Category: Poem

Composition and audio © Alexander Massey 10 Feb 2015 BUY the sheet music (lead sheet) – $3.95 For commentary about the text and symbolism of Adon Olam, click here.

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This translation of the second paragraph of the Sh’ma intersperses close reading of the original Hebrew with meditative interpolations to expand on multiple meanings and ambiguities in the Hebrew, as well as in the translation itself. The reader is invited …

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This translation of the first paragraph of the Sh’ma intersperses close reading of the original Hebrew with meditative interpolations to expand on multiple meanings and ambiguities in the Hebrew, as well as in the translation itself. The reader is invited …

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BUY the sheet music (2 vces & pno) – $6.75 (3 copies @ $2.25) 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 …

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“Yes to next Shabbat!” Inviting the angels to return soon … Kein LaShabbat Haba’ah – Composition, lyrics and audio © Alexander Massey, 30 July 2011 BUY the sheet music (3 vce round) – $6.75 (3 copies @ $2.25) BUY the …

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The Rabbis juxtaposed the three separate paragraphs of the Shema, because they touched on so many themes and layers of meaning central to Judaism. Reading the Shema therefore enables us to fulfill the commandment to study Torah (Berachot 60b). For …

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What weight should we give to the voices from the past? After all, we don’t do exactly what was done in the past, not least because we cannot know for sure what was done, but also because conscience, common sense, …

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Hebrew has a structure of correspondences between words by their root (shoresh) that provides layers of subtlety and multiple meanings. Comparison of passages that use words similarly or in special ways gives scholars opportunity for a range of interpretations. In …

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Blessing by a man after miscarriage1 Before we could ever say hello I loved the idea of you. I loved the thought of each of your lives entwined with ours2, Joined in destiny and love and heartache and joy.

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