Bendigamos al Altiisimo is a song sung by Spanish-Portuguese Jews (former Conversos) and Iberian Jews following the Judeo-Spanish tradition from Turkey. The tune that is used is also sung for the Shirat HaYam, the Song at the Sea recited during the Shabbat morning service.
It is in many ways an abbreviated Grace after Meals (Birkat HaMazon).
For another music video showcasing a Sephardic tune including a last verse in Ladino see Hamavdil.
Rabbi Juan Marcos Bejarano-Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He studied at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland and received a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction in Judaic Studies.
He completed his doctoral studies at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago in 2015. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Complex Identities: Christian and Jewish Attitudes Towards Conversos” and was accepted in September 2015.
He also studied at the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism and received rabbinic ordination in 2011 from Yeshivat Mesilat Yesharim.
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