A visit from Reb David Markus; Song for the Month of Shvat

On January 19, I’ll be co-leading services once again with my dear friend and colleague Reb David Markus, an ALEPH rabbinic student who serves as associate spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El of City Island. We’ll bring harmony, a few new melodies, and plenty of Shabbat joy to our worship together.

During that week we’ll be reading Parashat Bo, which contains the following verse:

וַאֲנַחְנוּ לֹא-נֵדַע, מַה-נַּעֲבֹד אֶת-יְה עַד-בֹּאֵנוּ שָׁמָּה

Va-anachnu lo neda mah na’avod et Adonai ad bo’einu shamah.

(Exodus 10:26: We shall not know with what we are to worship Adonai until we arrive there.)

We’ll sing that line to a melody written by Rabbi Simcha Zevit, one of my classmates, for our ordination. This will be our Song for the Month of Shvat, and you can listen to a recording (sung by Hazzan Shoshanna Brown) here:

or download it from https://congregationbethisrael.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/simchas-niggun.mp3

(For now we’re still in the month of Tevet, singing Hanna Tiferet’s “Awaken, Arise;” Shvat will begin on January 12, a week before Reb David’s visit.)

Here’s to much melody and joy in 2013 — and to relaxing into the knowledge that we never know what tools we’ll need to serve God, or to care for one another, until we reach the moment in which we are needed.

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