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The Music of the Bible Revealed – Psalm 148

Suzanne Haïk-Vantoura, LA MUSIQUE DE LA BIBLE RÉVÉLÉE – VOLUME 3 (Alienor 1051 CD).

This slideshow of Psalm 148 includes the consonantal Hebrew Masoretic Text and modified versions of the transliteration and translation provided by Lev Software. The arrangement for modern instruments and the vocal harmonies are of course SHV’s, but the ancient melodic line, modality and choral alternation were inferred by her from the Masoretic Text (Letteris Edition).

This Psalm is unique in that it uses successively all four “psalmodic modes” reconstructed by SHV from the Masoretic accents. The brilliance of a Psalm like this is that the more singers one has, the better — the whole Levitical ensemble could have sung and accompanied this melody.

For more information, please see www.rakkav.com/biblemusic, www.shofargroup.org, www.savae.org, and (in French) www.estherlamandier.com.

Israel faces its greatest existential threat in its history.

Just finished reading Rabbi Lazer Brody’s, Emuna News Special Report: The Sword on Israel’s Jugular. Which states the following:
Israel faces its greatest existential threat in its history. At this very moment, every single city, town, and village between the northern border and Dimona is a push-button away from oblivion, for the triple menace of missiles from Syria, Hizbollah, and Iran rest like a sharp sword on Israel’s Jugular.
Complete article.
Is there anything we can do? Most of us are hundreds or thousands of miles away, in our own communities; yet our very being cries out: What can we do?
Here my dear brethren are some ideas that we can start puting into action immediately.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, taught us that, yes, there is something we can do.
The Rebbe taught us the power of a mitzvah.
A mitzvah, a G-dly deed, has the power to reach deep into the core of our being–where we are all one, and the physical distance between us is of no consequence. At this core, a positive deed on our part will help bring salvation to a brother and sister in distress.
During past conflicts in the Land of Israel, and during times of danger for the Jewish people, the Rebbe made practical suggestions of mitzvot that would elicit G-d’s blessings and protection.
Let us not underestimate the power of good! With a single good deed on our part, here and now, we can each contribute toward the victory and safety of our fellow Jews in Israel.
Take a minute to do one or more of the following. You can make a difference!

Torah study

Say a prayer for the soldiers of the IDF, and for all residents of the Holy Land (suggestion: Psalm 20 is traditionally said in times of distress).

Charity and acts of kindness: Put a coin in a charity box, give a gift of money to a fellow in need or to a charitable cause, or extend a helping hand to someone who needs it.

Tefillin: If you already put on tefillin every day, encourage a friend to do so. If you don’t yet, now is a good time to start!.

Mezuzah: If you don’t yet have a mezuzah get one now! If you already do have one, it may be time to have it checked to ensure that the words on the parchment have not faded.

Tzitzit: start wearing tzitzit even during the night, and even while sleeping.

To help you in your service, Free Beams Downloads:
As Rabbi Brody say’s “Let’s invoke Divine compassion by turning the tides of assimilation and spiritual contamination with a worldwide return to Hashem. Our lives depend on it”.

Please keep the injured boys of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav in your prayers!

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