Category: Life Cycle

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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Nir’eh Or – In Your light, we see light

Psalm 36: 8-10 – Music and audio © Alexander Massey 16 Sept 2018 Music, English lyrics & audio © Alexander Massey 16 Sept 2018 Enjoy listening! Fuller commentary / essay coming soon – in the meantime, here are some brief

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Kumi Lach Rayati

In Hebrew In English – ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one’ 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‘. English

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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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B’ruchah Haba’ah – ‘Blessed Is She’

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 12 Dec 2015 This recording and a version of this article were pubished on Ritual Well (USA), June 2016 with the title ‘Blessed Is She‘. The opening line of this lyric is based on

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Libavtini achoti chalah – ‘You have ravished my heart, my sister’

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 9 Dec 2015 This recording and a version of this article were published on Ritual Well (USA) as ‘You have ravished my heart, my sister‘. Where in the Tanach can we find a text

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Protected: Facing the Future (Ruach Chavurah)

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Facing the Future

Introduction It’s never ‘too soon’ to put our affairs in order so that all is prepared in the event of our death. After all, it is going to happen – we just don’t know when. But why bother? After all, once

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Brit Shalom ceremonies – resources

This page includes a huge array of information about Jewish circumcision (brit milah), and its modern alternative, brit shalom (with no cutting, or drawing blood). As Mark Reiss says: “Brit Shalom can be similar to the naming ceremony traditionally used for

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Celebrating Brit Shalom (book by Moss & Wald)

There are many websites, resources, and articles, by noted medical experts, rabbis and authorities on Jewish tradition and halachah (law) that set out the arguments both against brit milah (the circumcision ritual for Jewish boys), and for alternative welcoming, naming and covenant ceremonies (such as brit shalom) that

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