Welcome to the Virtual
The purpose of this
site is to promote the proliferation of Nusach and to make a Nusach readily
accessible to those who have a desire to learn and a desire to deepen
their Judaism. This site is a volunteer work in progress.
The digital recordings
have been encoded as 16 kbs MP3 files. Each is selectable independently.
The material on this
site is being provided to the Jewish community for FREE. You are invited,
however, to make a financial contribution to help defray the costs of
hosting, production, and materials. Contributions will be used to offset
these costs only. Any surplus funds will be donated to institutions providing
Jewish education. Alas, there is no suplus at this time.
You are also invited
to subscribe to the Virtual Cantor mailing list.
Subscribers will be notified when new content has been posted on this
There are many things
that are new on the site. Many of those changes are enumerated below.
- Following the overwhelming
number of requests for CD ROMs, a CD ROM order
page has been added to the Virtual Cantor site.
- Shacharit for the
First day of Rosh HaShanah and Second day of Rosh HaShanah have been
- Shacharit and Musaf
for Yom Kippur have been added.
Ruth and Akdamut have been added for Shavuot.
- Two versions of
Megillat Esther are now available in the Purim
section of the Virtual Cantor website. The first recording was made
at a tempo that is comfortable for listening. This is the version that
someone might use to polish up the laining or is the version that someone
who cannot attend a service in person might listen to. The second version
is a digital signal processed version where the tempo was slowed 25%
and the pitch was maintained at the original level. This version will
be useful to those individuals who are learning the megillah for the
- Megillat Eicha
is now available in the Tisha B'Av section of
the web site. The third chapter was recorded twice to reflect a choice
between two different traditions.
- The entire Haggadah
has been vocalized. That's right. This new content includes every single
word of the Haggadah - not only the songs.
This experiment is the result of so many requests from individuals who
are using the Virtual Cantor as their surrogate synagogue and want to
daven along with the tracks. Thus, only preparing the parts led by the
Hazzan is insufficient. Let
me know if you have found it helpful.
- A Holidays section
has been added with Rosh Chodesh Benching for Kislev (Hannukah),
Adar (Purim), Nisan (Pesach),
Iyar (Yom HaAtzmaut), Shevat (Tu
B'Shevat), and Av (Tisha B'Av). Songs, blessings,
Kinot, etc. have also been added, as appropriate for the Holiday.
- A library
of amazing stories and letters, redacted of course, has been added.
Please share your story - it is what keeps the Virtual Cantor going
in the lonely, wee hours of the morning when the recordings are usually
Utilization of the
Virtual Cantor has grown tremendously. The costs for equipment and hosting
continue to mount. In the spirit of transparency, a cumulative sum is
now shown below along with the visit counter of unique individuals who
have visited the Virtual Cantor site. If you have found value in the site,
please consider making a donation to help defray the ongoing costs. The
balance will be updated weekly.
Blessings of peace,
health and happiness to all.
Visitors to the Virtual Cantor
Balance of Expenses (supported by donations)
Hours of Content