Torah Tantrika

by HolyTaya

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excavating the erotic edges of sacred text.
birthing blissing sonic healing.


released August 14, 2012

engineering* & mixing:
1, 2, 3, 6, 7: arik labowitz
3*, 4, 6*, 8: james yanisko at asparagus media
5: robert candido at 7mystic studios

music and midrash: holy taya
arrangements: aharon wheels bolsta, arik labowitz, holy taya
hebrew lyrics from torah, the first seven portions of genesis
covenant lyrics also from talmud, yab yum is sulam in tibetan

photography & soma-scribing: ohad ezrahi
graphic design: navyo ericsen

produced by holy taya

track credits:
holy taya: vox
aharon wheels bolsta:
bowed psaltery, bansuri flute, hang, bells & box, bendir, body percussion, ashiko-powow hybrid, talking drum, kalimba, shakers
arik labowitz:
vox on shrine, rainstick, calabash
rakia shemaya:
vox on sister




HolyTaya Oakland, California

Taya Shere plays passionately in realms of transformative ritual. She is co-founder of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute & co-author of Siddur HaKohanot & The Hebrew Priestess. She is into the ever-evolving play between embodied presence and living into our dreams. ... more

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Track Name: Creation
creation: bresheet 1:1

bresheet bara elohim et-hashamayim v’et ha’aretz
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ
she began to contract her womb
the whole world was born emerging from her tzimtzum
all of the sky, all of the sea, all of the earth, inside of you and me
Track Name: Covenant
covenant: noach 8:22

zocher habrit v’ne’eman bivrito v’kayam b’ma’amaro
זוֹכֵר הַבְּרִית וְנֶאֱמָן בִּבְרִיתוֹ וְקַיָם בְּמַאֲמָרוֹ
a blessing are you who journeys with us where we go
a blessing are you who give us rainbows

zera v’katzir v’kor vachom lo yishbotu laila v’yom
זֶרַע וְקָצִיר וְקֹר וָחֹם לֹא יִשְׁבֹּתוּ וְיוֹם וָלַיְלָה
seedtime and harvest cold and heat
seasons and cycles never ceast
Track Name: Concubine
concubine lech lecha 17:1, adaptation of 16:7

ani el shaddai hithalech l’fanai v’yei tamim
אֲנִי-אֵל שַׁדַּי--הִתְהַלֵּךְ לְפָנַי, וֶהְיֵה תָמִים
be with I and I walk with me by and by dancing the dream
sewing sacred seed fulfilling every need we follow we lead

vayimtza’a malach hagar al eyn hamayim bamidbar
וַיִּמְצָאָהּ מַלְאַךְ הָגָר, עַל-עֵין הַמַּיִם--בַּמִּדְבָּר
she wild woman emerging stream
desert oasis dancing queen
Track Name: Angels
angels: vayera 18:1

vayera elav adonai b’eylonei mamre
וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא
angels everywhere in the trees in each every smile, in each child
angels everywhere in each beginning, in each each love, in each friend
angels everywhere: in each stillness, in each each certainty, in each chance
angels everywhere: in each rise, in each each heed of each call
angels everywhere: in each flow, in each each weaving of each web
Track Name: Sister
sister: chayyei sarah 24:60

achoteynu at hayi l’alfei r’vava
אֲחֹתֵנוּ אַתְּ הֲיִי לְאַלְפֵי רְבָבָה
sister may you know her myriad faces within you
sister may you grow her myriad faces she is you
Track Name: Shrine
shrine: toldot 26:25, 26:13, 27:39, 26:32

vayiveyn sham mizbeach vayikra b’shem Shechina (godname adapted 26:25)
שְכִינָה וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ וַיִּקְרָא בְּשֵׁם
invoking you, temple me, body as shrine
an altar of my hourglass i am your divine

vayigdal ha’ish vayelech haloch v’gadel ad ki gadal m’od 26:13
וַיִּגְדַּל, הָאִישׁ וַיֵּלֶךְ הָלוֹךְ וְגָדֵל, עַד כִּי-גָדַל מְאֹד
increase and build the intimacy becoming one with god
presencing to the intricacy becoming a lightning rod

meetal hashamayim me’al umishmanei ha’aretz we pray 27:39
מִטַּל הַשָּׁמַיִם, מֵעָל וּמִשְׁמַנֵּי הָאָרֶץ
the lush of earth the moist of sky in ecstasy together we cry
matzanu mayim 26:32 water we be water you and me
Track Name: Surrender
surrender vayetze 28:15

v’hinei anochi imach ushmarticha b’chol asher telech
וְהִנֵּה אָנֹכִי עִמָּךְ וּשְׁמַרְתִּיךָ בְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר-תֵּלֵךְ
right here i am with you have no fear i am with you
remember i am with you surrender i am with you
Track Name: Sulam
sulam vayetze 28:12

v’hinei sulam you me yab yum
וְהִנֵּה סֻלָּם
bless these toes and heels and feet may we always walk on sacred ground
bless these calves and thighs and knees may we know when to stand and when to bow
bless these hips this pelvic bowl with holy rock and holy roll
bless this spine may we undulate sacred bridge between the worlds create
bless this belly laugh digest may we do good work and get good rest
bless these lungs expand contract may we breath life in exhale god back
bless this heart open wide strong hold and as we love may we be bold
bless this voice may we vibrate free seed transformative community
bless these lips may we kiss the sky and as we come together may we fly
bless this tongue may we taste so sweet abounding bliss each time we meet
bless this nose may each scent unfurl rememberings in all the worlds
bless these eyes may our gaze be clear perceive release and heal our fear
bless this brain beyond left and right spark possibility initiate insight
bless this body miracle yes may we live as one divine caress