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 My name is Ariel Root Wolpe. I am a Jewish musician, artist, and community organizer. I love figuring out spiritual community and transforming people's hearts through music.



Shoresh is a pre-bat mitzvah course I designed for six families who wanted to offer their daughters an alternative class with personalized preparation for their batai-mitzvot. This page is a collection of the media used in class for the students to access on their own for extra practice. 

Please contact me for more information. 

We are Shoresh שרש, shin-resh-shin ש-ר-ש

שרש "shoresh" means root, and פרי "pri" means fruit

and עץ "etz" means tree, which grows above me

א בּ ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כּ כ (ך) ל מ (ם) נ (ן) ס ע פּ פ (ף) צ (ץ) ק ר שׁ שׂ ת

Hineh ma tov uma na'im
Shevet achim gam yachad. (4x)

Hineh ma tov uma na'im
Shevet achiyot gam yachad. (4x)

How good it is for brothers and sisters to sit together. 

Shema yisrael Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad!

Hear our Israel, Adonai our God, Adonai is one!


Cover your eyes with your right hand and say:
Sh'ma Yis-ra-eil, A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu, A-do-nai E-chad.

Ba-ruch sheim k'vod mal-chu-to l'o-lam va-ed.

V'a-hav-ta eit A-do-nai E-lo-he-cha,
B'chawl l'va-v'cha,
u-v'chawl naf-sh'cha,
u-v'chawl m'o-de-cha.
V'ha-yu ha-d'va-rim ha-ei-leh,
A-sher a-no-chi m'tsa-v'cha ha-yom, al l'va-ve-cha.
V'shi-nan-tam l'-va-ne-cha, v'di-bar-ta bam
b'shiv-t'cha b'vei-te-cha,
uv-lech-t'cha va-de-rech,
u-v'shawch-b'cha uv-ku-me-cha.
Uk-shar-tam l'ot al ya-de-cha,
v'ha-yu l'to-ta-fot bein ei-ne-cha.
Uch-tav-tam, al m'zu-zot bei-te-cha, u-vish-a-re-cha.

Ma tovu ohalecha Ya-akov mishkenotecha Israel :

Ma tovu ohalecha Rakhel mishkenotecha Leah :

    מַה טּוֹבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל

    מַה טּוֹבוּ אֹהָלֶיך רחל מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיך לאה

How good are your tents O Jacob/Rachel

Your dwellings O Israel/Leah

Trope / Class 2 Shoresh

Class 3: Shehechiyanu, the thank you prayer

Recite this blessing the first time you do something each Jewish calendar year (like on your bat mitzvah!), and to mark joyous occasions.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, 
shehechehyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higianu laz'man hazeh.

Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of all: 
for giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this season.

Class 3: Candle Lighting, Kiddush (wine), Hand Washing and Motzie (bread) prayers

Class 3: Havdalah (song starts at 30 seconds)

Class 4: the three blessings over the Hanukkah candles (prayers found on page 78 of  siddur chaverim kol yisrael)

Class 4: (OPTIONAL) popular Maoz Tzur prayer sung after Hannukkah blessings (found  on page 78 of  siddur chaverim kol yisrael)

Kabbalat Shabbat: Yismichu Hashamayim (Class 6)

Kabbalat Shabbat: Lecha Dodi by Craig Taubman  (Class 6)

Kabbalat Shabbat: Romemu by Craig Taubman (Class 6)

Kabbalat Shabbat: Oseh Shalom (Class 6)


Barchu in Maariv