Chant/Music

Chanting helps unleash Spirit and promotes vibrational alignment. Breathing into sounds, we engage our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual realms, inviting the possibility of transformation.

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CHANTS AND SONGS

CHANTING FOR THE MONTH OF ELUL AND BEYOND

ACHAT SHA’ALTI

From the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul through the Days of Awe, Ashkenazic Jews recite Psalm 27 twice daily. Verse 4 is an expression of our yearning to feel The One’s Presence at this moment, in every moment.

אַחַת, שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת-יְהוָה–    אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ: Achat sha’alti mey’Adonai, Otah avakesh
שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהוָה,    כָּל-יְמֵי חַיַּי Shivti b’veit Yah, kol y’mei chayai
לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם-יְהוָה,    וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ Lach’zot b’noam Adonai, u’l’vaker b’heichalo

I seek only one thing, one thing alone: to connect to this moment. Nowhere else. Only this. Nothing less. My palace in time. (translation by Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg)

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Chanting Through The Omer

WEEK SEVEN: MALCHUT-SHECHINAH/ INDWELLING PRESENCE, DIVINITY, SOVEREIGNTY

Color: White. Body Part: Feet

CHANT:

RISE UP! KUMAH-YAH by Juliet Spitzer

Kumah Yah, Hoshiyeini Elohai, Kumah Yah

קוּמָה יְהוָה, הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי אֱלֹהַי

Rise up, YHVH [from within, where my Power resides]; save me [and I will do my part]! (Psalms 3:8)

The final, seventh week of the Omer period is akin to the seventh day of the week. Here is where we accept and absorb what the past six weeks have yielded, and try to integrate what we have received with what we hope to manifest. This sefirah contains within it the transcendence of Malchut and the imminence of Shechinah. The Guidance and Inner Connection of Malchut/Shechinah remind us that we are never alone-we need only turn inward to greet The Mystery.

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Click here for Rabbi Yael Levy’s Opening Prayer and Blessings for Counting the Omer

ABBREVIATED ANA BEKOACHto be chanted after Counting the Omer, to clear our channels and untie the tangles

Kabbalistic prayer attributed to Rabbi Nehunia ben HaKana (2nd c. Sage), said to encompass the 42-letter name of The One. Music by Ovadia Hamama; English adapted from translation by Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi.

Ana bekoach, g’dulat yemincha, tatir tz’rura

Kabel rinat amcha sagveinu, tahareinu nora

Accept our prayers, and hear our cries

Oh, Knower of Secrets

Shavateinu kabel, ush’ma tza’akateinu

Yode’a ta’alumot

Baruch shem k’vod Malchuto l’olam va’ed

Through time and space, Your Glory shines, Oh Majestic One

Shavateinu kabel, ush’ma tza’akateinu,

Yode’a ta’alumot

-adapted from the English translation by Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi

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More complete Ana B’Koachto be chanted after Counting the Omer, to clear our channels and untie the tangles.

Kabbalistic prayer attributed to Rabbi Nehunia ben HaKana (2nd c. Sage), said to encompass the 42-letter name of The One. Music by Ovadia Hamama; English adapted from translation by Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi.

WORDS TO ANA B’KOACH TRANSLATION

Ana bekoach, g’dulat yemincha, tatir tz’rura

Kabel rinat amcha sagveinu, tahareinu nora

Source of Mercy, with loving strength, untie our tangles.

Your chanting folk, raise high, make pure, accept our song.

We, who are seeking oneness with You, 

Please keep us, keep us safe

Cleanse and bless us, infuse us ever with loving care

Gracious Source of Holy Power, do guide Your folk

Sublime and Holy One, please turn to us

We of holy, holy chant.

(Ana, ana bekoach…)

Accept our prayers, and hear our cries

Oh, Knower of Secrets

Shavateinu kabel, ush’ma tza’akateinu

Yode’a ta’alumot

Baruch shem k’vod Malchuto l’olam va’ed

Through time and space, Your Glory shines, Oh Majestic One

Shavateinu kabel, ush’ma tza’akateinu,

Yode’a ta’alumot

-adapted from the English translation by Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi

WEEK SIX: YISOD/CONNECTION, FOUNDATION, GENERATIVITY

PROMISE OF CONNECTION: V’HIT’HALACHTI by Shefa Gold

Color (according to Rabbi Yonassan Gershom’s system): Red. Body Part: Genitals

CHANT:

V’hit’halachti b’tochachem, v’hayiti lachem Lelohim

הִתְהַלַּכְתִּי, בְּתוֹכְכֶם, וְהָיִיתִי לָכֶם, לֵאלֹהִים

And then, I will walk within/among you, and I will be your God (… and you will be my people). (Leviticus 26:12)

Toward the end of the book of Leviticus, we are reminded how to live in connection with Earth, ourselves, and one another. We are grounded in this moment, noticing that our roots go down deep and our branches push into the future. The Mystery accompanies all of us, always, and all is One.

“By doing this practice, we are receiving that promise and opening ourselves up to the web of Creation.” (Shefa Gold)

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WEEK FIVE: HOD/SPLENDOR, MAGNIFICENCE, GRATITUDE

Color (according to Rabbi Yonassan Gershom’s system): Orange. Body Part: Left leg

CHANT:

BEHOLD THE WONDERS! by Juliet Spitzer

Gal eyani v’abeetah niflotecha

גַּל-עֵינַי וְאַבִּיטָה–    נִפְלְאוֹתֶיךָ

Open my eyes that I may see Your wonders! (adapted from Psalm 119:18)

The two-step process embedded in Hod involves pausing, becoming still- to be able to recognize and acknowledge with humility the intricacies of The One’s emanations in the created world. Once we have raised our eyes to notice the world around us, we break out in grateful cries at the wonder of all that is!

GRATITUDE by Juliet Spitzer

Hodu l’Adonay ki tov, ki l’olam chasdo

הוֹדוּ לַיהוָה כִּי-טוֹב: כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ

Give thanks to G!D for the Goodness, His kindness is everlasting. (Psalm 136:1)

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WEEK FOUR: NETZACH/ENDURANCE, VICTORY, ETERNITY

Color (according to Rabbi Yonassan Gershom’s system): Yellow. Body Part: Right leg

CHANT:

A SPIRIT OF ‘YES!’: V’RUACH NACHON by Shefa Gold

V’Ruach nachon chadaysh b’kirbi

A Spirit of Yes Hebrew text

Renew within me a Spirit of “Yes!” (Psalm 51:12)

We are at the halfway point on the journey through the Omer period. If we want to accomplish or overcome anything, we need a balanced measure of persistence and a “Spirit of Yes!” to keep us moving forward.

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WEEK THREE: TIFERET/BALANCE, BEAUTY, HARMONY

Color (according to Rabbi Yonassan Gershom’s system): Green. Body Part: Heart

CHANT:

MAKE ROOM FOR THE UNEXPECTED by Juliet Spitzer                       

harchivi, harchivi, harchivi m’kom ohalech

הַרְחִיבִי מְקוֹם אָהֳלֵךְ

Widen the place of your tent (your welcoming places).(Isaiah 54:2)

We gently stretch and expand into the spaces of our heart, allowing more and more room as we “ready ourselves to accept transfusions from the heart of the Divine.” (Rabbi Min Kantrowitz)

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WEEK TWO: GEVURAH/ DISCERNMENT, DISCIPLINE, BOUNDARIES, STRENGTH

Color (according to Rabbi Yonassan Gershom’s sytem): Blue Body Part: Left Hand of Justice

CHANT:

LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF WISDOM by Rabbi Shefa Gold

Ha-lo Chochma tikra, u-t’vunah titayn kola

Listening to the Voice of Wisdom Hebrew text

Isn’t it Wisdom calling and Understanding raising her voice! (Proverbs 8:1)

Ashrei Adam shomay-a li
Ashrei Adam Hebrew text
Happy is the one who listens to me. (Proverbs 8:34)

As we continue along the path of spiritual refinement, we must tune in and listen for The Voice, in order to discern and judiciously follow the Truth and Wisdom called for in this moment, here, now.

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WEEK ONE: CHESED/LOVING-CONNECTION, GRACE

Color (according to Rabbi Yonassan Gershom’s system): Purple Body Part: Right Hand of Mercy

CHANT:

V’Nahar Yotzei Mei Eden/A River Flows From Eden

וְנָהָר יֹצֵא מֵעֵדֶן, לְהַשְׁקוֹת אֶת-הַגָּן V’nahar yotzei mei Eden, l’hashkot et haGan.

A river flows forth from Eden to water the garden. (Genesis 2:10)

by Juliet I. Spitzer

Like the primordial river pouring forth from Eden, we are ever-washed by the abundance of Divine Chesed, the Unending Love and Connection that is ours, simply because we are!

Hineini/ I Am Here

May be chanted before the Blessing for Counting the Omer

Music by Myriam Klotz

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For Passover:

I Will Bring You Out

וְהוֹצֵאתִי, וְהִצַּלְתִּי, וְגָאַלְתִּי, וְלָקַחְתִּי

V’hotzeiti, v’hitzalti, v’ga’alti, v’lakachti.

I will bring you out, I will deliver you, I will redeem you, take you as My own. (Exodus 6:6-7)

by Juliet I. Spitzer

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Light These Lights

(lyrics based on a Candle-lighting Techine* from
The Journey Continues The Ma’yan Passover Haggadah)
by Juliet I. Spitzer
*The deeply personal and heart-felt prayers, originally written in Yiddish and recited by Jewish women from the 16th century on, are known as techines.

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Chad Gadya

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=M37dxg6cbhc&list=RDAMVMM37dxg6cbhc

From Shifting Edge (adapted from Chava Alberstein’s Chad Gadya) by Juliet Spitzer

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The Omer Song

https://open.spotify.com/album/1Ur5BwBWS3wbNp7zAXjM2n?highlight=spotify:track:3Herwz65aRkuHKdmeAJSwi

by Juliet I. Spitzer, performed by MIRAJ

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Yearning for The One

Pitchu Li

“Open for me the gates of The One, I will go through them and praise Yah.” (based on Psalm 118)

by Juliet I. Spitzer

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A Prayer for Peace

Harmony

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=PGN-ygesNag&list=RDAMVMPGN-ygesNag

from Shifting Edge (Juliet I. Spitzer); performed by SheWho

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I am a trained Hebrew Chant Leader and hold regular chanting gatherings in tune with the Jewish calendar. Like the river that flows from Eden to water our gardens, we use Hebrew and English chant to nurture and internalize the rhythms and cycles of the season, month or weekly Torah reading. I also co-create chants for individualized use and for rituals marking sacred moments in your life.                     


Chant is the marriage of sound and silence. In chant, they are joined in love and beauty.
—Rabbi Shefa Gold


Discography

a moon note album cover
A Moon Note (MIRAJ), 1995