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Psalm 27 – Adonai Ori / Achat Sha’alti

Music and Audio © 2022 Alexander Massey – All Rights Reserved Psalm 27, verses 1 & 4 ְהוָה, אוֹרִי וְיִשְׁעִי–מִמִּי אִירָא; יְהוָה מָעוֹז-חַיַּי, מִמִּי אֶפְחָד. אַחַת, שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת-יְהוָה– אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ: שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהוָה, כָּל-יְמֵי חַיַּי; לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם-יְהוָה, וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ. God is my light and my refuge secure —  whom shall I fear?  God is the stronghold …

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Listen (Sh’ma)

Listen Sh’ma Yisrael How should I listen? What do you want me to hear? Adonai Eloheinu What are you? Who are we to call you ours? Adonai Echad You are One. Why do you seem so Other? V’ahavta… v’hayah… vayomer… Love. The rest will follow. Enough said. © 2022 Alexander Massey

Books on Jewish prayer practice and meditation

These are my favourites! Comins, Mike (2010) Making Prayer Real: leading Jewish voices on what prayer is difficult and what to do about it Grishaver, Joel Lurie (2012) Stories We Pray: insights into the inner work of Jewish worship Rosenberg, Arnold S. (1997/2004) Jewish Liturgy as a Spiritual System: a prayer-by-prayer explanation of the nature …

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Al Hanisim (arrangement)

Traditional words and music, arranged by Alexander Massey © 2022 [We thank you] For the miracles,​ for the deliverance, for the mighty deeds and saving acts, as well as for the wars which you waged for our ancestors, in days of old, at this season.

Shoah & Holocaust Music

All of these pieces have been composed for and/or sung at services or events commemorating the Shoah / Holocaust. Adonai Roi (Ps 23) – Setting of the original Hebrew for voice and guitar (‘The Lord is my shepherd’) B’makom she’ein anashim (Pirkei Avot 2:5) – “In a place where there is no humanity, strive to …

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