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 mussaf 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.
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.
Performers: Barcelona Symphony-National Orchestra of Catalonia; Elli Jaffe, Conductor; Benzion Miller, Cantor
Orchestration and arrangement: Larry Spivack
Translation by Rabbi Morton M. Leifman