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.
Play/DownloadSource Sheet
The Blessing of the Song
(audio/mpeg, 27.08MB)
The Fullest Praise
(audio/mpeg, 7.72MB)
Nishmat Kol Chai, Ilu Finu, Shokhein Ad
(audio/mpeg, 20.54MB)
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