My dear friend,
Shana Tova! I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and fulfilling new year.
As we transition from one Jewish year to the next and from Summer to Fall, I’m excited to share with you our new album, Havdalah – Live from Jerusalem, A Celebration of Traditions from the Jewish Diaspora. You can download the album for free here, and watch the videos here.
Here is the introduction message to the album, by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove:
“When three stars appear in the night sky on Saturday night, our families gather to mark the end of Shabbat with the beautiful ritual of Havdalah using candlelight, spices, and wine. Havdalah, meaning ‘distinction,’ alerts us to the divide and the link between Shabbat and the workweek, between light and dark, between the Jewish community and our common humanity, and between the holy and profane. Havdalah is both a blessing and challenge. How shall we take the commitment and ideals of Shabbat into the rest of the week? How shall we leverage the blessings of Jewish Peoplehood toward all people? How shall we make our profane world a little more holy?
In December 2018, the historic Park Avenue Synagogue Congregational Trip to Israel culminated with over 450 congregants celebrating Havdalah together in the holy city of Jerusalem. This album captures that magical moment, when we brought our Jewish musical heritage to life through settings representing the unity and diversity of the world Jewish community.
May we be inspired to bring the blessings of this moment into our very bright communal future.”
Once again, I wish you Shana Tova. Please feel free to reply to this email and let me know how you and your family are doing.