A key word in this Psalm is kavod - honour, gravity, moment, glory. This widely used melody is reminiscent of Carlebach's "Ki Hem Chayyenu". Its musical mode is that of the 'Ahava Rabba' nusakh (if you like Yiddish terminology, call it 'freygish', or 'the one from "Tradition" in Fiddler on the Roof').

Listen to Carlebach sing this at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQbPknSHut0

Technical note for enthusiasts: To enhance the flow and unity of the service, it can work well to relate the key of this song with that of Romemu before it. e.g. This one based on B and Romemu based on E minor or B minor. (If closing Romemu with the traditional phrase of nusakh, it should start in E minor to lead into B for Mizmor l'David.)


Psalms (Tehillim) 29




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