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One of the greatest constants I have experienced is that music acts as an incredible bridge between the body and soul, and so it is of no surprise that music has played a major role in helping me to deepen my connection with Judaism.

It is such a blessing when you come across a Jewish musician and songwriter whose work genuinely speaks to you, and acts as that incredible conduit to strengthen ones relationship with Judaism.  I know that I am not alone in saying that the original music of “>Who is Like You?, which was produced and arranged by Sam Glaser.  The album is made up of 13 original and soulful tracks, and with prayers from the morning and evening liturgy.  

Rebekah’s music combines the soulful quality of blues, old country and folk with artists like Shlomo Carlbach and Debbie Friedman.  Before her journey of becoming a Cantor, she toured the southern part of the country opening for EmmyLou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Tom Paxton.  It was in the late 1990’s when her life would change directions, after her father, a reform rabbi, passed away unexpectedly.  I would meet Rebekah later on while she was interning as a spiritual counselor and cantor at Beit T’shuvah, a residential treatment center for Jews in recovery, and was on her path of becoming an ordained cantor at the Academy for Jewish Religion. 

Rebekah describes her intention in making Who is Like You? “In Jewish mysticism, The Aleph represents the oneness of God. It is also said to be comprised of two arms, one reaching up to the heavens and the other down to the earth. In contemplating my relationship to the mystical Aleph, it is my great hope that this group of prayers from the morning and evening liturgy will connect you to the divine. May each of you find strength in your uniqueness and peace with your place in the world.”  The beautiful artwork for the album was done by Carol Es, and the cover design by Wayne Deselle.

With all my heart, I absolutely recommend getting, Who is Like You?   May the spirit of her music reach many others!                                        

“Cantor Rebekah Mirsky’s original words and melodies will fill your heart, open your mind and touch deeply your soul. What a blessing she is to the Jewish World and beyond.  I love singing along with her gorgeous voice- in my key and you will too.”  – Julie Silver     

Although I love the entire album, my favorite song is her original composition of the Hashkiveynu, which she wrote for the Academy of Jewish religion.   Please watch: “>www.creativecantor.weebly.com                                                                                     

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