I was recently gifted with some niggun field recordings from a gaggle of Chassidim here. The bulk of these come from two main tischen in the Chassidic world, Channukah and Tu B’shvat. Most of these niggunim come from the Boyan tisch, though there are also ones from Slonim, Nedevorna and Premishlan.
They are real rough around the edges, but I feel that they capture the spirit of the rawness of a tisch: thousands of chassidim crowded into one room, clapping and screaming along when appropriate, and on the especially rowdy ones, getting swept up in the ecstatic fervor of the mystical shtetl mantra.
these are some clips from the most recent Zohar lesson with Rav Froman, this time featuring Israeli rock star and all-around oddball ברי סחרוף (Barry Sachrof).
The first is some general rowdiness, and the second is rav froman doing what he does best: tripping out with upturned hands and eyes towards the heavens to receive the infinite treasures that descend from beyond. standard.
Happy Hanukkah, Friends & Friends. Wherever however whatever you are, may the light within you and without you be growing.
Below is a link to a recording from Raz Hartman’s recent visit to the United States. Rav Raz leads V’Ani Tefillah, a shul in Nachlaot, Jerusalem that I first heard about from Micah. In Micah’s words, Raz’s shul is, well, Fire!
A couple weeks ago, he came to New York City to play some shows and give over Torah. Lots of Hanukkah Highness and Deepness, with appearances from the Kotzker Rebbe, Rebbe Nachman and Shlomo Carlebach taboot.
The following recording is one single file of his first night in the City at Yeshivat Hadar. The recording may be amateurish and long, but believe me, it’s worth a listen. And there are more field recordings from the Orchard to come.
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Concerning the verse in the psalm: “Happy is the people that know the joyful shout; they walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance,” the Baal Shem said: “When the people do not depend upon heroes but are themselves versed in the joyful shout of battle, then they will walk in the light of your countenance.”