Alef Beats on Oct 27 – Featuring “There Must Be Another Way” – JArts Boston Arts Matter Shabbat

Join us at the synagogue on Saturday morning, October 27, 2018, at 9:00 AM for services and then stay for the Alef Beats a cappella performance from 10:45 to 11:30 AM.  We’ll end with a festive Kiddush/social time in the vestry/lower level.  All are welcome.  Of course, it’s Shabbat, there is no charge.  We’re part of Greater Boston JArts Arts Matter Shabbat programming.  More here.

Coming from Brown/RISD Hillel, the Alef Beats perform for us every couple of years and it’s always great to have their musical presence and energy enliven our community.  Learn more about them by clicking here.  Their repertoire contains some contemporary Israeli songs in Hebrew, a Yiddish classic or two and some recent American offerings.

One featured song for this visit by the Alef Beats is “There Must Be Another Way” which was the Israeli entry to the 2009 Eurovision music contest with Israeli musical artists Noa (Jewish) and Mira Awad (Muslim).  The lyrics are in Hebrew, Arabic and English (English translation below the video).

 

 

The lyrics “speak” for themselves:

There Must Be Another Way

There must be another
Must be another way

Your eyes, sister
Say all that my heart desires
So far, we’ve gone
A long way, a very difficult way, hand in hand

And the tears fall, pour in vain
A pain with no name
We wait
Only for the next day to come

There must be another way
There must be another way

Your eyes say
A day will come and all fear will disappear
In your eyes a determination
That there is a possibility
To carry on the way
As long as it may take

For there is no single address for sorrow
I call out to the plains
To the stubborn heavens

There must be another way
There must be another way
There must be another
Must be another way

We will go a long way
A very difficult way
Together to the light
Your eyes say
All fear will disappear

And when I cry, I cry for both of us
My pain has no name
And when I cry, I cry
To the merciless sky and say
There must be another way

And the tears fall, pour in vain
A pain with no name
We wait
Only for the day to come

There must be another way
There must be another way
There must be another
Must be another way

Shabbat Morning Services – October 2018

  • Shabbat October 6, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM—Shabbat Rishona                                               
  • 27 Tishrei 5779 Parashat Bereishit
  • Adult Study: Body Ethics—Jewish Views on Vegetarianism
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering/setting up/getting ready
    • 9:15 AM – Children/students in the vestry for learning
    • 9:15 AM – Adults/teens in the sanctuary for prayer/worship/davening/Torah service (abbreviated)
    • 10:10 AM – Adults and children switch locations (vestry vs. sanctuary) so that that at 10:15 AM we change spaces so that  . . . .
    • 10:15 AM – Children/students in the sanctuary with Rabbi Heath for a kid-friendly Shabbat service. Parents only need to stay if their child can’t stay alone
    • 10:15 AM – Adults learning together in the vestry using handout/resource material on Body Ethics: Jewish Views on Vegetarianism.
    • 11:00 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

Shabbat October 13, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM                                                               

  • 4 Cheshvan 5779   Parashat Noah
  • Adult Study: Praying with Our Feet—Clean Water
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Adult learning
    • 10:00 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 11:10 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

Shabbat October 20, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM — Book Discussion at 11:30 AM               

  • 11 Cheshvan 5779   Parashat Lekh Lekha
  • Adult Study: Heritage, Civilization and the Jews: The Power of the Word (500 BCE—200 CE) (view video in advance)
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Adult learning
    • 10:00 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 11:10 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry
    • 11:30 AM—Book discussion after Kiddush—The Weight of Ink – Led by A.Kearnan

Shabbat October 27, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM—JArts Shabbat—Alef Beats – A Cappella from Brown/RISD Hillel

  • 18 Cheshvan 5779 Parashat Vayera
  • Shabbat morning schedule
    • 9:00 AM – We begin gathering for the morning
    • 9:15 AM – Prayer/worship/davening/Torah service
    • 10:45 AM – Alef Beats a Cappella group from Brown/RISD Hillel
    • 11:30 AM – Kiddush together in the vestry

 

Shabbat Morning Services – September 2018

Shabbat September 1, 2018———NO SERVICES

  • 21 Elul 5778  Parashat Ki Tavo
  • Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8  Isaiah 60:1-60:22
  • Candle Lighting—7:00 PM, Friday, August 31
  • Havdalah—8:07 PM, Saturday, Sept. 1

 Shabbat September 8, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 28 Elul 5778  Parashat Nitzavim
  • Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20   Isaiah 61:10-63:9
  • Candle Lighting—6:49 PM, Friday, September 7
  • Havdalah—7:55 PM, Saturday, September 8
  • Adult Study:  Introduction to This Year’s Shabbat Morning Adult Study

 Shabbat September 15, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 6 Tishri 5779   Parashat Vayeilech   Shabbat Shuvah
  • Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30   Hosea 14:2-10, Michah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27
  • Candle Lighting—6:36 PM, Friday, September 14
  • Havdalah—7:43 PM, Saturday, September 15
  • Adult Study:  Kabbalah of Forgiveness

 Shabbat September 22, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 13 Tishri 5779   Parashat Ha’azinu  
  • Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52   II Samuel 22:1-22:51
  • Candle Lighting—6:24 PM, Friday, September 21
  • Havdalah—7:30 PM, Saturday, September 22
  • Adult Study:  Heritage, Civilization and the Jews: A People is Born

 Shabbat September 29, 2018—Services @ 9:00 AM

  • 20 Tishri 5779   Shabbat Chol Ha Mo’eid Sukkot
  • Exodus 33:12-34:26, Numbers 29:6-31   Ezekiel 38:18-39:16
  • Candle Lighting—6:12 PM, Friday, September 28
  • Havdalah—7:18 PM, Saturday, September 29
  • Adult Study:  Body Ethics: Jewish Views on Abortion

OSEH SHALOM / May the One Who Creates Peace

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OSEH SHALOM / May the One Who Creates Peace

Enjoy these varied, new and classic renditions of Oseh Shalom  — May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel (and to all who dwell on earth) – and, let us say “Amen”.

 

Adon Olam – Variations

Jewish Music Rocks kept us learning and enjoying music on Shabbat morning September 6th.  The first Shabbat of the month in October is Yom Kippur, so Jewish Music Rocks returns on the first Shabbat in November – November 1st..  Until then, here are more contemporary versions of Adon Olam for you to enjoy.  Check the previous post for the words in Hebrew, English and transliteration.

 

 

 

 

Surprise – A dance along with a new melody.  Quite a bit of contemporary Israeli music is choreographed for a more physical interpretation and experience of the music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adon Olam (Pharrell Williams – “Happy”)

JEWISH MUSIC ROCKS – yes, it’s true, the meter of Adon Olam renders it possible to sing it to almost any melody – and most Hebrew school students have, at one time or another, if their teachers are letting them have that kind of fun!!

This  Shabbat morning we ended services with the Pharrell Williams melody for “Happy” which is omnipresent in our musical worlds these days, but changed the words to a classic Jewish poem – Adon Olam / Master of the Universe – sung by Listen Up! A Cappella.

 

 

Adon Olam (“Lord of the World”) is alleged to be composed in the 11th century by Solomon ibn Gabirol. The word “Adon,” meaning master, was first spoken by Abraham in the Bible, referring to God. The lyrics speak about God’s greatness and all-empowering existence. There have been countless melodies adjoined to this hymn.

Adon Olam is the final prayer of the Musaf service on Shabbat morning and festivals. It can also be found in the composition of bedtime prayers and is recited on one’s deathbed. In the next to last line of the Adon Olam is a request that God watch over one’s soul as they sleep. The conclusion of Adon Olam mentions God’s presence and ability to bring reassurance to the people.

ADON OLAM MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE

Adon olam, asher malach,
b’terem kol y’tzir nivra.
L’et na’asah v’cheftzo kol,
azai melech sh’mo nikra.

V’acharey kichlot hakol,
l’vado yimloch nora.
V’hu haya, v’hu hoveh,
v’hu yih’yeh b’tifara.

V’hu echad, v’eyn sheni
l’hamshil lo, l’hachbira.
B’li reishit, b’li tachlit,
v’lo ha’oz v’hamisrah.

V’hu Eli, v’chai go’ali,
v’tzur chevli b’et tzarah.
V’hu nisi umanos li,
m’nat kosi b’yom ekra.

B’yado afkid ruchi
b’et ishan v’a’irah.
V’im ruchi g’viyati,
Adonai li v’lo ira.

The Lord of the Universe who reigned
before anything was created.
When all was made by his will
He was acknowledged as King.

And when all shall end
He still all alone shall reign.
He was, He is,
and He shall be in glory.

And He is one, and there’s no other,
to compare or join Him.
Without beginning, without end
and to Him belong dominion and power.

And He is my G-d, my living G-d.
to Him I flee in time of grief,
and He is my miracle and my refuge,
who answers the day I shall call.

To Him I commit my spirit,
in the time of sleep and awakening,
even if my spirit leaves,
G-d is with me, I shall not fear.

אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר מָלַךְ,
בְּטֶרֶם כָּל יְצִיר נִבְרָא.
לְעֵת נַעֲשָׂה בְחֶפְצוֹ כֹּל,
אֲזַי מֶלֶךְ שְׁמוֹ נִקְרָא.

וְאַחֲרֵי כִּכְלוֹת הַכֹּל,
לְבַדּוֹ יִמְלוֹךְ נוֹרָא.
וְהוּא הָיָה, וְהוּא הֹוֶה,
וְהוּא יִהְיֶה, בְּתִפְאָרָה.

וְהוּא אֶחָד וְאֵין שֵׁנִי,
לְהַמְשִׁיל לוֹ לְהַחְבִּירָה.
בְּלִי רֵאשִׁית בְּלִי תַכְלִית,
וְלוֹ הָעֹז וְהַמִּשְׂרָה.

וְהוּא אֵלִי וְחַי גֹּאֲלִי,
וְצוּר חֶבְלִי בְּעֵת צָרָה.
וְהוּא נִסִּי וּמָנוֹס לִי,
מְנָת כּוֹסִי בְּיוֹם אֶקְרָא.

בְּיָדוֹ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי,
בְּעֵת אִישַׁן וְאָעִירָה.
וְעִם רוּחִי גְּוִיָּתִי,
יְיָ לִי וְלֹא אִירָא.

This and much more information about all things Jewish  is available from the Jewish Virtual Library.

Sources: Eisenberg, Ronald L. The JPS Guide to Jewish Traditions. PA: Jewish Publication Society, 2004; “What is in the Siddur? Shabbat and Holiday Liturgy”; “Adon Olam”; Wigoder, Geoffrey , Ed. The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia. NY: Facts on File, 1992; “Song: Adon Olam”.