WATCH: “Salachti”: A Musical Masterpiece of Divine Forgiveness by Renowned Chazan Sholom Jacobs

In a soul-stirring performance that resonates deeply with the heart, internationally acclaimed singer and revered Chazan, Sholom Jacobs, delivers a heartfelt rendition of “Salachti,” composed by the esteemed Yitzy Waldner. This new composition of an age-old Yom Kippur prayer has traversed the annals of time, offering solace and evoking tears in countless souls.

“Salachti,” translated as “You are Forgiven,” serves as a divine anthem of absolution, providing a tender reassurance from God in response to our human frailties and shortcomings. Sholom Jacobs’ remarkable voice embraces the lyrics, channeling every raw emotion and fervor encapsulated within this sacred prayer. 

On Yom Kippur, we humbly stand before our Creator, acknowledging our imperfections and the intricate dance of life. However, we do not shroud ourselves in sorrow but bask in the enveloping joy sparked by gratitude for life’s blessings. With heads bowed and hearts contrite, we seek atonement, and in boundless compassion, God whispers back, “Salachti.”

The captivating visual narrative of “Salachti” has been meticulously crafted by the visionary director Zvika Bornstein. This story captures a moment of anxiety as an entire congregation awaits the Chazan, their eyes fixed on the door, with the anxious Gabbi asking, “Where is the Chazan?” The tale unfolds, chronicling the Chazan’s winding journey to the synagogue, strewn with unforeseen obstacles. Yet, isn’t this journey a reflection of our own lives? Often, life’s detours impede our path to the divine. Nevertheless, when we finally reach out, our merciful God embraces us, whispering, “Salachti.”


About Sholom Jacobs:

Sholom Jacobs, a globally renowned performer and Chazan hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, currently resides in New York. His illustrious career includes performances on stages worldwide and collaborations with esteemed Jewish music icons like MBD, Gad Elbaz, Avraham Fried, and Yaakov Schweky. Notably, his album “Pi Shnaim” features compositions by Yossi Green and Moshe Laufer. Sholom has graced prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Jazz Center at Lincoln Center and has officiated in locations ranging from Israel to Poland. For nearly a decade, he served as the high holiday’s Chazzan at Scotland’s largest shul, Giffnock, before relocating to Chabad of the Five Towns in Cedarhurst, NY. For the past four years, Sholom has been the Chazan at the esteemed Chabad of the Jersey Shore, a vibrant growing community of over 600 congregants from near and far. He eagerly anticipates leading the high holiday services there once again, alongside his choir.

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