My OBT

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


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Repost: Oh, Shenandoah

"The Trapper and His Family" by Charles Deas, 1845
“The Trapper and His Family” by Charles Deas, 1845

2/4/17: This is a beautiful, touching, a cappella version of Oh Shenandoah, sung by Peter Hollens. The song comes from a fascinating early American tradition. Here’s Wikipedia for more information (that may or may not be true).

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Unless the Lord Builds the House

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Shira Choir

It continues to be a source of profound disappointment to me that I wasn’t born Jewish. Here’s a lot 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


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Hallelujah!

This has been making the rounds on Facebook for a few days, so I’m assuming most of you have seen it. However, I’m on a new diet which has left me a bit daft and full of feels, so I’m sharing it anyway!

Here’s one of my favorite singers singing my favorite song (with the help of 1500 of his friends).