Category: Liturgy / Siddur

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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Elohai N’shamah

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 11 March 2015 (I have written another substantial article on Elohai N’shamah, including 2 new meditations, which can be found here.) Chant, text, translation, source readings and reflections ….

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Hashkiveinu

Music, English lyrics and Recording © Alexander Massey, Aug 2014. Hebrew words (Trad.) Dedicated to my Rabbi, Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi (ztz”l), completed during shloshim. Chant, text, translation, source readings and reflections ….

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Sim Shalom No. 1

Watch/listen to Sim Shalom on YouTube The sheet music is available in any key for £3.50 GBP Buy HIGH voice version (chorus D-Eb, verses low Bb to high F) Buy LOW voice version (chorus B-C, verses low G to high D) Translation: Bestow (‘put’)

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The Priestly Blessing (Y’varech’cha)

Y’varech’cha Adonai (May You Be Blessed) – Composition and audio © Alexander Massey, 3 July 2013 The simple meaning I have always loved the sounds of this blessing (sometimes called the ‘Priestly Blessing’), whether in Hebrew or English. The verbal repetitions,

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Ana Eil Na

Music, English words and audio © Alexander Massey, 12 May 2013 Moses prays the words Eil, na r’fa na lah – ‘God, please heal her now’ – as a petition for healing his sister Miriam (Num 12:13). The extra word

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Shalom Aleichem No. 1

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 22 April 2013 Shalom Aleichem is a traditional Shabbat text that first appeared in the late 16th century as a song welcoming the angels. Shabbat celebrates the seventh day, the day when we rest,

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Mah Tovu No. 2

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 11 Apr 2013 How good are your tents, O Jacob, your dwellings, O Israel! [Num. 24:5] As for me, O God abounding in grace, 
I enter your house to worship with awe in Your

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Ma’ariv Nigun

Music & audio © Alexander Massey 11 April 2013 Meditative music must begin from silence. We must be prepared to enter silence first, because that is the most fertile space for beginning prayer. When I had my hand-woven tallit (prayer

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Adonai Malach (Ps 93)

On Shabbat, we mark the completion of Creation, and the establishment of God, not humanity, as the Ruler of Creation. Psalm 93 – beginning with the words Adonai malach – is one of many affirmations of this in traditional Shabbat

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