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Liturgical Songs and Chants by Rabbi Kelilah Miller

Singing and chanting are powerful ways in which to engage with words of prayer and Torah.  Each of the following compositions was created by Rabbi Kelilah Miller for use in prayer, ritual or contemplative settings.  Many of them are rounds or simple chants - in order to make them easier to learn, the parts are also available as single tracks.

Many of these chants and prayers are inspired by the work and teaching of Rabbi Shefa Gold

Lecha Dodi

For the full text  and transliteration, click here

Lecha Dodi melody only
Lecha Dodi Harmony 1
Lecha Dodi Harmony 2

 

Shir Hama'alot

Shir Hama'alot comes from Psalm 126. For text and transliteration, click here

 

Min HaMetzar

The Hebrew words to this chant are from Psalm 118:  "From the narrow straits I called out to God; God answered me with Divine Expansiveness".  This chant is intended as a practice for finding freedom from our narrowness of thought, or from feelings of being trapped in our circumstances. For a transliteration, click here.

Min HaMetzar one vocal only

 

Oz VeHadar

This chant honors the strength and resilience of women, and the ways in which we can work together across divisions to bring liberation to the world.  It combines three different texts:

Proverbs 31:25: עֹז־וְהָדָ֥ר לְבוּשָׁ֑הּ תִּשְׂחַ֗ק לְי֣וֹם אַחֲרֽוֹן׃

Strength and beauty are her garb, and she shall laugh until the final day

Exodus 2:5:  וַתֵּ֤רֶד בַּת־פַּרְעֹה֙ לִרְחֹ֣ץ עַל־הַיְאֹ֔ר....וַתִּשְׁלַ֥ח אֶת־אֲמָתָ֖הּ וַתִּקָּחֶֽהָ

Pharaoh's daughter went to bathe upon the Nile....and she stretched out her hand and took [the basket]

Exodus 15:20 ...וַתִּקַּח֩ מִרְיָ֨ם הַנְּבִיאָ֜ה ... אֶת־הַתֹּ֖ף בְּיָדָ֑הּ וַתֵּצֶ֤אןָ כָֽל־הַנָּשִׁים֙ אַחֲרֶ֔יהָ 

Miriam the Prophet ...took her her drum in her hand and all of the women went out after her....

Oz Vehadar Vocal 1 only (Strength and Beauty)
Oz Vehadar Vocal 2 only (Pharaoh's Daughter)
Oz VeHadar Vocal 3 only (Miriam the Prophet)

 

Tue, June 2 2020 10 Sivan 5780