Jewish Song of the Week: ‘Al Cheit’ by Joanie Leeds

As parents of kids of any age, talking about the themes of Yom Kippur can be difficult — like explaining what a “cheit” or “sin” means. Having a song that makes the explaining easier is what’s SO magical about Jewish music — songs are more than just songs, they’re learning tools! My friend (and GRAMMY winner!) Joanie Leeds is a gifted songwriter and her song “Al Cheit” is a beautiful lesson in song. I love its emotional honesty, and how it works for ALL ages, not just kids. G’mar Chatimah Tovah — may you be sealed for a good, sweet, New Year!

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