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.
(User-contributed translation)


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

Printed from the Zemirot Database