Still On A High

Well, I’m still on a high from the High Holidays.

I get such gratification conducting services at the Court At The Palm Aire. Friday night when I walked in with my Torah and took the covering off, several of the congregants were in awe. Several of the residents have not seen a Torah Scroll in a long time. A few cried at the sight. They were so thankful to have it at the service for Kol Nidre.

Speaking of Kol Nidre. For some reason, when I start the first round, I started in a key that was too low. I was so concerned because I do not like to hear my voice in that range. Traditionally, each time the prayer gets repeated the Cantor/Prayer Leader goes up a step or so. I did that and of course I started feeling more comfortable. I was upset with myself. Kol Ndire is one of the most stressful prayers to sing for the High Holidays, at least for me. At the end of the service and the next morning, the compliments were numerous. I was quite surprised that a few people said it was one of the most beautiful renditions I ever sang. I guess my lower range sounds better than I thought! I know many people say that one cannot hear oneself well. I always thought I hear myself pretty well. My husband, Ron, says I am too critical of myself.

In general High Holiday Services went very well this year. Everybody seemed happy and content. I am so relieved that they are over, but they were beautiful and fulfilling. I feel good about them.

I took some sanity time yesterday after teaching. Ron and I went to the movies and saw Money Ball. I did not go near my work after we got home; vegged and watched Mama Mia. It felt good!

I do not have as much responsibility for Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah, so… now it’s time to start looking at Thanksgiving and Chanukah. I started lining up places for one of my schools to sing at, which we do annually during Chanukah. Two of my schools are doing Thanksgiving shows/pow wows. Another school does a big Chanukah concert. Time to get the music together, organizing and rehearsing while making sure the kids still have fun.

Well time to watch The Sing-Off. Goodnight.

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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2 Responses to Still On A High

  1. It?s hard to seek out educated folks on this subject, but you sound like you understand what you?re talking about! Thanks

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