by Arik Einstein and Yoni Richter
Below is a song (words only) from a newly released children's album by Arik Einstein and Yoni Richter. I highly recommend the album. Though it is targeted towards kids 2-8, I would use this for older kids as well. The Hebrew is so easy that the kids can master many of the songs. They can feel good about being able to read and then sing songs in Hebrew that they understand and are fun. As an adult, I also really like it. It's up there with Jerry Garcia's "Not for Kids Only" as listenable kids music.
"Kama She'ratziti Kelev/Oh, How I Wanted a Dog" is about a child who wants a dog and his father brings home a cat instead. "Giveret im Salim/Basket Lady" is a funny song about a women who gets on the bus with so many baskets of groceries that there isn't any room for others to sit down. There are two companion songs, "Shutafim(Partners)" and "Hitpaysut (Reconciliation)" that are about broken friendship and subsequent making up.
The song below, "Shabbat Ba'boker" is a Shabbat song with no reference ritual or practice. In a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous Shabbat can be (see my comments below the song). It is upbeat and jazzy. My children (seven and four) have been belting out the chorus.
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Rabbi Shai's Comments
I believe this song/poem fits into a classic genre of Shabbat Z'mirot, Sabbath hymns. One of the sub-genres of Sabbath hymns are songs which describe what people actually do on Shabbat. "Ma Yedidut" fits this genre well as well as "Menucha v'Simcha." In this Israeli version, life itself can sustain the feeling of Shabbat without the need for religious ritual or observance.