What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Unless the Lord Builds the House…



Shira Choir

It continues to be a source of profound disappointment to me that I wasn’t born Jewish, and only partly because it makes me feel like only half a New Yorker. Here’s the rest of the reason why. This is the New York-based Shira Chorus singing a spectacular new song, “Im Hashem Lo Yivneh Bayis,” at their leader’s son’s Bar Mitzvah. Absolute perfection.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

Im HaShem Lo Yivneh Bayit

The builders labor in vain.

Shav Amlu Bonav Bo

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

Im HaShem Lo Yishmor Ir

the guards stand watch in vain.

Shav Shakad Shomer

Indeed, he who watches over Israel

Hinei Hinei Lo Yanum

will neither slumber nor sleep.

Lo Yanum v’Lo Yishan

Lo Yanum v’Lo Yishan

Guardian of Israel

Shomer Yisrael

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Unless the Lord Builds the House…

  1. Wow…never heard anything quite like that. Love it!

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  2. You always find such amazing things! Thank you for that! I really look forward to every post!

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  3. Excellent pick for your OBT!
    I related to your comment, It continues to be a source of profound disappointment to me that I wasn’t born Jewish.
    Such an amazing culture.

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