Songs for the Soul
Songs for the Soul

A message from Cantor Kipnis

December 2018

This recording was the product of my sabbatical this past summer. I have wanted to make a recording for the congregation for a long time and my sabbatical gave me the opportunity and the time to devote to it. I decided to have the recording focus on music of healing and inspiration. I’ve seen the effect that music can have on people, especially when going through difficult times. My hope is that this music can help inspire people who may be in need of healing of body or soul, as well as provide inspiration to anyone who enjoys Jewish music. Many of the musical selections are regular favorites in our worship services.

I want to thank the wonderful musicians on the recording: Leah Shafritz, our cantorial intern; Allison Sniffin, piano; Itai Kriss, flute; and Rodne Brown and Wendy Baker, supporting vocalists.

I would also like to thank Adam Karol, who masterfully designed the album artwork.

Below is the text for all of the music in Hebrew with transliteration and translations.

I hope you enjoy the recording and that it nourishes your soul.

L’Shalom,

Cantor Todd Kipnis

  • Music: Craig Taubman, Lyrics: Liturgy, Friday Night Live album, Copyright: Sweet Louise Music BMI 1991

    .הַשְׁכִּיבֵֽנוּ יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ לְשָׁלוֹם, וְהַעֲמִידֵֽנוּ ֹשוֹמְרֵנוּ לְחַיִּים
    .וּשְׁמוֹר צֵאתֵֽנוּ וּבוֹאֵֽנוּ, לְחַיִּים וּלְשָׁלוֹם, מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם

    Hash-ki-vei-nu A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu l’-sha-lom, v’ha’a-mi-dei-nu shom-rei-nu l’-cha-yim.
    Ush’-mor tzei-tei-nu u-vo-ei-nu, l’-cha-yim ul’-sha-lom, mei-a-ta v’-ad o-lam.

    (Grant, Eternal, our God, that we lie down in peace and raise us up, our Guardian, to life. Guard our going and our coming for life and for peace, from now until forever.)

  • Music: Cantor Leon Sher, English text: Cantor Leon Sher, Hebrew text: Liturgy; Numbers 12:13; Psalms 145:18, 85:10, 28:9, & 118:25, Copyright: 2006 Transcontinental Music Publications

    .רְפָאֵנוּ יְיָ וְנֵרָפֵא, הוֹֹשִיעֵנוּ וְנִוָֹּשֵעָה. אֵל קָרוֹב לְכָל קֹרְאיו. אַךְ קָרוֹב לִירֵאָיו יִֹשְעוֹ

    R’-fa-ei-nu A-do-nai v’-nei-ra-fei, ho-shi-ei-nu v’-ni-va-shei-ah.
    Eil ka-rov l’-chol ko-rav. Ach ka-rov li-rei-av yi-sho.

    We pray for healing of the body. We pray for healing of the soul.
    For strength of flesh and mind and spirit. We pray to once again be whole.

    .אֵל נָא רְפָא נָא

    Eil na r’-fa na. Oh, please, heal us now.

    .רְפוּאַת הַנֶּפֶֹש וּרְפוּאַת הַגוּף, רְפוּאָה ֹשְלֵמָה

    R’-fu-at ha-ne-fesh, u-r’-fu-at ha-guf, r’-fu-ah sh’-lei-mah. Heal us now.

    הוֹֹשִיעָה אֶת-עַמֶּךָ וּבָרֵךְ אֶת-נַחֲלָתֶךָ וּרְעֵם וְנַשֹּאֵם עַד-הָעוֹלָם
    .מִי ֹשֶבֵּרַךְ אֲבוֹתֵנוּ, מִי ֹשֶבֵּרַךְ אִמּוֹתֵינוּת אָנָּא יְיָ הוֹֹשִיעָה נָּא

    Ho-sh-ia et a-me-cha u-va-reich et na-cha-la-te-cha
    U-r’eim v’-na-s’-eim ad ha-o-lam.
    Mi she-bei-rach a-vo-tei-nu, mi she-bei-rach i-mo-tei-nu,
    Ana A-do-nai ho-shi-ah na.

    We pray for healing of our people. We pray for healing of the land.
    And peace for every race and nation, every child, every woman, every man.

  • Music: Leonard Cohen, Text: Psalm 150

    .הַלְלוּ אֵל בְּקָדְשׁוֹ, הַלְלֽוּהוּ בִּרְקִֽיעַ עֻזּוֹ. הַלְלֽוּהוּ בִּגְבוּרֹתָיו
    .הַלְלֽוּהוּ כְּרֹב גֻּדְלוֹ. הַלְלֽוּהוּ בְּתֵֽקַע שׁוֹפָר, הַלְלֽוּהוּ בְּנֵֽבֶל וְכִנּוֹר
    .הַלְלוּיָהּ

    .הַלְלֽוּהוּ בְּתֹף וּמָחוֹל, הַלְלֽוּהוּ בְּמִנִּים וְעֻגָב. הַלְלֽוּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵי שָֽׁמַע
    הַלְלֽוּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵי תְרוּעָה. כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ, כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ
    .הַלְלוּיָהּ

    Ha-l’-lu Eil b’-kod-sho, ha-l’-lu-hu bir-ki-a u-zo.
    Ha-l’-lu-hu big-vu-ro-tav,
    Ha-l’-lu k’-rov gud-lo. Ha-l’-lu-hu b’-tei-ka sho-far,
    ha-l’-lu-hu b’-nei-vel v’-chi-nor.
    Ha-l’-lu-yah!….

    Ha-l’-lu-hu b’-tof u-ma-chol, ha-l’-lu-hu b’-mi-nim v’-u-gav.
    Ha-l’-lu-hu b’-tzil-tz’-lei sha-ma,
    Ha-l’-lu-hu b’-tzil-tz’-lei t’-ru-ah. Kol han’-sha-ma t’-ha-leil Yah,
    Kol han’-sha-ma t’-ha-leil Yah.
    Ha-l’-lu-yah!….

    (Praise God in God’s sanctuary; praise God in the sky.
    Praise God for God’s mighty acts; praise God for God’s abundant greatness.
    Praise God with the blast of the shofar; praise God with harp and lyre. Ha-l’-lu-yah!
    Praise God with drum and dance; praise God with strings and pipe.
    Praise God with resounding cymbals; praise God with clanging cymbals.
    Let all that breathes praise God. Ha-l’-lu-yah!)

  • Music: Cantor Debra Winston & Julie Silver, Hebrew text: liturgy, English text: Cantor Debra Winston, 1995 Artists Copyright

    Oh guide my steps and help me find my way,
    I need your shelter now,
    rock me in Your arms and guide my steps.
    And help me make this day,
    a song of praise to You.
    Rock me in Your arms and guide my steps.

    .וּפְרוֹשׂ עָלֵֽינוּ סֻכַּת שְׁלוֹמֶֽךָ

    U-fros a-lei-nu su-kat sh’lo-me-cha.

  • Music & English text: Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Hebrew text: Liturgy, Copyright: Benjie Ellen Schiller, Rights administered by Transcontinental Music Publications

    May the One who makes peace in the heavens,
    descend on us, and the world will say Amen.
    May the One who makes peace in the heavens,
    descend on us, and the world will say Amen.
    Amen. Amen. Descend on us and the world will say Amen.
    May the One who makes peace in the heavens,
    descend on us, and the world will say Amen.

    .עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵֽינוּ, וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְעַל כָּל יוֹֹשְבֵי תֵבֵל. אָמֵן

    O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu,
    v’al kol Yis-ra-eil, v’-al kol yosh-vei tei-veil.
    A-men, A-men, v’-al kol yosh-vei tei-veil.
    O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu.
    A-men, A-men, v’-al kol yosh-vei tei-veil.

    May the One who makes peace in the heavens,
    descend on us, and the world will say Amen.

  • Music & English text: Todd Herzog, Hebrew text: Numbers 12:13, Copyright 2008 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music), Rights administered by Transcontinental Music Publications

    Dear God of our ancestors
    Help us renew our faith.
    Grant us a perfect healing.
    Bring peace to all our days.

    .אֵל נָא רְפָה נָא לָהּ, רְפָה נָא לָנוּ

    Eil na r’-fa-na la, r’-fa-na la-nu.

    Restore our strength of body.
    Help clarify our minds.
    Refresh our tired spirits.
    Rejuvenate our light.

    Thank you for all these blessings,
    Throughout our days and night.
    We celebrate the journey,
    This precious gift of life.

  • Music: Bruce Benson/Don Rossoff, Text: Liturgy, Copyright 2002 Transcontinental Music Publications

    .יְיָ לִי וְלֹא אִירָא. בְּיָדוֹ אַפְקִיד רוּחִי, בְּעֵת אִישַׁן וְאָעִֽירָה
    .וְעִם רוּחִי גְּוִיָּתִי, יְיָ לִי וְלֹא אִירָא

    A-do-nai li, v’-lo i-rah.
    B’-ya-do af-kid ru-chi, b’-eit i-shan v’-a-i-rah.
    V’-im ru-chi g’-vi-ya-ti, A-do-nai li, v’-lo i-rah.

    (Adonai is with me and I shall not fear. Into your hands I entrust my spirit, when I sleep and when I wake, and with my spirit, my body also, Adonai is with me and I shall not fear.)

  • Music: Daphna Rosenberg & Naveh Agmon, www.NavaTehila.org

    .אָנָא אֵל נָא רְפָה נָא לָהּ, רְפָה נָא לָנוּ

    Ana Eil na r’-fa-na la, r’-fa-na la-nu.

    (Please God, heal us.)

  • Music: Cantor Vicky Glikin, Hebrew Text: Liturgy, English text: Cantor Vicky Glikin, Copyright 2009 Vicky Glikin, Rights administered by Transcontinental Music Publications

    .יִהְיוּ לְרָצוֹן אִמְרֵי פִי וְהֶגְיוֹן לִבִּי לְפָנֶֽיךָ, יְיָ צוּרִי וְגוֹאֲלִי

    Yi-h’-yu l’-ra-tzon im-rei fi v’-heg-yon li-bi l’-fa-ne-cha, A-do-nai tzu-ri v’-go-ali.

    .עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵֽינוּ, וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְעַל כָּל יוֹֹשְבֵי תֵבֵל
    .וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן

    O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu,
    v’al kol Yis-ra-eil, v’-al kol yosh-vei tei-veil. V’-i-m’-ru, A-mein.

    Holy One, Source of all, grant us peace, your most precious gift.
    Give us strength to serve You in truth. And let us say, Amen.

  • Music & Text: Debbie Friedman, Owned by The Farf Inc.

    מִי ֹשֶבֵּרַךְ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ
    .מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה לַאִמּוֹתֵינוּ

    Mi she-bei-rach a-vo-tei-nu
    M’-kor ha-b’-ra-chah l’-i-mo-tei-nu

    May the source of strength,
    Who blessed the ones before us,
    help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing,
    And let us say, Amen.

    מִי ֹשֶבֵּרַךְ אִמּוֹתֵינוּ
    .מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ

    Mi she-bei-rach i-mo-tei-nu
    M’-kor ha-b’-ra-chah la-a-vo-tei-nu.

    Bless those in need of healing with r’fuah sh’leimah,
    the renewal of body, the renewal of spirit,
    And let us say, Amen.

  • Music: Danny Maseng, Text: Liturgy

    ,אֱלֹהַי, נְצוֹר לְשׁוֹנִי מֵרָע, וּשְׂפָתַי מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה
    .וְלִמְקַלְלַי נַפְשִׁי תִדֹּם, וְנַפְשִׁי כֶּעָפָר לַכֹּל תִּהְיֶה, אֱלֹהַי
    .פְּתַח לִבִּי בְּתוֹרָתֶֽךָ
    .יִהְיוּ לְרָצוֹן אִמְרֵי פִי וְהֶגְיוֹן לִבִּי לְפָנֶֽיךָ, יְיָ צוּרִי וְגוֹאֲלִי

    E-lo-hai n’-tzor l’-sho-ni mei-ra, us’-fa-tai mi-da-beir mir-mah,
    v’-lim-ka-l’-lai naf-shi ti-dom, v’-naf-shi ke-a-far la-kol tih’-yeh, E-lo-hai.
    P’-tach li-bi b’-to-ra-te-cha.
    Yi-h’-yu l’-ra-tzon im-rei fi v’-heg-yon li-bi l’-fa-ne-cha, A-do-nai tzu-ri v’-go-ali.

    (My God, guard my tounge from evil and my lips from speaking deceipt. Let my soul be silent to those who slander me. My soul shall be to all like dust.

    Open my heart to Your Torah.
    May the words of my mouth and the mediations of my heart be acceptable to You, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.)

  • Music: Debbie Friedman, Text: Debbie Friedman, based on Psalm 27:9, Owned by The Farf Inc.

    Don’t hide Your face from me; I’m asking for Your help.
    I call to You; please hear my prayers, O God.
    If You would answer me as I have called to You,
    Please heal me now. Don’t hide Your face from me.

  • Music & English Text: Debbie Friedman, based on Psalm 126, Owned by The Farf Inc.

    Those who sow, who sow in tears,
    will reap in joy, will reap in joy.
    Those who sow, who sow in tears,
    will reap, will reap in joy.

  • Music: Debbie Friedman, Text: Based on Psalm 30, Owned by The Farf Inc.

    You turn my mourning into dancing
    So that my soul might sing to You.
    So that my soul sing to You,
    And it not be stilled.

    Refrain
    O God, my God, forever I will thank You.
    O God, my God, forever I will thank You,
    O-de-kah.

    Now I sing praises to the Holy One,
    Who lifts me up when I have fallen.
    And I cry to You to heal me,
    And You have answered all my prayers.

    I ask that You be gracious
    And hear me Adonai.
    I have called to You to help me,
    And You’ve supported me with joy!

    You turn my mourning into dancing
    So that my soul might sing to You.
    So that my soul sing to You,
    And it not be stilled.

    You turn my mourning into dancing