Shabbat is a time for us to reconnect, to reboot, and to just “be.” After the six days of creation, G-d modeled Shabbat for us in the most perfect way by taking the seventh day (“sheva”, meaning seventh, for the seventh day of the week) to rest. The root of the words “sheva” and “Shabbat” is “shev” which literally means “return.” On Shabbat, we are called to return to ourselves, to our centers, to our rest in order to rejuvenate, replenish, and revitalize for the next week. There is no better way to do this than as a community through the music of our prayers.
On this page, you will find some of my favorite melodies which I will be introducing to you during Shabbat services. Please feel free to listen to these at your leisure. If you come to Shabbat services and hear a melody that is unfamiliar to you, you will find it here. This way, you can “return” to Shabbat services and unplug, relax, and participate comfortably and with intention. Enjoy, and happy singing!
Listen to prayers and songs performed by Steven Chaitman
Listen to prayers and songs performed by Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman: