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.

Musical Settings: Avot v’Imahot

Cantor Erik Contzius
The major rubric of the Jewish Prayer Service, the T'fillah, begins with our daily re-introduction between Jewish people and the Divine by way of making the family connection from our biblical ancestors to the Jewish present. This links us with our past, thereby gaining audience with the Eternal.

Musical Settings: Mah Tovu

Cantor David Margules
Mah Tovu, Oh How Good. These words flow out of Balaam’s mouth at the summit of the height that overlooks the wasteland where the Hebrews are encamped.

Sounds of Kol Nidrei

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
The melody that stirs the heart of Ashkenazic Jews is of unknown origin, but is part of a body of music known as "MiSinai melodies" that emerged in Germany between the 11th and 15th centuries.