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Moshe Halfon: Listen to the music

Shalom Chant

(Moshe Halfon)
July 10, 2001
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

Many communities sing Reb Shlomo's chant to center at the beginning of prayer. I wanted to communicate both seeking and then finding wholeness, shleymut, the deeper meaning of shalom.  So I brought in Andrew on Didgeridoo, my overdubbed vocals, and finally Rivka singing the Arabic echo salaam, salaam, sabil a salaam - "peace, peace, the path is peace."  William, our sound collaborator, felt that surrounding the listener would also create the envelope and vibration we sought.  I always envisioned this as the first chant on the album, and I still often listen to it myself when I need to calm down and center.  In this incarnation, the chant now speaks of wholeness and healing on both the personal and world level.