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Adon Olam

 
אַדוֹן עוֹלָם


Adon olam asher malach,
b'terem kol y'tzir niv-ra.
L'eit na'asah b'cheftzo kol,
azai melech sh'mo nikra.


V'acharei kichlot hakol,
l'vado yimloch nora.
V'hu hayah, v'hu hoveh,
v'hu yihyeh, b'tifarah.


V'hu echad v'ein sheni,
l'hamishil lo l'hachbirah.
B'li reishit b'li tachlit,
v'lo haoz v'hamisra.


V'hu eili v'chai goali
v'tsur chevli b'eit tsarah.
V'hu nisi umanos li,
m'nat kosi b'yom ekrah.


B'yado afkid ruchi,
b'eit ishan v'airah.
V'im ruchi g'viati,
Adonai li v'lo irah.
אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר מָלַךְ,
בְּטֶרֶם כָּל יְצִיר נִבְרָא.
לְעֵת נַעֲשָׂה בְחֶפְצוֹ כֹּל,
אֲזַי מֶלֶךְ שְׁמוֹ נִקְרָא.

וְאַחֲרֵי כִּכְלוֹת הַכֹּל,
לְבַדּוֹ יִמְלוֹךְ נוֹרָא.
וְהוּא הָיָה, וְהוּא הֹוֶה,
וְהוּא יִהְיֶה, בְּתִפְאָרָה.

וְהוּא אֶחָד וְאֵין שֵׁנִי,
לְהַמְשִׁיל לוֹ לְהַחְבִּירָה.
בְּלִי רֵאשִׁית בְּלִי תַכְלִית,
וְלוֹ הָעֹז וְהַמִּשְׂרָה.

וְהוּא אֵלִי וְחַי גֹּאֲלִי,
וְצוּר חֶבְלִי בְּעֵת צָרָה.
וְהוּא נִסִּי וּמָנוֹס לִי,
מְנָת כּוֹסִי בְּיוֹם אֶקְרָא.

בְּיָדוֹ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי,
בְּעֵת אִישַׁן וְאָעִירָה.
וְעִם רוּחִי גְּוִיָּתִי,
יְיָ לִי וְלֹא אִירָא.

Translation:

He is Lord of the universe, who reigned ere any creature yet was formed:
At the time when all things were made by his desire, then was his name proclaimed King.
And after all things shall have had an end, he alone, the dreaded one, shall reign;
Who was, who is, and who will be in glory.
And he is One, and there is no second to compare to him, to consort with him:
Without beginning, without end: to him belong strength and dominion.
And he is my God—my Redeemer liveth and—a rock in my travail in time of distress;
And he is my banner and my refuge, the portion of my cup on the day when I call.
Into his hand I commend my spirit, when I sleep and when I wake;
And with my spirit, my body also: the Lord is with me, and I will not fear.

Translation from the Authorized Daily Prayer Book by Simeon Singer, published in 1890 (now in public domain)

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Az Ikh Vel Zingen

 
אַז איך וועל זינגען


Az ikh vel zingen l'kho dodi
Zolstu zingen tshiri biri bim
Az ikh vel zingen likras kale
Zolstu zingen tshiri biri biri bom
L'kho dodi tshiri biri bim
Likras kale tshiri biri bom
L'kho dodi likras kale, tshiri biri biri biri bim
אַז איך וועל זינגען לְכָה דוֹדִי
זאָלסטו זינגען טשירי בירי בים
אַז איך וועל זינגען לְקרַאת כּלָה
זאָלסטו זינגען טשירי בירי באָם
לְכָה דוֹדִי טשירי בירי בים
לְקרַאת כּלָה טשירי בירי באָם
לְכָה דוֹדִי לְקרַאת כּלָה
טשירי בירי בירי בירי בים

Translation:

When I sing L'cha Dodi (go forth my beloved) you will sing "Chiri biri bim"
When I sing L'krat Kala (to greet the bride) you will sing "Chiri biri bom"

L'cha Dodi: Chiri biri bim
L'krat Kala: Chiri biri bom

L'cha Dodi, L'krat Kala
Chiri biri biri biri bim

(User-contributed translation)

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This Yiddish call-and-response song integrates "L'cha Dodi" from the Erev Shabbat liturgy.

Echad Mi Yodeah?

 
אחד מי יודע


Echad mi yodeah? Echad ani yodeah: Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Shnayim mi yodeah? Shnayim ani yodeah: Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Shlosha mi yodeah? Shlosha ani yodeah: Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Arba mi yodeah? Arba
ani yodeah: Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Hamisha mi yodea? Hamisha ani yodeah. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Shisha mi yodea? Shisha ani yodeah. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Shivah mi yodeah. Shivah ani yodeah. Shivah yemei shabta. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Shmona mi yodeah? Shmona ani yodeah: Shmona yemei milah. Shivah yemei shabta. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Tishah mi yodeah? Tishah ani yodeah. Tisha yarchei leida. Shmona yemei milah. Shivah yemei shabta. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Asarah mi yodeah? Asarah ani yodeah. Asarah dibrayah. Tisha yarchei leida. Shmona yemei milah. Shivah yemei shabta. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Achad asar mi yodeah? Achad asar ani yodeah. Achad asar cochbaya. Asarah dibrayah. Tisha yarchei leida. Shmona yemei milah. Shivah yemei shabta. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Shneim asar mi yodeah. Shneim asar ani yodeah. Shneim asar shivtaya. Achad asar cochbaya. Asarah dibrayah. Tisha yarchei leida. Shmona yemei milah. Shivah yemei shabta. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shlosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.

Shlosha asar mi yodeah? Shlosha asar ani yodeah: Shelosha asar midaya. Shneim asar shivtaya. Achad asar cochbaya. Asarah dibrayah. Tisha yarchei leida. Shmona yemei milah. Shivah yemei shabta. Shisha sidrei mishna. Hamisha humshe torah. Arba imahot. Shelosha avot. Shnei luchot habrit. Echad eloheinu shebashamayim uva'aretz.
אֶחָד מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
אֶחָד אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ.

שְׁנַיִם מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
שְׁנַיִם אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית. אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ.

שְׁלשָׁה מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
שְׁלשָׁה אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

אַרְבַּע מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
אַרְבַּע אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

חֲמִּשָּׁה מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
חֲמִּשָּׁה אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

שִׁשִָּׂה מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
שִׁשִָּׂה אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

שִׁבְעָה מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
שִׁבְעָה אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: שִׁבְעָה יְמֵי שַׁבָּתָא, שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

שְׁמוֹנָה מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
שְׁמוֹנָה אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: שְׁמוֹנָה יְמֵי מִילָה, שִׁבְעָה יְמֵי שַׁבָּתָא, שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

תִּשְׁעָה מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
תִּשְׁעָה אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: תִּשְׁעָה יַרְחֵי לֵדָה, שְׁמוֹנָה יְמֵי מִילָה, שִׁבְעָה יְמֵי שַׁבָּתָא, שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

עֲשֶָרָה מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
עֲשֶָרָה אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: עֲשָׂרָה דִבְּרַיָא, תִּשְׁעָה יַרְחֵי לֵדָה, שְׁמוֹנָה יְמֵי מִילָה, שִׁבְעָה יְמֵי שַׁבָּתָא, שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

אַחַד עָשָׂר מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
אַחַד עָשָׂר אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: אַחַד עַָשָׂר כּוֹכְבַיָּא, עֲשָׂרָה דִבְּרַיָא, תִּשְׁעָה יַרְחֵי לֵדָה, שְׁמוֹנָה יְמֵי מִילָה, שִׁבְעָה יְמֵי שַׁבָּתָא, שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר מִי יודע?
שנים עָשָׂר אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: שְׁנֵים עֶָשָׂר שִׁבְטַיָא, אַחַד עַָשָׂר כּוֹכְבַיָּא, עֲשָׂרָה דִבְּרַיָא, תִּשְׁעָה יַרְחֵי לֵדָה, שְׁמוֹנָה יְמֵי מִילָה, שִׁבְעָה יְמֵי שַׁבָּתָא, שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

שְׁלשָׁה עָשָׂר מִי יוֹדֵעַ?
שְׁלשָׁה עָשָׂר אֲנִי יוֹדֵעַ: שְׁלשָׁה עָשָׂר מִדַּיָא. שְׁנֵים עֶָשָׂר שִׁבְטַיָא, אַחַד עַָשָׂר כּוֹכְבַיָּא, עֲשָׂרָה דִבְּרַיָא, תִּשְׁעָה יַרְחֵי לֵדָה, שְׁמוֹנָה יְמֵי מִילָה, שִׁבְעָה יְמֵי שַׁבָּתָא, שִׁשָּׁה סִדְרֵי מִשְׁנָה, חֲמִשָׁה חוּמְשֵׁי תוֹרָה, אַרְבַּע אִמָהוֹת, שְׁלשָׁה אָבוֹת, שְׁנֵי לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית, אֶחָד אֱלֹהֵינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַים וּבָאָרֶץ

Translation:

Who knows one? I know one! One is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows two? I know two! Two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows three? I know three! Three are the fathers, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows four? I know four! Four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows five? I know five! Five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows six? I know six! Six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows seven? I know seven! seven are the days of the week, six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows eight? I know eight! Eight are the days until circumcision, seven are the days of the week, six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows nine? I know nine! Nine are the months of pregnancy, eight are the days until circumcision, seven are the days of the week, six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows ten? I know ten! Ten are the commandments, nine are the months of pregnancy, eight are the days until circumcision, seven are the days of the week, six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows eleven? I know eleven! Eleven are the stars [in Joseph's dream], ten are the commandments, nine are the months of pregnancy, eight are the days until circumcision, seven are the days of the week, six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows twelve? I know twelve! Twelve are the tribes [of Israel], eleven are the stars in Joseph’s dream, ten are the commandments, nine are the months of pregnancy, eight are the days until circumcision, seven are the days of the week, six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Who knows thirteen? I know thirteen! Thirteen are the attributes [of God's mercy], twelve are the tribes [of Israel], eleven are the stars in Joseph’s dream, ten are the commandments, nine are the months of pregnancy, eight are the days until circumcision, seven are the days of the week, six are the orders of the Mishnah, five are the books of the Torah, four are the matriarchs, three are the patriarchs, two are the tablets of the covenant, and one is our God in the heavens and the earth.

Translation by Eve Levavi

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Translation by Eve Levavi. The translation is part of the work Haggadah for Pesah, an English Translation, hosted on the Open Siddur Project. The translation has not been modified by the Zemirot Database.

Golus, Golus

 
גלות גלות


(Oy) golus, golus, vi groys bistu!

Shkhine HaKedoyshe, vi vayt bistu!

Ven der golus volt kleyner gevoren,

Volt di Shkhine neynter gevoren.
(אוי) גלות גלות, ווי גרויס ביסטו!

שכינה הקדושה, ווי ווײַט ביסטו!

ווען דער גלות װאָלט קלײנער געװאָרען,

וואָלט די שכינה נעענטער געװאָרען

Translation:

Oh, exile, exile, how vast you are!
Holy Presence (of God), how far You are!
When the exile becomes smaller,
The Holy Presence will get closer.

(User-contributed translation)

Information:

A Yiddish song written by Rebbe Isaac of Kalov, zt"l, the first Kalover Rebbe.
This is a version of a song which came from Hungary, originally about a rose in a forest. The Rebbe adapted it to be about the Jewish people in exile accompanied by the Presence of God.

This song is featured in this medley by legendary Hasidic cantor David Werdyger:
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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).

Information:

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.

Krakow Nigun

 
ניגון קרארוב



Information:

Carlebach version with music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPbNv4g-kRM

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)

Information:

Numbers 24.

Video version below Shalsheles Junior

Oyfn Pripetchik

 
אױפֿן פּריפּעטשיק


Oyfn pripetshik brent a fayerl,
Un in shtub iz heys,
Un der rebe lernt kleyne kinderlekh,
Dem alef-beys.

Refrain:

Zet zhe kinderlekh, gedenkt zhe, tayere,
Vos ir lernt do;
Zogt zhe nokh a mol un take nokh a mol:
Komets-alef: o!

Lernt, kinder, mit groys kheyshek,
Azoy zog ikh aykh on;
Ver s'vet gikher fun aykh kenen ivre -
Der bakumt a fon.

Lernt, kinder, hot nit moyre,
Yeder onheyb iz shver;
Gliklekh der vos hot gelernt toyre,
Tsi darf der mentsh nokh mer?

Ir vet, kinder, elter vern,
Vet ir aleyn farshteyn,
Vifl in di oysyes lign trern,
Un vi fil geveyn.

Az ir vet, kinder, dem goles shlepn,
Oysgemutshet zayn,
Zolt ir fun di oysyes koyekh shepn,
Kukt in zey arayn!
אויפן פריפעטשיק ברענט א פייערל
און אין שטוב איז הייס,
און דער רבי לערנט קליינע קינדערלעך
דעם אלף־בית.

רעפריין:
זעט זשע, קינדערלעך, געדענקט זשע טייערע,
וואס איר לערנט דא;
זאגט זשע נאך א מאל, און טאקע נאך א מאל:
קמץ־אלף: אָ!

לערנט, קינדער, מיט גרויס חשק,
אזוי זאג איך אייך אן;
ווער ס'וועט גיכער פון אייך קענען עברי,
דער באקומט א פאן.

לערנט, קינדער, האט נישט מורא,
יעדער אנהייב איז שווער;
גליקלעך דער וואס האט געלערנט תורה,
צי דארף א מענטש נאך מער?

איר וועט, קינדער, עלטער ווערן,
וועט איר אליין פארשטיין,
וויפל אין די אותיות ליגן טרערן
און וויפל געוויין...

אז איר וועט, קינדער, דעם גלות שלעפן,
אויסגעמוטשעט זיין,
זאלט איר פון די אותיות כוח שעפן,
קוקט אין זיי אריין.

Translation:

On the hearth, a fire burns,
And in the house it is warm.
And the rabbi is teaching little children,
The alphabet.

Refrain:

See, children, remember, dear ones,
What you learn here;
Repeat and repeat yet again,
"Komets-alef: o!"

Learn, children, with great enthusiasm.
So I instruct you;
He among you who learns Hebrew pronunciation faster -
He will receive a flag.

Learn children, don't be afraid,
Every beginning is hard;
Lucky is the one has learned Torah,
What more does a person need?

When you grow older, children,
You will understand by yourselves,
How many tears lie in these letters,
And how much lament.

When you, children, will bear the Exile,
And will be exhausted,
May you derive strength from these letters,
Look in at them!

Information:

By M.M. Warshawsky (late 19th, early 20th century)

Translation from Wikipedia; available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

Am E Am | C G7 C C7
Dm Am | E C E A7
Dm Am | E C E Am

Sol a kokosh mar

 
סְאָל אָ קָאקָאש מַאר


Sol a kokosh mar, moygvred megvirt mar, jzald er jzerbn,
shik mejzerbn,
sheitl edje mahdar,
jzald er jzerbn,
shik mejzerbn,
sheitl edje mahdar

De mitschada mahdahr? De mitschada mahdahr? Sharga labba
jinji a saya,
engem uda vahar,
Sharga labba
kik a saya,
engem uda vahar.

Vahr mahdahar vahr - Vahr mahdahar vahr!
Ha az Ish-ten neked rendel,
ah tied less uz mahr.
Ha az Ish-ten neked rendel,
ah tied less uz mahr.

Deh mikhor less uz mar?
Deh mikhor less uz mar? "Yibaneh haMikdash,
Ir Tzion Timalei",
Akhur less uz mar. "Yibaneh haMikdash,
Ir Tzion Timalei",
Ahkar leseg mar.
סְאָל אָ קָאקָאש מַאר,
מָויגְוֶורְט מֶעגְוִוירְט מַאר.
דְשזָאלד עֶר דְשזַערְבָּן,
שֵיק מֶדְזַערבָּן,
ֵשֵעיטַל עֶד מָאהדַאהר.
דְשזָאלד עֶר דְשזַערְבָּן,
שֵיק מֶדְזַערְבָּן,
שֵעיטַל עֶד מָאהדַאהר.

דֶע מִיטְשָאהדָא מָאהדַאהר?
דֶע מִיטְשָאהדָא מָאהדַאהר?
שַארְגָא לַאבָּבָּא,
דזשינדזשי אָ סַאִיָא,
עֵנְגֶעם אֻדָדא וַואהר.
שַארְגָא לַאבָּבָּא,
קֵיקְ אָ סַאִיָא,
עֵנְגֶעם אֻדָדא וַואהר.

וַואַהר מָאהדַאהר וַואהר,
וַואַהר מָאהדַאהר וַואהר,
הָא אָז אִיש-טֶען נֶעקֶעד רֶענְדֶעל,
אָה טִיעֵד לֶעס אָז מַאר.
הָא אָז אִיש-טֶען נֶעקֶעד רֶענְדֶעל,
אָה טִיעֵד לֶעס אָז מַאר.

דֶה מִיקאָהר לֶעס אָז מַאר?
דֶה מִיקאָהר לֶעס אָז מַאר?
יִבָנֶה הַמִקְדָש עִיר צִיון תְמַלֵא,
אָהקָאהר לֶעס אָז מַאר.
יִבָנֶה הַמִקְדָש עִיר צִיון תְמַלֵא,
אָהקָאהר לֶעס אָז מַאר.

Translation:

The sun is rising now, the rooster crows now. Near a green forest, is a wide field, where a bird walks around.

What sort of bird is this? What sort of bird is this?
With yellow feet, and a pearl-white beak, he is waiting to go home. With yellow feet, and blue-green wings, he is waiting to go home.

Wait, birdy, wait! Wait, birdy, wait!
Until God decides it is the right time, then you will go home.

But when will it be? But when will it be?
When "The Temple is rebuilt and then the city of Zion will be filled" - that is when it will be. When "The Temple is rebuilt and then the city of Zion will be filled" - that is when it will be.

("Why is it taking so long? Why is it taking so long? 'Because of our sins, we were exiled from our land', that it why it is. 'Because of our sins, we were exiled from our land', that it why it is.")

Translation by Yitzchak Kolakowski, uploaded by the author

Information:

Rebbe Isaac Taub of Kalov, zy"a, (1751-1821) overheard this Hungarian song being sung by a gentile shepherd boy. He recognized the tune to be from the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem. He "bought" the song from the boy, and the boy immediately forgot the song once the Rebbe learned it. He added the words in Hebrew about Temple, recognizing the story of the bird to actually be a parable of the exile of the Jewish people, and the importance of waiting for God to take us home, and not to take matters into our own hands.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe Is Moshiach

 
יחי מלך המשיח


The Lubavitcher Rebbe (born in the year 5662) is Moshiach (messia) who will lead us out of golus (exile) and bring us to Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) with the arrival of the Geula. The Beis Hamikdosh Will be rebuilt, all Jews who passed away will be revived and many other miracles will happen.
יחי אדוננו מורנו ורבינו מלך המשיח לעולם ועד!

Translation:

Long Live Our Master, Our Teacher, Our Rabbi, King Moshiach Forever and Ever! (The Lubavitcher Rebbe)

Information:

sung by believing Jews

Printed from the Zemirot Database