Davening Nusach with Ari Goldwag
By Ari Goldwag
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Presented here is the Nusach (tune) of the Davening (prayer service) that is performed in the Synagogue.
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Audio Davening Rocks
I was a few months ago interested in how to pray as a Jew. This podcast didn't tell me how, it actually has Ari Goldwag davening. He has the best voice and it alone encourages me to connect with G-d when I pray along with it.
My suggestion is to get a hebrew prayer book and go through it with him. It is truly a spiritual experience.
If you like his voice he also has a bunch of really great songs on iTunes and a fantastic Facebook group.
Authentic but bland
Nice little voice. Carries a tune well and knows how to stay in mode. A good, authentic davening with mostly the correct nusach. Better than 98% of what people put on the web. Kedusha tunes are boilerplate, and a few standard "moves" to major (during kedushat hayom of Shacharit) are missed (as are many other moments of potential expression). Shacharit is almost note for note from the basic Katchko "black" book. Includes some annoying habits of many lay daveners: Goes down on the "shem" on every b'racha. Not the worst mistake, but the sign of someone who doesn't quite know the tradition. Does the "m'chayei hameitim" motif associated with entering musaf kedusha at shacharit as well. Starts the tune of Binder's R'stei in musaf too early, rather than davening the shem/beginning of "Elokeinu v'lokei avoteinu, r'stei," (as Binder notated) and starting the tune with "Kadsheinu" (then you don't have to repeat the A Section 3 times, boichick). Doesn't know how to make words fit the tune for mimkomcha. Goes to extremes to avoid repeating words, even in the Torah service (where it is permitted by the most machmir Rabbanim). This destroys Rovner's "Bei Ana rachetz," and the Sulzer tunes as well (repeating is not A tradition of Jewish davening, it is THE tradition). Ari does a really nice job with the prayers at the end of Torah service. Starts Ashrei in minor rather than major (he manages to pivot nicely into major at the end for "Y'hal'lu/Hodo al eretz," though). Thankfully, he does the correct opening motif for Kaddish going into musaf, but he misses the second, recurring, 3-1-5 motif at the end of phrases. Still, better than expected, especially for a Yeshiva Bocher!