Song for the month of Sivan: Carlebach Mi Chamocha

Our song for the month of Sivan is a setting for Mi Chamocha (which we’ve actually used a little bit during Iyar — I couldn’t resist!) This is one of my very favorite melodies for Mi Chamocha; it was written by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, may his memory be a blessing, and it features a very distinctive Middle Eastern beat called saidi. (The saidi beat is often described as “dum-tek, dum-dum-tek.”)

Here are the words (which you may recognize from our morning prayers:)

מִי כָמֹכָה בָּאֵלִם יְיָ, מִי כָמֹכָה נֶאְדָּר בַּקֹּדֶשׁ, נוֹרָא תְהִלֹּת עֹשֵׂה פֶלֶא.
שִׁירָה חֲדָשָׁה שִׁבְּחוּ גְאוּלִים לְשִׁמְךָ עַל שְׂפַת הַיָּם, יַחַד כֻּלָּם הוֹדוּ וְהִמְלִיכוּ וְאָמְרוּ:         יְיָ יִמְלֹךְ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד:

Mi chamocha ba’eilim Adonai, mi camocha nedar bakodesh, nora tehilot oseh feleh. Malchut’cha ra’u vanecha, bokea yam lifnei Moshe. “Zeh eli,” anu v’amru; “Adonai yimloch l’olam va’ed!”

(Translation: Who is like You, among the gods, Adonai? Who is like You, awesome and doing wonders? Your children saw your majesty, splitting the sea before Moses. “This is our God,” they cried, “Adonai will reign through all space and time!”)

Here’s a recording of this saidi Carlebach Mi Chamocha:

MiChamocha-Carlebach-Saidi [mp3]

And here’s a pdf of the sheet music, for those who can read music and might find this helpful!

MiChamocha-Beledi [pdf]



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