Folk meets Jewish mysticism in this expression of soulful longing, a collection of original interpretations of sacred texts, poetry, and wordless niggunim.
Within, Rabbi Menachem Creditor's first solo album, features four original songs by Creditor and the debut recording of "V'asu," a song that the late composer Debbie Friedman wrote for the dedication of Rabbi Creditor's synagogue Netivot Shalom. The overarching theme this folk-influenced album is the Jewish wisdom teaching that a relationship with God begins by looking someone else in the eye. Order the Within CD at EKS Publishing, or download Within from iTunes or Amazon.com!
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…