Israel is a parliamentary republic in the Middle East located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan and the West Bank in the east, the Gaza Strip, Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel is the world's only predominantly Jewish state with a population estimated in May 2010 to be 7,602,400  people, of whom 6,051,000 are Jews. Arab citizens of Israel form the country's second-largest ethnic group, which includes Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Samaritans.

Israeli folk dancing is a form of dance usually performed to music from Israel, with specific dances choreographed to specific songs. The exact definition of Israeli folk dancing is debatable. The word folk has customarily been used to describe this kind of Israeli dancing because many of the dances are of a folk style reminiscent of dances from Eastern Europe or other parts of the Middle East. In addition to being influenced by folk dances from surrounding countries, many Israeli folk dances are also influenced by modern ballet. Also, unlike traditional folk dances from other countries that have usually been handed down from previous generations to the next and are without known creators, and perhaps even without documentation related to the particulars of a given dance or even specific music, Israeli folk dancing has come to life approximately in conjunction with the modern State of Israel. New dances have been created and introduced almost continuously in the more than 60 years since independence. In most of the dances, it is known who the creator is, and the dances are almost always associated with a specific piece of music.

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AHAVAT HADASSAH

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Ahavat Hadassah al levavi
al levavi niksherah
va'ani betoch golah pe'ami
golah pe'ami tzolelim.

Lu yesh reshut e'eleh
e'eleh et'chabrah
toch sh'arei tzion asher hem
asher hem nihlalim.

Shacharit ve'aravit bat nedivim
bat nedivim azkarah
libi vere'ayoni berinah
berinah tzohalim.

Ahavat yechidati letov
vetov el neharah
baruch she'hu noten sachar
sachar lechol hapo'alim.

Shalom kenahar le'adti
le'adti yinharah
zaken vegam bachur vechol
bachur vechol haholelim.

Ahavat Hadassah al levavi
al levavi niksherah
ve'ani betoch golah pe'ami
golah pe'ami tzolelim.

Love of Hadassah is on my heart
it was hooked on my heart
and I'm inside an occasional diaspora
an occasional plunging diaspora.

If there's a permission, I'd get up
I'd get up and get allied
through the Gates of Zion which are,
which are praised.

Morning and evening prayer of the generous
the generous memorial service
my heart and my thought is in a song
song of joys.

The love of my only one for good
and good to the light
bless be he who gives wage
wage to all the workers.

Peace like a stream to my communal
to my communal will stream
old man and young man too and all
each young man and all the gives of praise.

Love of Hadassah is on my heart
it was hooked on my heart
and I'm inside an occasional diaspora
an occasional plunging diaspora.

AL SEDEINU

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Al sadeinu rad ha'erev,
Alata - al nir vagan;
Uvatelem rach hanevet,
Od tzome'ach hadagan.

Mi yagen al taf sadeinu?
Et lachmeinu mi yintzor?
K'naf haleil - mishmar laboker,
Hachalom - chalom miftan la'or.

Numa, nir, amal kapeinu,
Tz'fon hazera - ad yigdal;
Yom yavo - tanuv beshefa,
Habracha tered mei'al.

Yam shel paz tehi shibolet,
Gal shokek beyom katzir -
Numa, nir, becheik ha'erev,
Ad yunaf, yunaf magal beshir.

Evening has descended over our field,
Darkness - over plowed field and garden;
And in the furrow the sprout is tender,
The grain is yet starting to grow.

Who will protect the little children of our field?
Our bread, who will guard?
The wing of the night - a watch for the
morning,
The dream - a dream of a threshold to the
light.

Sleep, plowed field, work of our hands,
The seed is hidden - until it grows;
The day will come - you'll flourish in plenty,
Blessing will descend from above.

Ear of grain, you will become a sea of gold,
A bustling wave on harvest day -
Sleep, plowed field, in the bosom of evening,
Until the sickle is waved with song.

AT VA ANI

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AVRE TU PEURTA CERRADA

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Avre tu puerta cerrada
qu’en tu balcon luz no hay.
El amor a ti te vela;
partemos, rosa, partemos de aquí.

Yo demandì por la tu hermozura
como te la diò el Dio;
la hermozura tuya es pura
la meresco solo yo.

Por las calles que tu irás
de mi sombra te alumbrarás
y “ahes” munchos echarás
cuando de mi te acodrarás.

Avre tu puerta cerrada
qu’en tu balcon luz no hay.
El amor a ti te vela;
partemos, todos, partemos de aquí.

Open your closed door
for on your balcony there is no light.
My love will fly towards you;
come with me, my rose, and let us leave from here.

I fell in love with your beauty
just as God had made you;
Your beauty is pure
I am the only one that deserves it.
On the roads where you walk
my shadow will make you shine.
You will suffer many sorrows
when you remember me.

Open your closed door
for on your balcony there is no light.
My love will fly towards you;
come with me, my all, and let us leave from here.

BA'A MENUCHA

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Ba'a m'nucha layagea
Umargoa l'amel
Laila chi ver mistarea
Al s'dot emek yizr'el
Tal milmata ul'vana meal
Mibet alfa ad nahalal

Ma ma laila milel
D'mama b'yizr'el
Numa emek erets tiferet anu l'chamishmeret.

Rest has come to the weary
Night has fallen and a hush lies
over the entire valley

Rest O beautiful valley
We shall stand guard over you

BAT TSURIM

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BOI TAMA

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DAYAGIM

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DEBKA DALUNA

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Erev k'var yarad
Banot tavona
Shir potschot im kad
Bitschok tarona.

Lamayan posot
Lmo techolelna
Chen notef nosot
Kad t'malena.

Al yadi leyad habe'er
Yad ladli kal temaher
Chish labe'er tishlach hadli
Vatmale kelya midli.

DEBKA KAFRIT

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DEBKA OUD

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DODI LI

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EL HA'AYIM

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EL HADERECH

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Veshuv netse'a el haderech
Yad beyad la derech
Besharsheret zahav.
Veshuv netse'a el haderech
Am echad la derech
Veshirenu al gav.

Ve'ad lesha'arei rakia
Bevaday nagia
Od me'at
Im lo achshav.
Ve'ad lesha'arei rakia
Bevaday nagia
Ki darkenu lo lashav.

Vegam im aruka haderech
Veraba haderech
Hen kochenu od rav.
Vegam im aruka haderech
Veraba haderech
Na'avor ba yachdav.

Again we go out on the road
Hand in hand, to the road
In a golden chain.
Again we go out on the road
One people, to the road
With our song on our back.

And to the gates of heaven
Surely we'll arrive
Very soon
If not now.
And to the gates of heaven
Surely we'll arrive
For our path is not in vain.

And even if the road is long
And the road is great
Our strength is even greater.
And even if the road is long
And the road is great
We'll travel it together.

ELU TSIPORIM

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ERETZ

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Eretz, Eretz, Eretz
Eretz t'chol ain av
v'hashemesh la
kidvash v'chalav.
Eretz ba noladnu;
Eretz ba nichyeh
v'naishev ba yihiyeh
ma sheyihiyeh.

Eretz shenohav
he lanu em va'av.
Eretz shel haam;
Eretz l'olam;
Eretz ba noladnu;
Eretz ba nichyeh
yehiyeh ma sheyihiyeh.

ERETZ ISRAEL YAFA

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Na'ara tova yafat einayim
Lanu yesh be'eretz Israel
Ve'yeled tov yerushalaim
Ho mi pilel ho mi milel

Vetorah ora kazu yesh lanu
Vegam hagada umegila
Ve'elohim echad shelanu
Vekol chatan vekol kala

Chorus:
Eretz Israel yafa
Eretz Israel porachat
At yoshva ba vetzofa
At tzofa ba vezorachat

Lanu yesh achai, harim alpaim
Bam na'avu raglei hamevaser
Vegam mal'ach min hashamaim
She'et nafshenu hu shomer

Vechasid ba'ir hazu yesh lanu
Vegam cha'yalot vegam prachim
Vehabrachot kulan shelanu
Vehabsorot vehashvachim

Chorus:

Vehaemek hu kaftor vaperach
Vehahar hu kaftor vaperach
Vehatzafon shlagim vakerach
Vehadaron zahav tahor

Kol hapardesim notnim kan reach
Vehashkediot kulan porchot
Hashemesh kan tamid zoreach
Al mei tuga umenuchot

Chorus:

Gam laparchachim asher beinenu
Yesh makom be'eretz Israel
Min hatzarot shelo aleinu
Ata verak ata go'el

Bekachol lavan munaf hadegel
Vele'yerushalaim kol shirai
Anachnu shuv olim laregel
Ho, shiri am Israel chai

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EREV BA (EVENING FALLS)

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Shuv haeder noher
Bimvo'ot hakfar
Veolech haavak
Mishvilei-afar

Veharchek od tsemed inbalim
Melave et meshech batslalim

Erev ba, erev ba.....

Shuv haruach lochesh
Bein gidrot ganim
Uvtsameret habrosh
Kvar namot yonim

Veharchek al ketef hagvaot
Od noshkot, karnaim achronot

Erev ba, erev ba...

Shuv havered cholem
Chalomot balat
Uforchim kochavim
Bamaron at at

Veharchek, baemek haafel
Melave hatar et bo baleil
Layil rad, layil rad...

Again the flocks wander
along the village street
and the dust rises
from sandy paths.

And far away the bells
merge with the gathering shadows.

Evening falls, evening falls.

Again the wind whispers
amongst the garden fences
and from the tops of the cypress
the doves coo

And in the distance
the last rays of the sun caress the hilltops

Evening falls, evening falls.

Again the rose dreams
languorous dreams
and gradually on high
the stars begin to twinkle

And afar in the dark valley
the jackal accompanies the
approach of night.
Night falls, night falls.

GVANIM

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Et shirenu katavnu
al petek kachol
Ach ish lo sha'al leshem ma
Ve'et shar hashirim
shematzanu bachol
Rashamnu bidyo aduma
Uven kol hashirim shechipasnu lashav
Gilinu echad belavan
Ve'oto sheme'az
ne'elam velo shav
Ahavnu be'elef gavan


Le'itim kesheba shuv
hachoref lalev
Ovrim al panenu shirim
Yerukim yerukim kmo sade melavlev
Baboker la'or hem chozrim
Le'olam lo neda et tziv'am ahshone
Shel kol hashirim ba'olam
Ki hae'eve sheba ve'elenu pone
Tzove'a shachor et kulam


We wrote our songs on a blue paper
And no one asked why.
And the rest of the songs
that we found in the sand
We wrote with red ink.
Among all the songs we've
looked for in vain
We found one in white
And the one that disappeared
and never came back.
We've loved in a thousand shades.


Sometimes when winter comes
back into the heart
Songs pass in front of us
Green like a blooming field.
In the morning they return to the light.
We will never know the different
colours
Of all the songs in the world
Because the evening that comes to us
Paints them all in black.

HARMONICA

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HASHUAL

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HAVA NAGILA

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Hava nagila, hava nagila
Hava nagila venis'mecha
Hava nagila, hava nagila
Hava nagila venis'mecha

Hava neranena, hava neranena
Hava neranena venis'mecha

Uru, uru achim
Uru achim belev same'ach
Uru achim belev same'ach
Uru achim belev same'ach
Uru achim belev same'ach
Uru achim belev same'ach

Let us rejoice, let us rejoice,
let us rejoice and be glad
Let us rejoice, let us rejoice,
Let us rejoice and be glad

Let us, la-la-la-la. Let us la-la-la-la.
Let us, la-la-la-la, let us be glad.

Wake up, wake up brethren
Wake up brethren your heart of joy
Wake up brethren your heart of joy
Wake up brethren your heart of joy
Wake up brethren your heart of joy
Wake up brethren, wake your heart of joy.

HINE MA TOV

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Hineh ma tov uma na'im
Shevet achim gam yachad.

How good and pleasant it is
For brothers & sisters to sit together.

HOPPA HEY

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HORA AGGADATI

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Hasimcha belev yokedet
veraglenu gil shofot.
Kach nidroch admat moledet
venashira tov lichyot.

Hashira beron zoremet
al harim vegey'ayot.
Bechazeinu od po'emet
hakria ki tov lichyot.

Lo nechdal ki yesh
od dai oz vameretz.
Kol gufeinu lahat esh
vehalev go'esh.

Hala kol machov.
Negaresh kol pega
venasov halach vasov
hora ad bli sof. Ki…

Joy burns in our heart
and our feet flow with gladness.
Thus we tread our homeland's earth
and sing: It's good to live!

The song streams exultingly
on mountains and valleys.
In our breast still beats
the call that it's good to live.

We won't stop because there is
plenty of strength and energy.
Our whole body burns fire
and our heart quakes.

Be gone every pain.
We'll drive away every mishap
and we'll go around and around
in a hora without end. Because…

HORA CHADASHA

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HORA HAKTANA

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HORA MEDURA

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Banu b'li kol vachol
Anu ani'yei etmol
Lanu hagoral masar
Et milyonei hamachar

Tzei na lama'agal
Ten na shir mizmor ladal
Heina ne'esfu lirkod
Bnei ha'oni vehashot

Hora ali, ali
Esh hadliki beleili
Tehora, rabat ora
Hora medura!

We came with nothing
We, the poor of yesterday.
To us, fate gave
The millions of tomorrow.

Come out to the circle,
Let’s have a song for the poor.
Here have gathered to dance,
The sons of poverty and the whip.

Hora arise, arise!
Light a fire in my night.
Pure and full of light,
Campfire hora!

HORA OR

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HORA YERUSHALAYIM

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HOROA HAKTANA

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KEN YOVDU

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KHAN BADAROM

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KISSUFIM

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KLAYZMER

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KOL DODI

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KUMA ECHA

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LAMENATSEACH

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Lam'natsei'ach Shir Mizmor
Hariyu la'adonai kol ha'arets
Lam'natsei'ach Shir Mizmor
Hariyu la'adonai kol ha'arets.

Yakum adonai
Yafutsu oyvav
Veyanusu m'san'av mipanav.

Lam'natsei'ach...

Lo, lo yanum
V'lo yishan
Shomer Yisrael, Yisrael.

Lam'natsei'ach...

Shout unto the Lord
all the earth.
A Song for the Victor.
Shout unto the Lord
all the earth.

The Lord will arise,
his enemies will be scattered.
Those who hate him will flee
before him.

A Song for the Victor...

The protector of Israel
neither sleeps nor slumbers.

A Song for the Victor.

LANER VELIVSAMIM

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Laner velivsamim
nafshi meyachela
im titnu li kos yayin
lehavdala.

Solu derachim li
panu lenavocha.
Pitchu she'arim li
kol malachei ma'ala.

Einai ani esa
el el belev kosef
mamtsi tserchai li
bayom u'valayla.

For the candles and spices
of my yearning soul
you will give me a wine cup
for Havdalah.

Pave a road for me,
clear it for the lost one.
Open the gates for me,
all heavenly angels.

I will raise my eyes
with yearning heart toward God,
who satisfies my needs
day and night.

LE'OR CHIYUCHECH

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Le’or Chiyuchech
Kacha hashemesh vesivo

Yakdu ne`urai bi
Beno`am midbarech
Shav techatli bi

Ssod enayich hen nigla li

Ssachu ramsu li
Ki ani dodech
Ach re´itich im erev

Vuhagigai lach teref
Bo´i na, bo´i na
Bo´i elai

In the light of your smile
the gleam of the sunlight became weaker.
Your youth is radiant
in the glory of your spoken word.

As soon as I see you in the evening,
you rob me of my senses.
Come, come, come to me.

In the light of your smile
the sun and her rays expire.
My youth burnt in me
from the beauty of your voice.

In vain you mock me.
The secret of your eyes
has revealed itself to me and told me
that I am your loved one.

Oh, when I see you in the evening,
and my sighing is nourishment to you.
Come, come, come to me.

LECH LAMIDBAR

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Lech, lech lamidbar
Hadrachim yovilu
Layil terem ba
Lech achi el hamidbar.
Shuv, shuv nachazor
Hatzukim yarinu
Shemesh gdolah shel or
Od tizrach aleinu.

Lamidbar, eretz lo mayim
Ho at admati - shavnu elayich.

Eretz melechah ru'ach veza'am
Halochamim chazru, ho keza'ar
Lamidbar, eretz lo maim
Ho at admati shavnu eilaich.

Go to the desert,
the roads will lead you.
Before the night descends,
go, my brother, to the desert.

Again we will return,
the rocks will echo our coming.
A bright shining sun
will spread its light on us.

To the desert—land without water.
O my land, we have returned to you.

Salt-filled lands, wind and wrath,
the warriors returned like a storm.

LIBAVTINI

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Libavtini achoti kala
Libavtini ba'achat me'einayich
Ma yafu dodayich
Achoti kala
Verei'ach salmotayich kerei'ach Levanon.

You captured my heart, my sister, my bride
You captured my heart with one of your eyes
How beautiful is your love(making),
My sister, my bride
And the aroma of your dresses is like the aroma of Lebanon

LIKRAT SHABBAT

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MA AVARECH

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Ma avarech lo, bameh yevorach
Ze hayeled sha'al hamalach (2)

Uveirech lo chiyuch shekamohu ka'or
Uveirech lo eiynayim g'dolot v'roo't
Litfos ban kol perach v'chai v'tsipor
V'lev l'hargish bo et kol hamar'ot

Ma avarech lo, bameh yevorach
Ze hayeled sha'al hamalach (2)

Uveirech lo raglayim lirkod ad ein sof
V'nefesh lizkor ba et kol hal'chanim
V'yad ha'osefet tsdafim alei chof
V'ozen k'shuva ligdolim uktanim.

Ma avarech lo, bameh yevorach
Ze hayeled sha'al hamalach (2)

Uveirech ki yadav hal'mudot bifrachim
Yitslechu gam lilmod et otsmat haplada
V'raglayim rokdot et masa hadrachim
Usfatav hasharo et miktsav hapkuda.

Ma avarech lo, bameh yevorach
Ze hayeled sha'al hamalach (2)

Natati lo kol she'efshar li latet
Shir v'chiyuch v'raglayim lirkod
V'yad m'udenet v'lev m'ratet
Uma avarech, avarech l'cha od.

Ma avarech lo, bameh yevorac
Ze hayeled ha'elem harach (2)

Hana'ar haze, achshav hu mal'ach
Lo od y'varchuhu, la od y'vorach
Elohim, Elohim, Elohim
Lu ach beirachta lo - chayim.

How shall I bless him, with what will his child
be blessed, asked the angel (2)

And blessed him with a smile that is like light
And blessed him with eyes, large and wide
with which to see every flower, animal and bird
And a heart, with which to feel all the sights.

How shall I bless him, with what will his child be blessed, asked the angel (2)

And blessed him with legs to dance forever
And a soul to remember all the melodies
And a hand that collects shells by the shore
And an ear, attentive to old and young.

How shall I bless him, with what will his child
be blessed, asked the angel (2)

And blessed him with hands, wise among the flowers should succeed also in learning the strength of steel
And legs that dance the roads' journey
And his lips that sing the rhythm of commands

How shall I bless him, with what will his child
be blessed, asked the angel (2)

I gave him all.
A song, a smile, and legs to dance
A gentle hand and a trembling heart
How shall I bless, what more?

How shall I bless him, with what will he be
blessed, this child, gentle youth(2)

This boy now is an angel,
No more will they bless him - he will no more
be blessed Lord, Lord, Oh Lord
If only you had blessed him - with life.

MA NA'AVU

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Ma navu al heharim raglei ha mevaser,
Ma navu al heharim raglei ha mevaser,
Mashamia ha yeshua, mashamia shalom,
Mashamia ha yeshua, mashamia shalom.
Ma navu al heharim raglei ha mevaser,
Ma navu al heharim raglei ha mevaser,
Mashamia ha yeshua, mashamia shalom,
Mashamia ha yeshua, mashamia shalom.

Taken from the Bible.
How pleasant on the mountains are the feet of the messenger of good tidings,
proclaiming peace, proclaiming good, proclaiming salvation; saying to Zion, your God reigns.

MA NISHAR LI

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MACHAR

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Machar ulai nafliga basfinot
Mechof Eilat ad chof Shenhav
V'al hamashchatot hay'shanot
Yatinu tapuchei zaha

Kol ze eino mashal v'lo chalom
Ze nachon ka'or batsohorayim
Kol ze yavo machar im lo hayom
V'im lo machar az mochrotayim.

Machar yakuma elef shikunim
V'shir ya'uf bamirpasot
Ushlal kalaniyot v'tsivonim
Ya'alu mitoch haharisot.

Machar ulai b'chol hamisholim
Ari b'eder tson yinhag
Machar yaku b'elef inbalim
Hamon pa'amonim shel chag.

Machar k'shehatsave yifshot madav
Libeinu ya'avor l'dom -
Achar kol is yivneh bishtei yadav
Et ma shehu chalam hayom.

Kol ze eino mashal v'lo chalom
Ze nachon ka'or batsohorayim
Kol ze yavo machar im lo hayom.

V'im lo machar
V'im od lo machar
V'im od lo machar
Az
Mochrotayim.

Tomorrow perhaps we will set sail
From the shores of Eilat to the Ivory
Coast
And on the old destroyers
Oranges will be loaded.

All this is not a yarn and not a dream
It is true as the light of noon
All this will come tomorrow, if not today
And if not tomorrow, then the day after.

Tomorrow a thousand buildings will rise
And a song will hover on the terraces
And a blaze of anemones and tulips
Will burst from amongst the ruins.

Tomorrow perhaps in all the paths
A lion will lead a flock of sheep
Tomorrow a thousand clappers will bleat
In the many bells of holiday.

Tomorrow when soldiers put off uniforms
Alerted to other things
Then each man will use his own two
hands
To build that of which he dreamed today.

MAYIM (WATER)

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Mayim ki chashakti
veg'roni nichar
al tomar ayafti
al tomar nigmar

Ki mayim chashakti
mei nahar nigar
im tomar ayafti
ekfotz el hanahar
im tomar ayafti
ekfotz el hanahar.

REFRAIN:
Mayim, mayim, hav li mayim
mayim boker, yom valeil
Mayim hav li havah
hav li ahava
mayim hav li havah
hav li ahava.

Kol kuli namasti
mekolcha hacham
min ha'esh nishmarti
kmo mesa'ar yam.

Rak lecha shamarti
mei ma'ayan nistar
ve ot'cha hishketi
mekadi hakar
ve'otcha hishketi
mekadi hakar.

MECHOL GIBORIM

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MI HA'ISH

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Mi ha'ish
Hachafetz chayim
Ohev yamim
Lir'ot tov

Netzor leshoncha meira
Us'fatecha midaber mirma

Sur meira
Va'asei tov
Bakesh shalom
Verodfeihu

Who is the man
Who desires life
Who loves all his days
To see good.

Guard your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.

Turn away from bad and do good
Seek peace and pursue it.

MI LI YITIN

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Mi li yiten
shtei ahavot k'kedem
kach etchazek be'etzev hane'urim.

Mi li yiten
shtei avukot shel zahar
kach edlak k'no'ar ha'ahavah.

Galgal hazman golesh
ve'ish le'ish lochesh
tir'eh hazman avar
hazman avar.
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Mi li yiten
shtei alamot shel chemed
shtei alamot bechesed hashki'ah.

Mi li yiten
chet mechayech baboker
chet mechayech be'osher ha'ahavah.

Galgal hazman golesh...
(x2)

Mi li yiten.

NA' ARAH (GIRL)

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Na'arah
kshe'at ozevet zeh ko'ev li
afilu k'shenish'art hayit im mishehu acher
gufech hayah iti karov lehishaver.

Na'arah
lehitorer itach ratziti
betoch mitah rekah hayah hasheket mitgaber
ve'lo ed'a ech bil'adaich estader.

Zeh ko'ev
zeh betoch halev
mah shenatat li lo tuchli latet lemishehu acher.
Zeh ko'ev
zeh betoch halev
mah shenatat li lo tuchli yoter latet.

Na'arah
otach af pa'am lo hevanti
chashavti she'ani tamid noten lach et hakol
k'shelo amart li lo yad'ati ech lish'ol.

Na'arah
gam me'olam lo he'emanti
sheyom echad telchi veyisha'er chalal gadol
lichyot bli ahavah ani shuv lo yachol.
Zeh ko'ev.

NAD ILAN

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NAOMI

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Klei neshifa u'meitarim
sovevim bachalomi
sharim shirei tehila lach,
ken shirei tehila, Naomi.
Naomi, ani shelach.

U'berechov haramzonim
kol hazman rak adumim.
Kol hatnu'a mechaka lach,
pa-pam-pa-pam rak lach, Naomi,
kol ha'ir hazot shelach.

Chaki imdi od rega kat, Naomi.
Rak bachalom at po iti.
U'chshehaboker ya'aleh, Naomi,
eheye kan levadi.

Wind and string instruments
spin in my dream,
singing songs of praise
Yes, psalms, Naomi.
Naomi, I am yours.

And in the street the traffic signals
are red all the time.
Even the traffic waits for you–
only for you, Naomi,
the whole city is yours.

Stay with me another moment, Naomi.
Only in a dream are you here with me.
And when the morning comes, Naomi,
I will be here alone.

NIGOONO SHEL YOSSI

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PALESTINIAN DEBKA

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PERACH ZAHAV

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RAKEFET (CYCLAMEN)

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Mitachat lasela tzomachat lefele
Rakefet nechmedet me'od
Veshemesh mazheret nosheket oteret
Oteret la keter varod

Rakefet rakefet tzipor metzaftzefet
Hatzitzi ach rega elai
Rakefet nehederet basela nisteret
Nisteret minefesh kol chai

Yatza'a im haruach rakefet lasuach
Haya az haboker bahir
Kol tzemach kol perach osefet baderech
Ufia ach zemer vashir

Bat sheva mezameret
rakefet memaheret
Metzitza ach rega echad
Mi zot hanishkefet achen zo rakefet
Bat sheva nigheshet le'at

Misela vageva yoredet Bat sheva
Rakefet chen al hechaze
Tzipor metzaftzefet veruach lotefet
Vesof kvar lazemer haze

Under the rock grows like a wonder
A very cute Cyclamen
The shining sun kisses it
And crowns her with a pink crown

Cyclamen, the bird whistles
Look at me for a minute
Beautiful Cyclamen hiding under the rock
Hiding from every thing

Bat sheva went out for a walk
The morning was bright
She collected every flower and plant
Her mouth full with a song

Bat sheva sings
Cyclamen speeds up
peeps out for a moment
Who is looking at me here? That's
Cyclamen
Bat sheva gets closer slowly

Bat sheva gets off the rock
A beautiful Cyclamen on her chest
A bird whistles the wind fondles
And this song comes to an end.

SAPARI

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SAPRI TAMA

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SHAM HAREI GOLAN

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Sham harei Golan, hoshet hayad vaga bam
Bidmama botachat metsavim atsor
Bivdidut korenet name Chermon hasaba
Vetsina noshevet mipisgat hatschor.

Sham al chof hayim, yesh dekel sh'fal
tsameret
Stur seiar hadekel k'tinok shovav
Shegalash lemata uv'mei kinneret,
Uv'mei kinneret m'shakshek raglav.

Ma yirb prachim, bachoref al hakerach
Dam hakalanit v'chetem hakarkom
Yesh yamim pi sheva bam yarok hayerek
Pi shivim t'chola hatchelet bamarom.

Af im ivareish va'ahalech shacho'ach
Vehaya halev l'masu'ot zarim
Eich uchal livgod bach, eich uchallishko'ach
Eich uchal lishko'ach chesed ne'urim

Over there are the hills of Golan,
Stretch our your hands and touch them.
In their stalwart stillness they give the
command to halt. In splendid isolation
grandfather Hermon slumbers.
A cool wind blows from the peak of
whiteness.

Over there, on the seashore,
a low-topped palm tree stands,
dishevelled like a mischievous infant that
has slid down and splashes in the waters of the Kinneret.

How abundant are the flowers in the winter, bunches of blood-red anemones, the orange of the crocus.
There are days when the greenery is sevenfold green and seventy-fold is the blue of the sky.

But even if I become poverty-stricken
and walk bent over and my heart becomes the beacon for strangers,
how can I betray you, how can I forget.
How can I forget the grace of youth.

SHARM EL SHEIK

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Gadol hu halaila
Velach mechayech
Chazarnu im boker
El sharm a sheikh

Avarnu balaila
Bayam uvahar
Uvanu im boker
El toch hametzar

PIZMON (CHORUS)
At sharm a sheikh
Chazarnu elayich shenit
At bilibenu
Libenu tamid

Hayam vehamelach
Yadu et hashir
Chazarnu elechem
Tiran usnapir

Otam hashamayim
Me al levavech
Metzar yam hamayim
At sharm a sheikh

PIZMON

Oleh lo haboker
Bechof almogim
Ovrot shuv hamayim
Sifinot dayagim

Yored lo haerev
Mevi od chalom
Mevi al hamayim
Tikva leshalom

PIZMON

SHELEG AL IRI

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SHIBOLET BASSEDEH

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Shibolet bassedeh kor'ah baru'ach
Me'omes gar'inim ki rav.

Uvemerchav harim
Yom kvar yafu'ach.
Hashemesh ketem v'zahav.

Uru, ho uru
Shuru bnei kfarim.
Kama hen bashla kvar
Al pnei hakarim.
Kitzru, shilchu magal
Et reshit hakatzir.

Sdei se'orim tama
Zer chag oteret
Shefa y'vul uvracha.

Likrat bo hakotzrim
B'zohar mazheret
Cheresh la'omer m'chaka.

Havu, hanifu,
Niru lachem nir.
Chag la kama
Et reshit katzir.
Kitzru, shilchu magal
Et reshit hakatzir.

Ear of grain in the field,
bowed in the wind
From the weight of its seed,
which is great.

And in the expanse of the mountains
The day already rises.
The sun is fine gold.

Arise, oh arise,
Look, sons of the village.
The tall grain has already ripened
in the meadows.
Harvest, extend the scythe -
It's time for the beginning of the harvest.

A pure field of barley
Is crowned with a holiday wreath,
An abundance of produce and blessing.

Just before the coming of the harvesters,
With shining brilliance,
Silently, it waits for the sheaf.

Come, brandish (the scythe)
Plow for yourselves the broken-up field.
It's a holiday for the standing grain,
The time of the beginning of the harvest.
Harvest, extend the scythe -
It's time for the beginning of the harvest.

SHIBOLET PAZ

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SULAM YA'AKOB (JACOB'S LADDER)

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Veya'atzom Ya'akov et einav
basadeh harachav
vehineh sulam mutzav
verosho bashamaim.

Umal'achei Elohim
yordim ve'olim,
olim veyordim,
yordim ve'olim basulam.

Umal'achei Elohim
sh'chorim ul'vanim
yordim ve'olim,
olim veyordim basulam.

Eleh sh'chorim
ve'eleh levanim
eleh yordim
ve'eleh olim.

Umal'achei Elohim kulam
vehem yordim ve'olim,
olim veyordim,
yordim ve'olim basulam.

TZADIK ATAMAR

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Tzadik katamar yifrach, yifrach
Tzadik katamar yifrach (2)

Ke'erez bal'vanon yisgeh
Ke'erez bal'vanon yisgeh,
Ke'erez bal'vanon yisgeh, yisgeh

The righteous man will flourish
like the palm tree.
The righteous man will flourish.

He will thrive like a cedar in Lebanon.
He will thrive like a cedar in Lebanon.
He will thrive; thrive like a cedar in Lebanon.

VE DAVID

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VeDavid yafeh einayin
Hu ro'eh bashoshanim
VeDavid yafeh einayin
Hu ro'eh bashoshanim

Heichah Sha'ul ba'alafav
Vedavid berivavotav
Ben Yishai, Chai vekayam
Ben Yishai, Chai vekayam

And David had beautiful eyes,
a shepherd among the lilies.
And David had beautiful eyes,
a shepherd among the lilies.

Saul smote thousands,
and David tens of thousands.
The son of Yishai lives on.
The son of Yishai lives on.

Y'VARECHCHA

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Y'varech'cha HaShem mi Tzion
Ur'eh b'tuv Y'rushalayim
Y'varech'cha HaShem mi Tzion
Kol yemei chayecha

Ur'eh vanim l'vanecha
Shalom al Yisra'el
Ur'eh vanim l'vanecha
Shalom al Yisra'el.

The Lord bless thee out of Zion.
And see thou the good of Jerusalem
All the days of thy life.

The Lord bless thee out of Zion.
And see thou the good of Jerusalem
All the days of thy life.

And see thy children's children.
Peace be upon Israel.

And see thy children's children.
Peace be upon Israel.

YEDID NEFESH

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Yedid nefesh av harachman
Meshoch avdecha el retzonecha

Yarutz avdecha kmo ayala
Yishtachave el mul hadarecha

My soul mate, Merciful father
Pull me your servant towards you

Your servant will run like a doe
And bow in front your grace

ZEMER ATIK

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Od Nashua el nigun atik
Vehazemir yif veye’erav.
Od gavia meshumar nashik, nashik,
Alizei einayim ulevav.

Tova, tova ohaleinu
Ki machol hiftsi’a.
Tova, tova ohaleinu,
Od nashuva el nigun atik.

We will return again to an ancient melody
And the song will linger on.
When we raise our glasses together
Our eyes and hearts will be bright.

How good are our tents
Because there’s dancing there.
How good are our tents,
Still we return to an ancient melody.