Longer posts are in the works and coming at some point. In the meantime, I sent in my workshop description for the Institute:
"Baruch El Elyon" is a Shabbat song written in 13th-century Germany, whose seven verses are densely packed with biblical references from Genesis to Job. It can be sung to a complex five-part Chasidic melody that inspires strong reactions, both positive and negative. We will study the sources, structure, and meaning of the text, and learn the melody. In doing so, we'll think about how Shabbat has been understood from the Torah to the 13th century to the present, and prepare to sing this song on Shabbat!