Song of the Month: Tishri 5772 / October 2011

This month’s song of the month is one of my very favorites. The melody belongs to a Shaker hymn, and the English words are precisely those of the hymn:

O Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
And in thanksgiving I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You!

The Hebrew verse comes from the book of Exodus, and is on exactly the same theme as the English. The first line is God’s request “make Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in y’all.” The second line is our response: “and we will bless God, now and forever.”

ועשו לי מקדש
ושכנתי בתוכם
ואנחנו נברך יה
מעתה ועד עולם

V’asu li mikdash
V’shachanti b’tocham
Va-anachnu n’varech Yah
Me-ata v’ad olam!

You can download, and/or listen to, the mp3 here: http://velveteenrabbi.com/cbimusic/sanctuary.mp3

We’ll sing this on Yom Kippur afternoon. We’ll also use it as our opening and closing song on the other Shabbat when I’m leading services this month, which will be October 29.

L’shanah tovah tikatevu v’techatemu — may you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!

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