Nishmat
Tefillah Toolkit Issue 4

Elie Kaunfer, Dena Weiss, Joey Weisenberg

Mechon Hadar's Tefillah Toolkit takes a prayer or a section of a service from Jewish liturgy and explores it from three perspectives: content, meaning, and music. Together as a package, we explore what the prayer is about, what it means to pray it, and how to get a community praying it together.

In this issue:

  • Elie Kaunfer explores the themes in this prayer, some of the fascinating images, and what they can teach us. Why is a prayer about the impossibility of describing God full of synonyms that are describing God?
  • Dena Weiss thinks about the relationship between the physical and the spiritual.
  • Joey Weisenberg teaches his own tunes for Nishmat, Ilu Finu, and Shokhein Ad, and talks about how they fit in with the rest of the shabbat morning service.
Listen to the AudioConsult the Texts
The Blessing of the Song
(audio/mpeg, 27.08MB)

Listen to the AudioConsult the Texts
The Fullest Praise
(audio/mpeg, 7.72MB)

Listen to the Audio
Nishmat Kol Chai, Ilu Finu, Shokhein Ad
(audio/mpeg, 20.54MB)
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