|Lighting the Sabbath Candles||03:43|
|Sh'ma yisra'el - V'ahav'ta||02:36|
|May the Words||03:46|
|Edge of Freedom — Sermon||04:27|
|Shiru l'adonai — Anthem||03:09|
|Adoration (on a theme by Ernest Bloch)||02:24|
Raymond and David Smolover’s Reform Sabbath eve service, Edge of Freedom, was born of the so-called folk-rock trends of the 1960s and 1970s and was intended for performance primarily by teenage choirs or singing groups.
In explaining the motivation behind this service, Cantor Smolover wrote as a preface:
“SHIRU LADONAI…Sing Unto the Lord a New Song.”
I realized that we had been asking our children to accept our God and the God of our fathers, and what He sounds like. I realized after almost twenty years of teaching them the sound of my God, that I must listen to the sound of theirs. I dared enter their world aware that I may be respectfully tolerated, amusingly indulged or murmuringly ignored. They welcome me.
It may be that the Folk/Rock service is not completely their sound nor my own. It may be what happened when their God met mine.
For a time this service was a popular Sabbath expression at summer camps sponsored by the National Federation of Temple Youth of the Reform Movement (NFTY). Appropriately, it was recorded by an ensemble drawn from its members, the NFTY Levites, together with Cantor Smolover.
Performers: Joel Feinberg, Bass Guitar; Luis Hemsly, Guitar; Katherine Karlsrud, Harp; Michael Mark, Clarinet; Lynn Ockner, Flute; David Schubert, Guitar; David Smolover, Guitar; Raymond Smolover, Cantor; Richard Spitalny, Drums; The NFTY Levites