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Chazan Aryeh Leib Hurwitz presents an awe-inspiring cantorial rendition of the iconic High Holidays prayer of Unesanneh Tokef, in which we describe the awesome Day of Judgment wherein the fate of all of creation is judged—“written on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur.”

A Chazan Sings: Unesanneh Tokef

A Chazan Sings: Unesanneh Tokef

High Holiday Cantorial Classics


Text of Unesanneh Tokef Prayer

Text courtesy of the Kehot Publication Society's Annoted Machzor for the High Holidays. Copyright by Kehot Publication Society, all rights reserved.
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September 21, 2015
what a beautiful song. Oy! May our King be happy to hear this prayer. Our King is awesome! My love grows every day. When shall we be with him ahain?
Mesa, AZ
September 20, 2015
Thank you
Simply gorgeous
September 13, 2015
Our Rich Heritage of Jewish Classical Music
Intensely moving and majestic, it literally pulls you up. This classical music sound is known as "Chazzanus." The organ enhances this Chazzan even more.
Prior to the Holocaust, Chazanim like this had a choir to accompany them on Rosh Hashanah, many even on Shabbos. Both the Chazan and choir members (the sopranos were boys) had rigorous, classical voice training. Organs were used by observant Jews, but only on weekdays for rehearsals, recordings, or concerts.
Years after traditonal Chazanus stopped being the norm, after centuries in the synagogue, it mostly sat in very old storage forms. Jews had become unaccustomed to it. The organ began to be associated with the church, as did classical voice training. We are fortunate to get to hear a few such prizes as this, today via the internet. Thank you Chabad
Vivian G
September 24, 2014
This was absolutely beautiful. I was moved beyond words. It was the last thing of my first day of Rosh Hashanah.
J.H. Reynlds
September 24, 2014
Divino Chazan
antonio adriano blanc nascimento
September 22, 2014
Unesannef Tokef
How beautiful! How I wish I was present to taste the Presence of the Eternal G-d. In such a moment! Thank you for such a wonderful video. I really appreciate it.
September 22, 2014
why the organ! please omit the organ next time. otherwise it is beautiful .
malka weber
bonita springs fl
September 22, 2014
The Chazzan sings nice and with heart. Kol hakavod!
South America
September 18, 2014
What synagogue is it?
The singing is beautiful, but.. where is it happening? What synagogue is it? Did not I see a crab on the window?
Lena (Hannah)
September 18, 2014
Truly blessed and touched by the melody and the words in this prayer.May this coming Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur be imbued with G-d's righteous presence.
Peninah Mogotu
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