The setting here of Sim shalom, the prayer for peace toward the end of traditional morning and afternoon services, is also from Adler’s complete Sabbath eve service, Shiru Ladonai. Like his Ahavat olam in that service, this setting was written for either female or male cantor. Adler did not intend the piece exclusively for Jewish worship services, however. “This text has a more universal connotation for me,” he has written. “It is intended to be a meditation on peace and on the ecstasy of the vision of all people living together in harmony.”
Sung in Hebrew
Translation by Rabbi Morton M. Leifman
Grant peace, goodness, blessing, grace, loving-kindness, and compassion to us and to all Israel Your people. Bless us, our Father, all of us as one, with the light of Your presence. For with that light, You gave us a life-giving Torah, an appreciation of loving-kindness, righteousness, blessing, mercy, life, and peace. May it be good in Your sight to bless Your people Israel at all times, at every hour with Your peace. You are worshiped, O Lord, who creates peace.
Performers: Roslyn Jhunever Barak, Mezzo-soprano; Barbara Harbach, Organ
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