Other Occasions


The blessings said at the conclusion of Shabbat. (For the the text, click here.)

Havdalah [JC]

In the synagogue service, Havdala is immediately followed by Ps. 121. Here is an Anglo-Jewish (albeit Ashkenazi) melody that has been adopted by the S&P.

Esa Einai [JC]

Although not part of the S&P Havdala, Baruch Haba does occur in other versions of the ceremony. Here is the S&P melody from Rosh Hodesh, which we sing for Havdala too. This is possibly the most famous - and most beautiful - of the S&P melodies. I've added two voices in this recording, one above and one below the melody.

Baruch Haba [JC 3-voices]

When said at home, Havdala is followed by the following biblical verses, which are here read with the S&P taamey hamikra (cantillation). The first group are from the Chumash (Pentateuch) with one cantillation; the second from the Prophets and Writings, with another.

Veyiten lecha [JC]

Yisrael nosha [JC]


"Hamavdil (bein kodesh lechol)" is a hymn traditionally sung after Havdalah.

Melody 1: This melody is recorded in de Sola's famous "Ancient Melodies", and is therefore the "original" London tune.

Hamavdil 1 [JC]

Melody 2: The S&P Community in New York sing "Hamavdil" to their version of the tune for "Yah shimcha" from Yom Kippur. I have recorded it below with both the London and NY versions of the tune. (I sing it in my own home to the London tune, but cannot really say it is a London tradition to do so, since they do not sing it to this tune at all.)

Hamavdil 2 (NY) [JC]

Hamavdil 2 (London) [JC]

Musicians note that the "London" version (of "Yah shimcha") ends on the dominant, giving it a distinctly oriental flavour and the feeling of "never coming to an end", while the Americans seem to have westernised theirs so that it ends more conventionally (for western music, that is) on the tonic.

Wedding ceremony

Sheva Berachot:1 [JC]

Sheva Berachot:2 [JC]

Sheva Berachot:3 [JC]

Sheva Berachot:4 [JC]

Sheva Berachot:5 [JC]

Sheva Berachot:6 [JC]

Sheva Berachot:7 [JC]

All Seven Blessings (YouTube) [JC]

I have used the authentic S&P wording of the seventh blessing, which varies significantly from that commonly used among both other Sephardim and Ashkenazim - having an amusing tendency to cause consternation among the uninitiated, and the conviction that a mistake has been made.

Sheva Berachot:7 (NY) [JC]

This is a variant of the seventh blessing, influenced by Hazan Abraham Lopes Cardozo of Amsterdam and New York.