RAVTA ET RIVAM (2013, rev. 2016)
TEXT: Jewish prayer for Hanukkah (Al-Hanissim)
LANGUAGE: Hebrew (biblical)
COMMISSION: Cantori New York
PREMIERE: December 7, 2013, Cantori New York, Church of St. Luke in the Fields, New York, NY
RECORDING: Ravta et rivam (2013)
PROGRAM NOTES: Ravta et rivam is a setting of a portion of the Hebrew prayer Al HaNissim ("On the Miracles"), recited on the Jewish festival of Chanukah. The prayer is an expression of gratitude for God's intervention on behalf of the Jews in their revolt against their Syrian-Greek oppressors in the 2nd century BC, one of the miracles associated with Chanukah. For Jews, the eight-day holiday is both a celebratory and solemn observance. Chanukah, which means "dedication" in Hebrew, commemorates both the Jewish victory and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following their triumph, each described in this text. This setting captures both the joyous and reverent nature of Chanukah.