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Eight Videos for Eight Nights of Hanuka!!! Light One Candle…

What could be better than seeing an original Hanuka video every night of Hanuka? Okay, maybe opening presents every night of Hanuka – you got me there.

Nevertheless, I’m gonna share with you an original Hanuka video every night. Some will be slick and polished, some just videotaped in my basement.

Here’s number one… ENJOY! It’s approaching 30,000 views! Think we can get it over that this Hanuka?

Shabbat Sweet – V’Shamru

It’s a Song-A-Day Marathon Leading to the 11/7 Release Celebration, with An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer: Today’s Song: V’Shamru

Original Art: Rena Newman
Original Art: Rena Newman

Let your descendants keep Shabbat,

renewing themselves throughout the generations, as an eternal bond.

It shall be an eternal sign between me and your descendants,

for in six days God made the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day God ceased and drew a breath of rest.

(Exodus 31:16-17)


Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

Click Here to order for pick up

Shabbat Sweet – Hashkiveinu

It’s a Song-A-Day Marathon Leading to the 11/7 Release Celebration, with An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer: Today’s Song: Hashkiveinu

Photo: Gene Hanson
Photo: Gene Hanson

Let us lie down tonight in peace

And rise up again in the morning

To life.

Spread over us the shelter of your peace

And protect us

Beneath the softness of your wings.

And as we go fourth each day

Every new morning

Renew us in the warmth

Of your presence.

Spread over us the shelter of your peace.


Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

Click Here to order for pick up

 

Shabbat Sweet – Mi Chamocha

It’s a Song-A-Day Marathon Leading to the 11/7 Release Celebration, with An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer: Today’s Song: Mi Chamocha

Photo: http://timfilkins.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/baby-taking-steps.jpg
Photo: http://timfilkins.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/baby-taking-steps.jpg

Taking the first step, Moses, Miriam and the Israelites broke out in song,

Abundant in joy, in one voice they sang:

Who is like you? Who is like you, bathed in holiness,

Awesome and wondrous, radiating pure praise?

When your children saw the waters split, the path open before them they cried:

The way of God is the way of liberation – we will walk upon it forever!

And it was said:

Now you see there is a Power greater, yes far greater, than any you have ever known.

You are blessed, source of our liberation.


Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

Click Here to order for pick up

 

Shabbat Sweet – Shalom Aleichem

An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer

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Photo: http://wallpapersinhq.com/images/big/peace_dove_as_a_birthday_gift_for_my_sweet_friend_anca_ancasimona-889215.jpg

Peace to you, dear friends, messengers from beyond time, beyond space, beyond knowing, source of deepest blessing.

Come in peace, bless me in peace and depart in peace, dear friends, messengers from beyond time, beyond space, beyond blessing.

Source of deepest blessing.


Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

Click Here to order for pick up

 

Shabbat Sweet – Candle Lighting

An Interpretive Translation of the Prayer

Photo: Mackenzie Moers
Photo: Mackenzie Moers

You are blessed.

Drawing us close to your sacred presence,

you invite us to kindle the Shabbat lights.

 


 Join us November 7 at JRC or YouTube as Billy Kaplan & The Legendary Sweets Celebrate the release of the CD.

Click Here to order for pick up

 

It’s Shabbat tonight! Here’s something to get you ready…

I love to change the world,
But rarely appreciate things as they are.
I know how to give,
But I don’t always know how to receive.
I know how to keep busy,
But I don’t often listen.
I look, but I don’t often see.
I yearn to succeed,
But I often forget what is truly important.
Teach me, G-d, to slow down. May my resting revive me.
May it lead me to wisdom, to holiness
To Peace and to You.

(Rabbi Naomi Levy)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18lyE55iH7Yhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18lyE55iH7Y

And remember, it’s just THREE WEEKS until we celebrate the release of the CD at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation on November 7 at 7:30 pm. Can’t make it to Evanston? The service will be streamed live HERE.

And remember, if you want to get one of the delightful CDs on November 7, you have to pre-order them HERE. CDs will not be sold the evening of the service to respect the Sabbath.