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Chavah turns 10!

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Shalom friends,
10 years ago, on February 16th 2010, we announced in a humble blog post the very first version of Chavah:

I’m really excited to show you guys something I worked on over the last few days:
Chavah – Internet Radio For Yeshua’s Disciples

It works on both Windows and Mac, right in your web browser. (Depending on how old your computer is, it may need to install a small Flash-like plug-in called Microsoft Silverlight. After that, you’re home free.)
If you’ve ever used the Pandora.com music service, this is in the same vein. In fact, Pandora is the inspiration for Chavah.
Give it a try! Hope you like it, and please let me know about any problems in the comments.
Yes, it really looked like that. I'm reminded of the saying, "Do not despise humble beginnings!"

Because the web was still in its early days, we used Silverlight plugin technology to play MP3 audio. (Back then, most web browsers couldn't natively play MP3s - amazing how far we've come since then!…

New music: Tehillot Yisrael (Praises of Israel)

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Shalom holy friends,

We've added fresh Messianic Jewish music from Israel on the station:

Various Artists - Praises of Israel תהילות ישראל


This new album is recorded live in Israel and features some of the top recording artists in the Israeli Messianic community, including Yaron Cherniak, Sarah Liberman, Sheli Myers, Birgitta Lundvall, Jamie Hilsden, and many more.

Here's how our friends at the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel describe the album:

Praises of Israel is a live recording of 13 Messianic songs performed at a public Concert in Jerusalem, May 2019. It is in continuation of the well-known series “Praise to Our God” albums.
The name of the concert and CD is based on the verse “But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalms 22:3).
What a blessing to know that God, the Holy Creator of the universe, is enthroned on the praises of His people – He alone is worthy of all our worship!
The album in your hands is the blessed fruit of the labor of many skillful and…

New feature: popular, trending, recent pages

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Shalom friends,

I'm glad to report we've rolled out a new feature to the station:

You can now browse popular, recent, and trending pages:


Popular shows the top-ranked songs on ChavahRecent shows songs you recently playedTrending shows songs that were thumbed-up recently by you and other listeners To access these pages, on desktop or tablet just click the any of the circled areas:
Additionally, and to enable these pages on mobile phones, you can access these pages from the menu in the top right:
We've also updated some styling on the home page for desktop and tablets: as the songs change, so will the text color of "trending", "my likes", "recent", and "popular":
Each time a song plays, the text color will transition to the album colors. In the above screenshot, the album text color is red, so the trending, my likes, recent, and popular links become red as well.
And finally, we revamped the My Likes pages to work like trending, popular,…

New music: Ted Pearce - Shehekiyanu

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Shalom Chavah fans,

I'm excited to announce our good friend Ted Pearce has released a new 5-song EP and graciously granted us permission to play it on Chavah. Have a listen!

Ted Pearce - Shehekiyanu

Ted Pearce needs no introduction - his music is some of the highest rated on Chavah, with several songs in the top 70 ranked songs on Chavah. I'm listening to this new music now and there's a great deal of musical joy here - just as the album name, Shehekiyanu, implies.
Shehekiyanu שהחינו is a Hebrew word meaning, "Who has given us life", and it most well known in the Jewish blessings of the same name, in which we thank God for bringing us to the current seasons:
Baruch atah Adonai ברוך אתה אדוניEloheinu melech ha'olam אלהינו מלך העולםShehekiyanu v'kiymanu שהחינו וקימנוV'higianu lazman hazeh והגיענו לזמן הזהBlessed are You, AdonaiOur God, King of the UniverseWho has granted us life, sustained usAnd enabled us to reach this season
The first song on the EP is,…

New music: Nell Zier - Liberty

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Shalom Chavah fans,

We've rolled out a classic Messianic Jewish album on the station:

Nell Zier - Liberty



I've found this album to be right up the alley in the classic Messianic genre: orchestral, group-singing in the vein of Kol Simcha or Liberated Wailing Wall. Above that, there's a sense of God's spirit speaking through these old tunes. Nell describes her album like this:

A spectacular production of elegant Jewish-style music with nostalgic lyrics of yearning for the peace and prosperity of Jerusalem.
I think you'll enjoy this album, fine Chavah fans. You can support Messiah's musicians by purchasing this album over at NellZier.com.

Enjoy the new music for Messiah!

New feature: Undo a song like/dislike

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Shalom Chavah fans and a happy 2020 to you, friends.

We just rolled out a new much-requested feature on Chavah: you can now undo a like or a dislike. Undoing a like will remove the song from your likes list. Here's how it works:

If you like a song, we show the thumb-up icon in gold color:

(Ditto for dislike, except the gold-colored thing will be the thumb-down button.)
Previously, once you liked a song, you couldn't un-like it. Sure, you could thumb-it down, but that not only un-likes the song, but dislikes it, which reduces its ranking and informs Chavah not to play it for you. (And, decreases the chances the song will be played for other listeners.)
With this new feature, just click the "thumb-up" button again and it will undo your like. Now the song is in neutral state for you; neither liked nor disliked:

Just tap the thumb-up a second time to undo your like. The same works for thumb-down; you can tap thumb-down a second time to undo your dislike of a song.
Enjoy!