Our Jewish prayers are beautiful love songs; full of goodness, affection, adoration, hope, kindness and generosity. They are our DNA, even if we do not know them, because these prayers, our religion, have moulded the Jewish people; our way of thinking, education, who we are, and what we represent. Judaism is all about being good and positive for oneself, family, community, the wider world – all out of respect and love for Hashem*. It fills me with gratitude, humility, and pride.
I love those moments of the Shabbat** morning service when the whole congregation sings, all of us as one, a few of our prayers with tender melodies.
Community is all about family and friends, and we are all friends, it is actually written in one of our prayers. Friends sing together, it so warms our hearts.
Singing a prayer is not like singing a song, they are not just any words. Some are crying out to be sung with great happiness because we love Hashem with all our heart, and all our soul. Some tell us to sanctify clearly and harmoniously, and that Hashem wants us to sing tuneful songs of praise to Him. Some are serious, some sad, some educational, but all were written with intent and purpose by the greatest scholars ever produced by our people.
I dedicate this work of contributing more melodies for the Shabbat morning prayers to all who love and care for Jewish Continuity, Judaism, Torah, and the Nation-State of the Jewish People, Israel; and so also to all our wonderful friends, the righteous among the nations.
Remember to remember; when we share prayer melodies we are connected and together forever, and when we sing together we stay together because there is that lovely feeling of being amongst friends.
AM ISRAEL CHAI – the people of Israel live.
With love, and hope for our children,
Literally, * Hashem means “the Name” referring to God, and ** Shabbat means “rest”.
- Mi Sh’asa (track 36)
- Ezrat avotanu (track 16)
- Shma Israel, paragraph 1 (track 11)
- Et shem ha’El (track 08)
- Shochen ad (track 02)
There are so many other prayers which also encourage us to sing; check out the Anim zmirot (track 63) “Please place my abundance of songs before You, and my joyous singing will come close to You”.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS
Natan Collis, my genius son. For your advices and opinions that hugely influenced the final prayer melodies and singing. You were my guide.
Talia Collis, my dream daughter. For being amazing, and for your total loyalty and belief in me and this project. I needed you more than you will ever know.
Paul Garfield of Bushey.
Your brains, support and efforts elsewhere made it possible for me to work on this project. You are respected by all, an inspiration. May Hashem bless you with a refuah shlema (a complete cure).
Rabbi Menachem Salaman of Stamford Hill, London.
My teacher, for your guidance with the focus message for each prayer and support for this mitzvah. Our relationship has been uniquely valuable for me. Always stimulating, respectful, and questioning. A deeply humbling experience.
Rabbi Steve (Yitzhak) Ginsberg of Beirav Carlebach Synagogue, Safed, Israel. I chose from amongst the melodic seeds you showed me. You were the start that made this kiruv (outreach) project possible.
Yossi Yoffe of Edgware, London.
For putting your heart and soul into this project, being a musical genius, and for your wonderful Adon Olam composition. My friend, we have shared something special.
Ariel Felber of Jerusalem & London.
For accompanying me on this journey, for the Hebrew lessons and for the insights.
Michele Quastel of London.
For your encouragement, design advice, force of personality, and being a fantastic sister.
Yossi Yoffe Musical director, arranger & backing vocals,
Talia Collis Photograph of Richard Collis,