Hayom t'amtzenu 05:16

Liner Notes

Though Hayyom t’amtzeinu represents only one side of David Roitman’s style, its lighthearted, spirited quasi-Hassidic character illustrates Zeidl Rovner’s lasting influence on him. (Rovner’s compositions always bore the flavor of the Hassidic melos in which he had been immersed as a youngster.) The orchestral treatment of this rendition removes it entirely from the realm of worship and casts it into the concert format. But solo or with a cappella choir, the basic melody and its well-crafted extensions and development could serve as well in the natural environment of a traditional synagogue service. Hayyom t’amtzeinu, which occurs on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur toward the end of the lengthy musaf service, has historically been sung to vivacious or dance-type tunes such as this throughout Ashkenazi practice in various traditions—including western traditions that retain a more sober character for the bulk of the preceding liturgy, to which livelier melodies offer a counterbalanced conclusion.

By: Neil W. Levin



Sung in Hebrew

Strengthen us today.
Exalt us today.
Seek our well-being today.
Hear our supplications today.
Accept our prayers with mercy and goodwill today.
Support us with Your mighty arm of righteousness today.



Composer: David Roitman

Length: 05:16
Genre: Liturgical

Performers: Barcelona Symphony-National Orchestra of CataloniaElli Jaffe, Conductor;  Benzion Miller, Cantor

Date Recorded: 05/01/2000
Venue: Centre Cultural de Sant Cugat (A), Barcelona, Spain
Engineer: Kornacher, Bertram
Assistant Engineer: Weir, Simon
Project Manager: Schwendener, Paul

Additional Credits:

Orchestration and arrangement: Larry Spivack
Translation by Rabbi Morton M. Leifman


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