Liz Kruger | Shabbat Shalom From The Hebrew Home

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Shabbat Shalom From The Hebrew Home

by Liz Kruger

"Shabbat Shalom from the Hebrew Home" includes upbeat musical arrangements of traditional Hebrew, Yiddish and English songs and prayers for Shabbat that will keep you dancing and singing all week long.
Genre: Spiritual: Jewish Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Zol Zayn Shabbes
2:48 $0.99
2. Hadlakat Neirot / Candle Blessing
2:08 $0.99
3. Shalom Aleichem
3:22 $0.99
4. Wine Blessing
0:26 $0.99
5. To Life
1:36 $0.99
6. Hamotzi - Challah Blessing
0:26 $0.99
7. Chiri Bim / Az Der Rebbe Zingt
3:54 $0.99
8. Sim Shalom
3:10 $0.99
9. Hava Nagilah
2:49 $0.99
10. Tumbalalaika
2:49 $0.99
11. Licha Dodi
2:45 $0.99
12. Oseh Shalom
2:29 $0.99
13. Ray's Niggun / Shabbat Shalom
2:14 $0.99
14. Heveinu Shalom Aleichem
1:59 $0.99
15. God Bless America
2:37 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Dance and Sing Your Way to Shabbat All Week Long

"Shabbat Shalom from the Hebrew Home" is Liz Kruger's first album. It includes upbeat musical arrangements of traditional Hebrew, Yiddish and English songs and prayers for Shabbat. It is an excellent resource for schools, synagogues, families and senior citizens.

Liner Notes for CD

1. Zol Zayn Shabes

This is my own version of a famous Yiddish Shabbat folksong.

“Let there always be Sabbath,
Let there always be Peace,
Let there always be Mazel (Good Fortune)”

2. Hadlikat Neirot – The Candle Blessing

The lighting of candles on Friday evening begins the observance of Shabbat. This rendition of the Sabbath candle blessing combines the traditional Hebrew melody with a personal Sabbath prayer written by Sophie Mincis, which I have set to an original melody. Sophie is still reciting these beautiful words at the age of 105.

“May joy surround you,
May peace reside within you,
And may contentment be all around you.”

* Note: For educational purposes, I have chosen to sing the Shabbat blessings using the name of God as it is pronounced in traditional Hebrew prayers.

3. Shalom Aleichem

Shalom Aleichem is one of the most well-known prayers from the Friday evening liturgy and was composed in the 17th century. Samuel Goldfarb composed the melody to this prayer, which welcomes the Sabbath angels to our homes. The track ends with a beautiful English verse written by Rabbi Burt Jacobson. My sister, Sally Heckelman, joins me on this song.

4. Kiddush - Wine Blessing

Wine is a symbol of joy. This blessing is recited at the beginning of the Sabbath meal.

5. To Life

Music: Jerry Bock
Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick

In this very popular song from Fiddler on the Roof, we are encouraged to affirm life, and to find joy and happiness even while struggling with our daily challenges.

“To our prosperity,
To our good health and happiness,
And most important of all….To life, to life, L’chayim!”

6. HaMotzi - Challah Blessing

As we bless the braided challah bread, we give thanks for the gift of food that sustains us.

7. Chiri Bim/ Az der Rebbe Zingt

A medley of two lively Yiddish folksongs. The featured singer in the second song is Rabbi Jim Michaels – the Director of Pastoral Care at the Hebrew Home and Charles E. Smith Life Communities campus.

8. Sim Shalom

Music: Folk Song
Text: Liturgy from the Amidah prayer

“Grant us universal peace, goodness, and blessings”

9. Hava Nagilah

This festive Chassidic melody (borrowed from a Ukrainian folk song) was put to words by Abraham Idelsohn in 1917, and has become the best-known Jewish song in the world. A staple at Jewish weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs, the song is usually played for the Israeli-style hora dance.
Evolving in many different musical directions – klezmer, rap and rock n' roll - Hava Nagilah remains a universal symbol of Jewish song and celebration.

“Come let us be glad and rejoice.
Awake, friends, with a joyful heart”

10. Tumbalalaika

Tumbalalaika appears on this recording as it is the first Yiddish song I learned. I have chosen to record it with the Russian instrumental version, to honor the many Russian speaking residents at the Hebrew Home. It is a popular folksong about a young lad who stays up all night wondering which girl to marry. He will choose the one who gives the best answer to his riddle.

“Maiden, can you tell me what grows without rain,
what yearns without tears,
and what burns forever?

Silly lad, a stone grows without rain,
A heart can yearn without tears,
And love can burn forever.”

11. Licha Dodi

Licha Dodi is a popular Friday evening prayer written by the 16th century poet, Shlomo Alkabetz. This upbeat melody was composed by Cantor Aaron Bensoussan of Toronto, Ontario, and is recorded with his permission.

“Come with me, my friend, to greet the Sabbath bride,
to bring Shabbat peace inside.”

12. Oseh Shalom

Music: Nurit Hirsch
Text: Liturgy

The childrens’ voices on this track are students from Congregation Har Shalom Religious School in Potomac, Md.

“May the One who causes peace to reign in the high heavens, let peace descend on us and on all Israel, and let us say, Amen.”

13. Ray’s Niggun/ Shabbat Shalom

Music and Text: Nachum Frankel

Ray Tilkens, my sound engineer, is a most talented and inspired musician. He composed this soulful guitar solo as an introduction to Shabbat Shalom -
a favorite Sabbath melody for people of all ages.

14. Heveinu Shalom Aleichem

Hebrew folksong

“We bring you blessings of peace.”

15. God Bless America

Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin

On July 15, 2009, Yaniv Hoffman, my first audio engineer, accompanied me to the Hebrew Home, to record the voices of the residents and staff singing their own heartfelt rendition of Irving Berlin’s beautiful tribute to America. The introductory words are recited by Helen Washington; the singing trio is Morris Ashin, Jack Robinson (my father!) and Lilie Levy; the female soloist is Jeannette Puretz (of blessed memory). My daughter, Shoshi adds her voice at the conclusion of this song.

“God Bless America …. And the Hebrew Home!”



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Efrat Schorr

Your children will LOVE this musical experience
I put this disc into our car CD player and we haven't stopped listening since! My children from youngest (age 3) til oldest (16) have memorized every word and love listening to Liz's familiar and catchy lyrics and her beautiful tunes. Its so wonderful that as the mother, I might enjoy listening to it as much as the kids. Try this amazing music and you too will be hooked!