Hadesh Yameinu, New Music at Park Avenue Synagogue 2014

by Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue

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Renew our days


Each time we return the Torah scroll to the ark, we ask God to “renew our days as of old.” We don’t ask to return to earlier times, rather, we hope to experience in our own time the same faith in God and joy in Torah that our ancestors knew. At Park Avenue Synagogue, we realize this hope in the music of our worship. Just as our predecessors on the bimah promoted new synagogue music, we commission new settings of the liturgy. The familiar words in new settings invigorate our services, helping us to express timeless prayers in our own way.

All of the pieces on this CD were composed in the past year. They range from a Kol Nidrei with a new sound to a rock beat Romemu, from a L’kha Dodi with Israeli flavor to a Sim Shalom in Broadway style. Some of the pieces follow the Hebrew words of the siddur; others express a prayer in English. Some of the pieces are a capella; others are accompanied by organ, piano, and other instruments. All the music was recorded in the Park Avenue Synagogue sanctuary with many singers and instrumentalists who participate in our services year-round.

The variety of musical styles featured on the Park Avenue Synagogue bimah offers worshippers of all ages and tastes different ways to become comfortable with services. We hope you will use this CD to learn some of our melodies. Services are more fun when you sing along. We look forward to seeing you and singing with you in the coming year.

Cantor Azi Schwartz
Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove
Arthur Penn, Chairman
Melvin Schweitzer, Chair of Music Committee


August 2014 ~ Av 5774

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released September 2, 2014

Colin Fowler
Artistic Director and Pianist


Ben Ellerin
Choir Conductor

David Enlow
Organist


CHOIR & INSTRUMENTALISTS
SOPRANO
Emily Moore
Elisa Singer
Julie Stevens

ALTO
Luthien Brackett
Lori Engle
Yonah Gershator

TENOR
Jhas Agosto
Joseph Rubinstein
Riley Soter

BASS
Dennis Blackwell
Clinton Curtis
Paul Chamlin

VOCALIST, SIM SHALOM
Zina Goldrich

INSTRUMENTALISTS
Mike Cohen, clarinet and flute
Eleanor Norton, cello
Ronen Itzik, drums and percussion
Ziv Shalev, guitars
Ehud Ettun, basses
Vitor Gonçalves, accordion

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Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue New York, New York

Cantor Azi Schwartz is the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, and is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches Jewish and interfaith audiences internationally.

Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden; on PBS and on Richard Gere’s movie 'Norman'; and for Pope Francis.

He has released nine albums of Jewish liturgical music.
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Track Name: Etz Hayim Hi
Etz hayim hi la-mahazikim ba, v’tomkheha
m’ushar. D’rakheha darkhei no’am, v’khol
n’tivoteha shalom. Hashiveinu Adonai
eilekha v’nashuva. Hadesh yameinu
k’kedem.

It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and
all who uphold it are blessed. Its ways are
pleasant, and all its paths are peace. Help
us turn to You, Adonai, and we shall return.
Renew our lives as in days of old.
Track Name: Romemu
Romemu Adonai Eloheinu v’hishtahavu l’har
kodsho, ki kadosh Adonai Eloheinu.
Sing praises to Adonai our God, and bow
towards God’s holy mountain, for Adonai our
God is holy
Track Name: You Shall Love The Lord Your God
You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart and soul and might, and take to
heart His commandments. Teach them to
your children; recite God’s words at home;
recite them when you’re home or far away.
When you ready yourself for bed at night
time, say these words of prayer, and when
you rise at dawn, again recite them. Bind
them on your arm and head, devotion when
you pray; inscribe them on your doorposts
and your gateways. This is how you show
your love and heed God’s laws so true, and
if you do, God’s presence shall always shine
on you.
Track Name: V'shamru
V’shamru v’nei yisrael et ha-shabbat, la’asot
et ha-shabbat l’dorotam b’rit olam. Beini
u-vein b’nei yisrael ot hi l’olam, ki sheshet
yamim asah Adonai et ha-shamayim v’et
ha-aretz, uva-yom ha-sh’vi·i shavat vayinafash.
The people Israel shall observe Shabbat,
to maintain it as an everlasting covenant
throughout all generations. It is a sign
between Me and the people Israel for all
time, that in six days the Lord made the
heavens and the earth and on the seventh
day God ceased from work and rested
Track Name: Mizmor L'david
Mizmor l’david. Havu lAdonai b’nei elim,
Havu lAdonai kavod va-oz. Havu lAdonai
k’vod sh’mo, Hishta’havu lAdonai b’hadrat
kodesh. Kol Adonai al hamayim, El hakavod
hir’im, Adonai al mayim rabim. Kol Adonai
bako’ah, kol Adonai b’hadar. Kol Adonai
shover arazim va-y’shaber Adonai et arzei
hal’vanon. Vayarkidem k’mo egel, l’vanon
v’siryon k’mo ven r’eimim. Kol Adonai
hotzev lahavot esh. Kol Adonai yahil midbar,
yahil Adonai midbar kadesh. Kol Adonai
y’holel ayalot vaye’hesof y’arot, uv’hei’khalo
kulo omer kavod. Adonai la-mabul yashav,
vayeishev Adonai melekh l’olam. Adonai
oz l’amo yiten, Adonai y’varekh et amo vashalom.

A Psalm of David. Ascribe to Adonai, O
divine beings, ascribe to Adonai glory and
strength. Ascribe to Adonai the glory of His
name; worship Adonai in in the beauty of
holiness. The voice of Adonai is over the
waters; the God of glory thunders, Adonai is
over the mighty waters. The voice of Adonai
is strength, the voice of Adonai is majesty.
The voice of the Adonai shatters cedars;
the voice of Adonai shatters the cedars of
Lebanon. God makes Lebanon skip like a
calf, Sirion, like a young wild ox. The voice
of Adonai kindles flames of fire. The voice
of Adonai convulses the wilderness; Adonai
convulses the wilderness of Kadesh. The
voice of Adonai causes gazelles to give birth
and strips forests bare, while in his temple
all say, “Glory!” Adonai sat enthroned at the
Flood; Adonai sits enthroned forever. May
Adonai grant strength to His people; my
Adonai bless His people with peace.
Track Name: Etz Hayim Hi
Etz hayim hi la-mahazikim ba, v’tomkheha
m’ushar. D’rakheha darkhei no’am, v’khol
n’tivoteha shalom. Hashiveinu Adonai
eilekha v’nashuva. Hadesh yameinu
k’kedem.
It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and
all who uphold it are blessed. Its ways are
pleasant, and all its paths are peace. Help
us turn to You, Adonai, and we shall return.
Renew our lives as in days of old.
Track Name: Ahavat Olam
Ahavat olam beit yisrael am’kha ahavta.
Torah u-mitzvot hukim u-mishpatim
otanu limad’ta. Al ken Adonai Eloheinu
b’shokhvenu u-v’kumenu nasiah b’hukekha,
v’nismah b’divrei toratekha u-v’mitzvotekha
l’olam va-ed. Ki hem hayenu v’orekh
yamenu u-vahem neh’geh yomam valailah.
V’ahavat’kha al tasir mimenu l’olamim.
Barukh atah Adonai ohev amo yisrael.
With everlasting love You have loved
Your people Israel, teaching us Torah and
mitzvot, statutes and laws. Therefore,
Adonai, our God, when we lie down and
when we rise, we will speak of Your laws,
rejoicing in in Your Torah and mitzvot
forever. For they are our life and the length
of our days; we will think on them day and
night. Never take Your love from us. Praised
are You, Adonai, who loves Your people
Israel.
Track Name: Rofeh Elyon
Rofeh elyon, sh’lah r’fuah sh’leimah l’holei
amekha b’tokh kol yoshvei teivel. V’nomar
Amen.
Supreme Healer, send full healing to your
people and all who dwell on earth. And let
us say: amen.
Track Name: Birkat HaHodesh
Y’hi ratzon milfanekha, Adonai Eloheinu
v’Elohei avoteinu v’imoteinu, sheht’hadesh
aleinu et ha-hodesh ha-ba l’tovah
v’livrakhah, v’titen lanu hayim arukhim,
hayim shel shalom, hayim shel tovah, hayim
shel b’rakhah, hayim shel parnasah, hayim
shel hilutz atzamot, hayim sheh-yesh
ba-hem yirat shamayim v’yirat het, hayim
sheh-ein ba-hem bushah u-kh’limah, hayim
shel osher v’khavod, hayim sheh-t’hei vanu
ahavat torah v’yirat shamayim, hayim shehy’mal’u
mishalot libenu l’tovah, amen selah.
May it be your will, Adonai our God and God
of our ancestors, to reawaken in us joy and
blessing in the month ahead. Grant us a
long life, a peaceful life with goodness and
blessing, sustenance and physical vitality;
a life of reverence and piety, a life free from
shame and reproach, a life of abundance
and honor, a reverent life guided by the
love of Torah; a life in which our worthy
aspirations will be fulfilled for blessing.
Amen selah.
Track Name: Sim Shalom
Sim shalom tovah u-v’rakhah, hen vahesed
v’rahamim aleinu v’al kol Yisrael
amekha. Barkheinu Avinu kulanu k’ehad
b’or panekha; ki v’or panekha natata lanu,
Adonai Eloheinu, Torat hayim v’ahavat
hesed, u-tzedakah u-v’rakhah v’rahamim
v’hayim v’shalom. V’tov b’einekha l’varekh
et amkha Yisrael b’khol et u-v’khol sha’ah
bi-shlomekha. Barukh atah Adonai,
ham’varekh et amo Yisrael ba-shalom.
Grant peace to the world, with happiness,
blessing, grace, love, and mercy for us
and for all the people Israel. Bless us, our
Father, one and all, with Your light; for by
that light did You teach us Torah and life,
love and tenderness, justice, mercy, and
peace. May it please You to bless Your
people Israel in every season and at all
times with Your gift of peace. Praised are
You, Adonai, who blesses His people Israel
with peace.
Track Name: L'kha Dodi
L’kha dodi likrat kalah, p’nei Shabbat
n’kab’lah. Shamor v’zakhor b’dibur ehad,
hishmi’anu eil ham’yuhad. Adonai ehad
ush’mo ehad, l’shem ul’tiferet v’lit’hilah.
L’kha… Hitoreri hitoreri ki va orekh kumi
ori. Uri uri shir daberi, k’vod adonai alayikh
niglah. L’kha… Bo’i v’shalom ateret ba·alah,
gam b’simhah uv’tzoholah. Tokh emunei am
s’gulah, bo’i khalah, bo’i khalah. L’kha…
Come my beloved, to greet the bride; let us
welcome Shabbat. Our incomparable god
made us hear in one utterance “observe”
and “remember.” The Lord is One and
His name is One, reflected in fame, in
splendor, and in praise. Wake up, wake up,
for your light has come. Rise up and shine.
Awake, awake, speak a song. God’s glory
is radiates on you. Come, let us go to greet
Shabbat, for she is the source of blessings.
… Come in peace … come with joy and
jubilation. Into the midst of the faithful of
the treasured nation, enter, O bride! Enter,
O bride!
Track Name: Mi khamokha
Mi khamokha ba-eilim Adonai, mi kamokha
ne’edar ba-kodesh, norah t’hilot oseh feleh.
Malkhut’kha ra-u va’nekha, bokei’a yam
lifnei Moshe. Zeh Eli anu v’amru: Adonai
yimlokh l’olam va-ed.
Who is like You, Adonai, among the
heavenly powers? Who is like You, majestic
in holiness, awesome in praise, doing
wonders? Your children beheld Your
majesty, as You split the sea before Moses:
This is my God’ they exclaimed and said:
Adonai will reign for all eternity!’
Track Name: Adonai S'fatai Tiftah
Adonai s’fatai tiftah u-fi yagid t’hilatekha.
Y’hiyu l’ratzon imrei fi, v’hegyon libi
l’fanekha, Adonai tzuri v’goali.
Adonai, open my lips, and my mouth will
proclaim your praise.
May the words of my mouth and the
meditations of my heart be acceptable to
you, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Track Name: Kol Nidrei
Kol nidrei v’esarei vaharamei v’konamei
v’khinuyei v’kinusei, u-sh’vuot, dindarna
u-d’ishtavana, u-d’aharimna v’diasarna
al nafshatana. Mi-yom kippurim zeh ad
yom kippurim ha-ba aleinu l’tovah. Kul’hon
iharatna v’hon, kul’hon y’hon sharan,
sh’vikin sh’vitin b’teilin u-m’vutalin, la sh’ririn
v’la kayamin. Nidrana la nidrei ve’esarana la
esarei u-sh’vuatana la sh’vuot.
All vows, and binding statements, and
oaths, bans, restrictions, penalties, and
every term that sets things out of bounds;
all that we vow and swear, ban or bar from
ourselves, from this Yom Kippur to next
Yom Kippur (let it be for good), each one of
them we regret. Let each one be released,
forgotten, undone, null and void, not in force
and not in effect. Our vows are no longer
vows, and our prohibitions are no longer
prohibitions, and our oaths are no longer
oaths.
Track Name: Or Hadash
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh haolam,
yotzeir or u-voreih hoshekh, oseh
shalom u-voreih et ha-kol. … Or hadash al
tziyon ta’ir, v’nizkeh khulanu bim’heirah l’oro.
Barukh atah Adonai, yotzeir ha-m’orot.
Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of
the universe, who forms light and creates
darkness, makes peace and creates all.
… Make a new light shine over Zion, and
may we all soon be worthy to share in its
radiance. Praised are You, Adonai, who
forms the radiant lights.
Track Name: Sim Shalom
Sim shalom tovah u-v’rakhah, hen vahesed
v’rahamim aleinu v’al kol Yisrael
amekha. Barkheinu Avinu kulanu k’ehad
b’or panekha; ki v’or panekha natata lanu,
Adonai Eloheinu, Torat hayim v’ahavat
hesed, u-tzedakah u-v’rakhah v’rahamim
v’hayim v’shalom. V’tov b’einekha l’varekh
et amkha Yisrael b’khol et u-v’khol sha’ah
bi-shlomekha. Barukh atah Adonai,
ham’varekh et amo Yisrael ba-shalom.
Grant peace to the world, with happiness,
blessing, grace, love, and mercy for us
and for all the people Israel. Bless us, our
Father, one and all, with Your light; for by
that light did You teach us Torah and life,
love and tenderness, justice, mercy, and
peace. May it please You to bless Your
people Israel in every season and at all
times with Your gift of peace. Praised are
You, Adonai, who blesses His people Israel
with peace.
Track Name: Yedid Nefesh
Yedid nefesh av harahaman, m’shokh
avdekha el r’tzon’kha. Yarutz avdekha k’mo
ayal yishtahaveh el mul hadar’kha, ye’erav
lo y’didutekha mi-nofet tzuf v’khol ta’am. …
Ana el na, r’fa na la, b’harot la no’am ziv’kha
… Maher ahuv, ki va mo’ed, v’honenu kimei
olam.
Beloved of the soul, merciful God, bring
your servant close to Your will. Your servant
will run like a gazelle and fall prostrate
before Your glory. For Your companionship
is sweeter than any fine taste or flavor. …
Please, God, heal my soul now, by showing
your tender radiance. … Hurry, beloved,
for the appointed time has come, and be
gracious to me as in times of old.
Track Name: Romemu Hasidi
Romemu Adonai Eloheinu v’hishtahavu l’har
kodsho, ki kadosh Adonai Eloheinu.
Sing praises to Adonai our God, and bow
towards God’s holy mountain, for Adonai our
God is holy.
Track Name: Shiru LAdonai
Shiru lAdonai shir hadash, shiru lAdonai
kol ha-aretz. Shiru lAdonai bar’khu sh’mo,
basru mi-yom l’yom y’shuato.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the
Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless
his name; proclaim his salvation from day
to day.

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