Jewish Songs of Comfort for Death, Dying and Mourning
I was intoxicated with the enchanting, haunting, fantastically beautiful songs on your CD. I hope that no neighbors saw me jumping/dancing around in my car seat when I parked the car and couldn't turn off the music! My eyes were closed and I was into myself and your music and your voice! OMG! I am intoxicated with your sounds! Thank you for your phenomenal, amazing, wonderful, soulful gift!
This is a very powerful & practical recording. My friend, our colleague Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, has released an album of transition songs. "May the Angels Carry You," an offering of her heart, is a collection of songs based on teachings from our tradition meant to provide comfort for those going through the dying or death of a loved one & to enable us to help those who turn to us find their way over life's final threshold. I was deeply moved. I think you will be too.
—Hazzan Gregory Yaroslow
Dear Rayzel, I am envisioning you in your awesome Kallah Shabbos angel's wings chanting the melodies on your new CD. I am melting into the melodies now and will share your CD info with my chevra kadisha and a couple folks who are end of life doulas. Many many blessings.
—Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder
This collection of songs and prayers is based on traditional Jewish liturgical moments for the death of a loved one. Several selections are to be used before the death or in the actual moments of active dying. These heartfelt pieces were written or recorded in response to actual real life crossings over. They can be used collectively—or individually—to console and support the family and friends who are grieving. These songs expand the repertoire for cantors, rabbis, hevre kadisha, chaplains, caregivers and others involved in this holy work.
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May the Angels Carry You and B’shem Hashem acknowledge the powerful transition time and invite in angelic guides to assist in the process of crossing over between worlds. Healer of the Broken Hearted, and Refuge in your Wings recognize the range of emotions involved for the caregivers. The Techinah for the Deathbed and Baruch Dayan Emet are for the actual moments of death. Kaddish is for the funeral or the yearly recitation, and HaMakom Yinachem is traditionally said at the shiva. Shalom Alechem can be sung for the walk around the block to escort the soul at the end of shiva. Di Neshume is based on what is said at the anniversary of the death/yahrtzeit. Sweet Surrender is for the long journey of healing into the “what’s next?” May they be received with the love they were intended to relay.
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