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This Classic Rosh Hashanah Prayer Set to a Sia Song is Gorgeous

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It may be hard to believe, but Rosh Hashanah is coming sooner than you think (even though it is particularly late this year). If you’ve been to Rosh Hashanah services (and Yom Kippur services, for that matter) you probably recognize the Unetanah Tokef prayer as one of the pinnacles of High Holiday liturgy–a dramatic, vivid description of the Day of Judgment meant to strike fear in us (yikes!).

Well, if not fear, this new version of the Unetanah Tokef set to the tune of Sia’s “Bird Set Free” definitely left me awestruck. Composed and performed by Nili Isenberg, who earlier this year wowed us with her version of the Mourner’s Kaddish set to Adele’s “Hello,” my favorite part about this version, besides her beautiful, haunting voice, is the fact that she includes both the Hebrew and English translation of the prayer, making it all the more meaningful for those of us not up on our Hebrew.

I’ll be adding this one to my High Holiday playlist (which right now just consists of Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire.”) Give it a listen for yourself:


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Molly Tolsky

Molly Tolsky is the editor of Kveller. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her fiction has appeared in various literary magazines including Hayden's Ferry Review, Lumina, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in Modern Loss, xoJane, and the Jewish Daily Forward. She lives in Brooklyn and is not a parent, but a very proud aunt.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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