : a large overview on (…)

The CFMJ at the Festival of Jewish Culture in Paris

Conferences, round table and concerts : find all the events co-organized by the CFMJ at the Festival of Jewish Culture in Paris, on June 29 and (…)