Jewish Words & Music

with Alexander Massey

Hello, and welcome to my website. I am a teacher, writer, composer, leader of prayer and singer. At the heart of my work is a love of prayer, text, Torah, Judaism, people, teaching, music, and above all, God. I hope that you will find something here that will nourish and inspire you.

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On this website, you will find many words: commentaries, sermons, prayers, essays, meditations, articles, song lyrics, and a a brand new translation of the full Shema text, expanded into a 21st century midrash that uncovers layers of meaning from wordplay in the original Hebrew, cross-references in Torah, Talmud and other Rabbinic sources, and a rich range of ideas drawn from Jewish and non-Jewish writers up to the present day, including extensive new commentary.

Music

musicAnd you’ll also find a great deal of music. Every piece of music I write is deeply wedded to text, its meaning and kavanah (prayerful intention), so with every piece, I include an essay that shares ideas about the meaning of the words within Jewish tradition, as well as refreshing ways into prayer, text and Judaism. There are congregational melodies, choral pieces, solos, nigunim, chants, and rounds – for Kabbalat ShabbatShabbat morning, Havdalah, weekdays, davennen, weddings, simchas, High Holy Days, healing services, memorial and Yizkor services, Shavuot, Pesach, conversion, parashot, interfaith, peace, and more …

You can listen to the music alongside the commentaries on this website, or listen on my SoundCloud channel, and even watch and listen to some of it on my YouTube channel. I am writing this July 2014.

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Eventually, you will be able to buy and download the audio tracks, as well as sheet music. As well as there being two anthologies of new tunes (melody and chords), many of these have been arranged as individual pieces of sheet music with full piano parts, choral combinations (2 part, SATB, SSAA, TTBB), and duets. New pieces are coming out all the time, and I often write a piece in response to a specific request, a moment in the cycle of the Jewish liturgical year, a lifecycle event, or an occasion in the life of a community. Contact me using the form below if you would like to discuss commissioning me to compose some for you for a special occasion in your community or family.

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I have had a 30 year career as a professional performer, teacher, choir trainer, workshop facilitator, and leader of prayer and ritual. Would you like me to come to your community to offer a performance, talk, Judaism-spirituality-and-personal-development workshop, special service, shabbaton, singing workshop for choirs or your congregations?

Call +44 (0)7771 988207 or contact me using the form below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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