Music & Visual Prayer

September 18, 2020 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Tefilah – Music

The Beth El Choir has always played an important role in our High Holy Day Tefilot.  While we can’t listen to the choir live this year on Zoom, their music can still help enhance our High Holy Day experience.  You will find some of the classic favorites here for On Demand listening.  Check back often as we will continue to add additional music as we lead up to Rosh Hashanah.

Lakh Amar Libi

Psalm 27; Music by Yoel Sykes from the Nava Tehilah album, Waking Heart. Kavanah by Cantor Abrams. Song used with permission of Yoel Sykes.
It is You whom my heart said, “Seek my face!” It is Your presence that I seek, Adonai

 

L’dor Vador

Music by Meir Finkelstein
Sung by Cantor Audrey Abrams from her album, Songs of My Soul

 

Amen Shem Nora

Traditional Sephardi melody; arranged by Simon Sargon
Sung by Cantor Neil Newman, Cantor Audrey Abrams, Bill Torodor, John Orenstein – from Cantor Newman’s album, B’shir V’kol Todah

 

B’sefer Chayim

Music by Israel Goldfarb; arranged by Elliot Levine. Sung by members of the present day Beth El choir
May we, and the entire House of Israel, be called to mind and inscribed for life, blessing, sustenance and peace in the Book of Life. (Lev Shalem)

 

Avinu Malkeinu

Traditional melody, sung by members of the present day Beth El choir.
Avinu Malkeinu, have mercy on us, answer us, for our deeds are insufficient; deal with us charitably and lovingly, and redeem us. (Lev Shalem)

 

Avinu Malkeinu 

Music by Max Janowski
Sung by Cantor Neil Newman and the Beth El Choir (over 25 years ago) in honor of Bill Torodor’s then 25 years of conducting the Beth El Choir and for the dedication of the needle pointed Torah covers.

 

Areshet S’fateinu

Music by J. Rapaport; arranged by Elliot Levine
Sung by members of the Beth El Choir

 

Uv’Shofar Gadol

Part of the musaf Unetanah Tokef prayer; music by Low
Sung by Cantor Neil Newman and the Beth El Choir (over 25 years ago) in honor of Bill Torodor’s then 25 years of conducting the Beth El Choir and for the dedication of the needle pointed Torah covers.
The great shofar will be sounded and the still small voice will be heard.

 

Kaddish Shaleim (Chassidic Kaddish)

Sung by Cantor Neil Newman and the Beth El Choir (over 25 years ago) in honor of Bill Torodor’s then 25 years of conducting the Beth El Choir and for the dedication of the needle pointed Torah covers.

 

L’Shana Tova

Sung by members of the present day Beth El choir
May be all be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

 

Achot K’tana

Enjoy learning this beautiful piyut (poem) for Rosh Hashanah that will be used for first day Drash service.  Click HERE for lyrics and sheet music.
Written by R. Abraham Hazan Girundi; Spain, 13th century
Sung by Cantor Abrams
The little sister – her prayers she prepares and proclaims her praises. O God, please heal now her ailments. Let the year and it’s curses conclude! Let the year and it’s blessings begin!

 

Havein Yakir Li

From the musaf Shofarot service; Music by D’veykus
Sung by Cantor Abrams and Leo Dworsky
My precious child, whom I remember fondly, even when I speak against him. My heart reaches out and I always feel compassion for him.

 

 


Tefilah – Visual Art

This year, we encouraged our Community to use their camera, use their voice, use their breath, use their pen, use their creativity to help us connect to each other and to Jewish tradition.  We are proud to share the various submissions here – check back often for updated material!

 

The Book of Jonah is the Haftorah that is read on Yom Kippur afternoon. No explanation is given for this choice, but the most obvious and simple answer is that this is a story about sin, redemption, repentance and fasting.

Certainly there are many other issues. The book of Jonah, says scholar Dr. Avivah Zomberg, “invites interpretation form the first verse to the last, but its elusive meanings are never fully netted. There are no conclusive answers to the questions.”

The Machzor for the High Holy Days suggests the Book of Jonah was also chosen because “we are asked to take responsibility for a larger world beyond our family and to overcome our fears of either failure or success.” Step up, take responsibility, we are directed.

The sages added three verses from Micah to the end of the Haftorah to underline the connection to Tashlik and its message of casting away sins and forgiveness. Jonah’s journey was not a happy one. May your journey be full of joy and gratitude.

–  Art and words by Bonnie Heller

 

 

 

 

Avinu malkeinu, because of those who have fought corruption, abuse of power, and lies and who pleaded, “In America, right is supposed to matter,” inscribe us in the Book of Merit.
Layne & Dave Rosen

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Prayer for America 
Written by Gil Mann

We the people,
Of the United States of America,
One nation, under God.

God of Abraham,
God of Abraham Lincoln,
God and Great Spirit of Native Americans,
God of Moses, hope and freedom

We the people:
Of all colors, religions and beliefs about God or no God.
One nation.

Today we pray with thanks and aspirations for America.

Help us form a more perfect union:
Of Native Americans who revere the land,
Of Black Americans who were enslaved in this land,
Of their descendants, seeking blessing and harmony in this land.

Help us make justice and liberty flow like a mighty river.
Help us to make our nation a beacon of goodness.

Provide wisdom to our leaders.
Protect those who protect us.
Grant us and the world peace, saalam, shalom.

Amen.

 

Shofar From Afar