Music of Jewish Gateways High Holiday Services
Enjoy and learn some of the beautiful music we sing and listen to at Jewish Gateways High Holiday services as played and sung by Angela Gold, who led the music at our High Holidays until her untimely death in 2018.
You can find each song, along with its words, below -- just click on the song titles to access the recordings.
Or, you can listen to or download the entire playlist to enjoy as you drive, wash the dishes, exercise ... or whenever you'd like.
1. High Holiday melody: the basic melody we hear throughout the High Holiday services in a number of variations
2. Return Again: one of the major themes of the High Holidays
Return again, return again, return to the home of your soul (2X)
Return to who you are
Return to what you are
Return to where you are
Born and reborn again.
Return again, return again, return to the home of your soul.
by Shlomo Carlebach
3. Hashiveinu (Return Us): also on the theme of returning
Hashiveinu Adonai eilecha v'nashuva. Chadesh yameinu k'kedem.
הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ יהוה אֵלֶיךָ וְנָשׁוּבָה חַדֵשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם
[Return us, Eternal One, let us return! Renew our days, as You have done of old.]
O Mother and Father of life. Please hear us and give us Your grace.
Our Guide deep within us, O hear us and give us
compassion and mercy and peace.
O guide us through Your grace, justice and mercy to all.
O guide us and teach us, grant justice and mercy.
We shall be free once again.
Rabbi Burt Jacobson
אָבִינוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ חָנֵנוּ וַעֲנֵנוּ כִּי אֵין בָּנוּ מַעֲשִׂים
עֲשֵׂה עִמָנוּ צְדָקָה וָחֶסֶד וְהוֹשִׁיעֵנוּ
Avinu Malkeinu, choneinu va’aneinu (2x)
ki ein banu ma’asim.
Asei imanu, tz’dakah va’chesed (2x)
Adonai, Adonai, compassion and tenderness
Patience, forbearance, kindness, awareness
Bearing love from age to age
Lifting guilt and mistakes and making us free.
Rabbi Burt Jacobson
יהוה יהוה אֵל רַחוּם וְחַנוּן
אֶרֶך אַפַּיִם וְרַב-חֶסֶד וֶאֶֶמֶת
נֹצֶר חֶסֶד לָאֲלָפִים
נֹשֵׂא עָוֹן וָפֶשַׁע וְחָטָאָה וְנַקֵה
Adonai Adonai el rachum v’chanun
erech apayim v’rav chesed v’emet
notzer chesed l’alafim
nosei avon va-fesha v’chata-ah v’nakei.
Open up our eyes
Teach us how to live
Fill our hearts with joy
And all the love You have to give
Gather us in peace
As You lead us to your Name
And we will know that You are One.
7. V'al Kulam (For All of These): reflecting on our regrets from the past year
V’al kulam eloah slichot. Slach lanu, m'chal lanu, kapper lanu.
וְעַל כֻּלָם אֱלוֹהַ סְלִיכוֹת סְלַח לָנוּ מְחַל לָנוּ כַּפֶּר לָנוּ
For all of these, we ask one thing of You, forgive us, return us, grant us life anew.
8. L’shanah Tova Tikateyvu (Happy New Year!)
L’shanah tovah tikateyvu, l’shanah tovah tichateymu.
L’shanah tovah tikateyvu, l’shanah tovah tichateymu
Have a good new year, a sweet new year.
[May you be written and sealed for a good year.]
Please note that this music is shared for educational, not commercial, purposes.