When the grandmother of one of my b’nei mitzvah students commissioned a song for her bat mitzvah, I found the perfect inspiration: a precocious young woman who, at 12, already walked the talk of social justice and world-healing (tikkun olam), with a stunning sense of purpose and passion. It was so clear: everything she does puts more love in the world. As a full-fledged “God wrestler” (the translation of the word “Yisrael”), in a life-long journey to divine my own purpose, I found an alignment with this young woman that felt worthy of sharing – after all aren’t we all here primarily to put more love in the world?
Working on this album has been one of the greatest joys of my life. When Billy asked me to travel to Nashville and record the vocals on his song, More Love, I felt honored and privileged. The song has such an inspiring message, and I’m thrilled to play a small part in sharing that message with the world. I can’t think of anything we need more of in the world right now than love, and this song beautifully captured that sentiment.
Having had the privilege of hearing all of the songs as they were being recorded was a great honor. I’ve never heard such inspirational music! I believe that music in general is incredibly valuable in the arts of learning, teaching, and worshipping, and we can use it to change the world around us. Being a part of the social justice album has made me feel like I am actively doing my part to work towards better equally and social justice for all. I’m eternally grateful for having been given the chance.