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Encyclopedia > Abraham Zevi Idelsohn

Abraham Zevi Idelsohn (1882-1938) was a foremost Jewish ethnologist and musicologist, who conducted several comprehensive studies of Jewish music around the world. Born in Filsberg, Lithuania, he trained as a cantor and worked briefly in both Europe and South Africa before emigrating to Palestine in 1905 and establishing a school of Jewish music there in 1919. In 1922 he moved to the Cincinnati, Ohio, to take a position as professor of Jewish music at Hebrew Union College. His works include the Thesaurus of Hebrew Oriental Melodies (10 vols. 1914-1932) and Jewish Music (1929). 1882 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... Ethnology (greek ethnos: (non-greek, barbarian) people) is a genre of anthropological study, involving the systematic comparison of the folklore, beliefs and practices of different societies. ... Musicology is the scientific study of music (Greek: musike = music and logos = word). ... Origin of Jewish music in the Temple The earliest synagogal music was based on the same system that in the Temple in Jerusalem. ... The word Cantor can mean more than one thing: Cantor is another name for a Hazzan, a member of the Jewish clergy Cantor is the title of a member of a student society who is the main singer at a cantus Famous people named Cantor include: Eddie Cantor, singer & entertainer... ... 1905 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1919 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Other U.S. States Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Governor Bob Taft (R) Official languages None Area 116,096 km² (34th)  - Land 106,154 km²  - Water 10,044 km² (8. ... Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (also known as HUC or HUC-JIR) is the main seminary for training rabbis, cantors, educators and communal workers in Reform Judaism. ... 1914 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


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Havah Nagilah (421 words)
Since Idelsohn and Yudelson could well have been the same name in the Old Country, my vote is for Idelsohn, at least until I'm able to research the matter for myself.
The man largely responsible for the song's existence in its present form is Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, and he was the father of Jewish Musicology.
Idelsohn documented this part of the transmigration of this melody in Volume 9 of his "Thesaurus of Hebrew Oriental Melodies" page XXIV.
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