Friday, July 30, 2010

Adon Olam Around The World: Back To Brazil For A Joyful, Uplifting, Leaping, Dancing Version

After bringing you six versions of the Shabbat hymn Adon Olam from around the world, we discovered another one from Brazil that held our attention and we think will hold yours.

Brazil has a tradition of dance troupes performing Israeli dances, especially on Israel Independence Day.  This one, called Lehakat Shalom (Troupe of Peace), features between 20 and 30 young women (we couldn't get an exact count) who leap in unison with an exuberance that we have never seen in renditions of Adon Olam in our own synagogue.  

This is certainly an uplifting performance, especially the arms of the dancers, which lift ever higher as the song builds in intensity.  Not exactly a typical Adon Olam as performed by your typical pre-teen at the end of a Shabbat morning service, but one that we hope will inspire you as we begin another Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom!

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