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Hadesh Yameinu, New Music at Park Avenue Synagogue 2014

by Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue

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1.
Etz Hayim Hi 01:40
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.
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Romemu 01:21
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
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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.
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V'shamru 02:30
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
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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.
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Etz Hayim Hi 03:03
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.
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Ahavat Olam 01:41
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.
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Rofeh Elyon 01:44
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.
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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.
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Sim Shalom 03:58
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.
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L'kha Dodi 03:07
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!
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Mi khamokha 02:21
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!’
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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.
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Kol Nidrei 05:59
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.
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Or Hadash 02:42
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.
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Sim Shalom 04:04
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.
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Yedid Nefesh 01:55
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.
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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.
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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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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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