Basya Schechter: Teshuva

Written by Joshua Breitzer


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 5, 2016

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 to it. Songs of Wonder was released to great acclaim in 2011. Repentence is one of the central tenets of the High Holy Day season, and this track strikes me as both brash and pleading in its insistence.

“Tshuvah” (“Repentence”)

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Joshua Breitzer is cantor and music director of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Considered one of his generation’s leading talents, Cantor Breitzer has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. For the past several years, he has appeared with NYFOS in our annual “A Goyishe Christmas to You!” program, and has coached several NYFOS’s Emerging Artists on Jewish repertoire.


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