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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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Nigun Chakartani vaTeida – Nigun meditation on Psalm 139

Music & audio © Alexander Massey, 26 Oct 2018 Music’s role is often to express or explore what cannot be put into words. I wrote this nigun at a time when I found myself soul searching and questioning, and wanting to

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Omer Day 7 – Malchut of Chesed

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 20 May 2014 Many years ago, someone commented to me that I didn’t always say ‘thank you’ when it might have been appropriate. I was shocked, and embarrassed. I was convinced I was grateful.

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You have all been shown what is good

Music and recording © Alexander Massey 19 May 2016 “You have all been shown what is good, and what God seeks from you. Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) [See the Hebrew original, 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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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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Tashlich

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey Sept 2014 In the book of the prophet Nehemiah, we learn that “all the Jews gathered as one in the street that is in front of the gate of water.”  (Neh 8:1) We commemorate

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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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Brich Rachamana at Lincoln Jewish Minyan

The grace after meals, my setting of B’rich Rachamana was taught to the Lincoln Jewish Minyan at their St George’s Harvest Supper (2013). “After a lovely dessert of spiced plums and ice cream Steve then surprised the gathering by inviting

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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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