is a living musical tradition that tells the little-known story of how Jewish culture has been open to the world. Derived from the Greek word meaning poetry, Piyutim are traditionally sung in communal settings for Shabbat, holidays and life-cycle events. In the last decade, the global Jewish music of Piyut has exploded into a national movement in Israel with annual music festivals, recordings by Israel’s rock stars, and Piyut singing communities. Piyut North America aims to bring the richness of the Piyut renaissance from Israel to the US through programs focused on culture, crossover music, yoga and meditation in New York, Boston, and San Francisco.
Agadelkha, written by the poet Abraham Ibn Ezra, is a deeply personal expression of faith, humility, and praise. In this Piyut, Ibn Ezra focuses on the power of singing in community as a pathway for connecting with the divine. The recording below is a melody from the Jerusalemite Sephardic tradition.