D’ror Yikra דְּרוֹר יִקְרָא

Music composed by R. Deborah Sacks Mintz
Text from traditional Shabbat piyyut by Dunash Ben Labrat (10th century)

.שְׁבוּ וְנֽוּחוּ בְּיוֹם שַׁבָּת
.שְׁמוֹר שַׁבַּת קָדְשֶֽׁךָ
Sh’vu v’nuchu b’yom Shabbat
Sh’mor Shabbat kodshecha
Repose and rest on Shabbat; keep Shabbat, your holy day.

This Shabbat table zemer was recorded intimately and joyfully with only voices and table-top percussion around the shtender. We invite you to sing it around your table, amud, living room, or wherever you find yourself in song on Shabbat and beyond!

A word of note about the chorus: while Dunash ben Labrat wrote this poetry as an acrostic with 6 unique verses and no refrain, I chose to explore how the centering of the core practices of Shabbat as seen in the final lines of the opening and closing stanzas – the values of rest, repose, and sanctification – could shift and re-contextualize the themes explored throughout the 6 existing stanzas – some of which are complex, dramatic, and even a bit troubling. By returning time and again to the pull towards Shabbat rest, rejuvenation, and holiness, might the poem’s myriad themes take on new meaning?

Deborah Sacks Mintz – lead vocals
Chava Mirel – vocals
Elana Arian – vocals
Yoshie Fruchter – vocals
Sam Weisenberg – vocals
Michael Winograd – vocals
Ilusha Tsinadze – vocals

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Don Godwin
Filmed by Shmulie Lowenstein
Recorded live at B’nai Jeshurun in NYC @bnaijeshurun

Produced by Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz for Rising Song Records @MechonHadar @RisingSongInstitute

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