Connections

my songs connecting to the current Torah portion….

Bereshit (Gen. 1:1-6:8): “Sparks” (song video; lyrics) october

Vayera (Gen. 18:1-22:24): “Two Pockets” (music; lyrics) october/november

Chayei Sara (Gen. 23:1-25:18): “Highest Praise” (song video) october/november

Vayetzei (Gen. 28:10-32:3): “Give Thanks” (music; lyrics) november/december

Vayishlach (Gen. 32:4-36:43): “Cholent” november/december

Beshalach (Exod. 13:17-17:16): “Tearin’ the Sea” (music; lyrics), “When An Enemy Dies”  january/february

Yitro (Exod. 18:1-20:23): “Nothing in Between” (music; lyrics), “Deep and Wide” (music; lyrics) january/february

Mishpatim (Exod. 21:1-24:18): “Fallow Field” (lyric video; gallery) january/february

Terumah (Exod. 25:1-27:19): “What We’ll Bring (Let Us Sing)” (music) february/march

Vayikra (Lev. 1:1-5:26): “Rowboat” (music; lyrics; gallery) march/april

Kedoshim (Lev. 19:1-20:27): “Feathers” (music; lyrics), “Commentary” april/may

Emor (Lev. 21:1-24:23): “Peace”, “Apples and Honey” may

Behar (Lev. 25:1-26:2): “Shabbos Keeps the Jews” (music; lyrics); “Fallow Field” (lyric video), “Let Go (Take Down the Fences)” (music) may

Beha’alotcha (Num. 8:1-12:16): “Feathers” (music, lyrics), “Healing Song” (song video)  may/june

Korach (Num. 16:1-18:32): “2 Jews 3 Opinions” (music; lyrics) june/july

Va’et’chanan (Deut. 3:23-7:11): “Nothing in Between” (music; lyrics), “Walkin’ on Shabbos”, “All” july/august

Re’eh (Deut. 11:26-16:17): “Right Messiah” (music; lyrics), “Kind” (music; lyrics)  august/september

Shoftim (Deut. 16:18-21:9): “Cholent” august/september

Ki Teitzei (Deut. 21:10-25:19): “Feathers” (music; lyrics) august/september

Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20): “Everyone” (music; lyrics) september

Vayeilech (Deut. 31:1-30): “Seven Circles” (music; lyrics; gallery) september

Ha’azinu (Deut. 32:1-52): “The Stone” (music; lyrics) september/october

or to holidays….

Jan. 15 National Bagel Day (also, February 9 National Bagel and Lox Day; July 26 National Bagelfest Day):  “Bagels and Blintzes”

Jan./Feb. (15 Shevat) Tu Bishvat: “Rowboat” (music; lyrics; gallery)

Jan. 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day (when Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated in 1945): “One-Way Train” (music; lyrics), “Stack the Stones” (music; lyrics), “Jackie’s Tattoo”

first Shabbat in March is Global Day of Unplugging and NJOP’s Shabbat Across America: “Shabbos Keeps the Jews” (music; lyrics); “Fallow Field” (lyric video; gallery)

March: Women’s History Month, including International Women’s Day on March 8: “Bruria” (lyric video)

March/April (15-22 Nisan) Passover: “Tearin’ the Sea” (music; lyrics), “Delivered”, “When An Enemy Dies”

April is National Humor Month: “Max (The Bark Mitzvah Song)” (music; lyrics)

first Wed. in April National Walking Day: “Walkin’ on Shabbos”

April 22 Earth Day:  “Rowboat” (music; lyrics; gallery)

April 30 National Honesty Day: “Peace”

April/May (27 (or 26 or 28) Nisan) Yom Hashoah: “One-Way Train” (music; lyrics), “Stack the Stones” (music; lyrics), “Jackie’s Tattoo”

first Thursday in May is National Day of Prayer: “Letters” (music; lyrics), “Healing Song” (song video)

May is Jewish American Heritage Month: “Max (The Bark Mitzvah Song)” (music; lyrics)

May Yom Ha’atzma’ut (May 14; 5 Iyar) Israel Independence Day: “Sederot Sky” (lyrics), “Jerusalem”, “Break” (ensemble performance with lyric)

May/June (6-7 Sivan) Shavuot: “Nothing in Between” (music; lyrics)

July (17 Tammuz) Shivah Asar B’Tammuz (starts the 3 Weeks): “Temples” (music; lyrics)

July/Aug. (9 Av) Tisha B’Av:  “Temples” (music; lyrics), “Deep and Wide” (music; lyrics), “Lights Lead Home” (music; lyrics; video), “Talking to the Wall”

July/Aug. (15 Av) Tu B’Av: “Tearin’ the Sea” (music; lyrics)

Aug. 26 is National Dog Day:  “Max (The Bark Mitzvah Song)” (music; lyrics)

Sept. 15-Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month:  “Lights Lead Home” (music; lyrics; video)

Sept. 21 is World Gratitude Day: “Give Thanks” (music; lyrics)

Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace: “Peace”

Sept. 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day: “Funny You Should Ask”

Sept/Oct (1-2 Tishrei) Rosh Hashana:  “Apples and Honey”

Sept/Oct (23 Tishrei) Simchat Torah: “Seven Circles” (music; lyrics; gallery)

late October (10 Nisan) Yom HaAliyah: “Sara”

third Thursday of Oct. is Conflict Resolution Day: “2 Jews 3 Opinions” (musiclyrics)

Nov. 9-10 is anniversary of Kristallnacht (1938): “One-Way Train” (music; lyrics), “Stack the Stones” (music; lyrics), “Jackie’s Tattoo”

Nov. 13 is World Kindness Day: “Highest Praise” (song video)

4th Thursday of November is Thanksgiving: “Give Thanks” (music; lyrics)

also: several communities hold an annual month of Clean Speech: “Feathers” (music; lyrics)