Shenker was a master of melodies. And around the Sabbath and holiday table — not to mention at weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and happy occasions of every type — Shenker’s melodies permeate the air. They are, in fact, so thoroughly ubiquitous that we often don’t realize their provenance.
Ben Zion Shenker is one of the most prolific and respected Hasidic composers. In a podcast, Jon Kalish caught up with him at home in Brooklyn.