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The Spirituality of Song: On online encounter between Rabbi Sacks and Ishay Ribo, moderated by Sivan Rahav Meir

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On Sunday 12th April, Chol Hamoed Pesach, Rabbi Sacks, top Israeli musician Ishay Ribo and popular Israeli newscaster Sivan Rahav Meir held an encounter of words and music on Facebook Live. You can watch the conversation below together with translations of the songs performed by Ishay Ribo during the discussion.

1.     Keter Melukha / A Royal Crown

https://youtu.be/RVKoNZloRvQ

 

Between Terumah and Tetzaveh

A slightly different birthday party

Everything seems to be just fine

Stages full of people and love

 

Between Tetzaveh and Ki Sisa

Esther, Purim, drinks, and joy,

Who will stay and who will travel

And who will pay the consequences

 

Between Ki Sisa and Vayakheil

The world stops gathering

To be quiet, to be closed down

Yishmael, Edom, and Yisrael

 

Between Vayakhel and Pekudei

There’s no one in the city or field

There’s no one to deal with

The Tower of Bavel is once again confounded

 

(Chorus)

What do You want us to understand from this?

How do we distance ourselves and draw near in this pain?

We want to live with You

And not to be alone

 

What do you want us to learn from this?

How will we know how to unify in this separation?

Until we give You,

the Keter Melucha

 

Between Pekudei and Vayikra

We are all in the same pot

The spring has arrived, Pesach is coming

And with it, much hope

 

“To rip up the evil decree”

“Come my beloved to greet the Bride”

We don’t have strength anymore

To cope, to battle on

 

(Chorus)

What do You want us to understand from this?

How do we distance ourselves and draw near in this pain?

We want to live with You

And not to be alone

 

What do you want us to learn from this?

How will we know how to unify in this separation?

Until we give You,

The Keter Melucha

 

What do You want us to understand from this

How to disconnect and reattach this heart

We want to live with You

And not be alone

 

What do you want us to learn from this?

How will we know how to unite in this separation?

Shema Yisrael

Hashem is one and His name is one”


 

2.     Kol Dodi / The Voice of my Beloved

https://youtu.be/02fFnUDFdSA

 

The voice of my beloved, behold He comes, that’s what they say

to remove all evil, and to lift up our horn,

from the depths of the dust.

And to awaken those who sleep, at the sound of the shofar.

The voice of my beloved, behold He comes

That’s the rumor that is spreading

And every captive baby received the prophecy

So come and let’s go out to meet Him, with drums and flute

Sing to Him, Sing praises. How blessed is the people whose God is the LORD.

 

(Chorus)

And then the day will break and the lie will evaporated

Then all the does of the field will go forth in the dance

and skip upon the mountains and not from the fear of foxes

And out of the clefts of the rock, living water shall flow forth

From the hidden places of the terrace, to irrigate the lily of the valleys

and to establish the tabernacle, that will remove our suffering here

 

The voice of my beloved is knocking, open to me my son

The time of your redemption has arrived and I have said enough to your troubles

and I have come to bring glad tidings, that you will no longer weep Rachel

We sense the Messiah more than fragrant powder

Shalom to you my beloved, pure and ruddy

pour out your wrath on rocks, and return to the fortress

in mercy, for in mercy there is no memory …


 

3.     Tocho Ratsuf Ahava / He is Filled with Love

https://youtu.be/fQRgX3ivUKU

 

He withholds His tribe, without withholding His love

He holds out His wand, to whoever reaches out their hand

He never turns a blind eye, over His followers

Even when we’re a wreck, we’re still His most precious piece

 

For He is filled with love, filled with love

His home is spaciously crowded, spaciously crowded

Granting us pardon, not just at the Closing Prayer

Praise awaits for Thee

 

His hands are many, and nothing precedes His precedence

Even songs as many as the sand, is only a few of His praise

Beyond the letter of the law, He leads His world

And before the angels, He demands for the safety of His people

 

For He is filled with love, filled with love

His home is spaciously crowded, spaciously crowded

Granting us pardon, not just at the Closing Prayer

Praise awaits for Thee

 

He shall

“Give unto them a garland for ashes

The oil of joy for mourning

The mantle of praise for the spirit of heaviness”

 

Filled with love

Granting us pardon, not just at the Closing Prayer

Praise awaits for Thee

 

For He is filled with love, filled with love

His home is spaciously crowded, spaciously crowded

Granting us pardon, not just at the Closing Prayer

Praise awaits


 

4.     Lashuv Habayita / Returning Home

https://youtu.be/Y30pfWIQfoo

 

The time has come to wake up

To leave everything- to overcome

To return home- Not to search for any other place.

 

The time has come to change,

Even if we’ve missed a few stops,

You can get off, there’s a train going back to the neighborhood.

 

(Bridge)

Everything is possible but if there’s a will,

The searcher always finds,

Even if he finds himself somewhere at the far end.

 

The doors of Heaven never lock,

When a son calls, he is rescued,

Then Father in Heaven arrives,

Even…

 

(Chorus)

Even if we’ve done something wrong,

He forgives and Pardons, He forgives and Pardons,

He stretches out His hand to assist, and in His mercy gives

The strength to fix, and return to Him

 

The time has come to regret, if you’ve already fled from the wrong,

If you once took, then now take in order to give.

 

This is the time to draw close, not to fear from the pain,

And if you’re giving, then give with all your heart.

 

(Bridge)


 

5.     Halev Sheli / My Heart

https://youtu.be/6U_5KhaH6IM

 

My heart was torn into two

What the maids did not see on the red sea

Like the end of the ocean it storms

Like the drums of Miriam it throbs

And there is no healing on this world

 

My heart raises hands

For some time it’s not standing firm

A wreck that’s empty

And heavens are a barrier for me

How could I pass the sea on dry land

 

(Chorus)

And only you could overturn my mourning to a dance

To clear the sand

To soften everything in me

And only you understand how to approach my heart

To erase all the pain that is in me

To heal the heart

 

My heart was torn into two

Half is guilty and half is holy (for god sake)

Like the end of the ocean it storms

Like the drums of Miriam it throbs

And there is no healing to the heart on this world

 

(Chorus)

And only you could overturn my mourning to a dance

To clear the sand

To soften everything in me

And only you understand how to approach my heart

To erase all the pain that is in me

To heal the heart

 

And there is another trouble that distresses the flock

And there is no strongmen (Moses) to scream to God

Only me opposite the whole ocean and a broken heart

 

(Chorus)

And only you could overturn my mourning to a dance

To clear the sand

To purify everything in me

And only you understand how to approach my heart

To erase all the pain that is in me

To heal the heart