“The wave of a song carries the soul to heights which utterable meanings can never reach.” Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Music is central to our prayer experience and to our sense of community. Whatever we do, music enhances our experience: music comforts those in pain, enhances joy, helps bring us peace, grounds us and binds together.
Listen to these musical prayers, composed and sung by our former Cantor Schloss, that have become central to the Temple Israel community. Then see below how music has shaped Chanukah and Passover holidays:
This blessing asks God to restore us with a complete healing of both body and spirit.
May the One Who blessed our ancestors, Abraham. Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah, bless those who are ill and send them a complete healing: a healing of spirit and a healing of body. And let us say: amen.
Through both traditional and modern cantorial styles, this piece asks God to help create on earth a sense of peace and wholeness that exists in heaven, God’s abode.
May the One who makes peace in the high heavens, make peace for us and all Israel. And let us say: Amen
Sing to Adonai a new song,
sing to Adonai, all the earth.
Sing to Adonai, bless God’s name,
proclaim God’s victory day after day.
Lo Yisa Goi
The prophet Isaiah’s vision of peace.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; they shall never again know war.
A New Mi Chamocha/Hashkiveinu for our times:
A blessing of gratitude and praise combined with a plea for protection and care.