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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.

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

West 11th Street Cemetery

The West Eleventh Street cemetery, the second historic cemetery of Congregation Shearith Israel, was consecrated on February 27, 1805.