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Open My Heart

by Yosef Goldman

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Lechu 03:34
Lechu neranenah ladonai nariah letzur yisheinu, nekadmah fans be-todah bizmirot nariah lo. Ki El gadol Adona umelech gadol al kol elohim. Come, let us sing joyously to Adonai shout out to our rock and deliverer; Let us come into Adonai's presence with praise; let us raise a shout for Adonai in song! For Adonai is a great God the great sovereign of all divine beings. לְכוּ נְרַנְּנָה לַה' נָרִיעָה לְצוּר יִשְׁעֵנוּ: נְקַדְּמָה פָנָיו בְּתוֹדָה בִּזְמִרוֹת נָרִיעַ לוֹ: כִּי אֵל גָּדוֹל ה' וּמֶלֶךְ גָּדוֹל עַל כָּל אֱלֹהִים:
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LeSheim yichud Kudeshah Berikh Hu uShkhinteih… Hineni muchan umezuman l’kayeim mitzvat aseh shel Sefirat Ha-Omer… “Sheva shabbatot temimot tihyenah.” For the sake of the unification of the transcendent creative power with the divine presence dwelling here and now, I am here, I am ready to fulfill the mitzvah of counting the Omer. “...Seven weeks. They must be complete…” (Leviticus 23:15-16) לְשֵׁם יִחוּד קּוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא וּשְׁכִינְתֵּיהּ⁠… הִנְּנִי מוּכָן וּמְזֻמָּן לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר… ׳׳שֶׁבַע שַׁבָּתוֹת תְּמִימוֹת תִּהְיֶינָה:׳׳
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Gesher 04:37
The world is a very narrow bridge. The essence is not to be afraid. Kol ha'olam kulo gesher tzar me'od ve-ha'ikar lo lefacheid klal. As I walk along this very narrow bridge, I will not be afraid knowing You are with me. As I was across this very narrow bridge, I will not fear knowing You are near.
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Ein Od 05:03
V’hasheivota el levavecha ki Adonai Hu HaElohim Ein od milvado, efes zulato Echad- Adonai echad, uSh’mo echad וַהֲשֵׁבֹתָ אֶל־לְבָבֶךָ כִּי יְהוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים אֵין עוֹד מִלְבַדּוֹ, אֱפֶס זולָתוֹ⁠ אֶחָד– יְהוָה אֶחָד וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד V’hasheivota el levavecha ki Adonai Hu HaElohim Ein od milvado, efes zulato Echad- Adonai echad, uSh’mo echad Bring to your heart the knowledge that Adonai is God There is no other, nothing without. One- Adonai is One, and Your Name is One.
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Yedid Nefesh 05:06
Beloved of my soul, Merciful Father draw your servant after your will Your servant would run swift as a deer to kneel before Your splendor For Your love is sweeter to him than honey nectar and all pleasing savor Exalted Glorious Beautiful Light of the World my soul is love-sick for You Please, My God, please heal her by showing her the beauty of Your radiance Then she will be strengthened and healed and be Your maidservant forever Ancient One arouse Your mercy spare the son of Your beloved friend For he has a long time longed to behold the magnificence Your might Please, My God, My Heart’s Delight, oh come quickly do not forsake me Reveal Yourself my dearest and spread over me Your canopy of peace Let the earth be illuminated with Your glory let us be delighted and rejoice in You Make haste my beloved for the time has come show me Your favor as in the days of old _______ Yedid nefesh av harachaman meshoch avdach el retzonach Yarutz avdach kemo ayal yishtachaveh el mul hadarach Ki ye’erav lo yedidutach minofet tzuf vechol ta’am Hadur na’eh ziv haolam nafshi cholat ahavatach Ana el na refa na lah beharot lah noam zivach Az titchazek vetitrapeh vehayta lach shifchat olam Vatik yehemu rachamecha vechusa na al ben ahuvach Ki zeh khameh nichsof nichsaf lirot betiferet uzach Ana Eli machmad libi chusha na ve’al titalam Higaleh na u’fros haviv alai et sukkat shelomach Tair eretz mikevodach nagila venismecha bach Maher ahuv ki ba moed vechonenu kimei olam
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We are loved by an unending love. Open up my heart / I know I am loved. P'tach libi, libi p'tach.
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Ki Lo Na'eh 05:21

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Open My Heart is an album of original Jewish devotional world music.

The eclectic soundscape of this album reflects my mixed Ashkenazi, Yemenite, and Syrian-Turkish heritage, and my own diverse influence. On the album you’ll hear echoes of Chassidic devotional songs; the microtonal scales and instrumentation of Arab classical music; colors of jazz, funk, and Klezmer; Ashkenazi prayer modes; Sufi chanting; and rhythms that I learned playing in my hometown of New York with musicians from around the world.

I combine these diverse elements into a unique Jewish World Music that is deep and prayerful, filled with aspiration and yearning, heartache and joy. This is music for listening, for singing together, and for praying.

This album was recorded live off the floor (with minimal overdubbing) in the sanctuary of the Germantown Jewish Centre, in Philadelphia, bringing together some of my favorite musicians/ spiritual artists for a 3-day immersive session and capturing the energy that can only from playing together live.

There’s an old Jewish saying that words expressed from the heart are received wholeheartedly. The songs on this album are the prayerful expressions of my heart. I hope that it will move you, and maybe even open your heart, as it has mine.

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released December 3, 2019

Produced by Yosef Goldman & Joey Weisenberg
Music Composed by Yosef Goldman*
Musical Direction by Yosef Goldman*
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Don Godwin
CD Design/Layout: Lisa Weinberger, Masters Group Design

*Except where noted.

PERSONNEL:
Yosef Goldman—Lead Vocals
Chava Mirel—Vocals
Deborah Sacks Mintz—Vocals
Megan Gould—Violin
Joey Weisenberg—Electric Guitar, Mandolin
Zach Fredman—Guitar, Oud
Uri Sharlin—Piano, Keyboards, Accordion
Daniel Ori—Double Bass, Electric Bass
Rich Stein—Percussion
Arturo Stable—Drums, Percussion

Special Guests:
Dan Blacksberg—Trombone (#8)
Ertuğrul Erkişi—Tambur (#4,# 9)
Aslıhan Erkişi—Classical Kemençe (#4,# 9)
Don Godwin—Tuba (#8)
Annie Lewis—Lead Vocals (#7)
Micah Shapiro—Backing Vocals (#7)

Recorded live off the floor at Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia, April 2019

Filmed versions of some of these songs will be available on YouTube and at www.yosefgoldman.com, filmed by Shmulie Lowenstein.

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Yosef Goldman Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yosef Goldman is a musician and rabbi, and is Senior Advisor to Hadar's Rising Song Institute.

A sought-after vocalist, Yosef is a featured vocalist with Joey Weisenberg & the Hadar Ensemble and founding member of the Middle Eastern Jewish music ensemble The Epichorus.

For over a decade he has advised prayer communities seeking to deepen communal spiritual experience through musical prayer.
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