Even ma'asu habbonim 02:29
Yisrael b'tah badonai 03:26
Hal'lu et adonai 01:45
Ze hayyom 02:43

Liner Notes

Issachar Miron’s Psalms of Israel: A Hallel Oratorio, a cantata for three-part treble voices (SSA) and tenor and soprano solos, contains settings of some of the Psalms of praise that comprise the liturgical recitation Hallel (See in the notes to Yehezkel Braun’s Hallel Service in Volume 8 and Hugo Weisgall’s Four Choral Etudes in Volume 18). When performed with interpolated dramatic readings of those Psalms (designated as optional by the composer), the work becomes a quasi-oratorio; hence its subtitle. It was commissioned by the Beth Abraham Youth Chorale in Dayton, Ohio, and premiered there under the baton of its director, Cantor Jerome Kopmar, in 1973, with Cantor Louis Danto in the tenor solo role. Among subsequent performances was a showcase rendition at the 1977 American Conference of Cantors in Chicago, where it was sung by the Chicago Zimriya Youth Choir with Cantor Harold Orbach as the tenor soloist. It was one of the principal works in the repertoire of that ensemble, which performed it in numerous concerts on its Israel tour that summer—when it represented the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago at the Zimriya Choir Festival. Apart from its mandated inclusion in certain specific synagogue services, Hallel may be recited at will at secular celebrations; thus Miron envisioned this work’s performance in connection with Yom Hatzma’ut—Israel Independence Day. 
By: Neil W. Levin



Sung in Hebrew

EVEN MA’ASU HABBONIM Psalm 118: 22–23

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our sight.


O Israel, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and shield.
O you who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
He is their help and shield.

HALL’LU ET ADONAI Psalm 117: 1–2

Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples, for great is His steadfast love toward us; the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Hallelujah.

ZE HAYYOM Psalm 118: 24

This is the day that the Lord has made—let us exalt and rejoice on it.



Composer: Issachar Miron

Length: 16:37
Genre: Choral

Performers: Jewish Heritage Youth ChorusNeil Levin, Conductor

Date Recorded: 11/01/1999
Venue: The Warehouse (C), London, UK
Engineer: Hughes, Campbell
Assistant Engineer: Weir, Simon
Project Manager: Levin, Neil

Additional Credits:

Translation: JPS Tanakh


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