Melodies for the Days of Awe

Dear all,

The full moon of Elul rises tonight: Rosh Hashanah begins two weeks from tomorrow! To help open your heart and awaken your spirit before the holidays, here are some of the melodies you’ll hear at CBI in a few weeks:

Our opening song on Rosh Hashanah evening will be Ivdu Et Hashem B’Simcha (“Serve the One with joy!”):

That night we’ll sing several things (including the Bar’chu / the Call to Prayer) in the special nusach, the melodic mode, of Erev Rosh Hashanah:

Here’s another link that showcases that melody in a slightly different way, and also offers some teaching about the melody and how we use it: High Holy Days in Brooklyn Singing Lesson 6: Bar’chu and Mi Chamocha:

On the second morning of Rosh Hashanah, at our contemplative service, we’ll use Joey Weisenberg’s Nishmat Kol Chai:

At least once during the holidays we’ll sing Shir Yaakov’s setting of Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s poem “We Are Loved“:

And also his setting of V’hashevota, a line from the Aleinu:

Of course we’ll sing excerpts from Psalm 27, including Nava Tehila’s setting of Lach Amar Libi:

And including Israel Katz’s melody for Achat Sha’alti:

May listening to these melodies between now and the Days of Awe stir your soul and open your heart. We can’t wait to be with you soon!

Blessings to all,
Rabbi Rachel and Hazzan Randall


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