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Adonai S'fatai Tiftach

 
אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח


Adonai s'fatai tiftach, ufi yagid t'hilatecha
אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶךָ

Translation:

O Lord, open my lips, so that my mouth may praise You.

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This verse (Ps 51:17) is spoken before the Amidah.

Alexander Massey's setting includes the option of English words; also both sections can be sung as a round.

Baruch Hu Elokeinu

 
ברוך הוא אלוקינו


Baruch hu Elokeinu shebera'anu lechvodo
V'hivdilanu min hato'im
V'natan lanu torat emet
V'chayei Olam Natan B'tocheinu
בָּרוּךְ הוּא אֱלהֵינוּ שֶׁבְּרָאָנוּ לִכְבוֹדוֹ וְהִבְדִּילָנוּ מִן הַתּוֹעִים
וְנָתַן לָנוּ תּוֹרַת אֱמֶת
וְחַיֵּי עוֹלָם נָטַע בְּתוֹכֵנוּ

הוּא יִפְתַּח לִבֵּנוּ בְּתוֹרָתוֹ
וְיָשֵׂם בְּלִבֵּנוּ אַהֲבָתוֹ וְיִרְאָתוֹ
וְלַעֲשׂוֹת רְצוֹנוֹ וּלְעָבְדוֹ בְּלֵבָב שָׁלֵם
לְמַעַן לא נִיגַע לָרִיק וְלֺא נֵלֵד לַבֶּהָלָה:

Translation:

Blessed is He, our God, Who created us for His glory, and set us apart from those who go astray; and gave us the Torah of truth, and eternal life He implanted within us.

May He open our heart to His Torah, and instill in our heart love and awe of Him, to do His will and serve Him with a perfect heart, so that we shall not labor in vain nor bring forth that which causes dismay.

David Melech Yisrael

 
דָוִד מֶלֶךְ יְשׂרָאֵל


David, melech Yisrael, chai chai v'kayam!
דָוִד מֶלֶךְ יְשׂרָאֵל חַי חַי וְקַיָם

Translation:

David, King of Israel, lives forever!
(User-contributed translation)

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Sometimes combined with Siman Tov.

The tune below sung by Adam Fisch (the one combined with Siman Tov) was written by Shlomo Carlebach. Recording below is an amateur recording and may not be an accurate representation of the tune as written by Rabbi Carlebach. The tune is used with permission from copyright owner Neshama Carlebach. Neshama Carlebach has granted permission to the Zemirot Database to offer interactive streams and downloads of cover versions of the tune.

Elohai Neshama

 
אֵלֹהַי נְשָׁמָה


Elohai n'shama shenata'ta bi t'hora hi.

Ata b’ratah, ata y’tzartah,
Ata b’ratah, ata y’tzartah, ata n’fachtah bi
v’ata m’shamrah b’kirbi
v’ata atid litelah mimeni ulehachazirah bi leatid lavo.
אֱלהַי. נְשָׁמָה שֶׁנָּתַתָּ בִּי טְהורָה הִיא.

אַתָּה בְרָאתָהּ, אַתָּה יְצַרְתָּהּ,
אַתָּה נְפַחְתָּהּ בִּי,
וְאַתָּה מְשַׁמְּרָהּ בְּקִרְבִּי,
וְאַתָּה עָתִיד לִטְּלָהּ מִמֶּנִּי, וּלְהַחֲזִירָהּ בִּי לֶעָתִיד לָבוֹא

Translation:

O my God, the soul which thou gavest me is pure.

Translation from The Standard Prayer book by Simeon Singer (1915) (public domain)

You created it, you designed it, you breathed it into me, you guard it within me, and you will take it from me, but return it to me eternally. (User-contributed translation)

Hashiveinu

 
הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ


Hasheevaynu HaShem aylecha
vinashoova
Chadesh yamaynu kikeddem
הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ
וְנָשׁוּבָה
חַדֵּשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם

Translation:

Return us, God, to you
and we will return;
renew our days [so that they are] as [they were] earlier [in times past]

User-contributed translation

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words: Eicha/Lamentations 5:21
tune: Meir Ben Uri (licensed by ACUM)

may be sung as a 3-part round

Hashkivenu

 
הַשְׁכִּיבֵנוּ


Hashkivenu avinu l'shalom.
V'ha'amidenu malkenu l'ḥayim tovim u'shalom.

Ufros 'aleynu sukat shlomekha, v'taqnenu betsah tovah milfanekha,
v'hoshiyenu m'herah l'ma'an shmekha.

V'hagen ba'adeynu, 'aleynu sukat raḥamim v'shalom.

Barukh atah adonay, hapores sukat shalom 'aleynu v'al 'amo yisra'el v'al yerushalayim.

Amen.
הַשְׁכִּיבֵנוּ אָבִינוּ לְשָׁלוֹם.
וְהַעֲמִידֵנוּ מַלְכֵּנוּ לְחַיִּים טוֹבִים וּלְשָׁלוֹם.

וּפְרֹשׂ עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶךָ, וְתַקְּנֵנוּ בְּעֵצָה טוֹבָה מִלְּפָנֶיךָ,
וְהוֹשִׁיעֵנוּ מְהֵרָה לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ.

וְהָגֵן בַּעֲדֵנוּ, וּפְרֹשׂ עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת רַחֲמִים וְשָׁלום.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי, הַפּוֹרֵשׂ סֻכַּת שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל עַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל יְרוּשָׁלָיִם.

אָמֵן.

Translation:

Cause us to lie down, O our Father! in peace; an raise us up, O our King! to a happy and peaceful life. O spread thy pavilion of peace over us, and direct us with good counsel from thy presence! and save us speedily, for the sake of thy name. O shield us, and spread thy pavilion of mercy and peace over us.

Blessed art thou, O Lord! who spreadest thy pavilion of peace over us, and over thy people Israel, and Jerusalem. Amen.

Translation from Siddur Sifte Tsadikim,​​ by Isaac Leeser (1837) (public domain).

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Version of the text is in the tradition of the Western Sephardi Jews, from Siddur Sifte Tsadikim.

Hava Nashira

 
הָבָה נָשִׁירָה


Hava nashira shir hallelujah!
הָבָה נָשִׁירָה שִׁיר הַלְלוּיָהּ!

Translation:

Let us sing a song of praise. Praise the Lord!
(B'kol Echad, pg 85)

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Version sung by Barbara Swetina · Findhorn Singers
Songs of Heaven and Earth
℗ 2013 Barbara Swetina & Findhorn Singers
Released on: 2013-12-19

Kol Bayaar

 
קול ביער


Kol bayar onochi shomea, ov labonim koreya.
A geshrey un a gevald un a gefilder, a foter in vald zukht zayne kinder.

Bonay bonay hekhon holakhtem, asher olay kokh shekakhtem.
Kinder kinder voo zayt ir gevezn, vos af mir hot ir shoyn fargesn.

Bonay bonay lekhu l'beysi, ki lo oykhel losheves yekhidi b'beysi.
Kinder kinder kumt tsu mir aheym, varum mir iz umetik tsu zitsen aleyn.

Ovinu ovinu eykh nelekh, ki hashoymer oymeid b'shaar hamelekh.
Foter foter vi kenen mir geyn tsu dir, az der shoymer shteyt dokh bay der tir.
קול ביער אנכי שומע אב לבנים קורא.
א געשריי און א געוואלד און א געפילדער א פאטער אין וואלד זוכט זיינע קינדער.

בני בני היכן הלכתם אשר עלי כך שכחתם.
קינדער קינדער וואו זייט איר געוועזן וואס אויף מיר האט איר שוין פארגעסן.

בני בני לכו לביתי כי לא אוכל לשבת יחידי בביתי.
קינדער קינדער קומט צו מיר אהיים ווארום מיר איז אומעטיק צו זיצען אליין.

אבינו אבינו איך נלך כי השומר עומד בשער המלך.פאטער פאטער ווי קענען מיר גיין צו דיר אז דער שומר שטייט דאך ביי דער טיר.

Translation:

A cry and a scream and a feeling, a father in the forest is searching for his children.

Children, children, where have you been, that you have forsaken me?

Children, children, come back home to me, because I am tired of sitting alone.

Father, father, how can we go to you, when there's a guard standing at the door (king's gate).

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This niggun was created by Reb Aryeh Leib (a follower of the Baal Shem Tov), who was also known as the Shpoler Zayde.

He would sing this niggun before Tikkun Chatzos, the midnight prayer bewailing the destruction of the Temple.

The song's lyrics reflect the meaning of that prayer. The niggun is about a father searching for his children, asking if they have forgotten about him and that they should return home. The children answer: "How can we return home when there's a guard at the door?"

This symbolizes our present situation with our Almighty Father and His children, the people of Israel. G-d is looking for the Jewish people who are in golus (exile), and implores them to return home. The Jewish people reply: "How can we return home, when there's a guard (our nefesh habehomis) blocking the way back home?"

Traditionally, each verse was sung in Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian (Russian lyrics are omitted here) before moving onto the next verse. Often, people now sing with an added English line to each verse:

A voice in the forest reaches my ears, a father calling his lost children near.
Children children where can you be, that you've forgotten all about me.
Children children return to your home, for I cannot bear to remain alone.
Father father how can we return once more, when your guard is standing outside your door.

Some, more recently, have added new verses (expressing the Father's reply to the Children). There are different versions, such as:
Children children repent for your sins, and against the enemy you will win.
Children children if for Moshiach you do yearn, mitzvos do and Torah learn.
Children children have no fear, the coming of Moshiach is very near.

Ma Tovu

 
מַה טֹּבוּ


Mah tovu ohaleicha ya'akov mishkenoteicha yisrael.

Va'ani berov chasdecha avo beitecha, eshtachaveh el heichal kodesheca beyiratecha.
מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל.

וַאֲנִי בְּרב חַסְדְּךָ אָבא בֵיתֶךָ אֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶה אֶל הֵיכַל קָדְשְׁךָ בְּיִרְאָתֶךָ.

Translation:

How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, thy dwelling places, O Israel! As for me, in the abundance of thy lovingkindness will I come into thy house: I will worship toward thy holy temple in the fear of thee.

Translation from The Standard Prayer book by Simeon Singer (1915) (public domain)

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Numbers 24.

Video version below Shalsheles Junior

MiMaamakim/From the Depths

 
מִמַּעֲמַקִּ֖ים


MiMaamakim Keratichah Yah
Eyli, Shema koli
Shema tachanunai
Eyli, Shema koli
Shema tachanunai
Eyli
Eyli
מִמַּעֲמַקִּים קְרָאתִיךָ יָ-הּ
אֵ-לִי, שִׁמְעָה קוֹלִי
שִׁמְעָה תַּחֲנוּנַי
אֵ-לִי, שִׁמְעָה קוֹלִי
שִׁמְעָה תַּחֲנוּנַי
אֵ-לִי
אֵ-לִי

Translation:

Out of the depths have I called Thee, O Lord
My lord, hearken unto my voice!
Listen to my supplications
My lord, hearken unto my voice!
Listen to my supplications
My Lord
My Lord

Translation based on the Jewish Publication Society Bible (1917) (public domain)

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these words are based on Psalm 130

Vetivnehu Mehera

 
ותבנהו מהרה


Avinu malkenu, gale kevodo malchutcha aleinu mehera, vetivnehu mehera utgadel kevodo
אבינו מלכנו גלה כבוד מלכותך עלינו מהרה, ותבנהו מהרה ותגדל כבודו

Translation:

Our Father, our King, reveal the glory of your reign over us quickly, build it quickly, and increase its glory

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מוסף לשלוש רגלים
Part of the festival's mussaf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n_xo9bXmk8

ViY'hudah L'olam Teshev

 
וִיהוּדָה לְעוֹלָם תֵּשֵׁב


ViY'hudah L'olam Teshev, ViY'rushalayim l'dor vador.
וִיהוּדָה, לְעוֹלָם תֵּשֵׁב; וִירוּשָׁלִַם, לְדוֹר וָדוֹר.

Translation:

But Judah shall be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

Translation source: Jewish Publication Society Bible (1917) (public domain)

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Joel 4:20. A somber song, often sung on Tisha B'av.

Printed from the Zemirot Database