* Composed for the sesquicentennial anniversary of Temple Sholom of Chicago in 2017
* Senior Rabbi Edwin Goldberg originally suggested the idea of writing an adaptation of Psalm 150
* Psalm 150 suggests praising God with all sorts of instruments. I added the lens of Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences approach - what are some other creative ways of showing praise or gratitude?
* The chorus is an alphabetical list of synonyms for “praise”
GRATITUDE REFLECTION: What’s something you can do today to show appreciation for what you have?
"150TH PSALM" (by Jay Rapoport)
Play a note
Sound a signal
Beat a drum
Move your body
Tell a story
Draw a picture
Take a silent breath
Let it out slowly....
Take a minute to admire, applaud, appreciate your blessings
Just celebrate, clap your hands, cry out, give thanks
Rave about it, recognize it, sing it loud and strong...
Smile, stand up and cheer...oh
Hallelujah, Hallelujah (2x)
For powerful moments
For acts of loving kindness
For radical amazement
For being alive
Think back on the memories
Of a hundred fifty years (count up all the years)
Add up the experiences
Gather up the tears
Kol haneshama tehalel yah (4x)
Hallelujah, hallelujah (4x)
Jay Rapoport, RJE takes Jewish values and texts and transforms them into “Ruach Rock”, a catchy piano-pounding style
influenced by Ben Folds and Billy Joel. In 2020 Jay appeared on the Disney Holiday Singalong, defeated his former student on “Who Knows One?” and received a Covenant Foundation grant to compose the theme song for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland’s “La-bri’ut” curriculum....more