The Jewish prayer book, the siddur, can take a long time to master. Even those who have spent their lives in synagogue may have difficulty with certain prayers. In a project by Michael Raileanu M.A. Ed. and Marc Adam Kraus, we present here seven albums of bare-bones prayer recordings – a total of 70 tracks – designed to help both newcomers and old-hands feel more comfortable in their encounters with the Jewish prayer services.
Essential Jewish Prayers
The first album is designed for those who are completely new to Jewish practice and ritual. It gives the listener a firm foundation in the most important and frequently recited prayers. Amongst the sixteen tracks are the blessing on lighting the Shabbat candles, the hymn Lekha Dodi, the Shema and the blessings made over the Torah. To download the album as a zip file, click here.
This short album details some of the blessings made on arising from sleep, as well as the different blessings made over foods. To download the album as a zip file, click here.
Shabbat At Home
This album includes all of the family rituals performed at home, such as lighting candles, kiddush over a cup of wine, and grace after meals. To download the album as a zip file, click here.
Shabbat Evening Prayers
One of the most beloved synagogue services is Shabbat evening prayers, which are made up of Kabbalat Shabbat – psalms welcoming Shabbat – and the evening service proper. This album contains prayers from both, including the famous hymn Lekha Dodi, the Barekhu, Shema and Aleinu. The latter three occur in many other services as well. To download the album as a zip file, click here.
Shabbat Morning Blessings
This short album treats the blessings sung early on a Shabbat or weekday morning. It includes the blessing on putting on a Tallit (prayer shawl) as well as Barukh She-Amar and Ashrey. To download the album as a zip file, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service
This important album treats much of the Shabbat morning service, including the introductory poem Shokhen Ad and the ever-present Amidah. The Amidah was nicknamed by the rabbis “THE Prayer” – and they ordained that it feature in every Jewish prayer service. To download the album as a zip file, click here.
Shabbat Torah Service & Conclusion
The Torah service is the focus of much attention on Shabbat mornings, especially during bnei mitzvah. It is usually the most participatory part of the service, as are the various prayers and poems that follow. As such, it is probably one of the most rewarding parts of the liturgy to become familiar with. To download the album as a zip file, click here.