Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is known as the holiest day of the Jewish year. Leading up to and on that day, Jews ask for forgiveness from God and fellow human beings. The period from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur — the Ten Days of Repentance — is a time for service to God, which includes teshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah [repentance, prayer and charity]. Repentance implies returning to the ways of Torah and righteousness; prayer means turning to God through divine worship; and tzedakah means the carrying out of deeds of loving kindness by benevolent acts and charitable giving.
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CANTOR RAMÓN TASAT was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and learned Ladino, the language of the Sephardic people, at his grandmother’s knee. Trained in five different countries, Ramón has studied at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Doctorate degree in Voice Performance.
Ramón is the cantor and founder of Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul), an emerging Jewish congregation in Montgomery County, MD. He is also the musical Director of Kolot HaLev, a Jewish Community choir in the Greater Washington area and the past president of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music.
Ramón sings in Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish, Italian and English, and specializes in Sephardic music. His most notable appearances include: the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Israeli Embassy, the Italian Consulate in New
York City, Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, Harvard University, Saint Cére, France, Siena, Italy, Helsinki, Finland and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Visit www.RamonTasat.com to learn more.