Ozi v’zimrat Yah vay’hi li lishuah.
עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ וַיְהִי לִי לִישׁוּעָה
The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation.
Psalm 118:14, Exodus 15:2
Translation source: Jewish Publication Society Bible (1917) (public domain)
My Strength (balanced) with the Song of God will be my salvation.
Words from Shirat Hayam, Exodus 15:2. Composer unknown.
Often sung at seudah shlisheet.
In this practice I find and express my strength, my will, my effort and desire when I chant "Ozi." When I chant "v’zimrat Yah," I open and surrender to the God-song and let it be sung through me. Then in the last phrase, "Vayahi li lishuah," I balance those two aspects of my practice.
- Rabbi Shefa Gold
In the version below, music is by Rabbi Shefa Gold, performed by Valley Outreach Synagogue Young Adult Vocal Ensemble
Video below by Zamir Chorale of Boston