Another popular Carlebach melody (originally a setting of Psalm 29 verse 11, which pops up all over Jewish liturgy). Carlebach himself used it for Psalm 96 and sang the "ki va mo'ed" tune to Psalm 98, but many communities (like us) switch the two.

We like to sing it this fast! Here's an interpretation...

Earlier Psalm 96's stately exhortations to sing prepared us for what was yet to come, in ceremonial language of regal glory and tremulous deference. We sang the Psalm with calm and purpose, starting slowly and quietly and gaining momentum, pre-'meditating' our next songs of praise.

Psalm 98, too, is an exhortation to sing a new song, but here the imagery is active, epic - explosive! Humans and mountains alike 'break out' (pitz-chu) in loud noises; shouting (hari'u) seems the primary mode of expression... This surge of physicality is embodied in the immediacy, the externalised energy, of the music we make out of the Psalm.


Psalms (Tehillim) 98


from Friday Night with the Cambridge Egalitarian Minyan, released April 1, 2010
Photo: sea roaring and the fulness thereof (Yir'am ha-yam u-m'lo'o); floods/rivers clapping their hands (Neharot yimcha'u khaf)



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EgalMin is an inclusive, informal and active community which is famous for its alternative, egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat services. Being a part of EgalMin means being part of a community which takes great joy in prayer and challenges itself to engage in learning, whilst also providing a social hub for its members and continuing to be an active part of the wider JSoc community. ... more

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