This choral setting is infused with hope and optimism that highlights the simplicity and power of the original hymn melody, while also adding variety in texture, harmony and counterpoint. “I will run and not grow weary, knowing You will stay by me. Your presence is my fortress, in my soul serenity.” Duration: 3:30.
The Shehecheyanu is traditionally recited in order to offer thanks for unusual experiences or special occasions, such as a baby’s first step, the beginning of a new course of study, or the first fruits of a new harvest. It is also recited at the beginning of holidays, such as the first night of Chanukah.
Reuven Hammer, author of Entering Jewish Prayer, indicates that Psalm 150 is understood as “a call to the soul, to all creatures, to all parts of the universe to join in a great rondo of joy at the very fact of being part of the creation, and thus to acknowledge the author of all.” Combined Duration: 4:50.