Zmirot - the pen of the soul

by Alex Clare

The Baal Hatanya describes melody as the pen of the soul, ascribing and expressing the soul’s desire for closeness to G-d in a way that words cannot.

Music unifies people. A Jewish melody with Jewish words stay etched in our
minds and hearts eternally. Many of us can remember songs we learnt as children, or songs we heard parents, teachers or friends sing. Music creates a means of connection and expression that is immutable. Shabbat is the holiest day of the whole year; and we have the privilege of celebrating it every week.

In our home in London, one of the most meaningful parts of the Shabbat meal is when we sing z’mirot, Shabbat songs, together. The Jewish people have an incredible spiritual and musical heritage. Throughout history, the Jews have sung songs and Psalms. Our devotion to G-d has always been accompanied and guided by song. We have a tremendous gift with these songs, and with this gift comes the responsibility to continue this tradition and teach these songs to our children.

Alex Clare

British rock star Alex Clare, decided to change his life and became religious. However, nothing could stop him from becoming the superstar he was born to be. He’s hit number four on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. He has been nominated for five World Music Awards. Clare is one of the few people in the world who successfully juggles a religious lifestyle while maintaining a truly booming music career.

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