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Its All God

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Uploaded on Aug 26, 2010

A Hebrew/Arabic chant affirming the nonduality of God.

"Years ago while co-teaching a day-long seminar at Seattle University with Dr. Ali Kianfar, I was asked to demonstrate how Judaism and Islam might engage one another beyond dialogue--something more intimate. Without having a clue how to answer this question, I found myself reaching for my guitar and linking the first half of the Muslim Shahada (affirmation of faith) lā ʾilāha ʾillā l-Lāh, there is no God but God with the kabbalistic teaching May olam ad olam Ata Yah, from dimension to dimension there is only You God. The tune that came to me is a Klezmer melody Shnirele Perele (ribbons pearls). None of this was premeditated, and while 500 people attending the seminar sang along bravely, it was rough."

At the urging of Dr. Kianfar I enlisted my friend and collaborator Grammy award winning composer Paul Hoyle to do something with my basic chant. The result is available as a free download at the Holy Rascals website.

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