Thursday, March 28, 2024

“Selah” - Joey Weisenberg & the Hadar Ensemble - Live, December 2023

Let me post a goody that I found in my email, quickly, before the painters kick me off of my computer to paint our apartment around it.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

King Saul in reverse, and other thoughts about the Book of Esther

If you haven't yet taken a close look at Megillat Esther/the Scroll of Esther, here's a good place to check it out.

I have a few things to say about this book, much of it inspired by the commentary of folks who are more learned than I (such as those writing essays on their Purim page here).

My question:  Why on earth would the king have wanted it known throughout his kingdom that his own queen had disobeyed him?  Why did his dumb advisors suggest that Achashverosh make an example of Vashti, rather than trying to cover up the story?

Here's another noteworthy point:  Some soul politely pointed out that there was never an actual beauty contest to chose a successor to Vashti--beautiful young virgins were simply rounded up en masse and brought to the harem to be prepared to be raped, one by one, by the king.  Assuming that this story ever actually took place, it would have been pretty gruesome for the women involved.  I guess we cleaned that up for the kids.

Then there's the interesting fact that the decree giving the Jews of the Persian Empire permission to fight for their lives also contained a provision allowing them to take the spoils of war, but the Jews refrained, nevertheless.  This is the reverse of the story of King Saul's downfall, in which G-d, through the prophet Samuel, tells Saul not to take the booty, but the people defy him and take it anyway and he doesn't stop them (see here). 

As for Mordechai and Haman, let's just say that politics wasn't invented yesterday.

I had a few other thoughts about this absurd story, but I guess I spent too much time Purim-partying to remember them.  :)

Esther, of course, is still stuck in the palace with a drunken fool for the rest of her life.  Where's her reward?  :(

See my Purim post from last year.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Ana Elekh / אָנָה אֵלֵךְ | Kedmah: The Rising Song Piyyut Project (ft. Yosef Goldman)


Today’s very special release is Kedmah's epic arrangement of the Iraqi piyyut, Ana Elekh. This song is dear to my heart. ✨ Check out this new single now on all streaming platforms.
Ana Elekh אנה אלך 🌑
Lyrics: Rabbi Yisrael Najara (16th Century)📝
Music: traditional Iraqi 🪬
Arrangement: Yoni Avi Battat 🎻
Maqam: Bayati 🧿
“How can I escape your essence?
How shall I flee before your Presence?
When I flee, I move toward you;
In the shadow of your hand, I rise up in delight.”
Kedmah: The Rising Song Piyyut Project
Yoni Avi Battat- viola, vocals, music director, producer
Rabbi Yosef Goldman - vocals, rabbinic and literary director, producer
Joey Weisenberg - fretless electric bass, producer
Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer - vocals
April Centrone - guest percussionist
Full album Simu Lev coming out April 9, 2024:
Produced by Hadar's Rising Song Records
Recorded November 2023 at Rittenhouse Soundworks in Philadelphia, PA
Don Godwin - audio engineer, mixing, and mastering
Josh Fleet - on-site support
Follow us on Spotify and Bandcamp for more.

Saturday, March 09, 2024

Just because I needed a laugh, and you may, also. 🙂

Courtesy of Facebook.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2024

V'Shamru / Nigun Yinafash - Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz (video)

A song for Shabbat - V’shamru ושמרו
We enter this precious 25 hours of rejuvenation with the recognition that pause in the act of doing - rest from the bustle of the work of daily life - is not just a gift, but a brit - a covenant; recharging ourselves as sacred responsibility.
Prepare to enter this space of sacred rejuvination with this nigun, from R. Deborah Sacks Mintz's album Yetzira - available everywhere you get your music.
V'Shamru ושמרו/ Nigun Yinafash
Text from Shabbat liturgy/ Exodus 31:16-17
Deborah Sacks Mintz - lead vocals
Chava Mirel - vocals
Elana Arian - vocals, violin
Ilusha Tsinadze - banjo
Michael Winograd - clarinet
Yoshie Fruchter - upright bass
Sam Weisenberg - percussion, vocals
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Don Godwin
Composed and produced by Deborah Sacks Mintz for Hadar's Rising Song Records
From the album Yetzira, available everywhere you find your music:
וְשָׁמְר֥וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל אֶת־הַשַּׁבָּ֑ת
לַעֲשׂ֧וֹת אֶת־הַשַּׁבָּ֛ת לְדֹרֹתָ֖ם בְּרִ֥ית עוֹלָֽם
בֵּינִ֗י וּבֵין֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל א֥וֹת הִ֖וא לְעֹלָ֑ם
כִּי־שֵׁ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֗ים עָשָׂ֤ה ה אֶת־הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם וְאֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ
וּבַיּוֹם֙ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י שָׁבַ֖ת וַיִּנָּפַֽשׁ׃
B'nai Yisrael shall keep Shabbat,
observing Shabbat throughout the ages as a covenant for all time.
It is a sign for all time between Me and B'nai Yisrael.
For in six days God made heaven and earth,
and on the seventh day God ceased from work and rested.

American law current fights more for children's survival before birth than after :(

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