|Learn to sing Givurot (M'chal-keil Cha-yim b'Che-sed)|
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Here are some of the most popular melodies for Givurot (M'chal-keil Cha-yim b'Che-sed):
Givurot: M'chal-keil Cha-yim b'Che-sed
[i] Givurot means "mighty deeds." It begins: "You are mighty universally, eternally, boundlessly..." Givurot recounts the greatest manifestations of divine power. One might have expected such a list to describe the flood, the parting of the sea; the ten plagues, or the creation of the sun, moon, and stars. But in Jewish tradition the epitome of "mighty deeds" is God's intimate, nurturing involvement in human lives. Givurot cites "sustaining the living with kindness,...supporting the fallen, healing the sick, loosening the bound, and remaining faithful to those that sleep in the dust." The last expression is a reference to the dead, resurrection being the climactic example of the divine quality that Givurot celebrates.
[ii] As with all prayers, there are many other messages that can be extracted and made central.
--- adapted from "The Synagogue Survival Kit" by Jordan Lee Wagner, publ. by Rowman & Littlefield. 1997.
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