Song of the Week

Song of the Week

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Song of the Week
  • Cantor Davis Sings "Over the Rainbow" for Parashat Noah

    Enjoy cantor Mira Davis’'s rendition of “'Somewhere over the Rainbow”' from Shabbat Noah, to brighten your week!

  • Cantor Schwartz Sings Mi Shebeirach

    Through the generations, we have blessed our children. This week, Parashat Lekh L’kha particularly reminds us not just to give a blessing, but to be a blessing. This song by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, commissioned by PAS especially for the moment at which the clergy bless the Bnei Mitzvah, ...

  • Cantor Schwartz sings "Torah is Love"

    This week, we started reading a new cycle of the Torah. The renewal and expansion of our tradition, with the community and Torah at its center, continues strong at PAS. It is expressed in this musical setting commissioned from composer Elliot Weiss for the opening of our Lifelong Learning Center ...

  • Cantor Schwartz Sings “Everywhere I Go”

    Over the High Holidays, PAS released Be the Light, an album celebrating the Jewish and Christian faiths coming together as one. This song from Be the Light explores the idea of presence: “When I’m lost, deeper than I’ve known / You’ll be the one I call home.” As you listen to this song, you might...

  • Cantor Schwartz Sings R'tze Vimnuhoseinu (“Embrace Our Rest”)

    This prayer from the Shabbat Amidah expresses our souls’ desire for both kinds of peace described by Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav: the kind within oneself, which arises from a sense of awe and humility, and the universal kind that comes from prayer. Traditional cantorial singing at its core is a soul...

  • Cantor Schwartz Sings Shir Hadash ("A New Song")

    The psalmist's words ring out from ancient times, telling us to sing a new song. This is one of the reasons we create new settings of familiar texts: It enables us to hear the prayer in a new way, to consider different aspects of it. The psalm goes on to command not just the people of Israel, but...

  • Cantor Schwartz Sings Kumi (“Rise Up”)

    As we begin the month of Kislev and herald the season of light, the themes of religious freedom and light are at the forefront of our minds. This setting of Kumi Ori Ki Va Orekh (“Arise, shine, for your light has come”) bridges the Christian and Jewish communities as part of our Be the Light albu...

  • Cantors Schwartz and Davis Sing Hanerot Hallalu (“We Kindle These Lights”)

    This ultimate cantorial Hanukkah classic by Zavel Zilberts (1881–1949) expresses all the wonder of the Festival of Lights, reminding us that the candles are not to be used, only gazed upon in consideration of miracles. Innovating within the tradition, we have commissioned a duet version of the or...

  • Cantor Schwartz Sings Nadlik Beyahad Ner (“Light a Candle”)

    The Festival of Lights calls us to light a candle, banish the darkness, say a blessing, and enjoy the miracle of light. While this song was written for the Eurovision Song Contest, not for Hanukkah, we couldn’t resist its imagery of fighting hopelessness by creating light together. When the figur...

  • Cantor Schwartz Sings "We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back to Egypt"

    When Rabbi Cosgrove asks Cantor Schwartz to sing something more up-tempo, he really means it. When you hear how this familiar melody has been Taylor-ed to the text, you will Swiftly realize what we mean.