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Prayerful Playlist

From the charts to your machzor:
songs for the High Holidays.

Binyamin Kagedan

JNS.org

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n time for the 2013 High Holiday
season, JNS.org has compiled a
list of the top five popular songs to
put you in the mood for introspection,
repentance and renewal — and a few
just to make you smile.
Here is your High Holiday playlist:

1. "Who By Fire" (Leonard
Cohen)
The consummate coffeehouse theolo-
gian lands in the No. 1 spot on our list,
having borrowed the title and concept
of this song directly from the emotion-
al centerpiece of the High Holidays
liturgy, Un'taneh Tokef
Another song of Cohen's deserves
honorable mention here: "The Story of
Isaac," a post-modern retelling of the
famous near-sacrifice that highlights
the moral ambiguity of Abraham's
choice. The section of Genesis that
contains the original story is tradition-
ally read on Rosh Hashanah as part of
the Torah service.

2. "Man in the Mirror"
(Michael Jackson)
Back from the time when Top 40
songs were still allowed to have simple
moral messages, the prince of pop
reminds us that changing the world
must always begin with changing
oneself.
As with the silent confessions of the
Yom Kippur Musaf service, the High
Holidays are a time to give our friends
and family a break and turn our criti-
cal eye to the person looking back at
us in the mirror.

3. "Getting Better" (The
Beatles)
A golden oldie about turning things
around: "Man, I was mean, but I'm
changing my scene and I'm doing the
best that I can:' sings Paul McCartney.
Sometimes we lose faith in our abil-
ity to grow out of lifelong patterns of
getting hurt and hurting back, but
the song insists that change is always
possible when we open our hearts and
truly listen to our loved ones.

4. "Please Forgive Me"
(Bryan Adams)
This one's about saying sorry for lov-
ing too much, rather than too little.
After all, don't many of our conflicts
come from holding on too tight? Not

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5. "Unwritten" (Natasha
Bedingfield)
Here's one for the millennials. A tal-
ented young British singer-songwriter,
Bedingfield sings with conviction
about the ever-present possibility of a
fresh start. Her chorus offers an opti-
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of the sealing of the Book of Life:
"Today is where your book begins, the
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And a few more just for fun...

"Oops! ... I Did It Again"
(Britney Spears)
This song marked the original pop
princess' transition from ingenue to
femme fatale. Perhaps it can inspire
those of us who walk around feeling
ethically spotless to remember that we
all make the same mistakes (and usu-
ally twice).

"On Bended Knee" (Boys II
Men)
Those of us Jews who are not football
players (so, all of us) only "take a
knee" once a year — during the Yom
Kippur Musaf service when cantors,
rabbis and often whole congregations
bow down in unison to commemorate
the ancient Temple service.

"Wake Me Up When
September Ends" (Green
Day)
For the shul-shluffer (synagogue
sleeper) in all of us.



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Theological Seminary of America.

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