In memory of Thelma Malofsky. Originally broadcast to the Rising Song Institute's Facebook page on October 15, 2020. Tune in every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST to hear Joey sing and share musical Torah.
Hear a haunting original melody for "Shalom Aleichem" on Joey Weisenberg's first album Spontaneous Jewish Choir, available from Rising Song Records on Bandcamp, and scroll to the bottom of this source sheet for another resplendent version from R' Yosef Goldman.
Shalom Aleichem is traditionally sung at the beginning of the Friday night meal for Shabbat.
Considering the texts above that claim angels only sing at night because Israel sings during the day, it's interesting that one of the "songs "we sing during our communal prayers, immortazlied in the Kedusha passage of the Amidah, is essentially a liturgical cover of angelic song. What's the significance of this earth-to-heaven-and-back feedback loop?