One of Debbie Friedman’s last compositions before her untimely passing was her setting of “Shalom Aleichem.” Friedman’s tender and soulful melody brings these well-known words to life in a new way, expressing the unique peace Shabbat can bring.
We sing to welcome the angels of peace that accompany us during these 25 hours, asking for our own calm amidst the storm. Her chidush (unique contribution) to the traditional text was the insertion of Shuvchem l’shalom (Return in peace) to replace Tzeitchem l’shalom (Go in peace) in the last verse.
In this excerpt, from Kabbalat Shabbat services last week, we welcomed the CBST Community Chorus to sing, as well as CBST teen, flutist Risa Aarlev to the bimah, whose expressive flute playing enriched our prayers.
“Shalom Aleichem” by Debbie Friedman, arr. by Marsha Bryan Edelman
Voices: CBST Community Chorus
Flute: Risa Aarlev
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
For more wonderful settings, be in community with CBST at Kabbalat Shabbat services, Fridays at 6:30 p.m. ET, in person or livestreaming. All are welcome.