Yom Kippur תשע''ח   

on  27/09/2017 
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Unetaneh Tokef is a thousand-year-old prayer in the form of a poem, reflecting the Jewish people's devotion to their faith.

​Keren Hayesod-UIA has been granted special permission by the Israel Defense Force spokesman to present, on our website, one of the most touching video clips that it had produced, featuring Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, the IDF's chief military cantor--for Yom Kippur. The video clip is an outstanding production, a special rendition of "Unetaneh Tokef" from the liturgy for the Days of Awe, accompanied by a choir of Israeli soldiers at Tel Aviv's Great Synagogue.
 
"Unetaneh Tokef" is a thousand-year-old prayer in the form of a poem, reflecting the Jewish people's devotion to their faith. The prayer is the central thread of this video clip, bringing together centuries of Jewish tradition and the sanctity of the period from Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The video is set against the backdrop of film footage from the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The clip carries an impressive message that the history of the Jewish people is embedded in Jewish consciousness from generation to generation, that we have bravely faced many challenges and with common purpose can look forward to the future with confidence.
 
Shanah tovah and gmar hatimah tovah. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life.
 
THE "UNETANEH TOKEF" PRAYER
 
"The best entry to the Israeli experience of Yom Kippur." That's how American Jewish scholar Lawrence A. Hoffman described the very special musical rendition by Yair Rosenblum of the 1,000-year old "Unetaneh Tokef" prayer—which is a piyut, a form of a poem, attributed to Rabbi Amnon of Mainz, (מגנצא), who was said to have refused a high ministerial position in return for giving up his faith and turning his back on Judaism. Refusing the offer, he was brutally tortured and mutilated. Before he died, it is said that he uttered the words of this piyut.


 
 

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