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What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?

Riki Goldstein

From the holy and separate back to the mundane

Wednesday, November 07, 2018


s the nights get longer, Motzaei Shabbos stretches forth with a beckoning invitation to sit down to an unrushed, inspiring Melaveh Malkah — the final seudah suspended in time between Shabbos and the workday week. Even a menu of leftover challah becomes a queen’s feast when accompanied by the stirring songs and zemiros that transition us from the holy and separate back to the mundane.


What’s your favorite Motzaei Shabbos niggun?


Arranger Yuval Stupel

On Motzaei Shabbos I find that the authentic songs we used to sing together with my grandparents create that special atmosphere. I sing “Amar Hashem LeYaakov” to the niggun composed by the famous Reb Yankel Talmud of Gur, and Reb Benzion Shenker’s “Hamavdil.”


Producer and arranger Naftali Schnitzler

My favorite is “Adir Oyoim” composed by Reb Moshe Goldman a”h (on the Somachti album). It’s geshmak, very heartwarming, and at the same time easy to sing and just the right length!


Singer and composer Eitan Katz

The Breslov tune for “Bemotza’ei Yom Menuchah.” The combination of a beautiful niggun to incredibly deep words helps cultivate the bitachon in Hashem we need to get us through the week.


Arranger, producer, and composer Moshe Laufer

I like the timeless “Hamavdil,” composed by Reb Bentzion Shenker a”h.

I wrote the arrangements to the version Avraham Fried sang on his Melaveh Malkah album years ago. There are many beautiful Motzaei Shabbos songs, but this one transcends time and place, and remains my number one.


Singer Shimmy Engel

I like to sing “A Gutte Voch” from Avraham Fried’s Melaveh Malkah. Yiddish lyrics have a special charm, and people connect because of its special, warm place in our hearts. The message is beautiful, and the tune has also been borrowed many times— you might recognize the chorus from countless grammen and songs. When I sing it at events, I can see people are really listening— it’s not just a background hum.


Composer and producer Avrum Mordche Schwartz

My Melaveh Malkah favorite is “G-tt fun Avrohom.” The words of this special Motzaei Shabbos supplication were written by the heiliger Berditchever, and tradition has it that the contemplative niggun our family sings (some sing the tune to “Ma Yedidus”) comes from Berditchev, too.


Musician, singer, composer Abie Rotenberg

I opt for Shlomo Carlebach’s rousing “Eliyahu Hanavi.” (“Eliyahu Hanavi Eliyahu haTishbi Eliyahu haGiladi, Eliyahu haGiladià Bimeheirah yavo eleinu im Mashiach, im Mashiach ben David!”) It’s a niggun filled with hope and optimism. (Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 734)



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