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Review: Tefillah Trax (davening CD)


I wrote about Tefilah Trax when I ordered the CD a couple of months ago… but haven’t followed up to say just how THRILLED I am with this product!

From Tools for Torah, this CD features the ENTIRE davening, the whole thing, not  at all dumbed-down for kiddies – in fun way that I believe will encourage a real love of davening.

The tefillos are on separate tracks, making the playlist HUGE – I think there are 64 tracks.  Each tefillah is sung and enunciated very, very clearly by the person Rabbi Chaim Alevsky.

A note about pronuciation and nusach:  Pronunciations on the CD are all Sefardi, and in fact, the davening is “nusach Sefard” – still Ashkenazi (I know, it’s confusing:  Sefard IS Ashkenazi; Sefardi is what Sefardim use), just slightly different from what we use.  For instance (I’m listening to it as I type this), he just sang “la’asok al divrei Torah,” not “b’divrei Torah,” like we do in our Ashkenaz siddur.  The differences are mostly so small that kids won’t notice them – but they do realize the Ashkenaz/Sefard pronunciation differences.  So far it hasn’t confused them or changed the way they daven when we do it together.  I’m not too worried, in any event.

For some of the better-known tracks, there are tunes – I think he provides 3 for Modeh Ani.  Most tracks don’t have special tunes, and these are just chanted straight through – a little monotonous, but I swear, even on those tracks, you can almost hear a smile in his voice.  Rabbi Chaim just sounds SO thrilled to be davening!

There’s a bit of a weird echo in the background of the tracks, but after the first couple of times, it didn’t bother me.  And then there’s all the other stuff I like – there’s SO much!  Including…

  • Brachos are pronounced fully WITH “adonai”, “eil” etc instead of Hashem, “keil” and whatnot so kids learn the real brachos
  • During the morning brachos, he says the “boy’s” bracha, “shelo asani isha” and then ALSO says the “girl’s” bracha, “she-asani kirtzono” – girls daven, too!
  • Some tunes are familiar; some tunes are “new” – ie new to my kids
  • There’s no fluff.  Somebody bought us My First Sing-Along Siddur for GZ’s birthday and I like it – especially the diversity of the kids pictured! – but it seems to be MOSTLY fluff and the 12 pesukim (12 verses the Lubavitcher Rebbe felt were important for kids to learn to know Hashem and their own role in the world).  I love the idea of the 12 pesukim, but not enough to include it in my davening every day.  (disclosure:  Rabbi Chaim and Tools for Torah seem to also be Lubavitch endeavours – so be it; I don’t have anything against Chabad.)

How many davening CD’s would have your kids dancing around the room?  How many would have a 3-year-old begging to hear the davening CD one more time??  Maybe my kids are weird, but I think Rabbi Chaim’s onto something here. 

There are three other CDs from Tools for Torah; I haven’t listened to any of these, but there’s a good chance I’d be interested in the Pesach and/or Tishrei CDs for future listening.  They also  have other educational resources – some kind of expensive for home learning – including a very detailed Pesach workbook (there’s also a condensed/translated version that is designed to be more accessible).  Poke around the site and you may discover other items worth acquiring!

(p.s.  For a free preview of Rabbi Chaim’s style, please see some of his selections on, which show the kind of style he uses in the “paid” workbooks.)

But I digress.  Here’s the bottom line:  I recommend this CD highly for BT or geir families where one or both parents didn’t grow up going to day school, davening every day and learning all these tunes and tefillos by heart. 


  1. Not that I'm gonna run out and buy this, but that video is just too cute!!!

  2. Oh, come on - why not? >:-))))

  3. This sounds awesome; I'm definitely going to check it out! At 14 months I think Drew is a bit young to be learning the full text of anything (we're still waiting on words :-) but I'm always aware that I do want him to grow up steeped in these words and their meanings, and this cd sounds like a great thing to have on hand.

  4. Yes! We love this CD too - l bought this awhile ago and we moved it from car to home so many times we need another one. That's how I found this review. We have 4 boys and 2 girls in our BT/convo family and we all greet our 'gan rebbe' Rabbi Chaim when he introduces himself in the first track. 'Welcome to Tefillah Trax, Rabbi Chaim here...'

  5. Thank you so much for this(I came here via the Velveteen Rabbi) it's perfect for my own personal needs and use as a middle aged woman just starting out on my Jewish path(just over a year now) kind regards from Scotland Alex


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