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Ben Zion Shenker is one of the most gifted and inspired composers of Chassidic niggunim and other related “operas” that became a feature of the Modzitzer dynasty’s tradition. He credits his mother with transmitting to him a wealth of Chassidic melodies and with inspiring his curiosity and creativity. He became fascinated with traditional Chazzanut while still a child—attending synagogue services that featured some of the legendary Chazzanim and hearing recordings. When he was twelve years old, he joined a synagogue choir conducted by the esteemed cantor Joshua Samuel Weisser [Pilderwasser], who was a virtual dean of Chazzanim in the greater New York area.