We are thrilled to announce the brand new album release of T’filati My Prayer, our very own Rabbi David Paskin’s (“Rock ‘n’ Roll Rabbi” to the groupies) latest musical outing and his musical journey through the siddur. Those of us at Temple Beth Abraham are fortunate enough to get to listen to Rabbi Paskin on a regular basis, but now, with T’filati, Rabbi Paskin is opening up his craft to the whole world. Not only that, all proceeds made from album sales are being turned right around and being given to the synagogue.
T’filati features eleven new songs, as well as two new arrangements of earlier compositions. It’s the kind of joyous, inspirational, and deeply spiritual record that you will be hungry to listen to over and over again. Rabbi David has a sound that is at once organic, acoustic, and moving, with near Klezmer-like influences. The album was made “in collaboration with some of the most talneted local artists…we were able to bring a ‘playin” and ‘prayin” feel to these prayers,” Rabbi David said.
The genesis of this album comes from the infinite generosity of one of our long-time congregants, Susan Cohen Slavet. Earlier this year, Susan decided that she wanted to something for her temple, but nothing seemed to ignite that spark. During a meeting with Rabbi David, she figured out what she could do to satisfy her desire to help. “I come to temple regularly and prayer and music speak to me,” Susan said. “So when the idea of producing an abumn of the prayers that provide me with inspiration came up, I knew it was the perfect project. With this CD, we will have created a tool and a legacy for education.”
This isn’t Rabbi David’s first foray into music, either. Not even close. Rabbi David is an accomplished singer/songwriter, entertainer, and award-winning Jewish educator. Before T’filati, Rabbi David has recorded six full-length albums. His music has shown up on numerous compilation albums. It finds itself all over the country, in religious schools, camps, synagogues, and homes.
“Temple Beth Abraham has allowed me to use my music to express myself,” Rabbi David said. “These are the sounds of Temple Beth Abraham through my past 15 years with this congregation. Now, with Susan’s generosity, we are able to share this with a greater audience.”
If you are interested in picking up a copy of T’filati My Prayer, the album goes on sale Nov. 30. You can purchase it at rocknrollrabbi.com for $15 plus shipping or at the Temple Beth Abraham office. It will be available soon on iTunes and Amazon as well.
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