Mishenichnas Adar

Crocuses: among the first flowers of the season. Photo taken 2/21/18 in Philadelphia

Crocuses: among the first flowers of the season. Photo taken 2/21/18 in Philadelphia

Sharing my new chant — embracing and celebrating the joyful transition that Adar brings—with appreciation to Jack Kessler, with whom I have been studying the deep of art of singing, who is accompanying me (along with his parakeets). The ancient rabbis teach that simcha (joy/ being fully awake and alive) increases with the coming of Adar.  May our capacity to experience joy grow as we journey through the days ahead!

משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה

Mishenichnas Adar marbin b’simcha  When Adar comes, simcha increases!

Sand Dunes near Wellfleet, MA, on Cape Cod

Sand Dunes near Wellfleet, MA, on Cape Cod

V’asu li mikdash

You shall make (yourselves into) a sanctuary for Me, and then my Loving Presence will flow through

I understand this verse from Exodus 25:8 as an invitation to the ongoing process of making ourselves into a sanctuary, a dwelling place for holiness. As I chant Part 1, “v’asu li mikdash”, I focus on aligning myself to the nurturing energy of the Earth and also the uplifting energies of the Heavens, cultivating within the capacity to be a stable lead energy and a holy vessel. Part 2 is then receiving a gift, receiving the flow of Loving, Creative Presence. As I chant “v’asu li mikdash v’shachanti betocham”, I consciously embody Shechina energy.

וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם

V’asu li mikdash (Part 1)

V’asu li mikdash v’shachanti b’tocham (Part 2)

Thanks to Neil Frau-Cortes and Tani Nevins-Klein for creating this recording with me.

Crossing the Red Sea by Yoram Raanan

Crossing the Red Sea by Yoram Raanan

This chant for the Passover season is based on the fours acts of liberation promised by the Holy One in Exodus 6:6-7. When chanting, I embrace the process of moving towards liberation and connection with the Divine.

וְהוֹצֵאתִי וְהִצַּלְתִּי וְגָאַלְתִּי וְלָקַחְתִּי

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

I will bring you out, deliver you, redeem you, take you as my own

and you shall know that I am your God