This song is a combination of my associations with Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and ideas from Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book The Sabbath, which emphasizes how Judaism sanctifies time.
The Hebrew chanting in the beginning is the opening of the Havdalah prayer, which helps us transition from Shabbat into the upcoming new week. Without knowing another tune, I made up this melody and had used it privately for some time. I shared it for the first time with some friends while studying in Jerusalem. They encouraged me to record it. Here it is.
Special thanks to: Tovah Leah Nachmani; Rabbi Jim Morgan and members of the Worship and Study Minyan of Harvard Hillel
Text: The Havdalah prayer; The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Hinei el yeshuati… ekrah. [Hebrew text from traditional Havdalah prayer.]