Kabbalat Shabbat Enjoy a virtual visit to our musical Shabbat Garden. Click on the titles below to listen, see and download the many melodies we have created to all the Psalms and Piyyutim (hymns) that are are part of Kabbalat Shabbat. All are new compositions that are sung in our Jerusalem community and bring fresh meaning into those ancient words. The chants are woven each week into a unique Journey for that particular week. Ideas for different journeys, that you can create yourselves in your communities, can be found under Kavvanot (coming soon).
Download a Word text for Kabbalat Shabbat (coming soon)
The Nava Tehila Nusach follows the flow of the traditional Kabbalat Shabbat prayer outlined to your left. We choose one of two verses from each of the Psalms, and we chant them for some time, allowing ourselves to delve deeper into their meaning. We tend to sing the Piyyutim (hymns) in their entirety
Shir Hashirim/the Song of Songs is recited in many traditions as a part of Kabbalat Shabbat. Sometimes we devote most of the service to these chants- and then we will follow the Spharadi way and start Kabbalat Shabbat with Psalm 29
These 6 particular Psalms form the ritual for welcoming the Shabbat as it had spread from the kabbalists of 16 centurey Safed throughout the Jewish world. Most Ashkenazi communities recite these 6 Psalms before L'cha Dodi, symbolizing the six days of the week and the six days of creation.
The Sefradi minhag is to chant only psalm 29 with its 7 Divine voices of creation.
Ana B'khoach, which serves as a ladder up to L'cha Dodi, has 7 verses.
L'cha Dodi, a hymn by 16 centurey R' Shlomo Elkabetz welcomes the Shabbat/Shechina/bride and is the climax of the service.
Psalm 92 is the oldest source recited on Shabbat. We are inspired by this psalm in our use of acoustic instruments to welcome the Shabbat.
Shalom Aleichem- Angles accompany us from the public prayer space back to our homes.