Orange Class Playlist


OUR HEBREW CLASS at Citizen Cafe uses a LOT of music. I’m sure this playlist will grow (we’re only halfway through the term) but it’s fun learning a language with Pop Music. These are not religious songs at all, but each is sung in the modern form of the language of the Prophets, Lashon Hakodesh לָשׁוֹן הַקֹּדֶשׁ as it’s called: “The Holy Tongue“. It’s impossible – even in the snarkiest breakup songs – not to hear something of the Bible. I’m certain 100% that the artists do not share this feeling. It’s their daily chatter from each “boker” (mornin’ just like in English before coffee) to each “yalla BYEEEE!” (Arabic+English=Hebrew slang). It’s ok. But literally, everything in Hebrew has a Biblical echo. (Did Aramaic serve as the “yiddish” of Jesus’ time, or was that Koine? I suspect the Lord’s Prayer was first given in Hebrew, since it was in response to students asking their teacher how to pray.)

1: Hadag Nahash – Lo Maspik (not enough)
– הדג נחש – לא מספיק

2: Anna Zak – Lakh Lishon (Go to sleep)
– אנה זק – לך לישון

3: Shlomo Artzi – Shaalti Mah Kara (I asked what happened)
שלמה ארצי – שאלתי מה קרה

4: Nomke – Kama Paamim (How many times)
– נומקה – כמה פעמים

5: Etti Ankri – Lecha Tetargel Itah (go get used to it)
– אתי אנקרי – לך תתרגל איתה

6: Hakeves Hashisha Asar Cast Gan Segur (Closed Garden)
– משתתפי הכבש השישה עשר – גן סגור

7: Hanan Ben Ari – HaChaim Shelanu Tutim (Our Lives are Strawberries)
– חנן בן ארי – החיים שלנו תותים

8: Ehud Benai – Al Tifkhad (Don’t be Afraid) – אהוד בנאי – אל תפחד

10: Alma Zohar -Uchal Lehamshich Lishon
– עלמה זהר – א​י​ך א​ו​כ​ל ל​ה​מ​ש​י​ך ל​י​ש​ו​ן


11:Ran Danker – HaSimlah HaKhadash Sheli (My New Dress)
– רן דנקר – השמלה החדשה שלי

Author: Huw Raphael

A Dominican Tertiary living in San Francisco, CA. He is almost 59. He feeds the homeless as a parochial almoner and is studying to be a Roman Catholic Deacon. He is learning modern Israeli Hebrew and enjoys cooking, keto, cats, long urban hikes, and SF Beer Week.

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