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Eliyyahu Hannabee

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Eliyyahu Hannabee

Sung in Marathi, the text is composed to the melody of the 1950s film hit Dil Ek Mandir Hai ("The Heart is a Temple")—an example of a melody to a secular song being used as the basis for a religious text. Elijah the Prophet is associated with the coming of the Messiah, and holds a particularly significant place in the Bene Israel tradition. Songs for Elijah the Prophet are sung, as with other Jewish traditions, for the habdâlâh service following the termination of the Sabbath. However, in addition, it is customary in the Bene Israel to perform Eliyahoo Hanabee prayer services, also known as malîdâ, for a number of auspicious occasions.

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