The words Shema Yisrael appear in daily prayers and on many ritual items, such as the mezuza and tefillin. The words have been arranged into musical compositions, many of which feature in the NLI music collection. This is an illustrated version of the Shema intended for use as a pre-bed time ritual.
Possible Primary Sources
Ethnic recordings, recordings of modern Israeli music, archives of Israeli musicians and songwriters such as Naomi Shemer, sheet music, and posters advertising Israeli singers and performers.
Tel Aviv, Tzfat, Jerusalem, Druze villages
A record containing a recording of Sch'ma Jisrael by Cantor Wolf Wilder of Odessa, produced in Germany in the 1950's.
As with many aspects of Israeli life, music in Israel is greatly impacted by traditions and trends from different parts of the world. Israeli music is combined of both religious prayer music and secular music. It is influenced by the culture and traditions of the people living in Israel: Hassidic, Sephardi, and Western Europeans Jews as well as the music of Arabs, both Muslims and Christians, Bedouins, Druze, and other minority communities. Contemporary music is influenced by the music of Israel’s Middle Eastern and Mediterranean neighbours and by international trends. Israeli music is both the classical music which accompanied musicians fleeing Europe and the music Yemenite musicians brought with from the Arabian Peninsula. Modern music , traditional Klezmer music, and Israeli folk music from the early kibbutz pioneers are all part of the mosaic of Israeli music.
Lily, Hannah, Samantha
For their final project, Lily, Hannah and Samantha decided to research the song Shema Yisrael, based on the prayer "Hear O Israel".