Haïm Luke: The Voice of Prayers and Religious Songs

Haïm Luke is a Moroccan Jewish rabbi and musician who became known from an early age thanks to his charming voice through which he used to perform songs and prayers in the synagogues of Casablanca, where he was born in 1942.

He was also known for his great love for Andalusian music and the songs of the Moroccan artist Abdessadeq Chkara, with whom he has a strong friendship, and with whom he honored by covering his songs in almost all the festivals and concerts he gave, since the death of the author of “Ya bent bladi”.

Haim Luke’s repertoire is rich in a large number of songs that he performed with his voice, including many religious prayers that spread among Moroccan Jews, in addition to the songs and prayers that are chanted in synagogues and that he learned from his master, Rabbi David Bouzoglo, who adopted him at an early age, admired his talent and transmitted to him a large part of his competence and musical experiences. This has led many undisputed masters of music to be unanimous about his performance, particularly in Arab-Andalusian music, and to recognize the great talent that distinguishes him among both Jewish and Muslim artists.

In addition to music and singing, Rabbi Haim Luke was known for his religious fervor. He continued his studies in many yeshivahs in Morocco, Great Britain and Israel, before becoming the spiritual father of the Jewish parish “Umm Hibbenim” in Los Angeles, where he has lived since the late 1980s.

Haïm Luke remained passionate about his homeland, Morocco, which he left in 1964 to settle in Israel, but he was never able to forget it or forget the beautiful memories he had there. Therefore, he wanted to visit it whenever he had the opportunity, whether it was to spend the holidays, the Hajj season or to visit his ancestors’ shrines or to give a concert. He was invited to the Mawazine International Festival in Rabat, just as he participated in one of the editions of the Andalusian Atlantic Festival, organized in Essaouira under the supervision of the Royal Councilor, André Azoulay.

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