Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Our Jerusalem Celebration Continues with Shai Abramson and the Y-Studs



We're still in Jerusalem, joining in the celebrations and positive vibrations from Yom Haatzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim, and yesterday's dedication of the new United States Embassy a mile and a half from our Jerusalem office.

With apologies to some of our readers who keep asking for more jokes, during the next few days we will be focusing more on Israeli songs and culture to express our pride in this city, this country, and in President Trump's recognizing and echoing the words of King David when he declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago. The jokes and humor will be back soon enough.

Today we're sharing a special song, Hineni Kan (I Am Here) by the Y-Studs A Cappella in collaboration with renowned Israeli Cantor, Shai Abramson. It was filmed in and around the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, and at an Aliyah Expo by Nefesh b'NefeshThe Hebrew and English words appear below the video.

Enjoy!

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HINENI KAN 
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Ani holech elaich kol yamay,
ani holech elaich mesunuar.
Ha'avanim potz'ot et kapotai,
aval ani eini margish davar.

Ani chozer me'eretz lo zru'ah,
moshit yadi lil'tof et se'arech.
Hineni kan, ach k'mo yonah p'tzuah,
ani nofel tamid mul she'arech.

Hineni kan, k'mo tziporim chagot,
hineni kan, mabit min hagagot;
hineni kan, k'mo even bagader,
k'mo sel'a, k'mo be'er -
ani ha'ish asher tamid chozer, chozer.

Ani chozer be'elef gilgulim,
ani nazir, ben melech vekabtzan,
uvaleilot biv'kot hashu'alim
ani cholem ve'er bach bo bazman.

Ani ro'eh otach harechokah,
k'mo nesichah sh'vuyah bamigdalim,
bein soragim yoshevet umechakah
Elohim, ha'elohim g'dolim.

Hineni kan...

Ve'at chikit, k'mo ha'avanim,
uch'mo habor, lehelech bamidbar;
z'richot rakot nashku otach panim,
sh'kiot kvedot nashku otach tzavar.

Kach raitich yoshevet/omedet umetzapah,
uve'enaich or ve'etzev rav,
kach lakachtich iti el hachupah,
at hayechefah im keter shel zahav.

Hineni kan...

I AM HERE 
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I walk to you all of my days,
I walk to you dazzled.
The rocks wound my feet
but I don't feel a thing.

I'm returning from an unsown land,
I extend my hand to stroke your hair.
I am here, but like a wounded dove,
I always fall in front of your gate.

I am here, like circling birds,
I am here, looking from the roofs;
I am here, like a stone in the fence,
like a rock, like a well -
I am the one who always returns, returns.

I return in a thousand rolls,
I am a monk, son of a king and a beggar,
and at night in the cry of the foxes
I dream and awake to you in time.

I see you in the distance,
like a captured princess in a tower,
behind bars sitting and waiting
Oh God, the great gods.

I am here...

And you waited, like the rocks,
and like the pit, for a desert wanderer;
soft sunrises kissed your face,
heavy sunsets kissed your neck.

I saw you sitting/standing and waiting so,
and in your eyes, a light and great sorrow,
In this way I took you with me
to the wedding canopy, you're the barefooted one with a crown of gold.

I am here...