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Inspired by the pandemic, Jewish musicians are rolling out a year's worth of spiritual 'healing songs'


April 30, 2021

Shir Yaakov Feit sings the first of 70 melodies he wrote for the book of Psalms at the beginning of the pandemic.

(JTA) - It was only about a week into lockdown last spring when Elana Brody took out her keyboard piano for a jam session. It was late at night, so it made sense that the new melody that came to her then was "B'shem Hashem" a part of the Shema.

"It was kind of natural to want to sing this prayer because it's a bedtime prayer," Brody said, calling it an "incantation" of sorts.

The words call on four angels to surround her - Michael to the right, Gabriel to the left, Uriel in front and Raphael behind - with God above her head. Brody imagined the angels surrounding the people of New York City,...

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