Sunday, February 26, 2012


For Kel Adon I usually use medium-fast tunes, not slow tunes. It's just a personal preference of mine. I feel like kel adon is the first thing people in the shul are singing since they woke up on shabbos morning so I have found that they're not usually in the slow song mood; unless of course you're in a shul where people are in that type of mood by about 9:00 am (such as aish kodesh in Woodmere). That being said you can use just about any tune for kel adon but here are some that I have previously used:
1. Shiru Lamelech (Always a great tune but I haven't used it in a while because it's overused nowadays.) MBD shiru lamelech
2. Shalom aleichem (the popular tune. I love using it)
3. Any fast carlebach tune such as od yeshoma (carlebach od yishoma), meheira hashem elokeinu, ata takum, yachad yachad (carlebach yachad (at about 1:50)), l'shana haba'a, shomrim hafkeid l'ircha (carlebach shomrim), etc...
4. Ashira L'hashem (I first heard this tune on MBD's kumzits CD. I don't know who originally wrote it: MBD ashira l'hashem)
5. k'chu imachem d'varim (Rabbi Brazil from Far Rockaway: Brazil kchu)
6. Puppa chassidishe keil adon (ahavas kedumim keil adon). I've never used this because noone knows it but if I ever daven for the amud in a chassidishe shul I'll try this one.
7. Eitan Katz's  Shabbos Kodesh.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


    Hi. My name is Yosef Rappaport. Here's the deal: I am not an expert, a Cantor, or a Chazzan. I have never taken voice lessons before. I do not claim to be an expert in nusach hatefillah, nor do I claim to know everything about leading davening. I do, however, enjoy davening for the amud very much. I guess I am what you would consider a Baal Tefillah. I grew up with a father, Dr. Stuart Rappaport who is a great chazan and who has taught me his nusach for most of davening and especially for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur for which I am a chazan in Queens, NY. But being that I grew up in a shul/neighborhood where for the most part chazanus and cantorial davening is not really appreciated, I have developed a more Baal Tefillah style of davening where I incorporate modern tunes into davening and I try to get the congregation to sing along. Therefore I am always looking for new ideas for tunes to use in davening. I started this blog the day after Yom Kippur 5772/2011 in order to let others know what tunes I use/might use in the future, and more importantly to LET PEOPLE SEND ME THEIR SUGGESTED TUNES SO THAT I CAN EXPAND MY COLLECTION OF TUNES.
     So as I said the point of this blog is to get suggestions from other baalei tefillah for new ideas of tunes to incorporate into my davening.
     I guess the best way to organize this is to go tefilah by tefilah in order of most common to least common (shabbos all the way to Yom Kippur). I invite EVERYONE to let me know what ideas they have for each part of davening and what tunes they love/hate and to feel free to make any suggestions/ comments.