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Shelomo Ibn Gabirol's Azharot

Statue of Ibn Gabirol in Southern Spain

Statue of Ibn Gabirol in Southern Spain

Listen to Azharot chanted by Hazzan Rabbi Ira Rohde in the Spanish & Portuguese traditional Shabuot melody.

 

Azharot (“Admonitions”) is the name given to the poem by Shelomo Ibn Gabirol with introduction by David Ibn Eleazar Pekudah, which enumerates all 613 Commandments of the Torah in rhymed verse. The introduction and the first part, which lists the 248 positive Commandments, is read on Wednesday evening at 7:15 pm, just before Minhah, and  the second part, which enumerates the 365 negative Commandments, is read on Thursday evening at 7:15 pm before Minhah. The poem is chanted by the men and boys of the congregation in the Spanish & Portuguese traditional Shabuot melody in a round-robin style, with each participant leading two lines.

Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.

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Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

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