Kabbalat Shabbat

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Psalms to get you in the mood for Shabbos!

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released November 22, 2013

Lyrics: King David, King Solomon, Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz
Guitar: Ray Lesser
Voacls & Translations: Ari Lesser
Cover Art: Sheva Chaya - www.shevachaya.com

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Ari Lesser is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and spoken word artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed all over the world, and written hundreds of songs on a wide range of subjects. Ari’s repertoire is expansive, touching on everything from history, to animals, to Star Wars, but now his focus and passion is making music based on the Torah. ... more

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Track Name: Psalm 145
T’hilah l’David

O my God, the King, I will raise
You up, and bless Your Name always
I will bless You through all the days
Forever, always Your Name I’ll praise

HASHEM is so exalted and great
That His greatness none can investigate
Generation to generation will praise
Your deeds and tell of Your mighty ways

I’ll speak of the splendorous glory
Of Your majesty, of Your wondrous deeds
Of the might of Your awesome acts they’ll tell
And Your greatness I will recount as well

They’ll speak and recall Your vast goodness
And sing with joy of Your righteousness
HASHEM is compassionate gracious
Slow to anger with great kindness

HASHEM is good to everyone
His mercies extend over all He’s done
Everything You made will give thanks to You
And Your devout ones bless You too

They’ll say how Your kingdom is glorious
And they will speak of Your mightiness
So that the sons of Adam may know
G’vurotav uChvod Hadar Malchuto

Your kingdom’s a kingdom of every creation
You rule generation to generation
HASHEM, You support all those who fall
And those who are crooked, You straighten them all

Every eye looks to You for a sign
And You give them their food in its proper time
You open Your hand and You satisfy
The desire of everything that’s alive

Every way of HASHEM is a righteous one
He’s benevolent in all He’s done
HASHEM is close to all who call
Those who truly call, He’s close to them all

He does the will of anyone who fears Him
They cry and He saves them, soon as He hears them
Everyone who loves HASHEM, He protects
But all the wicked He will wreck

O HASHEM may my mouth proclaim
Your praise, and let Your Holy Name
Be blessed by all flesh always
Forever until the end days
Track Name: Psalm 95
Come let’s sing to HASHEM and rejoice
To the Rock of our salvation, lift your voice
Let us greet Him with thanksgiving
Let’s call out to Him with the songs we sing

For a great G-d is HASHEM, a great king
Above every other heavenly thing
The depths of the earth are in His hand
And for Him, the peaks of the mountains stand

Cause His is the sea, and the dry land
He perfected and fashioned them with His hand
Come now let’s bow ourselves to the ground
Before HASHEM our maker, kneel down

Like sheep our G-d will shepherd us all
Even today if we heed His call
Don’t harden your heart, like at Merivah
That day in the desert of Massah

“Back then your ancestors tested me
They tested me, though they’d seen my deeds
For forty years I argued with them
I quarreled with that generation

Til I said, ‘A weak-hearted people are they
And they do not know my ways.’
So I swore in anger, they would not be blessed
To enter into my place of rest.”
Track Name: Psalm 96
Sing to HASHEM a brand new song
Everyone on earth sing along
Sing to HASHEM and bless His Name
Every day let His salvation be proclaimed

Recount His glory throughout the nations
His wonders among all populations
For HASHEM is great, held in high esteem
Awesome He is over all Elokim

For the gods of the people are just elilim
But HASHEM is the maker of Shamyim
There’s glory and splendor before His face
Strength and beauty in His Holy Place

To HASHEM, O families of peoples, give thanks
To HASHEM give credit for honor and strength
Return to HASHEM always honoring
His Name and bring a mincha offering

Bow down to HASHEM in His Holy Place
The whole world trembles before His face
Bow down to HASHEM in His Holy Place
The whole world trembles before His face

Among the nations let it be proclaim
HASHEM has reigned, HASHEM has reigned
Yes, the world is established to never fall
He’ll judge the peoples with fairness for all

The sky will be glad and the earth will rejoice
The sea and its fullness will lift its voice
The field will be happy, like its living things
And then every tree in the forest will sing

Before HASHEM, before the HOLY ONE
Who will come, to judge the earth, He will come
To judge the world with righteousness
And the peoples, with His faithfulness
Track Name: Psalm 97
Let the world rejoice, because HASHEM is King
Let the many islands, all be happy and sing
Thick cloud and darkness, always surround His place
On righteousness and justice, His throne is based

Before His face, fire goes forth, coming down
And the flame consumes His tormentors all around
The earth it gets lit up by the lightning bolts He hurls
They see and they tremble, those dwelling in the world

Before the face of HASHEM, mountains made of granite
Melt away like wax, before the master of the planet
By the very heavens, His righteousness is declared
And His glory is apparent to the peoples everywhere

All idol worshippers who take pride in Elilim
Will be put to shame, they’ll bow to Him, every elokim
O HASHEM, Tzion, and all Yehudah’s towns
Will jump with joy, when they hear the judgments You laid down

Because, over all the earth, HASHEM, You are Supreme
You’re elevated high above every elokim
O lovers of HASHEM, hate evil, for He stands
Guarding souls of His devout, saves them from wicked hands

Just like a seed for the righteous, He sows light
He sows happiness for the hearts of the upright
O righteous ones rejoice in HASHEM and proclaim
Grateful praise at the mention of His Holy Name
Track Name: Psalm 98
Mizmor, sing a new song to the LORD,
for the wonders He’s done
His own right hand and His holy arm,
have wrought Him salvation
THE HOLY ONE HASHEM, He has
made His salvation known
Before the eyes of the nations,
His righteousness He’s shown

For the house of Yisrael, He recalled
His kindness and faithfulness
And the salvation of our G-d,
all the ends of the earth witnessed
Let the whole world shout out
to HASHEM, let your voices raise
Open your mouth in joyful song
and sing while the music plays

Make music and sing to HASHEM,
with harp playing along
Play along on the harp,
with the sound of music, sing a song
Let all the trumpets blast, and let
the sound of the shofar ring
Shout out with joy before HASHEM,
Shout out before the King

The sea and its fullness will roar,
the earth and those who dwell on land
Together the mountains will sing in joy
and rivers will clap their hands
Before HASHEM, because to judge
the earth He will have come
He’ll judge the world with righteousness,
and fairness for everyone
Track Name: Psalm 99
HASHEM has reigned, let the peoples shake
He sits on the Ceiruvim, making earth quake
HASHEM is great throughout Tzion
Above all the peoples, He stands alone

Let them praise Your Name gratefully
For it is great, awesome, and holy
Mighty is the King who loves justice
Fairness is what You have established

Justice, it was made by You
And the righteousness of Yaakov too
Exalt HASHEM our G-d take a knee
Bow down at His footstool, holy is He

His priests, Moshe and Aaron came
With Smuel, among those who call His Name
They would all call out to HASHEM
And then HASHEM, He would answer them

In a pillar of cloud, He gave them decrees
And they obeyed His testimonies
O HASHEM our G-d, it was You
Who always answered them, its true

You were a forgiving G-d for their sake
Avenging them despite their mistakes
Exalt HASHEM our G-d, bow it His
Holy Mountain for Holy HASHEM our G-d is
Track Name: Psalm 29
Mizmor L’David, by David a song
Render to HASHEM, O sons of the strong
Render to HASHEM honor and strength
Honor to the Name of HASHEM give thanks

In HASHEM’s splendid holiness bow down
The voice of HASHEM, over waters, resounds
He is the God of Glory, He thunders
HASHEM is above the vast waters under

The voice of HASHEM sounds mightily
The voice of HASHEM with majesty
By the voice of HASHEM, the cedars are battered
The cedars of Lebanon, HASHEM shatters

He makes Lebanon and Syria leap
Like a young calf, or a bighorn sheep
The voice of HASHEM strikes up flames
Fire burns from the words He proclaims

The voice of HASHEM makes the desert quake
The desert of Kadesh, HASHEM shakes
The voice of HASHEM it frightens the deer
And it strips the forests until their clear

And in His Temple, His Holy Abode
All that is His, shall proclaim, “KAVOD!”
HASHEM was enthroned when the flood water raised
And HASHEM shall sit as the King always

The strength of His people HASHEM shall increase
HASHEM shall bless His people with peace
The strength of His people HASHEM shall increase
HASHEM shall bless His people with peace
Track Name: L'cha Dodi
L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah
L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

Guard and remember were spoken in one word
The God of unity caused it to be heard
HASHEM is One and One is His Name
For fame, and for beauty, and to be proclaimed

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

Go forth, to welcome Shabbat, let us come
For she is the source that the blessing is from
Chosen to begin with from ancient times
The last to be made, but the first in mind

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

Holy royal city of the King
Rise up, from the midst of the ruins you’ll spring
Too long you’ve sat in that tearful valley
Now He will have pity and show you mercy

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

Shake off the dust, rise up from below
My people get dressed in your beautiful clothes
The son of Yishai from Beit-Lechem near by
Draw my soul close and redeem it on high

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

Wake your self, wake yourself, it’s the time
For Your light to come, rise up and shine
Wake up, wake up, and sing us a tale
Through you the glory of HASHEM is unveiled

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

Don’t be ashamed, and don’t get confused
Why are you downcast? What makes you blue?
My afflicted people take refuge in you
On its site, the city, will be rebuilt anew

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

And those who have plundered you will be repaid
All who would destroy you will be far away
Your God will rejoice over you at His side
Just as a groom rejoices over his bride

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

To the right and left, you’ll spread out
And you shall worship HASHEM no doubt
With the man on hand who descends from Peretz
We’ll rejoice and be as happy as it gets

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah

Come, O crown of her husband, in peace
Rejoice and sing, let the gladness increase
Between the faithful precious human beings
Come O bride, O come Shabbas Queen

L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah
L'cha Dodi, Likras kalah
P'nei Shabbas N'kab'lah
Track Name: Psalm 92
Mizmor Shir L’yom HaShabat

It’s good to thank HASHEM and proclaim
Song of praise to Your Most High Name
To tell of Your kindness in daylight
And relate Your faithfulness at night
With guitar and bass lets make a song
Singing with the harp playing along
For HASHEM Your deeds, make me rejoice
At the work of Your hands I’ll lift my voice

How great is all that You’ve laid down?
HASHEM Your thoughts are so profound
No simple man can know Your plan
This no fool can understand
When the wicked sprout like weeds
And all those who do evil deeds
Grow up like grass upon the ground
Its just so You can cut them down
But You HASHEM, remain upraised
Exalted forever always
Behold! Your enemies, indeed
HASHEM, behold Your enemies

Shall perish, and throughout the earth
Those who do evil will be dispersed
But like an ox, you raised my horn instead
With the freshest oil anointing my head
I saw with my own eyes those foes
Who sought to do me harm arose
But just as soon as they appeared
I heard them fall with my own ears

The righteous sprouts like a date palm
Grows tall as a cedar of Lebanon
In the house of HASHEM they will take root
In God’s courtyards they will bear fruit
Even when they’re old and gray
Vigorous and fresh they’ll stay
Declaring the fairness of HASHEM
My Rock, there is no wrong in Him
Track Name: Psalm 93
The LORD is King in grandeur He’s dressed
The LORD’s dressed and girded with mightiness
Also He firmly established all
The world in a way that it shall not fall

Your throne is established to stand firmly
From old You’ve existed eternally
Now the rivers are raising up O LORD
Now the rivers are raising up their roar

The rivers may raise their waves all around
But louder than the vast ocean sounds
And mightier than the waves of the sea
O LORD on high, You are more mighty

Your testimonies have proven to be
Exceedingly faithful, and trustworthy
About Your Holy House, always
O LORD may it be for the length of days
Track Name: Psalm 23
A song by David, Mizmor L’David
The LORD is my shepherd, I have all I need
In lush meadows He lays me down
Near peaceful waters He leads me around

Restoring my soul, He guides my aim
On righteous paths for the sake of His Name
Though I walk through the valley in the shadow of death
I will not fear evil for You’ve never left

You’re standing with me, and You will always be
Your rod and Your staff they comfort me
You’ll set me a table in front of my foes
You anointed my head, my cup overflows

May only goodness and kindness pursue
Until the days of my life are through
And I will dwell, I will sit, I will stay
In the House of The LORD for the length of my days
Track Name: Eishes Chayil
A woman of valor who can find?
She's worth far more than a goldmine
Her husbands heart trusts in her
And he shall lack no treasure
She's good to him never does him wrong
Everyday her whole life long
She searches for wool and flax
Her hands make up for all she lacks

Like a merchant's ship is she
Bringing food from across the sea
While it's still night she'll rise from bed
Make sure her whole household gets fed
She pictures a field, buys the land
And plants a vineyard from the fruit of her hands
Strength is wrapped around her waste
With courage both her arms are braced

She tastes that her trade is good, her light
Is not snuffed out even at night
Sends her hand to the wheel, spinning
Spools of thread into linen
Spreads a palm to the poor man
And to the needy she lends her hand
She has no fear for her house of snows
Her family's dressed in the warmest clothes

She's made blankets for her bed
Her clothes are soft and crimson red
At the gates her husbands a well known man
Who sits with the elders of the land
She sells a scarf that she made herself
And puts her goods on the markets shelf
Dressed with strength and dignity
She laughs at what may come to be

She opens her mouth with wisdom
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue
The ways of her household she can guess
She eats no bread of laziness
Her children rise and make her proud
Her husband praises her out loud
Many daughter rise to the call
But you've risen above them all

Grace is false and beauty's a phase
Let the woman who fears God be praised
The fruit of her hands is all she needs
She'll be praised at gates by her own deeds
Yeah, grace is false and beauty's a phase
Let the woman who fears God be praised
The fruit of her hands is all she needs
She'll be praised at gates by her own deeds
Track Name: Woman of Valor
A woman of valor who can find?
She's worth far more than a goldmine
Her husbands heart trusts in her
And he shall lack no treasure
She's good to him never does him wrong
Everyday her whole life long
She searches for wool and flax
Her hands make up for all she lacks

Like a merchant's ship is she
Bringing food from across the sea
While it's still night she'll rise from bed
Make sure her whole household gets fed
She pictures a field, buys the land
And plants a vineyard from the fruit of her hands
Strength is wrapped around her waste
With courage both her arms are braced

She tastes that her trade is good, her light
Is not snuffed out even at night
Sends her hand to the wheel, spinning
Spools of thread into linen
Spreads a palm to the poor man
And to the needy she lends her hand
She has no fear for her house of snows
Her family's dressed in the warmest clothes

She's made blankets for her bed
Her clothes are soft and crimson red
At the gates her husbands a well known man
Who sits with the elders of the land
She sells a scarf that she made herself
And puts her goods on the markets shelf
Dressed with strength and dignity
She laughs at what may come to be

She opens her mouth with wisdom
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue
The ways of her household she can guess
She eats no bread of laziness
Her children rise and make her proud
Her husband praises her out loud
Many daughter rise to the call
But you've risen above them all

Grace is false and beauty's a phase
Let the woman who fears God be praised
The fruit of her hands is all she needs
She'll be praised at gates by her own deeds
Yeah, grace is false and beauty's a phase
Let the woman who fears God be praised
The fruit of her hands is all she needs
She'll be praised at gates by her own deeds