The Pirkei Avot Project, Volume 2

by Amanda Monaco

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released August 25, 2019

Amanda Monaco, guitar; Tammy Scheffer, voice; Daphna Mor, recorders; Sean Conly, bass; Daniel Freedman, percussion.

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Amanda Monaco New York, New York

NYC-based Jazz Guitarist Amanda Monaco's latest album is music inspired by rabbinical texts from the 3rd century CE. A little bit jazz, a little bit metal, a little bit funky, with timeless lyrics in Hebrew and Aramaic.

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Track Name: Swallow Each Other Alive
Pirkei Avot 3:2 - "Pray for the welfare of the government. Were it not for the fear it, man would swallow his fellow alive."
Track Name: Determine Your Actions
Pirkei Avot 1:3: "Be as servants to the master not in order to receive an award...and may the fear of Heaven be upon you."
Track Name: Do Not Make Yourself Known to the Authorities
Pirkei Avot 1:10 - "Love work, hate lordship, and do not become familiar with the government."
Track Name: Tip the Balance
Pirkei Avot 1:6 - "Make for yourself a mentor, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every person as meritorious."
Track Name: Sponge Funnel Sifter Strainer
Pirkei Avot 5:15 - "There are four temperaments among those who sit before the sages. The sponge - because it absorbs everything. The funnel - because it lets in at (one end) and lets out (at the other). The strainer - because it lets the wine out and retains the sediment. The sieve - because it lets out the chaff and retains the fine flour."
Track Name: Midday Wine
Pirkei Avot 3:13 - "[Late] morning sleep, midday wine, chatter of children, and sitting in the assembly houses of the unlearned remove a person from this world."
Track Name: For It Will Be Understood
Pirkei Avot 2:4 - "Do not separate yourself from the community. Do not believe in yourself until the day of your death. Do you judge your fellow until you come to his place. Do not say something that cannot be heard, for in the end it will be heard. Do not say, "When I will be available I will study [Torah], lest you never become available."
Track Name: The Hope of Humankind Is...
Pirkei Avot 4:4 - "Be very, very humble in spirit, for the hope of man is worms."
Track Name: Greed, Sourness, and Hatred
Pirkei Avot 2:11 - "The evil eye, the evil inclination, and hatred of the creations remove a person from the world."

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