Libbi u-V'sari – My Heart and My Flesh
Avraham Ibn Ezra
All potent God! You made me
"Alive I am," You told me
Yet no one's eyes can see Me
remaining flesh - alive
my heart and my flesh
they sing to You,
to You the Source of Life!
Brought forth we were by intent
in counsel and consent
yet hidden is what this meant
from us who are alive.
Resplendent in Your glory
all tales are but Your story
praise to You who is pouring
into our souls our life!
How generous on Your side
To teach us laws which guide
those who by them abide
as sources of good life!
Might we be ever right
and live all in the light
what are we but a mite
and yet You give us life!
Born as we are of passion
at times we lack compassion
if only we could fashion
a God-filled way of life!
Near God to be we yearn
From wicked ways to turn
before bodies to dust return
and souls to the Source of Life
Every way will I adore You
my fervent prayer implore You
to open my path before You
to sate my soul with life!
Zeal filled our sires with fervor
do rouse us from our torpor
and help us meet our savior
Of Jesse's stock - in Life!
Remember! we kept Your trust
May Your response be just
and being fair You must
decree us toward life!
Awed am I, amazed at You
my arms I raise in pray'r to You
my mouth will sing its praise to You
O Source and Soul of Life!
From Heaven let our freedom flow
Favor Mercy and kindness show
Ample life years, ample living
With God’s helpful blessing glow.
Generations well and strong
Generations that belong
To God’s Mitzvot and the Torah
Engaging in them all life long.
Teachers, Rabbis, Havurot
Learning Torah - polyglot
Heads of Yeshivot, magistrates
And their students, all Torah gates.
Everyone who spends their time
Even studying just one line
May God’s blessings fill their life
And save them all from war and strife.
Yom Zeh L’Yisra’el –
Your gift to those who strive with You
by Rabbi Yitzchak Luria
This version works best when sung to a Flamenco tune and the English version is done simultaneously with the Hebrew.
to those who strive with You
is joy and light
Certain of Your holy ways
You revealed to us at Sinai
Shabbat and other holy days
we are to keep as You commanded
You send your healing rays
accept our human ways
Charm is Shabbat for the heart
for the poor and broken people
if all week we were depressed
additional souls are ours on Shabbat
to help our anxious moods
breathe a relaxing sigh
Consecrated bride You blessed
all other days gave her their blessing
in the sixth and final phase
You finished global creation
There found the sorrowing
calm and security
Let go of every form of toil
You in Your kindness have commanded
regal auras shine from us
when we keep Shabbat as is wanted
I offer holy gifts
a fragrant sacrifice
What songs of love could I perform
with rhythm and harmony and music
to please your presence holy God?
My soul delights in her surrender
Do keep that promise God
to your beloved folk
Receive my worship blessed God
as if it was my life I offered
This restful, blissful Shabbat day
with ample joy and sweet elation
we feel secure and loved
in Your protection God
Your salvation do we trust
Yah God most powerful and mighty
David’s heirs - do send them soon
to those who must transcend convention
Let Freedom be proclaimed
and with it space that’s safe
Awesome God who is most High
do look for us and give an answer
Redeem this troubled planet soon
Be kind and manifest Your caring
Revive our trust in You
with light and blissfulness
Cherish and Renew Your house
enough the years it was in shambles
With Your compassion Gentle God
console the grieving ones in sorrow
who puts her grief aside
to sing You Shabbat songs
Zealous to treasure this holy day
keep us well in your remembrance
Protect and guard us wondrous God
this day and every other day
Beloved do respond
and grant deliverance
Could celebration’s welcome song
be heard by Israel and her neighbors
when that vast vision is fulfilled
and all the world is safe from terror
Our light has dawned this day
and shines in every way
Yedid Nefesh - You who love my soul
י You who love my soul
Compassion's gentle source,
Take my disposition and shape it to Your will.
Like a darting deer I will flee to You.
Before Your glorious Presence
Humbly I do bow.
Let Your sweet love
Delight me with its thrill
Because no other dainty
Will my hunger still.
ה How splendid is Your light
Which worlds do reflect!
My soul is worn from craving
For Your love's delight.
Please, good God, do heal her
And show to her Your face,
So my soul can see You
And bathe in Your grace.
There she will find strength
And healing in this sight.
Her joy will be complete then
Eternal her delight.
ו What pity stirs in You
Since days of old, my God!
Be kind to me Your own child
Begotten by Your love.
For long and longing hours
I yearned for Your embrace
To see my light in Your light
Basking in Your grace.
My heart's desire is
To harmonize with Yours
Do not conceal Your pity
Hide not that light of Yours.
ה Help, my Lover, spread
Your canopy of peace.
Enfold all human beings
Give all pain surcease.
Your presence on this earth plane
Do make known to us
And we shall respond then
With song and with dance.
Rush, my love, be quick,
The time for love is now,
Let Your gentle favor
Grace us as of old...
Yom Shabbaton eyn lishko’ach
י You, dear Shabbat, are always here for me;
How fragrant you linger in my awareness.
Noah’s dove found rest and so can we,
Weary ones from the toil of the week.
ה Honored are you by us, the believers,
Parents and children, who keep you with zeal.
Powerful is its message on the Tablets of stone;
We sing your praises in prayer and at meals.
ו When at the Mount Sinai in covenant we pledged
We promised in one voice to do and to listen,
Responding to Your challenge we answered together:
You God are the One who imbues us with strength.
ד Dear and Holy at Sinai you spoke to us;
“Remember and Keep this Day one of Seven,
When fully you keep the Shabbat together,
You will be refreshed and with vigor imbued.
ה How just like a lost sheep, so aimless, you wandered
Remember the Shabbat your promise and pledge
No evil will hurt you if you keep the Shabbat
My rainbow will hold you in safety forever.”
Hashem you fed us dinner
Let us all give thanks
We ate and are sated
The gift of your hands
You nurture us and others
Our shepherd and our host
We ate of your bounty
And drank of your vineyards
Now we give our thank-yous
With the mouth that ate your food
Singing and praising
Your holy repute
We sing to You our God
We offer You our thanks
For earth and her harvest
With which we are gifted
Our souls are also glad
For the plenty that we had
Your love fills our being
Your truth fills our mind
We need Your kind attention
So needy are Your folk
To come to Your Temple
On Zion’s holy Hill
May David’s heir redeem us
May he soon arrive
We long for his redeeming
To reinvigorate our life.
Your holy house rebuild now
Let Zions streets be filled
New music will we make
New songs we all will sing
Compassionate of Blessings
We sing to you our grace
And raise our cup of thankfulness
For Your presence in our lives.
For An Accomplished Woman
י: אֵשֶׁת חַיִל מִי יִמְצָא וְרָחֹק מִפְּנִינִים מִכְרָהּ
An accomplished woman who can find;
beyond pearls is your worth.
יא: בָּטַח בָּהּ לֵב בַּעְלָהּ וְשָׁלָל לא יֶחְסָר
By your integrity your husband’s heart is secure;
nothing is lacking where you are in charge.
יב: גְּמָלַתְהוּ טוב וְלא-רָע כֹּל יְמֵי חַיֶּיהָ
Good are you to me, never vexing,
all your days (and especially our nights).
יג: דָּרְשָׁה צֶמֶר וּפִשְׁתִּים וַתַּעַשֹ בְּחֵפֶץ כַּפֶּיהָ
Designing in wool and linen,
your hands do your bidding with alacrity.
יד: הָיְתָה כָּאֳנִיּות סוחֵר מִמֶּרְחָק תָּבִיא לַחְמָהּ
High business acumen is yours,
like that of a world trader,
importing food from afar.
טו: וַתָּקָם בְּעוד לַיְלָה וַתִּתֵּן טֶרֶף לְבֵיתָהּ וְחֹק לְנַעֲרֹתֶיהָ
Well before dawn you rise
to apportion meals for our family
and tasks for your helpers.
טז: זָמְמָה שָֹדֶה וַתִּקָּחֵהוּ מִפְּרִי כַפֶּיהָ נָטְעָה כָּרֶם
Zealously you assess your purchases before buying;
a vineyard you plant, the fruit of your hands
יז: חָגְרָה בְעוז מָתְנֶיהָ וַתְּאַמֵּץ זְרועֹתֶיהָ
How mightily you gird your loins.
Your embraces are warm and strong.
יח: טָעֲמָה כִּי-טוב סַחְרָהּ לא-יִכְבֶּה בַלַּיְלָה נֵרָהּ
Tastily, you offer your wares;
your light radiates undimmed through the night.
יט: יָדֶיהָ שִׁלְּחָה בַכִּישׁור וְכַפֶּיהָ תָּמְכוּ פָלֶך
Your hands are firm in what they weave together;
your palms support the spinning wheels.
כ: כַּפָּהּ פָּרְשָֹה לֶעָנִי וְיָדֶיהָ שִׁלְּחָה לָאֶבְיון
Kindly, you support the poor,
your hands at the service of the needy.
כא: לא-תִירָא לְבֵיתָהּ מִשָּׁלֶג כִּי כָל-בֵּיתָהּ לָבֻשׁ שָׁנִים
Lily white clean is our home
and brightly colored its appointments.
כב: מַרְבַדִּים עָשְֹתָה-לָּהּ שֵׁשׁ וְאַרְגָּמָן לְבוּשָׁהּ
Many textured are your weaves;
you wear silks and purples in elegance.
כג: נודָע בַּשְּׁעָרִים בַּעְלָהּ בְּשִׁבְתּו עִם-זִקְנֵי-אָרֶץ
Named and known am I as your husband
when I sit in the councils of the elders.
כד: סָדִין עָשְֹתָה וַתִּמְכֹּר וַחֲגור נָתְנָה לַכְּנַעֲנִי
Sheer are the garments you design;
your enterprise is valued by the people.
כה: עוז-וְהָדָר לְבוּשָׁהּ וַתִּשְֹחַק לְיום אַחֲרון
On you dresses become beauty and strength,
and your future is happily assured.
כו: פִּיהָ פָּתְחָה בְחָכְמָה וְתורַת-חֶסֶד עַל-לְשׁונָהּ
Pearls of wisdom come from your lips;
your speech is gentle and kind.
כז: צופִיָּה הֲלִיכות בֵּיתָהּ וְלֶחֶם עַצְלוּת לא תֹאכֵל
Certain is the way you conduct our home,
and immaculate is our kitchen.
כח: קָמוּ בָנֶיהָ וַיְאַשְּׁרוּהָ בַּעְלָהּ וַיְהַלְלָהּ
Courteous are your relatives and friends in their praise of you,
and your husband raves about you.
כט: רַבּות בָּנות עָשֹוּ חָיִל וְאַתְּ עָלִית עַל-כֻּלָּנָה
Ravishing and skillful are many good women,
but you are even more stunning than they.
ל: שֶׁקֶר הַחֵן וְהֶבֶל הַיֹּפִי אִשָּׁה יִרְאַת-יְהֹוָה הִיא תִתְהַלָּל
Shameless is mere charm and mere dazzling is vain.
How you are in God awareness, that is worth extolling!
לא: תְּנוּ-לָהּ מִפְּרִי יָדֶיהָ וִיהַלְלוּהָ בַשְּׁעָרִים מַעֲשֶֹיהָ
Thousandfold may you reap your rewards
for your fame deserves to be widely acknowledged.
A REACHING UP SONG
How God will bring us back to Zion.
Then shall we laugh again.
Then shall we sing again.
Then shall it be said abroad:
“How great it is!
Look at what God has done for them!
If God had done the same for us,
We too would be glad.”
O God! Why don’t You bring us back?
• As you bring back water
To the dried-up Negev streams?
Yes we will trust. We sowed with tears
We will reap with song.
Those who go, casting out seeds,
Sometime feel like weeping.
Yet on they go, always trusting,
That they shall come back singing,
Bearing in the harvest sheaves.
(At Wedding Feast include)
Remove all pain, all wrath take wing
Then even ones who are mute will sing
Guide us aright and far from sin
As we join in praising Aaron’s kin
INVITATION AND CONSENT
Friends, let us give praise.
Y’hi sheym Adonai m‘vorakh mey-ata v’ad olam.
May God’s name be praised, now and forever
Y’hi sheym Adonay m’vorakh mey-ala v’ad olam.
Bir’shut havey-rai, n‘vareykh Eloheynu
May God’s name be praised, now and forever.
With your consent, friends, let us praise God,
of whose food we have partaken.
Barukh Eloheynu she-akhalnu mi-shelo uv‘tuvo
Praised be our God of whose abundance we have
partaken and by whose goodness we live.
Barukh Eloheynu she-akhalnu mi-shelo uv‘tuvo
Praised be our God of whose abundance we have
partaken and by whose goodness we live.
Barukh hu u-va-rukh sh’mo.
Praised be God, and praised be God’s name.
THANKS FOR THE FOOD AND ITS NOURISHMENT
Praise, yes, praise is Yours, 0 God,
Ruler of all time and space,
Who every day invites the world
To the feast of love, goodness and compassion:
You feed us--and we earned it not;
You sustain us—and we deserved it not;
You so abundantly overwhelm us with
Food you provide for all Your creatures
Whom You love so abundantly.
And because you are so good to us,
We have never lacked sustenance in the past
And we believe that we will never lack food
In the future.
This You do for Your own repute
That You may be known as:
The one who sustains,
The One who supports,
The one who provides food for each
For Your feast is prepared for all,
And Your table is set for all;
You know well what each one needs,
For You did create all.
Therefore do we praise and. thank You,
the One who nourishes all.
THANKS FOR THE EXODUS,
THE TORAH, THE HOLY LAND--
AND FOR THE JOY OF EATING
We thank You, Adonai our God, because You settled
our ancestors in a land desirable and good and wide.
You removed us, Adonai our God, from the straits
and narrow places of Egypt, and freed us from being
at home in servitude.
We thank You for the promise sealed in our flesh,
For the Torah teaching which You impart to us,
And for the limits of conduct which
You made us know;
with which You are so generous.
And we thank You for the joy of eating which
You grant us while You nourish us, everyday,
THANKS FOR THE GOOD EARTH AND HER PRODUCE
For all this, Our God,
We worship and thank YOU,
Whose name is praised
By ever new expressions of life.
We do this to fulfill Your command which states:
“Eat Your fill praising Adonai your God
for the earthy goodness which the Almighty
so freely gave to you.”
Therefore we say:
Praise to You 0 God
for the earth and for its food.
AS A MOTHER WOMBS HER CHILDREN IN MERCY
Have pity, 0 God, on
Israel Your people
Jerusalem Your city;
Zion Your glory’s shrine
And the heir to David’s throne.
And pity the Holy House
The Temple Of Grandeur
Where it was so easy
To call upon You.
Our God, Source of our being,
Mother, Father, Provider, Sustainer,
You nourish and support us,
Yet still allow us our independence.
O God, keep us free from needs that enslave us.
Permit us not to depend on gifts, handouts or loans.
For even when others offer help, what they give is
little and the indignity is great.
But may we only rely
On Your full, broadly open hand,
So we never lose self-respect,
Nor suffer shame or disgrace.
WHEN WE ALSO GIVE THANKS
FOR THE SABBATH’S REST
In commanding us You share your will with us.
In commanding us You impart in us the strength
to fulfill the commandment.
We thank You for the commandment of the seventh day
the great Shabbat, the holy Shabbat, this Shabbat.
A great day it is, holy it is, a day in which we
live Your presence.
We rest on it; we relax on it, we enjoy its peace;
Loving You all the more for the limits You set
on our actions by Your will.
On this day of rest--may there be no pain,
no worry, no anguish, stress or sighing.
On this Sabbath day open our eyes to the vision
of the consolation of Zion, and the upbuilding
of Jerusalem, Your holy city.
For you are at liberty to freely give liberation
WE REMEMBER OTHERS AS
WE REMEMBER JERUSALEM
We ate and drank
Yet we forget not that
there is exile, destruction,
famine, fear and want.
Please, forget us not,
But in remembering us,
Remember all in want.
Make this world
A place of holiness,
Now in our lifetime,
As you rebuild Jerusalem
Praised are you, 0 God,
Who in building up mercy
Amen—do as we believe!
WHEN WE CELEBRATE
Our God and God of our ancestors,
May this prayer we offer to You,
Rise and come and reach You,
Be noted and accepted and
Heard by You;
Be remembered and acted upon:
As You become aware of us
As You remember us.
You remembered our parents,
You will remember the Mashiach
You are mindful of Jerusalem
You are mindful of Israel
Allow them all to find their way
To goodness, to grace, to kindness,
to mercy, to life, and to peace.
New Moon Day
Think well of this day
Be mindful on it for our blessing
Grant us the good life on it.
And as concerns such matters as
salvation and mercy
Pity us, be kind, save us, be gentle,
For our eyes look to You--
Divine, Majestic One
Yet also Kind and Gentle.
WE THANK YOU FOR ALL
THAT YOU ARE TO US
Praise, yea praise to You, 0 God,
Source of our being
Sovereign who is good to all.
In Your goodness you do not discriminate,
Doing good day by day according to that day’s
So You did act out of goodness in the past,
And so will You deal with us in the future.
You give of Your Self,
You gave of your Self,
You will give of Your Self
Freely and completely
kindly and mercifully
generously and abundantly
to save us,
to prosper us,
to bless us,
to redeem us
to console us
to sustain and support us—
in mercy, life and in goodness,
while not diminishing
the good You hold in store for us for eternity.
WE PRAY FOR THE MESSIANIC AGE AND
TIMES OF PEACE
so that we may be worthy of being alive
when Mashiach finally arrives.
Grant strength and loving kindness to Mashiach,
to David’s descendants,
to the very ends of time.
We know that You can make peace on high:
That is not too difficult.
Grant peace to us and to all Israel:
That is more difficult:
Grant us peace!
INVOCATION FOR THE FUTURE
Rule over us always.
Be involved wiih our heaven
and on our earth.
You who are praised from one
generation to the next,
Take pride in us always.
May our lives honor You
in this world and in the next.
Grant us an honorable livelihood.
Break the restraints that make
us strangers. Lead us home with dignity.
Send abundant blessing to this
home and to this table.
One who grants
Send Elijah the prophet--of
To bring good news of liberation
Bless and protect all of us,
our loved ones and our families,
our endeavors and our possessions.
May we all be blessed
like Abraham--with everything
like Sarah--with faithfulness
like Isaac--by everyone
like Jacob--in everyway
like Rachel--with warmth
like Leah--with love.
And to all this let us say, Amen!
Interpret our act as prompted by
good intentions, as an act of
surrender, worthy of blessing from You.
And even if we are no, deemed worthy,
then accept our act of thanksgiving
as a kind favor on Your part.
0 Helping God!
May we ever be found pleasant and wise
by you God
and by all our fellow human beings.
WE ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER BEFORE LEAVING THE TABLE
Fear Our God, you who make God holy!
Fearing only God, what will you lack?
Those who are self-sufficient, like young lions,
May starve in relying on their own strength.
But those who seek Only God
Shall not lack all that is good.
Give thanks to God who is so good,
Whose kindness is ever wise to the world.
Blessed are they who trust in God,
For God will ever be their guarantor.
I was young, now I’m old
Yet never saw a Zaddik so forsaken
That their child seeks only bread.
How can this be? How could this happen?
Surely blessings will be heaped on those
Who are really righteous, fair and just.
May what we ate
be a source of satisfaction
What we drank
A source of health
What we left a source
a source of blessing.
According to Scripture:
“The host set food before them,
They ate and left enough for others,
As God has spoken.”
God will surely give strength to our people
God will bless our folk with SHALOM!