The chants of this album and workshop series were formed to help people on their journey of personal growth, honoring and embracing the differences among us all, as part of a socially responsible, caring community.
1. Eftach Al Sh’fayim N’harot
I will open up streams on the bare hills. (Isaiah 41:18)
As we chant these words, we can set the intention of something new bursting forth in the world. This can be something bold and wonderful coming forth from within us, or something that is needed in the universe.
2. Ahavat Olam
Ahavat olam beit Yisrael amcha ahavtah
With a great love You have loved Your people Israel (Jewish liturgy)
Ahavat Olam appears in the liturgy immediately before the Shema, the great proclamation of unity of God and all things in the Jewish faith. As we chant these words, we plug into the expansive, infinite love in the universe for comfort, inspiration and awe.
3. Hayn Emet Chafatztah Vatuchot
Hayn emet chafatztah vatuchot uv’satum chochma todiyayni
You desire truth in the inward parts; cause me therefore to know wisdom in my innermost heart (Psalm 51:8).
This chant is a summoning of our heart’s inner knowing to provide guidance in our lives.
4. El Na R’fa Na La
God please heal her (Numbers 12:13)
This was Moses’s plea to God for healing for his sister Miriam. This chant is a direct plea for healing from God.
5. Ayeka Hineyni
Where are You? I am here.
This simple question and answer represents a check in with ourselves, with the response being our own presence – showing up as our true, authentic selves.
6. Solu, Solu
Solu, solu, panu derech; harimu michshol miderech ami.
Build up, build up a highway! Clear a road, remove all obstacles from the road of my people.
In this chant, we are doing a construction project on our lives – there is a building up portion and a tearing down portion. And just like in real life, it can be messy, and we often need to build at the same time that we are tearing down. So, when chanting, we can decide if we want to chant the Solu part (build up) or the Harimu part (clear the road), depending on what is needed in our lives.
7. Yacharish B’ahavato
With Her love She will calm your fears (Zephaniah 3:17).
This chant is a lullaby for all ages. We call on the soothing love of Creator to calm our fears and anxieties.
8. Va’ahavtem et Hager
Va’ahavtem et hager ki gerim heyitem
You shall love the stranger for you were strangers (Leviticus 19:34)
The title track of the album, the commandment to care for the stranger appears 36 times in Torah, more than any other commandment. The chant’s intention is to help us be open hearted and caring toward all beings.
9. Hishamer l’Cha Pen Tishkach et Yah
Be aware so that you don’t forget Yah (Deuteronomy 6:12)
It is easy at times to be so caught up in the busy-ness of life that we forget to notice what is sacred all around us. This chant is a simple reminder to slow down and open up our senses to Creation.
10. Todiyayni Orah Chayim
Todiyayni orah chayim sova s’machot et panecha
You make known to me the path of my life; in Your presence is pure joy (Psalm 16:11).
We each are on a path that is unique to us. In this chant we ask for guidance for clarity on our path. And this chant has the lovely promise of joy when we find the place in the universe that is unique to us.