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Joshua Breitzer

Joey Weisenberg:  Nachamu Nigun

Joey Weisenberg: Nachamu Nigun

The High Holy Days have arrived yet again, the busiest time of a cantor's year. I find that a song without words (Hebrew: nigun) puts my heart and mind at ease more than any other. When composing this one, my friend and teacher Joey Weisenberg was inspired by the...

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Jack Gottlieb: Eitz Chayim

Jews liken the oral and written tradition to an ever-living, ever-flourishing source of inspiration. The text of "Eitz Chayim" is always sung when returning the Torah scrolls to the ark, along with a prayer to "renew our days as of old." The late composer, teacher and...

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Basya Schechter: Teshuva

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the 20th century's most renowned teachers, philosophers - and, as it turns out, poets! Heschel's early Yiddish poetry inspired the contemporary cantor and performer Basya Schechter to compose Songs of Wonder, an entire album set...

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