Erev Shabbat Playlist: 3 Forms of Ancient/Modern Mind Expanding Jewish Chanting

The words to these songs are from the Torah and the Book of Psalms (both over 2,000 years old), and Jewish prayers going back many hundreds of years. Open your mind and listen to the soul inside these words as they are revealed through these incredible modern renditions.
1. Artist: Diwan HaLev Project Song: The Soul of Every Living Thing – נשמת כל חי


When I first heard this song, I didn’t know that I had been looking for it my whole life but now that I found it I am so grateful to share it with you. The first part of this song is chanting of the 13 attributes of mercy (taught to Moses by the Infinite One) that arouses Divine compassion. The words to the second part of this song are around 800 years old and come from the ancient Jewish prayer Nishmat Kol Chai.

Here is the English translation of the first verse of Nishmat Kol Chai:

“The soul of every living being shall bless Your Name, Hashem our God, the spirit of all flesh shall always glorify and exalt Your remembrance, our King. From this world to the World to Come, You are God, and other than You we have no king, redeemer, or savior. He who liberates, rescues and sustains, answers and is merciful in every time of distress and anguish, we have no king, helper or supporter but You!”

2. Song: Yah Ribon Olam


Yah Ribon Olam is a recent Shabbos song meaning it was written about 400 years ago. Usually I hear this song on Shabbat so I never heard it sung with spectacularly talented Israeli musicians (if anyone knows who they are please let me know).

Here is an English translation of the first few verses:
“God, Sovereign​ of all the Worlds, You are the Ruler, above all rulers. Your mighty deeds and wonders, it is beautiful​ to declare before You.
I speak your praises both morning and evening, to You, Holy God, who created all Life: Sacred spirits and human beings, beasts of the field and birds of the sky.”

3. Song: If I forget thee Oh Jerusalem (awesome techno soul style)

From Psalm 137
These words said to have been sung by King David have echoed throughout Jewish history, but until recently never with a techno beat (once again, I don’t know who the artist is so if anyone knows who recorded this please let me know).

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].  אִם אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ יְרוּשָׁלִָם תִּשְׁכַּח יְמִינִי
 May my tongue cling to my palate, if I do not remember you, if I do not bring up Jerusalem at the beginning of my joy.  תִּדְבַּק לְשׁוֹנִי | לְחִכִּי אִם לֹא אֶזְכְּרֵכִי אִם לֹא אַעֲלֶה אֶת יְרוּשָׁלִַם עַל רֹאשׁ שִׂמְחָתִי


He who makes peace in his heights, may he make peace upon us, upon Israel, and upon all of the world.

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