Music for the High Holidays

Welcome to Temple Emanuel!  We want this High Holidays to be extra-special for you and your family – we want our services to be accessible to everyone!

On this page you can read transliteration and translation for all the songs we will be singing and to listen to recordings of each and every piece of music.

Our services this year will be conducted by Rabbi Marc Kraus and Rabbi Miriam Green, along with our Levites, our sacred musicians, led by Kevin Tabakin.  You will have the opportunity to enjoy all the traditional melodies that make the High Holidays so memorable, along with new music we’ve chosen that will rouse your soul!  We look forward to seeing you and together creating an unforgettable experience.

If you would like a printed copy of our Song Sheet along with a conventional audio CD, please call our office on (757) 428-2591 and we will be happy to send you one in the mail.

 

If you are already familiar with our year-round and High Holiday tunes, click here to download a ZIP file containing only the new melodies we are introducing this year, and click here for a version of the song sheet that highlights only the new melodies.

Below you will find each song listed individually, along with an option to play that track:

 

(1) Hallelu, halleluyah hallelu! (p 100 etc.)

Praise God!

 

(2) Barkhenu avinu kuloanu ke-ehad be-or panekha. (p 127 etc.)

Bless us all with the light of your gaze.

 

(3) Zokhrenu le-hayyim, melekh hafetz ba-hayyim, ve-khotvenu be-sefer ha-hayyim, lemaankha Elohim hayyim. (p 134)

Sustain us in life, ruler who perpetuates life, inscribe us in the Book of Life, for you are the Source of Life.

 

(4) Adonai melekh, Adonai malakh, Adonai yimlokh le-olam va-ed. (p 138)

Source of Existence, you were, you are, you will be – from now unto eternity!

 

 

(5) Be-sefer hayyim berakhah ve-shalom u-farnasa tovah nizakher venikatev lefanekha, anakhnu ve-khol amkha beyt yisrael le-hayyim tovim u-le-shalom. (p 150 etc.)

Inscribe us in the Book of Life for a year of fulfilment, prosperity and serenity.

 

(6) Avinu Malkenu, honenu ve-anenu, ki eyn banu maasim. Aseh imanu tzedakah ve-hesed ve-hoshienu. (p 154)

Our parent and ruler: Please listen to us and answer us, despite our failings. Be fair to us and help us start anew.

 

(7) Adonai, Adonai, el rahum ve-hanun, erekh apayim ve-rav hesed ve-emet. Notzer hesed la-alafim, noseh avon va-fesha ve-hataa ve-nakeh. (p 162 etc.)

Adonai, Adonai, you are forgiving and caring, difficult to anger, kind and fair.  You are quick to reward and forgive us our wrongdoing, blunders and crimes – you cleanse us.

 

(8) Va-ani tefilati lekha Adonai eit ratzon, Elohim be-rov hasdekha aneni be-emet yishekha. (p 162)

Accept my prayer Adonai. Answer me true in your abundant kindness & let me start again.

 

(9) Etz hayyim hiy le-mahazikim bah, ve-tomkheha meushar. Derakheha darkhei noam, ve-khol netivoteha shalom. Hashivenu Adonai elekha ve-nashuva, hadesh yamenu ke-kedem. (p 210)

Our Torah teaches us how to live and offers spiritual fulfilment to those who follow it.  It teaches us how to live wisely in the world and find inner-peace.  Show us the way God, and we will follow you. Let us start again and we will become faithful to its ideals.

 

(10) Min ha-metzar karati yah, anani ba-merhav yah. (p 204 etc.)

I call to You in desperation, answer me with hope.

 

(11) U-va-shofar gadol yitakah, ve-kol demamah daka yishama, u-malakhim yehafezun, ve-hiyll u-re’adah yoh (p 240 etc.)

When the horn is sounded, and we are a called to account, the silence is thunderous, and we tremble in awe of the divine presence.

 

(12) Be-Rosh Ha-Shanah yikatevun, u-ve-yom Tzom Kippur yehatemun. (p 240 etc.)

On Rosh Ha-Shanah our fate is penciled in, and on Yom Kippur it is finalized.

 

(13) U-teshuvah u-tefilah u-tzedakah maavirin et roah ha-gezerah. (p 242 etc.)

But making better choices, engaging in spiritual practice and doing acts of social justice can transform us and our fate.

 

(14) Ha-yom harat olam, ha-yom yaamid ba-mishpat, kol yetzurey olamim, im ka-vanim, im-ka-avadim. Im ke-vanim rahamenu ke-rahem av al banim, ve-im ke-avadim eyneynu lekha teluyot, ad she-tehonenu ve-totzi mishpatenu, ayom kadosh. (p 262 etc.)

Today the world is reborn, today we stand before the Source, perhaps as children, perhaps as servants.  If the former, go easy on us like a parent.  If the latter, we humbly await Your decision.  May your grace blaze forth like light, awesome Holy One.

 

(15) Areshet sefatenu yeerav lefanekha el ram ve-nisa. Mevin u-maazin mabit u-makshiv le-kol tekiyatenu, u-tekabel be-rahamim u-veratzon seder malkhuyotenu/shofrotenu/zikhronotenu. (p 262 etc.)

May You understand our words, though we cannot understand You.  Listen with compassion to these blasts of our shofar – we sound them to declare that You are the guiding Force in our lives.

 

 

(16) Kol nidrey ve-esarey ve-haramey ve-konamey ve-khinuyey ve-kinusey u-shevuot. D-indarna u-de-ishtabana u-de-aharmina ve-da-asarna al nafshatana, mi-Yom Kipurim zeh ad Yom Kippurim, ha-bah aleynu le-tovah. Kulhon iharatna ve-hon, kulhon yehon sharan, shevikin, shevitin, betelin u-mevutalin, la sharirin ve-la kayamin. Nidrana la nidrey ve-esarana la esarey u-shevuatana la shevuot. (p 352)

We regret that we have not lived-up to our promises, commitments and responsibilities this past year – we have not lived up to our true potential.  We hope that You can forgive us and that we can forgive ourselves for the damage we have done.  We resolve that our words have meaning and purpose, and that we will fulfill the commitments we make with them as best we can.

 

(17) Ashamnu, bagadnu, gazalnu, dibarnu dofiy ¯ Heeviynu, ve-hirshanu, zadnu, hamasnu, tafalnu shaker ¯ Yatznu ra, kizavnu, latznu, maradnu, niatznu ¯ Sararnu, avinu, pashanu, tzararnu, kishinu oref ¯ Rashanu, shihatnu, tiavnu, tainu, titanu. (p 376 etc.)

We abuse, we betray, we are cruel.  We destroy, we embitter, we falsify.  We gossip, we hate, we insult.  We jeer, we kill, we lie.  We mock, we neglect, we oppress.  We pervert, we quarrel, we rebel.  We steal we transgress, we are unkind.  We are violent, we are wicked, we are extremists.  We yearn to do evil, we promote bad causes.

 

(18) Ve-al kulam, eloha selihot, selah lanu mehal lanu kaper lanu. (p378 etc.)

For all these faults Source of compassion, forgive us, pardon us, wipe our slate clean.

 

(19) Ki anu amekha ve-atah eloheinu, anu vanekha ve-atah avinu – anu avadekha ve-atah adoneinu, anu kehalekha, ve-atah helkenu – anu nahalatekha ve-atah goralenu, anu tzonekha ve-ata roeynu – anu karmekha ve-atah notrenu, anu peulatekha ve-atah yotzreinu – anu rayatekha ve-ata dodeinu, anu segulatekha ve-ata kerovenu – anu amekha ve-atah malkeinu, anu maamirekha ve-atah mamireinu. (p 400 etc.)

We are Your people and You are our God, we are Your children and You are our parent. We are Your servants and You are our master, we are Your congregation and You are our focus.  We are Your heritage and You are our destiny, we are Your flock and You are our shepherd.  We are Your vineyard and You are our Guardian, we are your creatures and You are our creator.  We are Your spouse and You are our beloved, we are Your cherished ones and You are near to us.  We are Your people and You are our sovereign, we proposed to You and You said “Yes.”

 

 

(20) Hinei mah tov u-ma naim shevet ahim gam yahad.

Isn’t it fun when friends hang out together!?

 

 

(21) Ozi ve-zimrat yah vayehi liy li-shua.

The Source of Life gives me strength and vigor, She has helped me start anew.

 

(22) Romemu Adonai eloheynu ve-hishtahavu le-har kodsho, ki kadosh Adonai eloheynu.

Praise Adonai, may our bodies worship at Her place of Presence, for She is holy.

 

(23) Oseh shalom bi-mromav, hu yaaseh shalom aleynu, ve-al kol yisrael ve-al kol yoshvey tevel, ve-imru amen.

He who negotiates peace in the divine realm, may he also negotiate peace for us, for the Jewish people and all who live on earth, and let us say “Amen.”