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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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Kumi Lach Rayati

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‘. I wrote this song in the same week that I wrote Libavtini achoti

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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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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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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.” I introduced this composition to my Jewish Renewal community, the London Ruach Chavurah, at High Holy Days

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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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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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Four Children

Listen/watch song on YouTube Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 15 February 2014 [Commentary is on its way. In the meantime, the lyrics are below …] What is this story to you? And what does our God command us to

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Halleluyah No. 1 (Psalm 150)

Psalm 150 not only completes Book 5 of the Psalms (tehillim), but is the last of all the Psalms. As such, its themes are particularly important as a summation – a vision – of what our central intention should be

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