Shabbat songs in the Algerian rite

A selection of Shabbat songs from Algeria performed by Georges Haik, Haim Harboun, André Taieb, Adolphe Attia, Albert Bouadana, Malkiel Benamara, Philippe Darmon, Enrico Macias

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 performed by cantors native of Tlemcen, Constantine or Algiers, such as Georges Haik, Haim Harboun, André Taieb, Adolphe Attia, Philippe and Jonathan Darmon… 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.

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