As he was quietly studying Mishnah in the Occupy Sukkah outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall, Rabbi Alex Weissman wondered: How do we hold both tzedek and kedushah in balance? How do we elevate both without losing either in ways that are rooted in the holidays themselves?
Psalm 27 is traditionally recited twice daily from the beginning of Elul through Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot. The Spontaneous Philadelphia Interfaith Choral Ensemble sings this original song by Matt Redman, arranged by Josh Ehrlich, with Yosef Goldman.
According to Ellen Dannin, “after they entered their promised land, the Israelites remained fractious, quarrelsome, difficult, faithless. Their entry into the land became only an entry to a place to continue to be as they were. But Moses, only Moses, died with a promised land.”