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Omer Day 1 – Chesed of Chesed

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 11 March 2015 (Further commentary about this text can be found in another of my articles here: Elohai N’shamah. On that page, you will find more about the symbolism embedded in the musical shapes, and

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V’asu Li Mikdash and the ‘holiness project’

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 16 Feb 2017: V’asu li mikdash v’shochanti b’tocham. Recording with English words: “We’ll make You a holy home, and You will live with us.” Buy the sheet music: $2.25 (approx. £1.80), minimum 4 copies

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Ein Keloheinu No. 2

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 23 Oct 2016 There is none like our God: none like our Lord. There is none like our King: none like our Saviour. Who is like our God: who is like our Lord? Who

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Sh’ma Adonai Koli Ekra (Ps 27:7)

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 25 Sept 2016 Sh’ma Adonai koli ekra; v’choneini va’aneini. Hear, O Lord, when I call with my voice, and be gracious to me, and answer me. Zalman Shachter-Shalomi: “Listen, YaH, to the sound of

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Outline for Shabbat morning davenen

Introduction This is my own personal take on the sequence of the Shabbat morning service. I have drawn from several siddurim (prayerbooks), from Orthodox, through Jewish Renewal to UK Reform and Liberal. I have included most of the big ‘set

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Three Counties United Against Extremism

A service with readings interspersed with silent reflection and music This was an initiative of the Oxford Foundation, delivered in partnership with the Lord-Lieutenancies of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Oxford Diocese, and Oxford Muslim College. This was a beautiful, moving

The Geologist of the Soul (book by Zalman Shachter-Shalomi)

These are my own gleanings from a beautiful book by Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, The Geologist of the Soul: Talks on Rebbe-craft and Spiritual Leadership (2012, Albion / Andalus, Boulder). I hope they encourage you to buy the book. I have paraphrased

A note on prayer

In 1872, Francis Galton wrote a now famous essay entitled ‘Statistical Inquiries into the Efficacy of Prayer’1 and concluded that prayer has no effect on either God, or the health or life expectancy of the person prayed for. The essay

Alexander on BBC Radio Oxford

13 March 2016, approx. 8.20am – Live – short interview and performing Yotzeir Or with Charles Nove on his Sunday morning programme “Music and conversation from the spiritual side of life“.

Adon Olam No.2

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 10 Feb 2015 For commentary about the text and symbolism of Adon Olam, click here.  

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