Learning melodies of the High Holy Days

Shofar Rosh Hashanah apple honey

Rosh HaShanah Evening Blessings: Kiddush – Blessing over the Wine
Shehecheyanu, Thanking God for allowing us to reach this day.

Recorded by Cantor Judy Ribnick with the help of Rabbi Carie Carter and Angela Weisl, we are pleased to share these songs and melodies with you in the hopes of enhancing your experience of the Days of Awe.

Click here for melodies of Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah morning (Shacharit,) Torah service, Healing service, Musaf service. Also listen to melodies from Uom Kippur including Kol Nidrei (“All vows”,) Yizkor (memorial for those no longer with us,) and Neilah (“closing of the gates.”)

High Holy day melodies on mp3 from the Park Slope Jewish Center


High Holiday Melodies from Jewish Community Center of Paramus / Congregation Beth Tikvah, New Jersey, USA
The congregational melodies of the High Holidays are special because they are sung only during this liturgical season. While they probably all sound familiar, you now have an opportunity to learn them and actively participate by singing or humming or even speaking the words.
Please choose a Hebrew text sheet and/or a transliterated text sheet to follow along with these short recordings which are keyed to the numbers on the sheets.
The prayers are recorded in the sequence in which they appear in the Rosh Hashanah services, followed by prayers that are sung only on Yom Kippur. Page numbers are listed next to all of the titles.
Since the new Machzor Lev Shalem includes a great number of transliterated prayers, it provides an occasion to expand our Listen and Learn High Holiday offerings. Please print out the 2-page transliterated text file to help you enjoy and learn the words and/or tunes of the 17 new recordings.
Note that the text sheets in the original High Holiday Melodies section (above) have also been updated with the new Machzor’s page numbers, printed in red. Bringing these sheets along to synagogue services is optional, as all of the transliterations also appear in the prayer book.

To Listen: please select a recording below.

  1. Maariv selections – MP3 File
  2. Shehecheyanu -MP3 File
  3. Amidah responses – MP3 File
  4. Zochreinu, Mi Chamocha – MP3 File
  5. Simcha Le-artzecha – MP3 File
  6. Melech al kol ha-aretz – MP3 File
  7. Avinu malkeinu – MP3 File
  8. Adonai Adonai – MP3 File
  9. Berosh Hashana – MP3 File
  10. Vekareiv pezureinu – MP3 File
  11. Kadesheinu – MP3 File
  12. Areshet sefateinu – MP3 File
  13. Hayom te-amtzeinu – MP3 File
  14. Yaaleh refrains – MP3 File
  15. Salachti – Laberit – MP3 File
  16. Selach lanu-Ki anu amecha – MP3 File
  17. Ashamanu – MP3 File
  18. Maariv theme – MP3 File
  19. Brief themes – MP3 File

Since the new Machzor Lev Shalem includes a great number of transliterated prayers, it provides an occasion to expand our Listen and Learn High Holiday offerings. Please print out the 2-page transliterated text file to help you enjoy and learn the words and/or tunes of the 17 new recordings.

To download a file for later listening: Right-click on the title and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”.

20. Ahavat Olam – MP3 File (RH & YK Ma’ariv)

21. Tik’u Vachodesh – MP3 File  (RH Ma’ariv)

22. Ki Vayom Hazeh – MP3 File  (YK Ma’ariv)

23. Yigdal for High Holidays – MP3 File  (RH & YK Ma’ariv)

24. Psalm 130 – MP3 File  (RH & YK Shacharit)

25. L’eil Orekh Din – MP3 File (RH & YK Shacharit)

26. Ki Anu Amekha – MP3 File (YK all 4 services)

27. B’seifer Chayim – MP3 File (RH & YK all services)

28. Va’ani T’filati – MP3 File (RH & YK Torah Service)

29.Min Hameitzar – MP3 File (RH Shofar Service)

30. L’David Mizmor – MP3 File (RH & YK Torah Service, except on Shabbat)

31. Melekh Elyon – MP3 File (RH Musaf)

32. V’khol Ma’aminim – MP3 File (RH & YK Musaf)

33. V’ye’etayu – MP3 File (RH & YK Musaf)

34. Hal’lu Eil B’kodsho – MP3 File (RH Musaf)

35. Han’shamah Lakh – MP3 File (YK Ma’ariv)

36. P’tach Lanu Sha’ar – MP3 File  (YK Ne’ilah)




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One comment

  1. This website is an extraordinary blog of High Holiday Torah and Haftorah Cantillation to enjoy and participate in Congregational Prayer.


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