My heart is filled with gratitude for all the Ribbono shel Olam has blessed me and my family with.
To each and every one you, the experiences and moments we have experienced together, have been so very meaningful.
I am filled with awe and excitement for the future.
Birthdays are a time for decisions.
In honor of my 40th birthday, I have decided that for this year, I will be releasing 40 songs.
To help make this decision and dream a reality, please contact us here:
1/40 Mi Ani – Shlomo Katz מי אני – שלמה כ״ץ
With tremendous gratitude and excitement, we are proud to share with you the beginning of a very special and unique musical project which we are launching this Sunday June 14th. Here is the story behind the first single being released, “Mi Ani”.
2/40 Toda – Shlomo Katz תודה – שלמה כ״ץ
Words are usually quite limiting, but in some cases, one simple word contains within them a whole world.
“Toda – Thank You”
As I approached my fortieth birthday, my deep appreciation for such a blessed and meaningful life led me to celebrate this monumental moment in life with a real sense of gratitude . Such gratitude is happiness itself.
It is my honor to share with you the second of forty tracks, titled “Toda”.
This prayer, whose author is unknown, speaks straight to my heart ~
3/40 Behold I Am – Shlomo Katz
הריני – שלמה כ״ץ
A number of years ago, our Chabura in Efrat, the Bnei Machshava Tova Chabura, spent the summer learning the teachings of Reb Ya’akov Meir Shechter on Ahavat Yisrael. One of the pieces we learned was a whole essay on the custom of the Arizal to not begin davening without saying ‘Hareni Mekabel Alay Mitzvat Asei Shel Ve’ahavta Lere’acha Kamocha.”
Based on the 34th teaching in Likutei Moharan, Reb Ya’akov Meir was teaching us that each person carries inside, a special something that no one else has. The more I love what makes the other person special, the more that this special quality I can see and love in them begins to appear and shine brightly in my own life too. When we begin to pray and actively choose to love all those with whom we are praying, that sense of love and oneness causes the gates of prayer to open wide.
As a result of being so deeply affected by this teaching, I was davening to compose a melody for these powerful words from the Arizal. A number of weeks after we learned this piece, I was driving home from a performance, and this niggun came down. Since then, we begin every Shabbos morning in our shul with this niggun. In fact, this phrase is the only thing hanging on the walls of our shul.
A number of months later, we visited Reb Ya’akov Meir Shcheter, and had the privilege of singing him the niggun he inspired within us. May we all merit to connect to this energy and open the gates of tefillah and of our own hearts.
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