Category Archives: Rotem Cohen

Learning 4: An Introduction to Karaite Liturgy (New Video)

During the past six months I’ve done a few online classes. They are fun, and I look forward to doing more. I finally got around to recording the one on the Karaite liturgy. You can watch that one here. I have a few more to record.

For the Karaite liturgy video, I put up a challenge to raise money for The Karaite Press. Check it out to see whether you’ll be donating $10, $20 or $30. (Of course, feel free to donate nothing. Or more.)

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Filed under Aaron ben Joseph, Karaite Prayers & Melody, Mantra, Nir Nissim, Rotem Cohen

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Omer

I usually don’t express my Karaite state of mind publicly, but I am generally worried about the survival of the movement and its philosophy. As you can imagine, we have a massive demographic disadvantage, and despite the fact that the internet is the great equalizer, we are structurally behind our Rabbanite kin in terms of infrastructure and resources. This worry of mine isn’t “new”. I’ve had these same worries since I was in my teens.

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Filed under Calendar, Counting of the Omer, Rotem Cohen, Shavuot

Music Madness 1: Help Me Choose My Favorite Son

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In honor of March Madness, I thought I would do a series of posts asking you to choose which Karaite songs you like best.

Today’s contest is between two different renditions of the same song. The song is Lahatany Mivhar Banay, which translates to To my Groom, the Choicest of My Sons.

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Filed under poetry, Rotem Cohen, Simha Lutski

Reader Poll: Can You Detect a Crimean Karaite Melody?

I know. I know. It’s not even Shavuot and here I am talking about lamentations for the month of Av. But I can’t stop listening to these snippets I received from Hazzan Rotem Cohen. He recorded the introductory words of a well-known Karaite lamentation for me in two renditions: once with the Egyptian tune and once with the Crimean tune. Today, I want to see if you can identify which is which.

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Filed under Aaron ben Joseph, Av, Mourning, Nir Nissim, Rotem Cohen, The Temple

Behind that Cups Video is a Hallelujah and a Song of Defiance

Cups . . . the gift that keeps giving

By now, most of you have seen the Rotem Cohen Cups video that the Karaite Jews of America has posted on its Facebook page and website. Today, I share with you some of the background of the video and let you know that a lot more is coming your way.

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Filed under Israel Maghribi, Miriam Kefeli, Mordecai Ben Nisan, Nir Nissim, Priel Nissim, Riikka Tuori, Rotem Cohen, Royal Attire, Solomon ben Aaron, Yisrael HaMa'aravi, Yovel Musa

Everyone’s Butchering ibn Gabirol’s Poem, and You Should Too

In my last post, I demonstrated how I believe the Karaite siddur contains a beautiful error with respect to a single letter in a biblical verse. Today, I want to demonstrate that everyone and – as far as I can tell – I mean everyone who is singing some version of Shelomo ibn Gabirol’s She’areikha (“Your Gates”) is singing a version that is unattested to in the fragments that are publicly available through the Friedberg Geniza Project.

Despite this, I would wholeheartedly be honored if you would sing the Karaite transmission of the poem. And I would be equally honored if this post encouraged you to learn and sing any of the versions that appear in Rabbanite siddurim or in the Geniza fragments.

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Filed under Gabriel Wasserman, poetry, Prayer, Rotem Cohen