Song for the Month of Av – Breslover niggun

We’ve taken a few months off from having a “song of the month,” but I wanted to return to the practice and to share a melody I love which we’ll be using when I lead services over the next few weeks. The new month of Av will begin at the end of this week (Thursday evening at sundown), so here is our song for the month which is about to begin.

First, here it is as a niggun — a wordless melody. This niggun comes from the Breslov (also sometimes spelled Bratzlav) Hasidic tradition.


(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, above, you can play or download the mp3 directly at http://congregationbethisrael.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/bratzlaverniggun1.mp3.)

And secondly, here it is as a setting for the words of “Mah Tovu,” which we sing at the beginning of most of our Shabbat morning services:


(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, above, you can play or download the mp3 directly at http://congregationbethisrael.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/mahtovu-bresloverniggun.mp3.)

This melody also works beautifully for “El Adon,” the alphabetic acrostic which we sometimes sing as part of the blessing for God Who creates light, and for “Adon Olam,” the praise-song with which we sometimes conclude services.

I look forward to singing this melody with you in the coming weeks!

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