Ilu Finu

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[Shabbat morning service]


Ilu finu maleh shirah ka-yam,
u-l’shoneinu rinah ka-hamon galav,
v’siftoteinu shevah k’merhavei raki·a,
v’eineinu m’irot ka-shemesh v’kha-yarei·ah,
v’yadeinu f’rusot k’nishrei shamayim,
v’ragleinu kallot ka-ayalot,
ein anahnu maspikim l’hodot l’kha . . .

Even if our mouths could fill with song as
water fills the sea,
and joy would move our tongues like
countless waves,
and our lips could utter praise as limitless
as the sky,
and our eyes could fill with light like the sun
and the moon,
and our arms spread like eagles’ wings,
and our legs run as fleet as gazelles’,
we could never sufficiently express our


from L'dor Vador, released October 10, 2016
Michael Boino

Michael R. Boino (1984–)
Michael R. Boino is a rabbinical student in his final year at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Michael earned undergraduate degrees in both vocal performance and composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, studying composition with Christopher Theofanidis and Kevin Puts, and voice with John Shirley-Quirk and Marianna Busching. His music has been commissioned and performed by both synagogues and churches in America, Israel, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as by the Eaken Piano Trio and the International Women’s Brass Conference. Michael is a two-time consecutive recipient of the Guild of Temple Musicians’ Young Composer’s Award, and is published by Transcontinental Music Publications. He continues to study as a classical singer in the voice studio of Candace Goetz.



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Cantor Azi Schwartz New York, New York

Azi Schwartz is the Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, the flagship of Jewish liturgical music in the US.

Born and raised in Israel, Cantor Azi Schwartz has performed on prestigious stages worldwide.

He is a teacher of Cantorial music, and a father of three children.
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