Kirvu Lyrics

1 - Wherever You Go, I Will Go (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Rebecca Schwartz/Ruth 1:16)

It’s been a journey, it’s taken some time
A little searching, didn’t know what I’d find
Your love for me has lightened the load
Now I’ve chosen to follow this fork in the road

Chorus: For wherever you go, I will go
Wherever you stay, I will stay
Your people shall be my people
And your God my God

You’ve been beside me, and guided the way
You’ve struggled with me, and helped me to pray
I’m feeling such a warmth deep inside
And this holy sensation just can’t be denied… Chorus

Ameich ami, ameich ami, vEilohayich Elohai

My heart is open, you’ve welcomed me in
Another journey’s about to begin
It’s bound to be a beautiful ride
For my family and friends are all here by my side
(Alternate lyric: For my faith and convictions are here by my side)

Chorus (And wherever...)

Ki el asher teil’chi eileich, uva-asher talini alin
Ameich ami, ameich ami, vEilohayich Elohai
Your people shall be my people
And your God my God

Translation: For wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and Your God my God.

2 - Hal’lu Yah (Music: Leonard Cohen, Text: Psalm 150)

Hal’lu Eil b’kodsho, hal’luhu birki-a uzo, hal’luhu big’vurotav
Hal’luhu k’rov gudlo, hal’luhu b’teika shofar, hal’luhu b’neivel v’chinor

Chorus: Hal’lu Yah (8x)

Hal’luhu b’tof umachol, hal’luhu b’minim v’ugav, hal’luhu b’tzil-tz’lei shama
Hal’luhu b’tzil-tz’lei t’ru-ah, kol han’shamah t’haleil Yah, hal’lu Yah


Translation: Praise God in God’s sanctuary; praise God in the sky, God’s stronghold. Praise God for mighty acts; praise God for God’s exceeding greatness. Praise God with blasts of the horn; praise God with harp and lyre. Praise God with timbrel and dance; praise God with lute and pipe. Praise God with resounding cymbals; praise God with loud-clashing cymbals. Let all that breathes praise God. Praise God!

3 - Dodi Li (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Song of Songs 2:16, 3:6, 4:1, 9, & 16)

Chorus: Dodi li va-ani lo, haro-eh bashoshanim (2x)

Mi zot olah min hamidbar m’kuteret mor u-l’vonah (2x)


Hinach yafah, einayich yonim miba-ad l’tzamateich (2x)


Bridge: Libavtini, achoti, chalah, libavtini, achoti, chalah
Uri tzafon uvo-i teiman


Translation: My beloved is mine, and I am my beloved’s, a shepherd among the lilies. Who is it that comes up from the desert fragrant with myrrh and frankincense? Ah, you are fair. Your eyes are like doves behind your veil. You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride. Awake, O north wind. Come, O south wind!

4 - Yotzeir (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Morning Liturgy)

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam
Yotzeir or uvorei choshech, oseh shalom uvorei et hakol
Hamei-ir la-aretz v’ladarim aleha b’rachamim
Uv’tuvo m’chadeish b’chol yom tamid ma-aseih v’reishit
Mah rabu ma-asecha Adonai
Kulam b’chochmah asita, mal’ah ha-aretz kinyanecha
Titbarach, Adonai Eloheinu, al shevach ma-aseih yadecha
V’al m’orei or she-asita, y’fa-arucha selah
Or chadash al Tzion ta-ir, v’nizkeh chulanu m’heirah l’oro (2x)
Baruch atah, Adonai, yotzeir ham’orot, yotzeir ham’orot

Translation: Praised are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of light and darkness, who makes and fashions all things. In mercy, You illumine the world and those who live upon it. IN Your goodness You daily renew creation. How numerous are Your works, Adonai! In wisdom, You formed them all, filling the earth with Your creatures. Be praised, Adonai our God, for the excellent work of Your hands, and for the lights You created, may they glorify You. Shine a new light upon Zion, that we all may swiftly merit its radiance. Praised are You, Adonai, Creator of all heavenly lights.

5 - Lamdeini (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Leah Goldberg)

Lamdeini, Elohai, bareich v’hitpaleil
Al sod aleh kameil, al nogah p’ri basheil
Al hacheirut hazot

Chorus: Lir-ot, lachush, linshom, lada-at, l’yacheil, l’hikasheil (2x)

Lameid et siftotai b’rachah v’shir haleil
B’hit’chadeish z’mancha im boker v’im leil
L’val yih’yeh yomi hayom kitmol shilshom
L’val yih’yeh alai yomi hergeil (2x)


Translation: Teach me, O God, a blessing, a prayer on the mystery of a withered leaf, on ripened fruit so fair, on the freedom to see, to sense, to breathe, to know, to hope, to stumble. Teach my lips a blessing, a hymn of praise, as each morning and night You renew my days, lest my day be today as the one before; lest routine set my ways.

6 - Courageous Warrior/Eishet Chayil (Music: Rebecca Schwartz,
Text: Rebecca Schwartz/Proverbs 31:10-11, 25-26)

I think of you now as I thought of you then
A woman of valor, a priceless gem
A loving companion, a heart-warming friend
Courageous warrior

Eishet chayil mi yimtzah, v’rachok mip’ninim michrah
Batach bah leiv ba’lah, v’shalal lo yechsar

Chorus: And I miss you, oh, I miss you, yes I miss you, courageous warrior

Clothing of strength and dignity
Embracing each day you were hoping to see
Wisdom and kindness you offered to me, courageous warrior

Oz v’hadar l’vushah, vatis-chak l’yom acharon
Piha patchah b’chochmah, v’Torat chesed al l’shonah


I think of you now as I thought of you then
A woman of valor, a priceless gem
A worthy opponent until the end (alt.: A loving companion, a heart-warming friend)
Courageous warrior


Translation: A brave woman, who can find? Her value is far beyond pearls. The heart of her companion relies on her, and fortune they do not lack. Strength and honor are her clothing; she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the lesson of kindness is on her tongue.

7 - You Are Near (Words & music by Rebecca Schwartz, inspired by B’shalach)

There is thirst and there is hunger, there is hatred and there is fear
Through the smoke I do believe that You are near
People rising up in anger for the values they hold dear
Through the struggles I have faith that You are near

Chorus: I have faith that You are near
I feel it when I hear the rain fall
In our laughter and our tears, You are near
I have faith that You are near
I feel it when I see the sunrise
And the darkness disappears, You are near

Some go searching for a lifetime for a voice they may not hear
Through the doubt I do believe that You are near
When we wander through the wilderness, all our hope can disappear
Through the yearning I have faith that You are near... Chorus

8 - Adonai S’fatai (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Psalm 51:17)

Adonai, s’fatai tiftach, ufi yagid t’hilatecha (repeat as desired)

Adonai, open up my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise

9 - Holy, Holy, Holy (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Rebecca Schwartz/Morning Liturgy)

Blessed is Your presence shining forth upon us
Adonai Tz’va-ot, holy, holy, holy

Chorus: L’dor vador nagid godlecha
Ul’neitzach n’tzachim k’dushatcha nakdish
V’shivchacha Eloheinu mipinu lo yamush
L’olam va-ed, l’olam va-ed

To all generations we’ll declare Your greatness
And for all eternity, holy, holy, holy


Translation: To all generations we will declare Your greatness, and for all eternity proclaim Your holiness.

10 - Esa Einai (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Psalm 121)

Chorus: Esa einai el heharim, mei-ayin yavo ezri (2x)

Ezri mei-im Adonai oseih shamayim va-aretz
Al yitein lamot raglechah, al yanum shomrechah


Hineih lo yanum v’lo yishan shomeir Yisrael
Adonai shomrecha, Adonai tzilcha al yad y’minecha

Bridge: Yomam hashemesh lo yakekah v’yarei-ach balailah
Adonai yishmorcha mikol ra yishmor et nafshecha

Adonai yishmar tzeitcha uvo-echa mei-atah v’ad olam

Translation: I raise my eyes to the mountains; from whence will come my help? My help is from God, maker of heaven and earth. God will not allow the faltering of your foot; your Guardian will not slumber. It is so that God neither slumbers nor sleeps, the Guardian of Israel. God is your Guardian; God is your protective shade at your right hand. By day the sun will not harm you, nor the moon by night. God will protect you from every evil; God will guard your soul. God will guard your departure and your arrival, from this time until eternity.

11 - David’s Nigun (Music: David Aharon L. Curtis & Rebecca Schwartz)

Yai lai la lai…

12 - Y’varech’cha (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Numbers 6:24-26)

Y’varech’cha Adonai v’yishm’recha
Ya-eir Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka
Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v’yaseim l’cha shalom, v’yaseim l’cha shalom

Translation: May God bless you and keep you. May God’s light shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you. May you feel God’s Presence within you always, and may you find peace.

13 - Only a Matter of Time (Music: Rebecca Schwartz, Text: Rebecca Schwartz/Liturgy)

I say in time, only a matter of time
I say in time there will be peace
We’ll find a way to live together someday
We’ll find a way to live in peace

Chorus: Oseh shalom bimromav hu ya-aseh shalom aleinu
V’al kol Yisrael v’al kol yosh’vei teiveil

So take my hand, help this world understand
So take my hand, show them the way
Come sing this song, and others will sing along
Come sing this song with me today, as together we pray


Chorus (As together we pray for peace today)

I say in time, only a matter of time...

Translation: May the One who makes peace in the heights make peace for us and all Israel, and all who inhabit the earth.