Category: Fasts

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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Kol B’Ramah, Kol D’mei

Music and audio © Alexander Massey 11 April 2018 Jer. 31:15; Gen. 4:10; Jerusalem Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:1 (22a) On Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah, we commemorate both the victims of the Holocaust, and those who heroically resisted. This piece was written to

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Han’shamah Lach – a new musical setting

Music and Audio © Alexander Massey 13 Sept 2018 Enjoy listening! Fuller commentary / essay coming soon – in the meantime, here are some brief details about the prayer: The prayer is usually associated with High Holy Days. Yamim Noraim,

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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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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.” Buy V’taheir libeinu – sheet music – voice and guitar – includes full instructions for group circle dance –

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I lift my eyes to the mountains (Ps 121)

Written and first performed for the Oxford Unitarians service at Harris Manchester College, Yom Hashoah 5774/2014 Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 23 January 2014 In English: In Hebrew: Many commentators have seen this psalm as expressing total confidence in

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Oseh Shalom No.2

Oseh Shalom No. 2 – Composition and audio © Alexander Massey, 12 Sept 2012 Buy Oseh Shalom No.2 – sheet music – (1 voice or 2 equal voices, + pno) – £3.50 (£1.75 per copy, min 2 copies) I wrote

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Nachamu Nachamu Nigun

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 8 March 2011 The music for this came to me in the week of Tisha B’Av (the 9th of the month of Av), the day that marks many sadnesses for the Jewish people –

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Yonah’s Nigun

I wrote this originally as a musical meditation to prepare for leading Mincha (the afternoon service) at Yom Kippur 5769 (2008) with the London Ruach Chavurah community (Jewish Renewal). Some commentators on the Book of Jonah have said that the

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