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Karov

by Batya Levine

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  • Full color songbook with art and lyrics to all the songs on Karov. All Hebrew lyrics include transliteration and translation, as well as artwork and/or explanations for nigunim (wordless melodies). Use this songbook as a zine, as artwork, and of course as a tool for people to sing these songs together!
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1.
Hishtadlus 04:50
2.
Karov 05:32 video
קָרוֹב ה' לְכָל קֹרְאָיו לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאֻהוּ בֶאֱמֶת׃ Karov Hashem l'chol korav, l'chol asher yikrau'hu v'emet Hashem (source of life / spirit of all) is close to all who call out to all those who call out in truth
3.
we are good, we are flawed we are the breath of an imperfect G!d
4.
Nechama 04:40
5.
Hey, you’re doing okay, it’s gonna take time, it’s gonna take time (x2) The heart is a muscle contracting expanding, feel the waves and learn the lessons, time It’s gonna take time (x2)
6.
שָׁמוֹר וְזָכוֹר בְּדִבּוּר אֶחָד, הִשְמִיעָֽנוּ אֵל הַמְּיֻחָד :ה' אֶחָד וּשְמוֹ אֶחָד. לְשֵׁם וּלְתִפְאֶֽרֶת וְלִתְהִלָּה :לְכָה דוֹדִי לִקְרַאת כַּלָּה. פְּנֵי שַׁבָּת נְקַבְּלָה לִקְרַאת שַׁבָּת לְכוּ וְנֵלְכָה. כִּי הִיא מְקוֹר הַבְּרָכָה :מֵרֹאשׁ מִקֶּֽדֶם נְסוּכָה. סוֹף מַעֲשֶׂה בְּמַחֲשָׁבָה תְּחִלָּה :לְכָה דוֹדִי לִקְרַאת כַּלָּה. פְּנֵי שַׁבָּת נְקַבְּלָה מִקְדַּשׁ מֶֽלֶךְ עִיר מְלוּכָה. קֽוּמִי צְאִי מִתּוֹךְ הַהֲפֵכָה :רַב לָךְ שֶֽׁבֶת בְּעֵֽמֶק הַבָּכָא. וְהוּא יַחֲמוֹל עָלַֽיִךְ חֶמְלָה :לְכָה דוֹדִי לִקְרַאת כַּלָּה. פְּנֵי שַׁבָּת נְקַבְּלָה [skipped verses] בּֽוֹאִי בְשָׁלוֹם עֲטֶרֶת בַּעְלָהּ. גַּם בְּרנה וּבְצָהֳלָה :תּוֹךְ אֱמוּנֵי עַם סְגֻּלָּה. בּֽוֹאִי כַלָּה, בּֽוֹאִי כַלָּה :לְכָה דוֹדִי לִקְרַאת כַּלָּה. פְּנֵי שַׁבָּת נְקַבְּלָה Shamor v’zachor b’dibur echad Hishmi’anu el ha’myuchad Adonai echad u’shmo echad L’shem u’l’tiferet v’lit’hillah Lecha dodi likrat kallah p'nei shabbat n'kabela Likrat shabbat lechu v’nelcha Ki hi mekor ha’beracha Me’rosh mikedem nesucha Sof ma’aseh b’machshava t’chila Lecha dodi likrat kallah p'nei shabbat n'kabela [skipped verses] Bo’i v’shalom ateret ba’ala, Gam b’rina uv’ tzhala Toch emunei am segula Bo’i chala, bo’i chala. Lecha dodi likrat kallah p'nei shabbat n'kabela
7.
We Rise 03:01 video
We rise, humbly hearted Rise, won’t be divided Rise, with spirit to guide us Rise! In hope, in prayer, we find ourselves here In hope, in prayer, we’re right here (x2) We rise, all of the children Rise, elders with wisdom Rise, ancestors surround us Rise! In hope, in prayer, we find ourselves here In hope, in prayer, we’re right here (x2) We rise, up from the wreckage Rise, with tears and with courage Rise, fighting for life We rise!
8.
Tu Bishvat 04:58
9.
Yismechu 05:24
יִשְׂמְחוּ בְמַלְכוּתְךָ, שׁוֹמְרֵי שַׁבָּת וְקֽוֹרְאֵי עֹֽנֶג Yismechu v’malchuscha shomrei shabbos v’korei oneg They will delight in your all empowering sovereignty - those who tend and care for shabbos and call it a joyous celebration
10.
May I be empty and open to receive the light, May I be empty and open to receive. May I be full and open to receive the light, May I be full and open to receive.

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Karov is a collection of songs born of yearning, connection, and prayer. These songs are for falling in tears, drawing close, and dancing with ancestors. I offer them to you with the hope that they can serve us as tools of resonance and resilience as we build the world to come, the world as we dream it to be.

May these songs bring blessing to you and may you bless them in return.

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released August 20, 2020

All music composed by Batya Levine, Hebrew text from Jewish liturgy
Music direction by Joey Weisenberg and Batya Levine
Vocal direction by Anat Hochberg
Produced by Joey Weisenberg

Batya Levine - lead vocals
Anat Hochberg - vocals
Molly Bajgot - vocals
Aly Halpert - vocals
Arielle Korman - violin, vocals
Micah Shapiro - vocals, shruti box
Richie Barshay - percussion
Joey Weisenberg - bass, percussion, guitar, baritone ukulele, vocals

Rising Song Institute Vocalists: Rena Branson, Rebekka Goldsmith, Yosef Goldman, Eitan Kantor, Gedalia Penner, Sam Tygiel, Ariel Root Wolpe

Recorded live at Germantown Jewish Center on Lenni-Lenape land (Philadelphia, PA), March 1-4, 2020 / 5-8 Adar, 5780
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Don Godwin
Album art, graphic design, and layout by Sol Yael Weiss
Filmed versions of some of these songs are on YouTube, filmed by Jess Benjamin

Thank you to everyone who donated to help make this album happen, and special thanks to Laya and Buzzy Levine for sponsoring Tu Bishvat, and Susan and Marc Sacks for sponsoring a track.

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Batya Levine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Batya Levine uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in her work as a communal musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. Her music is made of Ashkenazi yearning, queer heart-medicine and emunah (faith/trust). Batya believes in the liberatory power of song to loosen what is bound and to sustain us as we build a more just, beautiful world. ... more

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