Titbarach Adonai, Kiel poel, Sh’ma Yisrael – Thesele Kemane, Beverley Chiat
Vocal Quartet: Thesele Kemane, Beverley Chiat, Katherine Moon, Leanne Jacobson & Albert Combrink (Piano)
(Jewish Traditional Arranged by Albert Combrink, Sung in Hebrew, Sh’ma Yisrael Composed by Albert Combrink)
Filmed Live during the “Rosh Hashanah” service at Temple Israel Reform Synagogue, Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2013
Titbarach Adonai (Text in Hebrew)
Titbarach, Adonai Eloheinu,
al shevach maaseih yadecha
v’al m’orei or she-asita,
(Or chadash al Tzion tair,
v’nizkeh chulanu m’heirah l’oro. – Not included in this version)
Baruch atah, Adonai, yotzeir ham’orot.
Titbarach Adonai (Text in English)
Be praised, Adonai our God, for the excellent work of Your hands,
and for the lights You created, may they glorify You.
(Shine a new light upon Zion, that we all may swiftly merit its radiance. – Not included in this setting)
Praised are You, Adonai, Creator of all heavenly lights.
Sh’ma Yisrael (Composed by Albert Combrink)
Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad – Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One
Shema Yisrael (or Sh’ma Yisrael: Hear, Israel”) are the first two words of a section of the Torah, and is the title (sometimes shortened to simply “Shema“) of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one”, found in Deuteronomy 6:4. Observant Jews consider the Shema to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation as a mitzvah (religious commandment). It is traditional for Jews to say the Shema as their last words, and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at night.