Tag: kabbalah

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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Adon Olam No. 1

Adon Olam is one of those lyrics that everyone seems to know by heart, and many take great delight in fitting to popular tunes like ‘Auld Lang Syne’, ‘Summertime’, ‘Happy Birthday’, or even ‘Yellow Submarine’. But what is it about

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Yedid Nefesh

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 2011 The poem of Yedid Nefesh is usually attributed to the 16th century kabbalist Rabbi Elazar Ben Azikri, although he never claimed authorship. The text is often sung at Kabbalat Shabbat, the service bringing

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Tree of Life Nigun

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 4 May 2007 This nigun was written to mirror the movement of the angels on Jacob’s ladder, ascending and descending between earth and heaven (Gen 28:10-19). I originally thought of the melody spanning 10

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