Musical Settings: Yigdal

Cantor Richard Cohn
In his essay on closing hymns, Rabbi Richard Sarason enumerates the Maimonidean Thirteen Principles of Faith as rendered in Yigdal Elohim Chai (“May the living God be exalted”), the poem attributed to Daniel b. Judah. Has so much theology ever been compressed into so few words?

Musical Settings: Havdalah

Robbie Solomon
As Thomas Cahill teaches in his book “The Gift of the Jews” the great contribution that Judaism gave the world was to see time as linear, with beginnings and endings and stations along the way.

Musical Settings: V'ahavta

Cantor Barbara R. Finn
The sacred text of Sh’ma- V’ahavta, repeated daily in our liturgy, inspires and guides us to teach and share – diligently – these words of Torah. Music is the perfect means of expression for joyously fulfilling this obligation.

Musical Settings: Sh'ma

Cantor Ellen Sussman
The first core element of the Jewish worship service is the Sh’ma and its blessings. The Sh’maproclaims the unity of God – the basic tenet of Judaism.

Musical Settings: La'asok B'divrei Torah

Cantor Jeff Klepper
Wasn't it Thomas Edison who said: Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration? That may be true for some endeavors, but songwriting is different. When composing liturgical music I rely 100% on IN-spiration. Without inspiration, whatever I come up with just won’t mean as much as it could.