"I Have Decided" and "Oseh Shalom"

Each year on the Shabbat closest to the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., CBST commemorates the legacy and life of this unparalleled civil rights leader. Dr. King’s moving and prophetic words have inspired generations to continue the courageous fight for equality and justice.

One way we mark this anniversary is to infuse our Shabbat services with music that evoke the themes for which Dr. King gave his life. This past Friday night we shared the song, “I Have Decided,” by composer Dave Rowe.

Set to Dr. King’s moving words, “I have decided to stick with love; hate is too great a burden to bear,” the song blends these words with a deeply expressive and soulful melody. As we do in all Jewish services, our individual prayer ends with communal words that call us to make peace in every generation.

“May the one who makes peace in the Heavens, make peace for us, for all Israel, and for the entire earth.” We say Amen to both the words of our liturgy as well as the holy words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I Have Decided” by Dave Rowe and “Oseh Shalom” by Yoel Sykes, arr. Joyce Rosenzweig

Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig

Voice: Cantor Sam Rosen and The CBST Chorus

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.

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