Rabbi David Zaslow writes, “In the 1950’s the Sanctuary Song was written as a Christian gospel song. Decades later Mia Cohen added the Hebrew words to which are from Exodus 22:8 (“Let them make for me a sanctuary and I will dwell in them”). It is chanted here by Rabbi David Ingbar, rabbi of Romemu in New York City. He added the additional English words from the Psalms. We’ve just added this beautiful song/prayer to our musical and prayer liturgy at the Havurah. It’s fascinating to see how a line from the Jewish Torah inspired some Christian composers to create a song that came back more than fifty years later to inspire Jewish liturgists to reshape it once again for Jewish worship.”
To learn more of our other prayers and chantsscroll down to the recordings below. t the beginning of each prayer page numbers are announced that are keyed to thesiddur (prayerbook) Ivdu et Hashem B’simcha.If you don’t have that siddur you’ll find these same prayers in any Hebrew prayerbook.
MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATIONS OF MY HEART
BE ACCEPTABLE TO YOU YAH MY ROCK, AND MY REDEEMER (Psalm 19:14)
O LORD PREPARE ME TO BE YOUR SANCTUARY
PURE AND HOLY TRIED AND TRUE
IN THANKSGIVING I’LL BE YOUR LIVING SANCTUARY FOR YOU