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Watch: Israel Portnoy's new Peace of Prayer/Shalom

Portnoy: 'I wrote this song almost half my life ago, initially inspired by ancient prayer chant from Chabad custom of the Priestly Blessing'

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Israel Portnoy
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Israel Portnoy just released this as a tribute to Birchat Kohanim which obviously didn't happen this year in the way that it usually does.

"I wrote this song almost half my life ago," he says. "It was initially inspired by the ancient prayer chant (from the Chabad custom) of Birkhat Kohanim, the Priestly (Aaronic) Blessing.

"I never put it out there as I never felt fully able to stand behind it so I told myself all kinds of excuses like 'the world doesn’t like my take on Jewish music' and 'I’ll make music which is more universal instead.'

"Today, on the day where there would usually be tens of thousands of people from all over the globe flocking to the western wall In Jerusalem for the annual global blessing/ceremony, this actually feels more universal than anything I’ve ever done in my life. I am ready. I hope it’s not presumptuous to say that I deeply feel that the world is more ready for it than we have ever been."



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