Billy Kaplan | A Taste of Shabbat Sweet

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A Taste of Shabbat Sweet

by Billy Kaplan

In a blending of folk, pop and Middle Eastern sounds, the lively, soulful songs of Shabbat Sweet are a delightful spiritual experience of original melodies for ancient Jewish prayers. You may not understand the Hebrew, but you will be moved.
Genre: Spiritual: Jewish Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shalom Aleyhem
1:59 album only
2. Leha Dodi
3:42 album only
3. Mi Hamocha
2:49 album only
4. Shir Hashirim (Dodi Li)
4:12 album only
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Album Notes
The lively, soulful melodies of “Shabbat Sweet” have a freshness that manages to seem familiar to many. “I think there are many reasons why we feel an attachment to Shabbat Sweet. Part of it is just that the melodies are beautiful. They speak to our hearts quickly and we can sing along. And there’s a deep spiritual aspect to it as well,” Rabbi Brant Rosen, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation.

“How can people emotionally connect better to the prayers they’re trying to pray from their hearts? Billy felt inspired to make that connection for the congregation,” Lori Lippitz, Founder of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

Some people have said “Shabbat Sweet” was the most enjoyable service they ever attended. Others, who as teenagers at Jewish summer camp joyously welcomed Shabbat singing three-part harmony, said “Shabbat Sweet” was the most inspiring service they have attended since camp. Still others have said the service was “exquisite,” “crazy-awesome-amazing,” “very moving,” and “beautiful.”

Most people sing along the first time they hear the service.

“Shabbat Sweet” became a Kickstarter funded project in June, 2013. Billy is currently working with Steve Rashid, the Emmy Award-winning producer, and members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, to create a recording of “Shabbat Sweet” that captures the rich, soaring spirit of the service as it has been shared with congregations.

The service was first shared with the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois on June 3, 2011 with the renowned Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and the Sweet Sisters, a trio of teen singers including Billy’s daughter, Hannah.



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