Omer Chants by Rabbi Shefa Gold

Below are eight chants by Rabbi Shefa Gold along with links to Shefa’s website so that you can hear Shefa offering these chants directly. The matching of the chants to each sefirah, as well as the selection of a chant that can be used each day of the Omer Period, was done by Chantleader Atzilah Ellen Solot and Yael Raff Peskin. 

On any given day during the Omer Period, three of these chants are offered:  Ivru/Breakthrough Chant,  Chant of the Week and Chant of the Day.

They can all be chanted together in the evening (or morning) when the Omer is counted, and/or throughout the day … bringing awareness back–again and again–to the qualities of the day, infusing each moment with an embodied experience of the Omer journey. 

THROUGHOUT THE OMER PERIOD – “IVRU, IVRU”

Go through, go through the gates, clear the way of the people!  (Isaiah 62:10)

Ivru

Ivru, ivru ba’sh’arim, panu derech ha’am

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant: “Breakthrough:  Ivru, Ivru”

DAY/WEEK ONE – CHESED – “ASHREI”

Happy are those that dwell in Your House; they keep on praising.  (Psalm 84:5)

Ashrei

Ashrei yoshvei veytecha od y’hal’lucha

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant:  Ashrei”

DAY/WEEK TWO – GEVURAH “OZI V’ZIMRAT YAH”

My strength, (balanced) with the Song of God, will be my salvation. (Psalm 118:14, Exodus 15:2)

OziOzi v’Zimrat Yah Vayahi li l’shu’ah

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant:  “Balancing Will and Surrender:  Ozi v’Zimrat Yah”

DAY/WEEK THREE – TIFERET – “ET HAKOL ASA”

(God) makes everything beautiful in its time,

and also hides the universe in their hearts.   (Ecclesiastes 3)

EtHaKolAsah

Et Hakol asa yafeh b’ito, gam et ha-olam natan b’libam

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant: “Knowing Beauty and Finding the Universe: Et Hakol Asa”

DAY/WEEK FOUR – NETZACH – “KAYN AVARECH’CHA”

I will bless You with my very life; through Your Name I will raise my hands.  (Psalm 63:5)

WithMyLifeText

Kayn avarech’cha v’chayai; b’shimcha esa chapai

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant:  “With My Life: Kayn Avarech’cha”

DAY/WEEK FIVE – HOD“HODIYEINI YAH”

Oh God, show me my end, and what is the measure of my days?  (Psalm 39:5)

HodiyaniTextHodiyeini Yah kitzi, u’midat yamai ma hi

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant:  Inviting Our Future Selves: Hodiyeini Yah” 

DAY/WEEK SIX – YESOD – “K’DOSHIM T’H’YU”

You shall be Holy, for I am Holy.  (Leviticus 19:2)

Kdoshim

K’doshim Ti’h’yu Ki Kadosh Ani

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant:  “Becoming Holy:  K’doshim T’h’yu”

DAY/WEEK SEVEN – MALCHUT – “L’TAKAYN”

Healing the World through the Majesty of Nurture.  (Alaynu)

LtakaynOlam

L’takayn Olam b’malchut Shaddai

Click to hear Rabbi Shefa Gold chant:  “The Majesty of Nurture: L’Takayn”

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