Life cycle

The wedding ceremony (chupah) and funeral (levaya) with its shivah-week of mourning are important occasions in the life cycle. Below you find sheetmusic and recordings of both ceremonies.

 

Wedding – chupah

Texts of the chupah are written in a special booklet for these occasions and in the LJG-siddur (pp. 580-585). The text of Simeni chachotam (Shir Hashirim – Song of Songs 8:6-7) can only be found in the chupah-booklet (pp. 8-9).

SHEETMUSIC

Baruch Haba pdf
Adonai shomrecha – Mi adir pdf
Mi adir (end by P. Gorin) pdf
Erusin, 1st cup pdf
Simeni chachotam al libecha pdf
Sjeva berachot by H. Bloemendal pdf
Alternative version Asher bara sason pdf 


RECORDINGS

CvU = Chaim van Unen
GN = Gilad Nezer

Baruch Haba mp3
Adonai shomrecha – mi adir mp3
Erusin (2 berachot) mp3
Simeni chachotam mp3

Yevarechecha Psalm 128:5-6 – Shir hama’alot version 1 mp3
Yevarechecha Psalm 128:4-6 – Shir hama’alot version 2 mp3

Sjeva berachot version Gorin complete CvU mp3
Sjeva berachot 1st beracha CvU mp3
Sjeva berachot 2nd beracha CvU mp3
Sjeva berachot 3rd beracha CvU mp3
Sjeva berachot 4th beracha CvU mp3
Sjeva berachot 5th beracha CvU mp3
Sjeva berachot 6th beracha CvU mp3
Sjeva berachot 7th beracha CvU mp3

Sjeva berachot version Bloemendal complete GN mp3
Sjeva berachot beracha 1 GN mp3
Sjeva berachot beracha 2 GN mp3
Sjeva berachot beracha 3 GN mp3
Sjeva berachot beracha 4 GN mp3
Sjeva berachot beracha 5 GN mp3
Sjeva berachot beracha 6 GN mp3
Sjeva berachot beracha 7 GN mp3

 

Funeral – shiva

RECORDINGS

CU = chazan Chaim van Unen
PG = chazan Paul Gorin
ES = chazan Eli Schleifer

El male rachamim for a man mp3 – CU
See text in book ‘Beartsot Hachajiem’ or p. 616 LJG-siddur.

El male rachamim in  Yizkor service PG mp3 – PG
See text p. 354 in LJG-machzor for the High Holidays.

El male rachamim for Pesach Yizkor mp3 – ES


Spanish-Portuguese tradition

At the end of a funeral (‘mitzwa’) in Spanish-Portuguese (West-Sefardic) congregations ‘lavadores’ (members of the chevrah kadisha) walk  seven hakafot around the coffin. During these hakafot texts are recited, which you can listen below. These texts are written in the Spanish-Portuguese siddurim. The recordings are sung by Halfon Benarroch, senior chazan of Bevis Marks Synagogue in London.

1st hakafa
2nd hakafa
3rd hakafa
4th hakafa
5th hakafa
6th hakafa
7th hakafa

NB. The melody starts halfway the text. The first part is sung in the same way as in the following hakafot.