What People Are Saying About Live! the CD

The Kirtan Rabbi sets the standard in Hebrew Kirtan with his latest release Kirtan Rabbi: Live! This is a richly recorded musical and spiritual journey which captures the ageless beauty of Jewish mysticism set in the form of the ancient devotional tradition of Kirtan. Through his chanting, the Kirtan Rabbi exudes the of depths of sacred Judaism but more than anything, demonstrates the power of the heart at the essence of the Kirtan!!

—David Newman (Durga Das), Chant Artist

WOW! I am completely blown away. Within five minutes of listening with one ear as I was working I found my heart and soul completely transfixed. Kirtan Rabbi is absolutely unique. You – Hebrew Mystical Chant – will define a new genre of music/prayer/sound/ that transports, elevates, uplifts, enlightens, inspires, centers and that is traditional and innovative and creative and deep and alive. I literally do not know exactly what to say because I feel I have just woken up and tasted a new level of consciousness and need to immediately listen again. This is really incredible.

—Rabbi Irwin Kula, President, CLAL: The Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

The Yah Ribon on your CD just knocked me out! Great work. Been singing the melody all weekend in my head (and heart).

—Cantor Rita Glassman, Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco, CA

It’s beautiful… really lush, meditative, wide and lovely.

—Basya Shechter, Pharoah’s Daughter

[This CD] beautifully conveys the live energy of a transporting evening. We were delighted to host this event.

—Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York, NY

KR- I played your LIVE! CD for the first time a week ago when I was briefly ill and hardly able to move…. yet instantly found the energy to chant and daven along with it, and felt much improved after it was over….. A very nice discovery, indeed. Good for what ails ‘ya!

—Marc Bachrach, Cantorial Soloist, Congregation B’nai Horin, Thousand Oaks, CA

The other day I was working out, and I had my ipod on — I was trying to get some stuff out physically on my rowbike. Then, all of a sudden your S’hma came on….. WOW!! it was really powerful. You are making a difference for sure!

—Jane Graver, Red Bank, NJ, Ducky Life Tea

Your kirtan [CD] is my morning meditation, and focuses my day on what is important. It declutters my mind, and replaces it with a peaceful and calm energy.

—Michelle Schindelheim, Riverdale, NY

Dear Kirtan Rabbi, Thank you for adding this new dimension to my spiritual practices. The live CD allows me to participate in kirtan while doing my morning prayers and opening up space for the day. I appreciate bringing in the new to my practice as to keep it alive and present.

—Joanne S Purdys, NY, Psychiatric Nurse

[Your CD is] even better than I expected. One can’t help but think a rabbi chanting, even if he’s calling it kirtan, is going to be like a normal Jewish service in a synagogue with the cantor. But this comes off as pure kirtan, as good and energetic as any kirtan I’ve heard.

—Frank Barnett, Cleveland, OH

What a beautiful CD! The energy live is great. Thank you for your kindness and generous heart!

—Wah!, Chant Artist

Magnificent…soulful…addictive….inclusive….the best.

—June Radicchi, Castroville, CA

Kirtan Rabbi sings from his heart in this ground-breaking and beautiful CD. He bridges traditions and carries us all to higher common sound!

—John de Kadt, World Percussionist and Poet

[This CD] completely blew my mind!

—Premanjali, Editor, Integral Yoga Magazine

A call to Jews who have sought elsewhere to bring it all back home!

—Rabbi David Ingber, Kehilat Romemu, New York, NY

Sublime, powerful…alternately ecstatic and prayerful.

—Achala Godino, Integral Yoga Institute, NY

Your CD is lovely and inspirational.

—Salma Shamy, New York, NY, souldish.com

Lovely and different.

—Jillian Lange, East West Living, New York, NY

Universal nectar for the ears and the heart.

—Steven Rosen, New York, NY, author: The Yoga of Kirtan

Mazel tov. You’ve made a great contribution to the twenty-first century!

—Ken Firestone, Lancaster, PA

I love your CD — there is something very sensual in the way you sing, and the tunes are beautiful. I feel like I get more in touch with myself, especially my feminine side, from chanting along.

—Julia Levant, NY, NY

Just wanted to let you know how much I love the CD…just brilliant, and profoundly moving…

—Henry Lefkowitz, Columbia, MD, Cataloger of Jewish Book

I can’t believe this exists! Such depth and connection. Kirtan Rabbi’s voice is profound!

—Arielle Cohen, Los Angeles, CA

One sat midday I sat on my couch and put [your CD] in to listen – I just decided to take a break – not do work, not move, just listen – see what all of your sacred work is about. I listened to the Shma – just closed my eyes, didn’t sing – just allowed it to take me wherever it would take me…. It was one of the more wonderful moments of solitude mirrored with connectedness enveloped in holy noise I’ve had in a long time!

—Naomi Less, Jewish Chick Rocker, naomiless.com

[This CD] has great spiritual energy and vitality … and love, too — just like Kirtan Rabbi himself.

—Ned Leavitt (Jambavan), Soho Kirtan Circle

Your CD is ecstatic. I’ve listened to it a thousand and one times! Where have you been hiding?

—Zev Padway, Berkeley, CA and Director, JerusalemCamp

I received the Kirtan Rabbi CD. What a perfect way to bring in Shabbat. It is wonderful, beyond words.

—Gail Meldrim, East Brunswick, NJ