November 21, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm #593145DovidAptParticipant
Im looking for information on the song beginning “shokoh chamah shokoh nafshi” by R’avrohom eliyahu Kaplan zl. if anyone knows some of its history, or where a recording can be heard please post.
Thank youNovember 22, 2010 3:15 am at 3:15 am #712874
my mother used to sing it to us.it’s a beautiful haunting melody composed by a great tzadik on his deathbed or wherever he was when he knew he was close to death.i get tearful whenever i sing it because my mother herself was niftar young.i can’t sing it to a man but to a wife or daughter.November 25, 2010 5:53 am at 5:53 am #712875
wrong?November 26, 2010 5:36 am at 5:36 am #712876asdfghParticipant
according to wikipedia, he wrote it when he was seventeen years old (not right before he was niftar)November 26, 2010 1:38 pm at 1:38 pm #712877
1.he must have thought he was going to die then–please have someone translate the lyrics for you.
2.what is the name of that website?my son found the music for a nigun in a sefer and would love to know the tune(it’s in musical notes)
3.the way they sing it is not 100%accurate–the actual tune is even nicer.November 28, 2010 7:13 am at 7:13 am #712878asdfghParticipant
1. i understand the lyrics. it is a song of mussar, and the battle between the nefesh and the guf, which the author feels is a losing battle, not necessarily talking about physical death. the website i posted before has a nice explanation on the left side of the page (scroll to the bottom, after the history of the song).
2. the name of which website?
3. the recording on that site is not so nice, but i think the tune itself is accurate. incidentally, R’ Kaplan zt”l did not compose that tune, it just happens to be the most popular one to sing it with… (again, see the info on the website).November 28, 2010 7:38 am at 7:38 am #712879
my mother a”h sang that song to us and since it’s kind of a mesorah for me,i accept her musical version as well as the context in which it was explained.i meant how did you access the website you used as the source?
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