Rabbi Marc Philippe
Rabbi Marc Philippe received smicha from Yeshiva Toras Israel in Jerusalem, also known as Diaspora Yeshiva. He has been a citizen of the world since childhood, having grown up on four continents. Beyond his role as Temple Emanu-El’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Philippe is a cantor, musician, composer, and conductor.
Songs of Ascent
King David wrote fifteen psalms that start with the words "Song of Ascent". These songs correspond to the fifteen steps in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem that ascended people to the higher section of the courtyard. Two thousand years ago, the Levites stood on those steps sang these fifteen psalms, accompanying the Temple service.
Rabbi Marc Philippe and Douglas Hirsch, descendants of Levites, offer “Songs of Ascent” in the form of compelling songs and spellbinding Jewish mantras that can be used for simple enjoyment or as a powerful tool for meditation and soul elevation.
“Songs of Ascent” reflects the combination of ancient Jewish and Kabbalistic tradition merged with a Modern Rock influence. Recorded inside a sound cave in the mystical city of Safed, Israel and at the New World Symphony of Miami Beach, this “Spiritual Rock” acoustic album takes advantage of the exceptional acoustics of the unusual recording locations.