by Steve Shapiro

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HATIKVAH is the national anthem of Israel and reflects the Jews' 2,000 year-old hope of returning to the Land of Israel, restoring it, and reclaiming it as a sovereign nation.


released April 23, 2016


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Steve Shapiro Oakland, California

Steve Shapiro has composed music for hundreds of radio and TV commercials, documentary films, infomercials and other TV programs. He was the music director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, which produced hundreds of award-winning educational films and recordings. He has a BA in Music from Brown University and an MA in Music from the Manhattan School of Music. ... more

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Track Name: Hatikvah: The Hope
Hatikvah is the national anthem of Israel and reflects the Jews' 2,000 year-old hope of returning to the Land of Israel, restoring it, and reclaiming it as a sovereign nation.
Track Name: PASSOVER
The Jewish people celebrate PASSOVER as a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation.
Track Name: Kol Nidre
Kol Nidre is an Aramaic prayer annulling vows made before God, sung by Jews at the opening of the Day of Atonement service on the eve of Yom Kippur.
Track Name: Days of Awe
Yom Kippur also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
Track Name: Chanukah
CHANUKAH is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

In the second century BCE, Israel was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs. Against all odds, a small band of Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it.

When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a one day supply of olive oil. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days.
Track Name: Life In A Jar
Life in a Jar is a project that began in the fall of 1999. Four rural Kansas high school students discovered the story of a Polish Catholic woman, Irena Sendler, who saved 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Sendler’s story was largely unknown to the world until the students developed The Irena Sendler Project, producing their performance, Life in a Jar. This student-produced drama has now been performed over 285 times all across the United States, in Canada and in Poland. Sendler's message of love and respect has grown through the performances, over 1500 media stories and a student-developed website with 30,000,000 hits. The book, Life in A Jar by Jack Mayer inspired this music.
Track Name: Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa ("Way of Grief," "Way of Sorrows," or "Way of Suffering") is a street within the Old City of Jerusalem, held to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. In October 2015, two Israelis were killed on this street in attacks by Palestinians.
Track Name: The Rabbi and the Farmer

Israeli Shaul David Judelman and Palestinian Ziad Abed Sabateen plan to open an organic farm together that will sell vegetables and support families in need.
Track Name: SHALOM
SHALOM is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. SHALOM can also be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.
Track Name: The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments concern matters of fundamental importance in both Judaism and Christianity: the greatest obligation (to worship only God), the greatest injury to a person (murder), the greatest injury to family bonds (adultery), the greatest injury to commerce and law (bearing false witness), the greatest inter-generational obligation (honor to parents), the greatest obligation to community (truthfulness), the greatest injury to moveable property (theft)
Track Name: PASSOVER 2019
Jews celebrate PASSOVER as a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
Track Name: 5778 L'SHANA TOVA
Today is Rosh Hashanah - the beginning of the Jewish New Year.
Track Name: Holocaust Remembrance
INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY (January 27th) commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jewish people, 5 million Slavs, 3 million ethnic Poles, 200,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly.

On January 27th 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army.
Track Name: Tree of Life Kaddish
A mass shooting occurred in the Tree of Life synagogue during Shabbat morning services on October 27, 2018. A gunman entered the building shouting anti-Semitic statements and opened fire, killing 11 and injuring 6, including four police officers.

I offer this mourning prayer.
This is my take on Chad Gadya (one little goat), a playful tune sung at the end of the Passover Seder, the Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover. The melody may have its roots in Medieval German folk music and first appeared in a Haggadah printed in Prague in 1590, which makes it the most recent inclusion in the traditional Passover seder.
Track Name: PASSOVER
The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. This event would have taken place around 1300 BCE. Passover refers to the fact that G-d "passed over" the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt, which was the tenth and final plague.
Track Name: Sukkot 2016
It is the Jewish holiday of SUKKOT (the Feast of Tabernacles) until Sunday. Sukkot has a double significance. One is agricultural in nature and marks the end of the harvest time. The other is that of commemorating the Exodus from Egypt.

A sukkah is the name of the temporary dwelling in which farmers would live during harvesting. It is also intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
Track Name: KADDISH
THE JEWISH KADDISH has been said for nearly 2,000 years to honor and commemorate parents and loved ones who have passed away.
Track Name: SEDER
The Passover Seder is the feast that includes reading, drinking wine, telling stories, eating special foods and singing. It is held after sundown on the first night of Passover which is the anniversary of the Jews miraculous exodus from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago. The rituals and symbolic foods evoke the twin themes of the evening: slavery and freedom.
Track Name: Christmas and Hanukah
It has been nearly 40 years since the start of the Christian and Jewish holidays have synched up, as they do tomorrow. After the darkness and divisiveness of 2016, CHRISTMAS and HANUKAH falling on the same day is the perfect antidote: an abundance of festive spirit, regardless of faith. Millions of people of both faiths will be lighting candles together, around the world.

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