March 18, 2018 ~ Shabbat HAGADOL. Maqam RAHAWI-NAWAH.

Moses (Moe) A Tawil



Moses Moe Tawil (1915-2018) was born in New York City to Yael (Shrem) and Abraham Tawil.  Moe Tawil’s communal activities began when his father passed away and Moe was 18 years old.  He was part of the group that formed Bnai Magen David (Young Magen David), of which his brother, Isaac A”H, was the first president.  Once Moe married, he joined the committee of the Magen David Yeshiva Hebrew School.

Moe and his brother, Isaac, served on the board of the Yeshivah of Flatbush and were among the leaders involved in building the main edifice on East 10th street in Brooklyn together with his brothers Harry and David and all of their families.

Moe is an active member of the board of Congregation Shaare Zion. He served as the President of the Bradley Beach Synagogue where he established the first day camp in the Sephardic community, Magen David Day Camp of Bradley Beach. He served on the board of directors of Magen David Yeshiva.  Moe was instrumental in establishing the Hallandale Beach Synagogue in Florida and was responsible for a Sephardic shul and minyan in the Concord Hotel for 35 years. He has served on the board of directors for the Deal Synagogue and was involved in the founding of the magnificent Sephardic Community Center on Ocean Parkway in Flatbush. Moe is the founder and director of the Moe Tawil Cantorial Seminary.

Moe was invited twice to Israel to establish a program to maintain the Sephardic liturgical musical tradition for Hazzanim, out of which Tiferet HaMizrach was established, a group of Hazzanim who have been coming to the United States to perform on holidays as well as at concerts.  Moe has instructed and lectured on Sephardic Liturgical music at New York University, Hofstra, and Yeshiva University, and continues to guide many of the Hazzanim in the Syrian community.

Moe Tawil passed away on February 1, 2018, at the age of 102. May his memory be blessed.

Index of Recordings

Section Pizmon Page Song CommentaryRecordings Application
Baqashot 10 20 ה' בוקר Shelomo Ibn Gabirol Maqam Hoseni Hoseni. Psalms 5:4. M. Tawil
ה' מלך
Rast 155c 132a אל חביב M Tawil
Sasgar 200 163 אסיר ביוקשי Raphael Tabbush Assir El 'Eshq: In 1906, Daoud Hosni was granted the first prize at the Musical Congress in Paris, for the composition of his famous hit "Assir El' Eshq" أســير العــشـق. It is a song that still thrills enthusiasts of Middle-Eastern Music. M Tawil
M Tawil 2
Ajam 206 169 לעם חביב Maqam Sasgar Arabic: Sayed El Safti singing "Bid'i il Habib" in Maqam Geharka. Hamaoui Manuscript M Tawil
Nahwand 289 225 מה עצמו Moses Ashear Wedding of Selim and Nizha Gindi. Photograph is courtesy of David Catton, grandson. Ashear Manuscript Photograph of Selim and Nizha Gindi M Tawil (and next song)
Nahwand 293.2 228b אני אשיר לך M Tawil
M Tawil 2
Bayat 300 238 יחיד רם Raphael Tabbush First song at all Sebets. The initials at the beginning of each stanza form the acrostic 'Yosef'. Hamaoui Manuscript Tabbush Manuscript M. Tawil
Bayat 308 242 יה אלי מהר Raphael Tabbush Title in Red Book of "Abd Al Ekhoua" is incorrect. The actual title is “min abli mah ahwah algamal.” M Tawil
Bayat 341 261 הבו גודל Moses Ashear Bar Misvah. Ashear Manuscript Moe Tawil
שועת עניים
Bayat 389 313 צור יה אל Ezekiel Hai Albeg Song written in honor of Charlie Serouya, Youth Minyan leader of Magen David. This pizmon was adapted from an instrumental prelude by the Egyptian composer Muhammad' Abd al-Wahhab called "Bint al Balad" ("Country Girl"), 1951. Photograph of Charlie Serouya M. Tawil
Mehayar-Bayat 395 321 אשיר אני Moses Ashear J Gindi. M Tawil
Saba 456 379 טובך לעולם Arabic of it HOBBAK YA SALAM sung by Saleh 'Abd El Hai. Hakham Moshe Ashear used it for Naqdishakh for Perashat Ki Tesse. M Tawil
Saba 458 380 יחיש מבשר Mentions Eliahou HaNavi. Related to Passover. Arabic title is Ya'ish WeYe'shaq Qalbi, sung here by Sheikh Yousef El Manyalawi. Ashear used it for Qadish for NASO in 1937 & 1938) M Tawil
Saba 492 405 יהי שלום Milah. For the birth of a baby boy. This pizmon is used at the Berit Milah. The initials at the beginning of each stanza form the acrostic 'Yehoshua'. This pizmon is taken from Mahzor Aram Soba, Sefer Shirim, Baghdad, 1906. An older version of this same song is found in Mahzor Aram Soba of 1560 (words vary slightly). Mahzor Aram Soba 1560 Shire Zimrah, Algiers, 1889 M Tawil
בפי ישרים
Saba 495 410 אתה אהובי אברהם חזק 'Atah Ahubi' is sung at all Berit Milah celebrations as well as on Shabbat Lekh Lekha. The initials at the beginning of each stanza form 'Abraham Hazak'. The pizmon consists of 6 stanzas, five of which end with the word Eyn. Generally, Eyn, is easily translatable as Eye or spring. In this song, a third meaning is used which is based on Kabbalistic significance of the Berit Milah. Here, the berit milah itself is called Eyn, meaning Wellspring of Life. Abraham Antebi. Attiah Manuscript Yabess Manuscript Abraham Sitehon Manuscript Shire Zimrah, Algiers, 1889 M Tawil
Saba 496 411 מה טוב מה נעים Mordechai Abadi Milah Abraham Sitehon Manuscript A Z Idelsohn notes, 1923 M Tawil
אל ההודאות
Hijaz 594 492 רנו גילו Raphael Tabbush Purim. The pizmon opens up in happiness and calling for the rest of the world to recognize the miracle of Purim. The pizmon describes the miracles in the megillah. The middle of the pizmon talks about the hard times that Haman put the Jews through, but the pizmon ends with happiness; calling for the Messiah and the rebuilding of the Temple. Tabbush Manuscript Tawil- Qedusha
Kippur 613 512 רשות לברוך שאמר M. Tawil
2102 514j אחות קטנה חלבית Abraham Hazan Girondi Spain, 13th Century, song used to open prayers on Rosh Hashana, hence, opening the new year and concluding the old one. M. Tawil
ה' מלך
2114 שיך סלאמה חג'אזי Maqam Hijaz Tawil- Qedousha
2116.02 דוגמאות מיום הכפורים Sample Yom Kippur Prayers Moe Tawil- 3 Kemo Shehodata
2117 כי לה' המלוכה M. Tawil
2129 514n לך אלי תשוקתי Abraham Ibn Ezra Opens the prayers on Yom Kippur Evening. Discusses confessions of a person and realizations that everything comes from Hashem. Ashear used this song for Semehim on Shabbat Shubah. M. Tawil
2130 514m אלהי אל תדינני Isaac Ibn Mar Shaul Spain--10th-11th century--- The piyyut, used on Rosh Hashanah, is an alphabetical acrostic, and portrays a person confessing his sins. M. Tawil
2131 514o ידי רשים Yehuda HaLevi M. Tawil
2132 514o המבורך This is the last verse of the above song that the cantor sings alone. M. Tawil
2133 514s שנאנים שאננים M. Tawil
2134 514q אלהים אלי אתה M. Tawil
Haggadah הגדה H2 קידוש Maqam Ajam M. Tawil
4086 N3 כי לה' המלוכה The pieces of prayers that are sung chanted in the different maqamat. Moe A. Tawil: Nahwand
Moe A. Tawil: Bayat
Moe A. Tawil: Saba
Moe A. Tawil: Sigah
Moe A Tawil: Hijaz
4098 N17 ממצרים Light musical style. Moe Tawil- Mimisrayim- Ajam