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Jewish Baby Blessings

Here is a list of the music that I have written to Jewish texts that be used for Jewish baby blessings, for boys or girls: B’ruchah Haba’ah (Blessed Is She) – A blessing for the baby girl; a simple tune,

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Jewish Wedding Music

Here is a list of the music that I have written to Jewish texts that can fit into a Jewish wedding: B’ruchah Haba’ah (Blessed Is She) – A simple tune, the guests can pick up the refrain easily by ear

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Celebrating Jewish Women and Girls

Here is a collection of pieces that I have written that celebrate women and girls at the centre of Jewish ritual: B’ruchah Haba’ah (Blessed Is She) – baby blessing for a girl. There is a companion piece which, in English

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Kabbalat Shabbat music

Here are some my musical settings that can be used for Kabbalat Shabbat. First, music for prayers and texts already in the siddur: Adon Olam No.1 – (recording coming soon) The refrain evokes the solemnity and grandeur of the Divine, while the

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Nigun, kavanah and Chassidism

Here is a collection of quotations and teachings from various sources that hopefully give an insight into a Chassidic perspective on music; there is a fluidity in the teachings between song, melody, melody with words and melody without words, and

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Ki L’olam Chasdo (Ps 136)

Music and audio (rough draft) © Alexander Massey 12 Nov. 2018 Psalm 136 – Great Hallel– Hodu Ladonai Psalm 136, the ‘Great Hallel’, is often referred to by its opening words – ‘Hodu Ladonai’. My version is called Ki L’Olam

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Oneg Nigun

Music & audio © Alexander Massey, 23 March 2014 In Jewish life, we take joy seriously! We are reminded that, on Shabbat especially, we should be joyful, prompted by the verse from Isaiah 58:13 – “and call the Sabbath a delight

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Naomi’s Nigun

Music & audio © Alexander Massey 14 May 2016 The melody is based on the nusach for the haftarah blessing on shabbat morning. It has 50 notes, in honour of my friend Naomi’s 50th birthday!

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Lamah Lanetzach (Lam. 5:20-22)

Music and audio © Alexander Massey 6 Dec. 2013 20. Why have You forgotten us utterly, forsaken us for all time? 21. Turn us back, Eternal One, to Yourself, that we may be turned! Renew our days as of old.

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Nigun Chakartani vaTeida – Nigun meditation on Psalm 139

Music & audio © Alexander Massey, 26 Oct 2018 Music’s role is often to express or explore what cannot be put into words. I wrote this nigun at a time when I found myself soul searching and questioning, and wanting to

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