By request: The Hebrew prayers for Pope Francis

By request: The Hebrew prayers for Pope Francis


norman lebrecht

September 27, 2015

Various readers have asked to hear hazan (cantor) Ari Schwartz who sang the memorial prayer for the fallen of 9/11 before Pope Francis at Ground Zero. Here’s the video:

ari schwartz


  • Itsjtime says:

    Thank you, Norman.

  • Robert Hairgrove says:

    Absolutely ravishing voice! Thank you, Norman, for posting this. He reminds me a great deal of the unforgettable Joseph Schmidt, both in his effortless high register as well as in his impeccable intonation. Even his face bears a certain resemblance — although he seems to be a little taller than Schmidt, who was only about 5’1 (1.5 meters).

    Todah rabah!

    • Robert Hairgrove says:

      Well, probably a lot taller, if he did military service. 🙂

      • M2N2K says:

        Since he served “as a soloist in the Israeli Defense Forces Rabbinical Troupe”, his height was probably not an issue. But he certainly looks taller than Joseph Schmidt was. In any case, he has a very pleasant voice with sensitive musicality and perfect intonation.

  • Mark says:

    A wonderful performance ! And it’s so touching that a bishop (at the end of the video) is singing along (in Hebrew !)

  • Curlew Song says:

    Simply wonderful. Thank you.

  • Jo Hammond says:

    It doesn’t matter that I don’t understand the words. The music says it all!
    (From an admirer of Cantor Gershon Sirota.)