Learn to sing Im Eshkachech

From the Psalm 137

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Im Eshkachech is sung at a wedding, even though it has a wistful sadness to it. This is to show how, even in our moment of joy, we are mindful that the Temple at Jerusalem remains unfulfilled, and the world unperfected.

The Words


Im eshkachech Yerushalyim
Tishkach yemini
Tidbak leshoni lechiki
Im lo ezkereichi
Im lo a'aleh et Yerushalayim
Al rosh simchati

If I forget thee o Jerusalem
Forget my right hand
Let my tongue cleave to my mouth
If I do not lift you up
Above my greatest joy


The Jewish Music Recordings

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Im Eshkachech Popular Recordings

Im Eshkachech My (Yisra'el Lutnick) composition, from Gesharim.
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Im Eshkachech Neshama Carlebach sings a spiritual and well-arranged version.
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Im Eshkachech Cantorial version with my teacher, Cantor Joseph Malovany. I sang this under my chuppah!
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