Prayers and Melodies

by Steve Klaper

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(free) 02:24
O the sun will not be your light by day 
 nor the moon by night, 
 but Adonai will be an everlasting light for you
 And your God will be your glory and on that day, 
 there will be neither bright light nor deep darkness Or Chadash, or chadash al tzion ta’ir
 Or chadash, shine a new light upon Zion
 Or Chadash, or chadash al tzion ta’ir
 V’nizke chulanu m’heira l’oro It will be one day known as Adonai’s 
Neither day nor night, 
but at evening there will be light
 Baruch ata Adonai, yotseir ham’orot.
Tiku vachodesh shofar, 
Bakeseh l’yom chageinu
 Ki chok l’Yisraeil hu
 Mishpat l’Elohei Ya’akov, l’Elohei Ya’akov
Nishmat kol chai, tivareich et shimcha, Adonai Eloheinu, 
V’ruach kol basar t’fa’er utromeim, 
Zichricha malkeinu tamid Let every living soul, 
bless your name O Lord our God
 and may everyone acclaim your majesty 
forever and forever
 Through all eternity, you are our God
 there is no other, Lord of all generations 
may all people sing your praises
Y’hiyu l’ratzon imrei fi, 
v’hegyon libi lifanecha
 Adonai, tzuri v’go’ali May the words of my mouth,
 And the meditations of my heart,
 Be acceptable to you O God,
 My Rock and my Redeemer
Bei ana rachitz,
 V’lishmei kadisha, yakira 
 Ana amar, tushb’chan In You I trust
 And unto Your glorious holy name
 May I offer up these words of praise
Oseh shalom bimromav
 Hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu 
V’al kol Yisrael, v’al kol yoshvei tevel 
V’imru amein
Ein komocha ba’elohim, 
Adonai v’ein k’ma’asecha Malechutcha malechut, kol olamim 
Umemshalt’cha b’chol dor vador Adonai melech, Adonai malach, 
 Adonai yimloch l’olam va’ed
 Adonai oz l’amo yitein, 
 Adonai yivarech et amo vashalom
B’yado afkid ruchi, b’eit ishan, v’a’ira 
V’im ruchi g’viyati, Adonai li, v’lo ira Into Your hand, I place my soul,
 When I sleep and when I wake,
 And with my soul, I shall remain,
 My God is near, I shall not fear...
Holy One of Blessing
 let this holy time draw us near to You 
in life, in peace, in joy. Find rest in our rest, holiness in our deeds,
 worth in our study, our study of Torah. Feed us Your love of goodness,
 Quench our thirst for excess.
 Wash clean our hearts 
that we may serve You well. Oh in this holy time,
 Yes, draw us nearer to You 
in life, in peace, in joy. Baruch ata Adonai, 
 she’otcha l’vadcha, 
b’yirah na’avod.
Nachamu nachamu ami,
 Yomar Eloheichem,
 Nachamu nachamu Dabru al leiv Yerushalayim, v’kiru eileha,
 Ki malah tziva’a, Ki nirtzah avonah V’niglah k’vod Adonai, 
V’ra-u chol basar yachdav,
 V’niglah k’vod Adonai, ki pi Adonai dibeir
Adon olam, asher malach
 B’terem kol yetzir nivra
 L’eit na’asa v’cheftzo kol
 Azai melech shemo nikra V’acharei kichlot hakol 
l’va’ado yimloch nora
 V’hu haya, v’hu hoveh
 V’hu yih’yeh b’tifara V’hu echad, v’ein sheini 
L’hamshil lo, l’hachbira
 B’Ii reishit, b’li tachlit 
V’lo ha’oz v’hamisra V’hu eili, v’chai go’ali, 
 V’tzur chevli b’eit tzara 
V’hu nisi umanos li, 
 Minat kosi b’yom ekra B’yado afkid ruchi, b’eit ishan v’a’ira
 V’im ruchi g’viyati, Adonai li, v'lo ira
Shomeir Yisrael, Sh’mor sh’eirit Yisrael
 V’al yovad Yisrael
 Ha’omrim Shema Yisrael Shomeir goy echad 
Sh’mor sh’eirit am echad 
V’al yovad goy echad Ham’yachadim shimcha Adonai Eloheinu
 Ham’yachadim shimcha Adonai echad
 Ha’omrim shema Yisrael, 
Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad
Ki mitzion, teitzei Torah
 ud’var Adonai m’Yirushalayim
 Baruch shenatan Torah Torah
 l’amo Yisrael bik’dushato For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah
 and the word of Adonai from Yirushalayim 
Praised be the One 
who gives Torah to all Your people 
Thank You for giving us the Torah
(free) 02:22
Oseh shalom bimromav 
hoo ya’a-seh shalom, shalom aleinu All around the world, it looks like 
 People don’t know how to live together 
 Everybody steppin on everybody 
Just to get a piece of the pie; If we could only see that 
 We’re all part of one big glorious creation, 
 If only we could hear the music, 
 Maybe we could sing together, I seh... Oseh shalom ... Tell me bout the land you live in
 Tell me where we all will be tomorrow, 
Everybody’s got a vision, 
 Everybody wants to be free, Seems we haven’t come too far 
Until you look way back 
to where we started, 
If only we could face the future, 
 Maybe we could sing together, I seh... Oseh shalom ...
V’shamru v’nei Yisrael et haShabbat, 
La’asot et haShabbat, l’dorotam birit olam Beini, uvein b’nei Yisrael, ot hi l’olam
 Ki sheishet yamim asa Adonai
 Et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz U’vayom hash’vi’i, shavat vayinafash
Eil chai v’kayam, 
Tamid yimloch aleinu L’olam va’ed 
Baruch ata Adonai Hama’ariv aravim Creator of day and of night, 
Rolling light from the darkness
 And darkness from light, 
May the Holy Eternal One Rule over all,
 Praised be the One 
whose word Makes evening fall...
Kad’sheinu b’mitzvotecha, 
V’tein chelkeinu b’toratecha
 Sabeinu m’tuvecha, 
V’samcheinu b’shuatecha
 V’taher libeinu, l’avdecha b’emet V’hanchileinu, Adonai Eloheinu, 
 B’ahava uv’ratzon, Shabbat kodshecha
 V’yanuchu va Yisrael, m’kadshei sh’mecha
 Baruch ata Adonai, m’kadeish haShabbat
(free) 02:43
written in a backyard in Rome, NY
Eil ho’odot, Adon hanifla’ot
 Master of Wonders, Creater of all Souls
 Yishtabach shimcha la’ad malkeinu
 We praise the Creator of all song
 Habocheir b’shirei zimra, 
Melech Eil, Eil chei ha’olamim Eil ho-odot, Adon ha’nifla-ot
 Borei kol hanshamot, Ribon kol hama’asim Yishtabach shimcha la’ad malkeinu
 We praise the Creator of all song
 Habocheir b’shirei zimra 
Melech Eil, Eil chei ha’olamim
Mi chomocha, ba’eilim Adonai
 Mi komocha nedar bakodesh
 Nora t’hilot, oseh feleh
 Nora t’hilot, oseh feleh Mal’chut’cha ra’u vanecha, 
Bokeia yam lifnei Moshe,
 Zeh eili anu v’amru Adonai yimloch l’olam va-ed
 Adonai yimloch l’olam va-ed
 And God shall reign forever and forever
El malei rachamim, shochein bamromim 
chamtzei m’nucha n’chona
 tachat kanfei hash’chinah B’ma’alot kiddoshim, ut’horim
 k’zohar harakiah mazhirim et nishmat { ___________ } 
she-halach l’olamo(ma) 
b’gan eiden t’hei m’nuchato(…ta) la-chein ba’al harachamim, 
ya’astireihu(…ha), b’seiter k’nafav l’olamim 
v’yizror bitzror hachayim et nishmato(…ta)
 Adonai hu nachalato(…ta)
 v’yanuach (v’tanuach) al mishkavo(…va) b’shalom, 
v’nomar amein
Av harachamim, 
heitiva vir’tzoncha et Tzion
 Tivneh chomot Yerushalayim
 Ki v’cha l’vad batachnu 
Melech Eil ram v’nisa, Adon Olamim Vayihi binsoah ha’aron, vayomeir Moshe,
 Kuma Adonai v’yafutzu oivecha
 V’yanusu m’sanecha mipanecha Ki mitzion, teitzei Torah
 ud’var Adonai m’Yirushalayim
 Baruch shenatan, shenatan Torah
 l’amo Yisrael bik’dushato


We create music for many reasons, to serve many purposes. Sometimes we’re rockin’, sometimes we’re prayin’. As I approach creating music for worship, I try to remain aware of what my teachers have taught me -- that the music is a gift and, when it really works, I have the privilige of being a conduit to something greater. It’s not about clever progressions or key changes; the melodies and harmonies are pretty but they’re not the point. Above all, it’s not about me and it’s not about showcasing my songs as works of creative expression. It’s about getting out of the way and letting emotion create a channel through which spirit might flow unrestricted.

One of my teachers told me that, if I happen to create a melody that moves people to a higher place, a melody which actually might be an aid to someone’s spiritual growth, that the melody isn’t really mine -- it was meant to be here and it’s purely coincidental that I was the one who brought it to life. The lesson, for all composers, is “serve the purpose you’re meant to serve, and then get out of the way.”

I wish to thank the many teachers who have taught me so much about music, creativity, humility and about living in the moment 
with mindfulness and gratitude, especially Sifu Robert Brown, Debbie Friedman, Rabbi Dovid Zeller, Danny Maseng, Rabbi David Cooper and Cantor Ellen Dreskin.

May these prayers and melodies be of service.


released April 13, 2006

Steve Klaper : Vocals, guitars, percussion
Randy Leipnik: Keyboards

Simple guitar and piano arrangements of songs for worship, adult and kids choirs, song sessions and zimriyot, including several melodies written for Mishkan T’filah, the new prayer book of the Union for Reform Judaism.


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Jewish Troubadour Oak Park, Michigan

Hazzan Steve Klaper is a Jewish troubadour -- a spiritual storyteller, minstrel and teacher. An ordained Cantor, Maggid and teacher of Torah, Steve draws upon his Orthodox Jewish roots and over 40 years experience as a professional musician, infusing traditional Jewish teachings with melodies, sacred tales and wisdom from a variety of traditions -- ancient teachings that feel somehow familiar. ... more

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