Billy Kaplan | Shabbat Sweet

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Shabbat Sweet

by Billy Kaplan

This recording of original melodies for ancient Jewish prayers is lively and soulful, with a freshness that manages to seem familiar. Imagine Paul Simon, Tom Waits, CSN and a Klezmer Band grooving out.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beggar's Niggun
2:29 $0.99
2. Candle Lighting
2:24 $0.99
3. Shalom Aleichem
1:59 $0.99
4. Shir Hashirim (Dodi Li)
4:12 $0.99
5. L'cha Dodi
3:42 $0.99
6. Mi Chamocha
2:49 $0.99
7. Hashkiveinu
3:22 $0.99
8. V'shamru
2:28 $0.99
9. Amidah
1:36 $0.99
10. Shalom Rav
3:57 $0.99
11. Oseh Shalom
2:19 $0.99
12. Aleynu
2:35 $0.99
13. Adon Olam
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Some people have said Shabbat Sweet was the most enjoyable religious service they ever experienced. Others, who as teenagers at Jewish summer camp joyously welcomed Shabbat singing three-part harmony, said Shabbat Sweet was the most inspiring service they attended since camp. Still others said the service was “exquisite,” “crazy-awesome-amazing,” “very moving,” and “beautiful."

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

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.

Shabbat Sweet became a Kickstarter-funded project in June, 2013. Billy worked with Steve Rashid, the Emmy Award-winning producer, members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, and a host of legendary musicians to create a recording of Shabbat Sweet that captured the rich, soaring spirit of the service as it has been shared with congregations. His teen daughter, Hannah, arranged and sang most of the harmonies on the recording.


I am so impressed with the beauty and joy expressed in these pieces of music. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all of them.

Halleluyah and Oh Happy Day! So much gratitude to Billy for giving this sacred gift to the world. Mazel Tov to us all...

I heard the CD this afternoon. It’s absolutely beautiful. Beautiful. The arrangements, the harmonies-gorgeous. Well done. Yasher koach.

I can't express the joy it brings my heart, and my ears, to finally hear this project in its entirety. These sacred words come alive as the music moves me to tears or has me dancing around my kitchen. I can't wait to share it with friends and family, because you know everyone will be getting a copy the holidays.

You've outdone yourself! Absolutely beautiful! Every song is a hit!

It's a work of love and passion.



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