Instrumentation: Choral (SSAATTBB)
Year composed: 2013
Psalm 121:6 is sometimes inscribed onto a hamsa, known as hamesh or “Hand of Miriam” in Hebrew. The hamesh is an amulet that is traditionally believed to protect those wearing it (or hanging it from a rear-view mirror) from misfortune. In this piece, I imagine a mother reciting these words to her child and the resulting dream of that child. The initial theme is inspired by prayers I heard in shul as a child.
Yomam ha’shemesh lo’yakkekkam veyareach balayelah.
(The sun shall not smite thee by day, neither the moon by night.)