Music on Shabbat
November 30, 2018
Music on Shabbat is such an important thing. The prayer book is full of opportunities to sing. There are Psalms and Prayers that are sung in the synagogue, blessings that are sung continuously, Zmirot (songs) that are sung at meals, brachot that are said after the meals on Shabbat. One of the songs that is often sung as a closing song, usually on Shabbat Morning (Saturday) but at other times as well is ADON OLAM.
ADON OLAM ASHER BARA’
BETEREM KOL TETZIR NIVRA’
LORD OF THE WORLD, WHO CREATED
BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE WAS CREATED
The amazing thing about this particular hymn is that it fits so many different melodies! It’s kind of the universal lyric that can be sung so many different ways! Now that we’re approaching Chanukah, one of those melodies that might be used for Adon Olam this pre-Chanukah Shabbat is “Ma’oz Tzur” which is a traditional Chanukah song:
MA’OZ TZUR YESHUATI
L’CHA NA’EH LESHABE’ACH
THE FORTRESS OF ROCK (aka “Rock of Ages”) IS MY REDEMTION
IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL TO PRAISE YOU.
And speaking of Chanukah songs . . . This coming Thursday evening during Chanukah, we’ll be having a fabulous Jazz concert: Latka con Salsa – a Latin infused Chanukah concert created by local vibraphonist Mitch Shiner including fabulous local musicians and wild Chanukah songs with a Latin beat.
Latka con Salsa
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm
In the Community Hall of the JCC
For more information, click HERE.