Hebrew in Harmony—the new prayer curriculum for 4th-6th graders—features music from today's top Jewish musicians. This is part of a series profiling some of these talented artists.
Billy Jonas, founder of the Billy Jonas Band
Who are your musical influences?
World music, Joni Mitchell, Mr. Rogers, Pete Seeger, Igor Stravinsky
What prayer most resonates with you, and why?
I love prayers that leave lots of room for interpretation and interpolation, like the Sh'ma. It can be as big or as small as you choose. Is "Yisrael" the people of Israel, or is it "everyone who wrestles with God," or is it "all beings in dialogue with mortality and divine nature?" Does "Adonai Echad" mean "There is only One God," or "God is One," or "The Oneness and Unity of all things in my Supreme Organizing Principal?" Or