Liturgy & Music

Music is such an integral part of Jewish worship. Every letter of the Torah is literally a musical note, with the ingenious musical shorthand of the T'amei Hamikrah (cantillation accents). At Shaarey Tikvah, involvement is the watchword. Cantor Gary loves to see members of our community lead services, read Torah, or simply get to know the service better.

Shabbat Melodies

Cantor Gary Paller has recorded the opening of the Shabbat Musaf Amidah (pg. 156b in the New Siddur Sim Shalom) to help prepare you for the introduction of the option of reciting the Imahot (Matriarchs). He has also recorded the Shabbat Musaf Kedushah adapted from the Carlebach melody for "B'shem Hashem" (In the Name of the Holy One) which we have been using recently on Shabbat morning.

Carlebach Shabbat Melodies

Shlomo Carlebach (1925 – 1994), was a Jewish rabbi, religious teacher, composer, and singer who was known as "The Singing Rabbi" during his lifetime. His music inspires us to this day and our Friday night service is transformed into a soulful outpouring of song and dance with these tunes. 

Shabbat Shirah Melodies

On January 15, 2011, we commemorated Shabbat Shirah, Sabbath of Song, with a musical sermon, "Mi Chamocha Marathon" and we have marked this Shabbat each year since with special musically-inspired events. Cantor Gary Paller shares some wonderful melodies for Mi Chamocha. This prayer has its origin in Shirat Hayam, Song of the Sea, found in Parashat Beshallach, the Torah portion for that Shabbat. Here are some examples for your listening pleasure!

Nigun of Yearning

Rabbi Kosak learned this from his Rav, Rav Mickie Rozen, who was taught this tune by his father. Rabbi Kosak introduced it to Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, during a sermon on "Paradigms of Prayer," which he delivered on a Shabbat in July 2011.The text can be viewed in a Word document here.