I just uploaded 3 videos of my 3-movement choral piece, Akhat Sha’alti (One Thing I Ask), which sets Psalm 27, vs. 4: “One thing I ask, this I request: that I shall dwell in the House of the Holy One all the days of my life. ”
We recite Psalm 27 daily during the Hebrew month of Elul, which began on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, and continue reciting it through the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashannah), which begins exactly one month later, and the three weeks of holidays which follow.
Elul initiates the season of teshuvah, which is translated as “repentance” but literally means “return.” We take an accounting of our actions over the past year and work to make amends for anything we have done wrong. In the process, we return to our true selves, and renew our connection with the Infinite, and are able to more fully “dwell in the House of the Holy One.”
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Akhat Sha’alti (One thing I ask) was commissioned by the Nancy A. Smith Distinguished Visitor Series of Coastal Carolina University. The premiere performance took place March 10, 2010, with the Coastal Carolina Chorus, Dr. Terri Sinclair, director, and the Percussion Ensemble, Kurry Seymour, director.