One of the true joys of my work here in Reading, PA has been helping to bring together a group of “Community Singers” from all over the Jewish community. We have sung at worship services, annual meetings, and now, in the recording studio! Hooray for the lifting of many voices! Have a listen:
My soon-to-be-released album “at the edge of the unknown” is an eclectic mix of my various songwriting styles, from deeply rooted singer-songwriter fare to genre-troubling pieces like this one.
“Dig Deeper” begins with a quote from Pirkei Avot, an ancient collection of Jewish wisdom. In it we learn: “Ben Bag-Bag used to say of the Torah: ‘Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it.’” The English lyrics are a combination of my own words and the Book of Proverbs’ description of Torah as “a tree of life to those who hold fast to her.”
People often ask me whether I read the Bible literally. I generally respond that, in my lineage, reading the Bible literally means that one is failing to take the Bible seriously enough. Instead, Torah demands that we do just as good ol’ Ben Bag-Bag used to say and keep turning and turning the words of Torah, dancing with Torah, wrestling with it, wresting from it the deepest juiciness that it has to offer.