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Quita'l tas 02:15
 

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Quita’l tas is a traditional Sephardi Hanukka song, sung here in an arrangement by Cheryl Bensman-Rowe. With its inventive, tasteful instrumentation that echoes perceived eastern and Mediterranean Sephardi sounds as part of a contemporary reworking, it nearly becomes a new song altogether. It belongs to a subcategory of culinary holiday and holyday songs in which, in this case, a festive meal inaugurates the entire month of the Hebrew calendar in which Hanukka occurs—perhaps a Shabbat meal closest to the month of kislev.

By: Neil W. Levin

 

Lyrics

Sung in Ladino

Bring out the tray, put down the food.
The girls set the table in the month of Hanukka.
Let's feast again.

Take the chicken from the kitchen.
Give the soup to the neighbor,
So that the month of Hanukka may be sweet for her.
Let's feast again.

One takes ten measures of oil from a container.
The other takes ten handfuls of flour from a sack,
To make little cakes for Hanukka.
Let's feast again.


 

Credits

arranger: Cheryl Bensman-Rowe
Composer: Traditional
Length: 02:15
Genre: Choral

Performers: The Western Wind

Date Recorded: 01/01/1991
Venue: New York, New York
Engineer: Liberman, LRP Digital Productions, Mikhail
Assistant Engineer: Zukof, William

Additional Credits:

Publisher: Transcontinental
Translation: Gerald C. Skolnik

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