Posts Tagged ‘Alden Solovy’


Thank You! Cue the Music…

Posted on: October 27th, 2013 by tobendlight

JPHH FinalWow! What a weekend.

As you recall, I’ve been raising money to publish my book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. On Saturday, your total pledges surpassed the Kickstarter goal. Yes, together we hit the goal. Thank you. Now I’m full speed ahead on finishing the book.

To celebrate, my musician friends Andy Dennen and Tracy Friend have offered to share some of their music with my backers. First, in Kickstarter lingo, we’ve created “stretch” goals:

  • If the campaign reaches $15,000, everyone who contributes $25 or more will get a free copy of the song “Psalm 150” from their new album, God is Near.
  • If we reach $18,000, all who contribute $25 or more will get a free copy “Psalm 150,” plus an audio companion of five prayers from the book that I will create as a special bonus gift.

andrewdennentracyfriendSecond, we’ve created a new reward category: “Prayer, Art and Song,” including everything in the “Prayer and Art” category, plus a copy of CD God is Near. Here’s a link to God is Near on CDBaby where you can preview all the songs on the CD, including “Psalm 150.”

After the Kickstarter campaign, I’ll open up a book store on my web site. Many of these same packages will be available, but at slightly higher prices. So, for newcomers interested in this work, now’s the time to join in. You can buy the book, or support this project at any level, by clicking here.

What will I do with the additional support? I’ll create two or three book tours to the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and possibly a book trailer, which have become very popular for introducing new books. The ability to build out the marketing campaign would have a huge impact on success of the book and the reach of these prayers.

I met Tracy and Andy as a result of my writing while I still lived in the Chicago area. They introduced me to a world of Jewish singer-songwriters that I did not know existed. Some of those musicians had a strong influence on my work. Andy and Tracy came to my home Saturday evenings, bringing music and musicians for folk singing and beautiful Havdallah services, the ritual ending the Sabbath. God is Near is the album they were finishing and launching as I left Chicago for Israel.

So, please continue to spread the word about the project on Facebook, Twitter and via email. With your continued help, we’ll sing some more songs and praises together. Please consider increasing your pledge to help meet the stretch goal.

Blessings from Jerusalem to you all. As we say in Hebrew, todah rabah, thank you very much. I appreciate your dedication, your help and your support.

P.S. Please “kick me again” on Kickstarter.

Kick Me, Please!

Posted on: October 6th, 2013 by tobendlight

ILikeBeingJewishThere was once a little boy who loved to pray. He now writes prayers. Me. I’ve written a book called Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. The book is the result of my years writing prayers and hearing your responses to them. As many of you know, my personal and family tragedies were the catalyst.

Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing is now available for pre-publication sales on Kickstarter. If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter, no worries. My page walks you through the concept and what you need to do. You’ll also get a chance to learn more about my journey as a poet and liturgist.

book-1Thank you for being a subscriber to this blog. Thanks for the encouragement and support. Blessings.

P.S. Please “kick me” on Kickstarter.

Three Years of Prayer

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by tobendlight

Jeru Morning Aug 2Jerusalem, 22 March 2013

I don’t believe in coincidences. Today is the third anniversary
of launching this site, of living my mission to bring holiness into the world by sharing my prayers with you. It’s also the 10-month anniversary of my aliyah, my immigration to Israel, the fulfillment of a dream to live in the land, to live with my people, to challenge myself spiritually in the City of Gold. And when the Sabbath comes in tonight at sundown, it will also be the fourth yartziet — the fourth anniversary — of my wife Ami’s z”l death. Zecher tzadikim livrach. The memory of the righteous is a blessing.

One day. Three important milestones. Without a doubt, Ami’s death was the catalyst for my journey into prayer and finding my voice as a poet and a liturgist. Her death also led me back to the Land, first as part of my healing process, then as my path to a new life. The connection among the dates is clear. Perhaps the meaning is, as well. Like the forest fire that yields a meadow of wildflowers, the energy of life, the energy of healing, the energy of beauty surrounds us. Grief and joy can live side-by-side in holiness and love. Adventure is waiting.

As of today, I’ve written more than 300 new prayers, poems, meditations and songs. They’ve been read more than 92,000 times by people in 129 nations. The number of people who have supported me and my mission of prayer has grown too vast to fully list. I’m now working on two books based on my writing: a compendium of prayers called Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing and the story of one man’s journey into darkness and light, told with 50 meditations, called Song of the Spiritual Traveler.

Please take a moment today to say a quick prayer, perhaps this one, a prayer that I will say today more than once: “Quick Prayer of Gratitude.” I’m certainly grateful for all of you. So let me say thank you for your connection and commitment to prayer. Thank you for your ideas and suggestions. Thank you for taking time to read and listen to my words.

With love and blessings,



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