Shortened Romemu


Shalom laRav.

This is a question about a recent occurrence in my community and those surrounding it.

As you know, when the Torah is brought out of the Hekhal, we sing “Romemu,” a song composed of portions of Tehillim. The Sfardi Minhag is for the congregation to sing the entire text out loud and together while the Torah is being brought to the table.

Lately, however, many Sfardi synagogues, at least in New York, have been shortening this prayer by skipping most of the central verses. In my sunagogue, it began with a few people skipping the middle, confusing everyone else. By the end of the week, everyone was singing the shortened version like them, but nobody knew why. One of the Rabbis in my community attempted to convince everyone to go back to our original Minhag, but was only successful for a few days.

I’d initially thought this was just a problem in my community, but I’d heard from friends that it was happening to them as well. Some even said they’d never heard the full song before, just the shortened version.

I did some research. Turns out, the shortened version is the Moroccan Minhag. However, none of us are Moroccan, and there aren’t very many Moroccans in our communities. (The people in my synagogue who started this are also not Moroccan).

However, Moroccans say most of the central verses while the Torah is being lifted, while my community says different Pesukim (as is our Minhag). Therefore, I am suspicious that there is some other reason, unrelated to Moroccan Minhagim.

My question is as follows: How did this trend begin, and what (if anything) should I do to fix it?



  1. I am not an expert in Sephardic customs. However, it is clear to me that the only ones who have the authority to restore the original custom of your Synagogue are the local Sephardic Rabbis. If your Synagogue has a Rabbi, he should be the first person who you turn to for guidance, and also to find out if there is a problem with what the congregation is doing or not. If your congregation does not have a Rabbi, I would suggest that you turn to the most revered Rabbi from your congregation’s Eidah to ask him for a definitive ruling.

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