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Chief cantor of IDF took Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and created a masterpiece

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The Chief Cantor of the Israel Defense Forces took the beautiful tune of the song Hallelujah. He then sang it to one of the Psalms. It turned out phenomenal, just listen to this.

Chief Cantor

The Chief Cantor is the Singer of the Israeli Defense Forces. The Cantor today is Shai Abramson. Additionally, his job is to perform at ceremonies that take place across the country that involve the Israel Defense Forces. These ceremonies would include soldiers inauguration to the IDF or the ceremonies that take place on Remembrance Day.

Leanard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Originally this song was released in 1984. However, it only became popular after it made its debut in the movie Shrek in 2001. Furthermore, did you know that the song has been sung by over 300 different singers? There have also been many different versions in different languages.

Psalm 150

Psalm 150 is the last in the Book of Psalms written by King David. The word Hallelujah means to praise God. In fact, in this Psalm, it mentions how we can be praising God, for example with all these instruments, such as the Shofar or the flute.

Finally, praising God is an integral part of Jewish life. We praise God to become closer to Him, to form a relationship. Additionally, we want to become more connected to God, in the hope that when we ask Him for something He responds in the positive.

Lyrics

Hallelujah!
Praise God in His holy place,
praise Him in the firmament of His might.
Praise Him with His mighty deeds,
praise Him as befits His superb greatness.
Praise Him with a shofar blast,
praise Him with psaltery and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrels and dance,
praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.
Praise Him with resounding cymbals,
praise Him with resonant cymbals.
Let every soul praise God.
Hallelujah!