Friday, February 17, 2017

New music: Birgitta Veksler – Ana Elech

New Messianic music from Jerusalem to help you enter shabbat:

Birgitta Veksler - Ana Elech (Where Will I Go)

Birgitta has musical chops! She was a lead singer in an IDF army music band, and she finished in the top 10 in Kochav Nolad, the Israeli version of American Idol.

Ana Elech (Where Will I Go) is a collection of ten songs written by Birgitta, inspired by psalms and performed in their original language - Hebrew. The songs reflect the longing for a savior, the Messiah, that is embedded in the heart of the Jewish people. Birgitta hopes that her music will impart a yearning for a more intimate relationship with God.

Thanks to our friend Marty Blume for getting Birgitta's music on the station. If you fine Messianic music fans would be so kind, please support Birgitta Veksler by purchasing her music.

Enjoy! And an early shabbat shalom to you all.

Friday, February 3, 2017

New feature: Submit lyrics & tags

Shalom, holy friends and fans of Messiah’s music.

I’ve rolled out some new features this week on Chavah that I think you may like.

First up, lyrics and tags. Chavah now allows you, the listener, to submit lyrics or tags for a song.

To start, click Submit tags for this song:

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Alternately, click Lyrics and then Submit lyrics for this song:

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Doing either of these will take you to the song edit page:

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Here you can type the lyrics for the song, or enter tags for a song.

Lyrics can be encouraging to read as they often amplify the Scriptures. It also helps to include English translations for songs have Hebrew, French, or Spanish lyrics.

FAQ: What should I do for songs that have Hebrew lyrics?

My default stance is to include the English transliteration of the Hebrew, e.g.

“Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu”

If you’re comfortable with Hebrew, by all means include it in the lyrics, as many of our listeners are also Hebrew speakers:

שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד

If you do type the Hebrew lyrics, please include an English transliteration for our listeners who cannot read Hebrew.

If you wish to include Hebrew nikkudot, that’s fine but not required.

For bonus points, include a translation of the Hebrew, either inline or after the Hebrew lyrics.

Bottom line: For a song that was a simple singing of the Sh’ma, your lyrics should ideally look something like this:

שמע ישראל
יהוה אלהינו
יהוה אחד

Shema Yisrael (Hear, Israel)
Adonai Eloheinu (The Lord our God)
Adonai echad (The Lord is one)

Here we have the Hebrew, transliteration, and English translation.

If you’re unable to include all these elements, that’s OK! Submit whatever you’re able.

FAQ: What about the name of God?

Our stance at Chavah Messianic Radio has been to reflect the reality of the broad Messianic movement and its variety of stances on speaking the divine name of God.

I’d suggest that if a song includes a rendition of the divine name, simply include it in the lyrics as-is.

Likewise, if a song includes a circumlocution (Lord, Adonai, Hashem, etc.), I recommend simply using the circumlocution as-is.

In short, whatever the artist has in their song, use that lyric. This helps preserve artistic integrity of the songs and doesn’t inject one’s personal theology into the equation.

FAQ: What are song tags?

Song tags are characteristics, or traits, of a song. It should include defining traits of a song, such as prominent instruments, vocal arrangement, the relevant Scripture the song is based on, and so on.

For Micha’el Ben David’s – Mi Kamocha (Who is Like You) song, I’ve defined the tags like so:

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I’ve tagged this song as:

  • song of moses
  • torah
  • exodus
  • praise
  • strings
  • trumpet
  • hebrew-english
  • male vocal

Tagging a song like this helps Chavah play music more finely tuned for each listener. For example, if you tend to thumb up praise songs in hebrew-english (that is, songs with both Hebrew and English lyrics), Chavah will play more songs like that.

In a nutshell, tagging makes Chavah smarter so she’ll play more of the good stuff for you and other listeners.

FAQ: Can anyone submit lyrics and tags?

You must be signed in to submit lyrics or tags.

When you submit lyrics and tags, they’ll be queued up for approval. Admins will review your submission within 24 hours and apply it immediately upon approval.


Enjoy the new lyrics and tags features, fine Chavah fans! An early shabbat shalom to you.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New music: Greg Silverman – I AM

Rollout! Brand new Messianic Jewish music on Chavah, the first album released in 2017:

Greg Silverman - I AM

Friends of the station Greg & Rosa Silverman released this brand new album earlier this month. Greg gave us the thumbs up to play it on Chavah radio – thanks Greg!

Dubbed as Messianic Jewish soul music, this new album features Paul Wilbur, Joshua Aaron, and Black Jewelz joining forces with Greg and Rosa to produce something beautiful that I think you fine Chavah listeners will enjoy.

You can purchase the album over at http://www.gregsilverman.com/ – thanks for supporting Messiah’s musicians, fine Chavah fans.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New music: Yariv Goldman – Elekha

Shalom friends,

There’s some beautiful new Jewish music we’ve begun playing on Chavah, contributed by a listener:

Yariv Goldman – Elekha

Yariv Goldman - Elekha

Goldman has some beautiful Scripture songs on this album, I think you fine Chavah fans will enjoy.

You can purchase Goldman’s music over at his website for $16.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New music: Eli & Rachel Haitov – Bou Elav

New Messianic music for you all: Israeli brother and sister Eli & Rachel Haitov have teamed up with Messianic music veteral Marc Chopinsky (of Israel’s Hope fame) to produce this beautiful Hebrew album:

Eli & Rachel Haitov – Bou Elav (Come to Him)

Some really beautiful, fresh tunes for the Lord in the holy language, straight from the holy land.

You can purchase this album over at Eli & Rachel’s bandcamp page. Thanks for supporting Messiah’s musicians.

Enjoy, fine Messianic music fans!

Monday, January 9, 2017

New music: Ash Soular – The Remnant

New music rollout! Our good friend Ash Soular reached out to us at Chavah and contributed her new album to the station.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ash, she’s got a beautiful voice and is probably the best electric guitar player in the Messianic world. Smile I think you guys will enjoy her new album:

Ash Soular – The Remnant

You can purchase her album, and watch her new music video for the album, over at www.AshSoular.com. Thanks for supporting Messiah’s musicians.

Enjoy the new music for Messiah, fine Chavah fans!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Chavah now on TuneIn radio (and Sonos!)

Shalom friends,

Good news! Chavah is now on TunIn radio, which means you can play Chavah via an app on your phone, or broadcast Chavah throughout your home with Sonos speakers.

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If you want to listen to Chavah via the TuneIn Radio app, download the TuneIn app on your phone’s app store:

Once installed, search for Chavah and you’ll see our station.

Being on TuneIn radio also means being able to play Chavah music on your Sonos speakers in your house. To do that, launch your Sonos app and go to Stations, and search for Chavah.

Enjoy!