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Shabbos Farbrengen

A superb selection of popular Farbrengen melodies, in an instrumental journey that will awaken and massage the most delicate threads of your soul! An essential ingredient of a Farbrengens is the singing of Niggunim (songs). Experience a diverse sampling of the many Chabad Nigunim from slow, deeply intense melodies, to tunes bursting with joy and elation.

1. Niggun L'Shabbos V'Yom Tov (Yearning)
A somber, yet flowing melody often sung by chassidim, expressing deep yearning for G-d after deep spiritual meditation, and the resulting excitement of the heart.
2. Niggun Hisvaadus (Evoking)
A melody frequently sung at chassidic Farbrengens evoking spiritual feelings from the Jewish soul.
3. Niggun Simcha (Refreshing)
Known as “Niggun Reb Moshe of Zhebin”. Reb Moshe Zhebiner was one of the spiritual mentors (Mashpia) in the original Yeshiva in Lubavitch, White Russia. He was responsible for teaching the students Chassidic ways and teachings. He was considered an “archetype chossid” and despite his many physical sufferings, he was a deeply joyful person. This lively tune was frequently on his lips during Farbrengens and was thus coined by his name.
4. Niggun Hisvaadus II (Repenting)
A melody sung at Chassidic Farbrengen, suggesting repentance.
5. Simcha Medley (Energizing)
1) Niggun Simcha for Purim from Kublitch, Ukraine. 2) Niggun Hakofos from Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, 3) Seu She’orim from the Rosh Hashana Musaf prayers.
6. Niggun L'Shabbos V'Yom Tov II (Meditating)
A Farbrengen favorite composed by the elderly chossid Rabbi Aharon Charitonow, noted composer of many cherished Chabad niggunim. Often on the lips of chassidim, it is a song full of emotion, saturated with deep mindful meditation and spiritual arousal of the heart and meditation of the mind.
7. Niggun Hisvaadus III (Soul-Stirring)
Also known as Reb Shlomo Chaim Kesselman’s Niggun. Reb Shlomo Chaim Kesselmen was one of the spiritual mentors (Mashpia) in the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Lod and in Kfar Chabad, Israel. He would often sing this niggun during Farbrengens with his students. A deeply serious melody, lending expression to the eternal yearning and longing of the soul for G-dliness, and its desire to escape the lures of the physical world for the loftier spiritual realms of heaven.
8. Niggun Hisvaadus IV (Restoring)
A popular niggun sung by Chassidim. This is one of those melodies that can be sung slowly and also more lively. With each repetition its intensity increases, until the singer is transported to a new spiritual plane.
9. Niggun Hisvaadus V (Reflecting)
A popular niggun sung by chassidim, and was often sung by Farbrengens of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson (1880-1950). More recently known as “Baumgarten’s Niggun.”
10. Rikud Medley (Delighting)
Niggun Rikud 1: A delightful rhythmic tune in the category of Niggun Simcha (songs for happy occasions). Niggun Rikud 2: Often sung during the after-Shabbos meal “Melaveh Malkah” (escorting the Shabbat Queen) transitioning into the new work week.
11. Reb Michel Z'Lotchover's Niggun (Striving)
This melody was composed by the chossid Reb Michel Zlotchover. It was very dear to the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism (1698-1760). The Rebbes of Chabad would often sing this melody during prayer service and on auspicious occasions. It is considered a heavenly niggun, and is often used as a vehicle for stirring deep repentance. According to tradition, the Baal Shem Tov referred to this melody as “Hisorerus Rachamim Rabim Niggun” (nigun that induces enormous mercy).
12. D'Veykus Medley (Motivating)
1) Dudaleh - A ditty with words in old Russian that convey the Jew’s petition to his G-dly soul that it should guard him while traversing the world of physical delights. 2) Utzu Eitzah - A lively tune that is often sung to the concluding words of our daily prayers, which express faith and confidence that G-d is always with us and protecting us.
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