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Ben Zion Shenker's Oral History
Ben Zion Shenker, z"l, a world-renowned composer of nigunim (wordless melodies) in the Modzitzer Hasidic dynasty's tradition, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on July 3, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York.
This interview was conducted in English.
Ben Zion Shenker was born in Williamsburg, New York in 1925. Ben Zion, z"l, died in 2016.
Video highlights from this oral history
Modzitser Rebbe Composed During a Leg Amputation3 minutes 49 seconds
"I Never Needed Any Toys": Ben Zion Shenker and His Yossele Records1 minute 49 seconds
Khazn (Cantor) Ben Zion Shenker Reflects on His Influences1 minute 28 seconds
Singing for the Modzitzer Rebbe4 minutes 33 seconds
Cantor Ben Zion Shenker on Composing While Taking a Walk With A Friend4 minutes 8 seconds
Composing Mizmor L'Dovid3 minutes 31 seconds
Ben Zion Shenker On Getting the Rebbe's Blessing To Produce a Recording2 minutes 40 seconds
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