The True Story of Who Wrote the Torah

In the summer of 2013, at Genesis/BIMA at Brandeis University, I taught–with gratitude to a teacher of chasidic texts at a Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot I co-hosted with Sam and (now Rabbi) Rachel Zerin–the following source sheet that might feel out of context right now: available here.

Keywords: revelation, Besht, Ba’al Shem Tov, alphabet soup, authorship, chaos, randomness

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A (kosher-for-Passover) prayer for redemption from exile

The words of “Attah Adonai Magen Ba’adi” are by R’ Fradji Shawat, and the music below is by me.

Here are words, and here is sheet music.

A recording will come soon (God-willing.)


4 updated Hebrew-reading resources

The latest versions are now up of ::drumroll::…

A Basic Chart of the Hebrew Consonants,

A Basic Chart of the Hebrew Vowels (and Some Marks),

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Hebrew Consonants, and

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Hebrew Vowels (and Some Marks).


For When Converting in a Mikveh…

I wrote a meditation for when going to the Mikveh (ritual bath) for conversion to Judaism; it is now posted on RitualWell.

There’s a bunch of new music up!

You can listen to a lot of new Jewish music I’ve recorded at jonahrankliturgy.bandcamp.com. The navigation that is necessary can lead you to music for Geshem, Tal, various piyyutim, an original Havdalah song, various standard Shabbat fare, and more!

Also, you can read (and even edit!) a lot of new sheet music in the Music –> Jewish Music –> Jewish Sheet Music part of this site.


How to have an aliyyah to the Torah (with and without transliteration) and in textual form

Now you can find at this site:

a written description of how to have an aliyyah to the Torah (without transliteration);

and

a written description of how to have an aliyyah to the Torah (with transliteration).


This Is How I Put On Tefillin (& You Can Too!)

Check out my new visual guide to putting on tefillin! (It’s the latest craze all the cool kids are discussing.)