I suppose I should really call this page Ta-ngamim, but knowing how ridiculous it looks to many I have bowed to more common usage in the title and menubar.


The ta-ngamim are the cantillation marks added above and below the text, in addition to the vowels, indicating how the word should be chanted. Frequently there are also minor variations that depend on which ta-mgam comes immediately before or afterwards. Minor variations like these are hard to transcribe, and much depends on producing an overall sound that is faithful to the tradition, and which helps rather than hinders the understanding of the text.

I hope to put samples of the S&P ta-ngamim for the various books of the Tanakh on this page,

First here is a scan of the pages in the Daily and Occasional Prayer Book with the music for the regular Torah and Haftara ta'amim:

S&P Tangamim (PDF file)


This sample of the Torah cantillation is from parashat Va-etchanan.

Blessing before the Torah [JC]

Torah Chant (Vaetchanan) [JC]

Blessing after the Torah [JC]


Blessing before the haftara [JC]

Haftara Cantillation [JC]

♫ Haftara Chant (Bo) [JC]

♫ Blessing after the haftara [JC]

Haftarot Dipuranita

The Haftarot read on the three Shabbatot between the Fast of Tammuz and the Fast of Av are known as the Haftarot Dipuranita ("Haftarot of rebuke"), and sung with a unique, mournful melody, as are their introductory blessings. The blessings after the Haftara are sung as usual.

Blessing before the haftarot dipuranita [HB]

HaftaraMattot [HB]

HaftaraMassey [HB]

HaftaraDevarim [HB]

Megillat Esther

The London S&P read the Megillah on Purim without reference to the ta-ngamim. The file below contains a sample of the chant used, starting from the beginning of the Megillah.

Blessings before the Megillah [HB]

Megillah sample [HB]

Blessing after the Megillah [HB]

Megillat Ruth