Friday, December 28, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with An'im Zemirot by Josh Warshawsky


Josh Warshawsky has shared his original melodies with Jewish communities throughout the country. His first full-length album, “Mah Rabu”, features such hits as “Mah Rabu”, “Kol B’Ramah”, and “V’ahavta”, which can be heard at Ramah and URJ summer camps as well as at NFTY and USY conventions across the country.

Josh is currently in Rabbinical school at the Ziegler school of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and he has spent the last two years as the artist-in-residence and music specialist at Temple Beth Am and Pressman Academy in Los Angeles, CA, where he brought new musical energy to children and adults of all ages. He has transformed his home into a much-needed space in the LA area for Jews in their 20s and 30s of all denominations to celebrate Shabbat and holidays together.
 He is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with BAs in Religion, Talmud and Rabbinics.

Josh is currently on the faculty of Songleader Boot Camp, where he helped to create a special track to bring together Ramah songleaders for the first time. Over the last six years, Josh has worked as the musician in residence at USY’s international convention, leading ruach, song sessions, and writing original music for the last two conventions.

This summer, he will be embarking on his second Jewish Summer Camp Tour, spending a week to a month in residency teaching and sharing music and Tefillah at Ramah Ojai, Ramah Wisconsin, Ramah Nyack, Ramah in Northern California, and Ramah in the Berkshires.

Anim Zemirot, sung during the Shabbat service, is given a new melody in this excerpt from Josh's album Chaverai Nevarech

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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אַנְעִים זְמִירוֹת וְשִׁירִים אֶאֱרֹג
כִּי אֵלֶיךָ נַפְשִׁי תַּעֲרֹג
נַפְשִׁי חַמְּדָה בְּצֵל יָדֶךָ⁠
לָדַעַת כָּל רָז סוֹדֶךָ⁠

ANIM ZEMIROT V’SHIRIM E’EROG
KI EILECHA NAFSHI TA’AROG
NAFSHI CHAMDA B’TZEL YADECHA
LADA’AT KOL RAZ SODECHA

I will pleasantly sing melodies and weave songs,
For my soul longs for you.
My soul finds comfort in the shade of your palm,
Discovering your endless depths and mysteries
      -Rav Yehudah Hachassid