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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“.

Kumi Lach Rayati

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 9 Dec 2015 This recording and a version of this article were published on Ritual Well (USA) as ‘Arise, my love‘. I wrote this song in the same week that I wrote Libavtini achoti

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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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Kaddish

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 5 Dec 2015 Much could be (and has been) written about the Kaddish (to which I have put links below). Although one version is referred to as mourner’s kaddish, it is part of our

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Modeh Ani

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 20 May 2014 The Modeh ani prayer is often used as an alternative to the Elohai n’shamah prayer as the first words that are spoken on waking in the morning. ‘Thanks’ is the first thought,

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V’taheir Libeinu

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 13 August 2015 V’taheir libeinu, l’ovd’cha b’emet. “Purify our hearts, that we may serve You in truth.” I introduced this composition to my Jewish Renewal community, the London Ruach Chavurah, at High Holy Days

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Ashrei Yoshvei Veitecha

Music and audio © Alexander Massey 13 August 2015 Siddurim (prayerbooks) place the Ashrei in various different places in the sequences of morning and afternoon prayer. For me, emotionally, it feels good to open davenen (praying) with just its first

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