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תפלות ושירים | Songs of My People, compiled and edited by Harry Coopersmith with Prayers & Readings, selected and arranged by Rabbi Solomon Goldman (1938)

 

 

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PREFACE

I have compiled this Song Book with the hope of adding to the beauty and joy of Jewish assemblies-religious and otherwise. I availed myself of as many sources as are known to me, and selected the material which I found to be merit and suited for popular use. I have no doubt that many a student of Jewish Music will be missing some of his favorite songs, but I was guided by my own experience, by the limitations of space and the cost of production. The classifications of the songs need not be strictly adhered to, they are merely suggestions. In the transliteration from the Hebrew, I employed the system which I have found most usable. It is to be regretted that there is as yet no universal system of transliteration.

I am greatly indebted to the many composers and compilers listed at the end of this book, whose works made this Songster possible. I am also under obligation to the thousands of children and adults who, for many years, permitted me to experiment and test these songs on them; to my friends of the Board of Jewish Education, Chicago-particularly Mr. Hyman Reznick; and to my wife who laboured indefatiguably in the preparation of this collection. Finally-this book is in large measure due to the constant encouragement, guidance, deep love for Jewish music, and material assistance of Rabbi Solomon Goldman.

H. C.


PREFACE

My friend and colleague Mr. Harry Coopersmith asked me to select some prayers and readings to accompany his Songster. I hesitated for a long time to comply with his request. A Reader for the Synagogue should be prepared by our most inspired Hebrew writers. Some day Eretz Yisrael will give us the old Siddur revised and enlarged. But Mr. Coopersmith was insistent and I yielded.

I selected my material from the following sources:

The traditional liturgy
Miriam Del Banco
[Hayim Nahman] Bialik
[Louis] Brandeis
[Lord George Gordon] Byron
Jacob Cohen
Deuteronomy
Ecclesiastes
[Albert] Einstein
Exodus
Ezekiel
Yehuda Halevi
Avigdor Ham’iri
[Heinrich] Heine
Isabella R. Hess
Hosea
Thomas Huxley
Ibn Gabirol
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Kings
[Yitzhak] Lamdan
Leviticus
Micah
Mishnah Abot
Numbers
Proverbs
Psalms
Rachel [Bluwstein]
[Saul] Raskin
Rebecca Hyneman
[Ernest] Renan
The Book of Samuel
[Solomon] Schechter
[Percy Bysshe] Shelley
[David] Shiminowitz
The Song of Songs
The Standard Book of Jewish Verse
Jacob Steinberg
The Talmud
The Testament of Gad
The Testament of Zebulun
The Wisdom of Solomon
[Israel] Zangwill

I availed myself of translations by Mr. Maurice Samuel, Mr. L.V. Snowman, and Mr. Harry H. Fein. Several of the translations from the modern Hebrew were done by Mr. Ben Aronin and myself. I have also translated one of the selections from [Heinrich] Heine, and one from [Ernest] Renan. Of the selection from Professor Einstein, I preferred the translation in Doctor Lewisohn’s “Rebirth,” to the one which appeared in “Cosmic Religion.”

Following medieval precedent I took considerable liberty in the arrangement of Biblical verses. I have, for example, not hesitated to add a verse from Isaiah to a chapter from the Psalms. Technical and financial reasons made it necessary to exclude many a passage which has brought me personally solace and inspiration. But Mr. Coopersmith and I regard this book an experiment.

The selections are arranged under the following headings:

God
Torah
Israel
Zion
The Synagogue
The Sabbath and Festivals
The Sorrow-Laden Heart
The Troubled Spirit
The Faithful Soul
The Arrogant Tyrant
In the End of Days

A Complete Service for Sabbath and Festivals will be found on pages 57a to 235a. I have nowhere designated special passages for responsive reading, but almost all of the selections can be utilized for the purpose.

I am under great obligation to Miss Esther R. Greenburg and Mrs. A. E. Kanter for the pains they took in preparing the manuscript for publication. Without the help of my friend, Professor Samuel I. Feigen of the University of Chicago, this book could not now make its appearance.

Solomon Goldman

 

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