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There is Hope: An Album's Intention

"There is a crack in everything / That's how the light gets in."
- Leonard Cohen

"There is hope for your future."
- Jeremiah 31:17

The musicians featured in this collection have given of their souls to heal, to help, to bring light to others. We all offer these songs, the soundtracks of our own soul's, to anyone in need of reassurance and comfort in these uncertain times. There is an immense need for hope, now more than ever, as hatred seems to gain momentum with each passing news item. But, as the prophet Jeremiah, who witnessed destruction and violence in his lifetime, taught us: there is always hope. We affirm, through our music, through our very souls: There is hope.

Our collective blessing to every listener:

May you sing and dance, act and love, expanding the cracks in your heart to let ever more light in.
May we build this world from love.
Together.

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released November 18, 2016

Curated by Rabbi David Paskin and Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Contributing artists: Marsha Attie, Stacy Beyer, Joanie Calem, Neshama Carlebach, Jennie Chabon, Menachem Creditor, Steve Dropkin, Maya Elise, Adam Feder, Josh Goldberg, Sue Horowitz, Billy Kaplan, Larry Karol, Naomi Less, Chava Mirel, Dan Nichols, David Paskin, Pizmon, Juval Porat, Rick Recht, Chana Rothman, Melita Silberstein, Julie Silver, Peri Smilow, and Craig Taubman

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Rabbi David Paskin and Rabbi Menachem Creditor Boca Raton, Florida

Rabbi David Paskin is known as the Rock n'Roll Rabbi. David has written and produced six full-length albums of Jewish music and has performed around the country. Rabbi Menachem Creditor is the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA. Named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America he is a published author, musician, teacher and activist. ... more

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Track Name: Shirav: Paskin/Creditor - There Is Hope
CHORUS
There is hope, there is healing
There is peace and there is blessing
There is hope, there is healing
There is peace and there is blessing

When the waters are wide…and you…
Cannot reach the other side
Should your courage run dry…

CHORUS

What you try to endure
When the future’s unsure
Believe there’s something more…

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Yesh tikvah yesh r’fuah
Yesh shalom v’yesh b’racha.

Na…na

There is hope, there is healing
There is peace and there is blessing
Track Name: Adam Feder - So May It Be
For everyone who lives in fear we pray for your strength
For every man who lives in pain we pray for you the same
For each and everyone who seeks a healing of the heart
We offer up this prayer for you taking one step closer to G-d
So may it be
So may it be
So may it be
So may it be

For anyone who is in need, this prayer is said for you
For all of us who know loss and grief and don’t know what to do
For every season there is prayer to guide us in our days
I hope this song we sing together here will bless you in every way.
So may it be
So may it be
So may it be
So may it be
Track Name: Sue Horowitz - Peace Song
Peace across the mighty waters
Peace to all your sons and daughters
Write it in a rainbow across the sky
Peace across the thunderous mountains
Peace through lines and walls and bastions
Write it in a rainbow across the sky
And we, will not wait for change
And we, will not wait for change
And we will not wait for change to come around
Peace through morning’s yellow rays
And peace at evening’s blue-purple haze
Write it in a rainbow across the sky
Peace throughout your holy lands
And peace to those who understand
Write it in a rainbow across the sky
And we, will not wait for change
And we, will not wait for change
And we will not wait for change to come around ooh….
Peace through politics and “isms”
Peace to all of those imprisoned
Write it in a rainbow across the sky
Find it in your righteous stories
Don’t be fooled by dreams of glory
Write it in a rainbow across the sky
And we, will not wait for change
And we, will not wait for change
And we will not wait for change to come around Ooh….
Track Name: Marsha Attie - Heart of Mine
Oh Heart of mine lost and find
My home is sometimes near and sometimes far, It’s always changing
Oh heart of mine take the time, To feel the sadness love is always near
It seems they go together

Chorus
The walls are coming down and down and down
And life is going round and round and round
And love it will be found and found and found
It’s all inside of you

Oh moon of mine to see you shine is like as if to wish upon a star
I’m so glad to see you
Oh moon of mine the night is time for love and wonder
Spread across the sky, what would we do without you

Chorus

Oh friend of mine eyes that shine and help me feel that I am not alone
How can I ever thank you
Oh friend of mine space nor time will break the bond that
Holds my heart with yours, I’ll always love you
Track Name: David Paskin - Footprints
Last night I had a dream that I’ve come to understand
I was walking with God along the shore, in the sand
And above me in the sky were scenes flashing from my past
And behind me in the sand two sets of footprints still would last
One of God’s, and one of mine.

When the last scene of my life left its mark upon the sky
I looked back at all the footprints and I had to wonder why
For I saw that there were times as I traveled through my life
When it seemed I walked alone in my times of pain and strife

And so I questioned the LORD, did I misunderstand
If I would follow You, You’d walk with me, hold my hand…

Then a still small voice echoed through the air
Saying, “I am here with you, I did not leave you, I do care.
My precious, precious child when the footprints are not two
It was then that I was closest – It was then that I carried you.”
Track Name: Jennie Chabon - One Voice
This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice
Track Name: Rick Recht - The Hope
This is the hope
The hope is still real
A Jewish home
In Israel
This our time
We stand as one
If not now when
We must be strong
Our hearts turn to the East

This is the hope that holds us together
Hatikvah, the hope that will last forever
This is the hope that holds us together
Hatikvah, the hope is still real

This is the hope
2000 years
We pray for freedom
Through pain and tears
This is our faith
This is our voice
This is our promise
This is our choice
Our hearts turn to the East

This is the hope that holds us together
Hatikvah, the hope that will last forever
This is the hope that holds us together
Hatikvah, the hope is still real

Hatikvah, the hope is real
Hatikvah, our hope, Israel

Lih’yot
am chofshi
b’artzenu, b’artzenu
eretz tzion
Virushalayim, Virushalayim

This is the hope that holds us together
Hatikvah, the hope that will last forever
This is the hope that holds us together
Hatikvah, the hope is still real
Track Name: Craig Taubman - Lo Alecha
We can try
We will try
We must try

You see that man on the corner
With the wind burned hands
and the sunburned face
Look at that man
can you see his hurt
can you hear his heart
can you feel his pain

Listen people, listen all of you
Listen can you hear the cry
Listen people, listen all of you
Listen can you feel the pain

You see those people
You see homeless helpless hoping searching hungry people
Yes hand and hand we can touch those people
Reach those children
hand in hand

Listen people listen all of you
listen can you hear the cry
Listen people listen all of you
listen can you feel the pain

Lo aleicha hamlacha ligmor v’lo atah bein chorin l’hibatel mimena
Hayom katzar v’hamlacha mrubah

We can try
We will try
We must try
Track Name: Peri Smilow - Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Paul and Silas were bound in jail,
Had no money for to go their bail,
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.

Paul and Silas began to shout,
Jail door opened and they walked out,
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.

CHORUS
Hold on, hold on,
Keep your eyes on the prize,
Hold on.

Freedom’s name is mighty sweet,
Soon one day we’re gonna meet,
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.

The only chain that we can stand,
Is that chain of hand in hand,
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.

The only thing that we did wrong,
Stayed in the wilderness too long,
Keep your eyes on the prize,
Hold on.

But the one thing we did right,
Was the day we started to fight,
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.

We’re gonna ride for civil rights,
We’re gonna ride for both black and white,
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on
Track Name: Dan Nichols - Children of the World
May we, the children of the world,
Not repeat the mistakes of past generations
Free us from the traps of old arguments and ancient battles
May we, the children of the world, find a new way of living
Where the riches of some are not at the expense of others
May we, the children of the world, use our energy and optimism
Overcome the barriers and fences of the past
May we, the children of the world, have a new vision for this planet
So that we waste less and save more
May we, the children of the world,
Live in harmony with you, your creation, and each other
On that day You will be One and Your Name it will be One
Amen
Track Name: Melita Silberstein - Connected
I’m a feather on the wing of an eagle that is soaring
You’re a scale on a minnow that is swimming in the sea
I’m a drop of water in a rain shower pouring
You’re a leaf on a branch of a sycamore tree

I’m a blade of grass in a field that is sprawling
You’re a wisp of a cloud that is floating in the sky
I’m the spiraling dance of an autumn leaf that’s falling
You’re the splash of stars that are stretched across the night

And everything is connected
We all are sharing the same world
In the mountains and the trees we’re reflected
From the same stardust every little thing has unfurled

I’m a word on the page in the book that you are reading
You’re a log in a fire that is warming up the room
I’m the twinkle in the eye of the person that you’re meeting
You’re the glow in the water from the dim light of the moon

I’m the swirl in the shell at the bottom of the ocean
In a meadow of flowers you’re the petal of a rose
I’m the fluttering wings of a butterfly in motion
You’re the glimmer of colors in a growing rainbow

And everything is connected
Each one of us is part of all
In each other we are reflected
We’re singing the same song

And everything is connected
We all are sharing the same world
In the rivers and the seas we’re reflected
From the same stardust every little thing has unfurled
Track Name: Joanie Calem - Prayers
May we find stillness, for the days we walk in pain,
May we find acceptance, of all that comes our way.
May we find welcome, when we stretch out our hands.
May we find wisdom, as we walk this land.

Wishes for the hard times, prayers for these days,
May we all forever grow, stronger on our way.
And when it’s stormy, and we can’t find the road,
May we hear the still, small voice, calling us home.

And when there is a flood, the dove goes out a-searching,
The dove goes out a-searching for a tree.
So fly away my dove, fly into the sunlight,
Fly away my dove, and be free.

May we find stillness, for the days we walk in pain,
May we find acceptance, of all that comes our way.
May we find forgiveness for the things we should not do,
May we find simplicity for the times we are confused.

Wishes for the hard times, prayers for these days,
May we all forever grow stronger on our way.
And when the sky is dark and the sun has set and gone,
May we all remember that after dark comes dawn.

And when there is a flood, the dove goes out a-searching,
The dove goes out a-searching for a tree.
So fly away my dove, fly into the sunlight,
Fly away my dove, and be free.

Hebrew chorus:
U’cshe yored mabul, Yonah michapeset
Yonah michapeset Alon.
Az ufi lach yonah Ufi la-shamayim
Ufi lach yonah Le-merom.
Track Name: Josh Goldberg - Lo Yisa Goy
Lo yisa goy el goy cherev
Lo yilmedu od, milchama

Lead us to peace, oh Lord
‘cause that’s the only thing worth fighting for
Lead us to peace Adonai
How many more of us must die?
Track Name: Chava Mirel - Let It Lead You
In the dark still silence of the night when there's nobody else around
When loneliness wraps around you like a cold cold wind and it pushes you to the ground

Oh let the light lead you back home
To a place where you're embraced and known
And every night the light grows and grows

I'm lighting a candle in my window
Shining out for all the world to see
It's shining on our faces lighting up the places
Where we gather with our family
You are safe with me

When you've been working so long in this fight and you're still getting pushed around
When you're dependent on the generosity of strangers and humanity has let you down

Oh let the light make you feel whole
Let it reach through the night and heal your soul
And every night the light grows and grows

We're lighting candles in our windows
Shining out for all the world to see
It is shining on your faces lighting up the places
Where you gather with your family
You are safe here

Keep shining keep shining
A light out to your neighbors
We're brighter we're brighter
When we shine together
Keep shining keep shining
A light out to our neighborhoods
We're brighter were brighter
When we shine for each other

Let it lead you let it lead you
Let it lead you let it lead you
Let it lead you let it lead you
Let it lead you home
And every night the light grows and grows
Track Name: Juval Porat - Priestly Blessing
Chorus:
Ken Yehi Ratzon
Ken Yehi Ratzon
Ken Yehi Ratzon
Ken Yehi Ratzon

Yevarechecha
Adonai v’yishmerecha
Yaer Adonai
Panav elecha v’yichuneka
Yissa Adonai
Panav eleicha v’yassem lecha shalom

Chorus

Wherever you go
May you be transformed
By the divine flow
May your fierce and loving light
always shine bright through it all

May you find contentment in all that you do
May kindness and grace always be there for you
May you always be able to speak out your truth
May you always be you

And may your life be protected
May it be guided by peace

Chorus
Track Name: Larry Karol - Natatah Simchah
When I see Your light in my eyes
When You lead me to the joy in my heart
When I feel Your goodness all around me
I know, I am not alone, I am not alone

CHORUS:
נָתַ֣תָּה שִׂמְחָ֣ה בְלִבִּ֑י Natatah simchah v’libi
בְּקָרְאִ֡י עֲנֵ֤נִי ׀ אֱלֹ֘הֵ֤י צִדְקִ֗י
B’kor’i aneini elohay tzid-ki
חָ֝נֵּ֗נִי וּשְׁמַ֥ע תְּפִלָּתִֽי: Choneini u-sh’ma t’filati
נָתַ֣תָּה שִׂמְחָ֣ה בְלִבִּ֑י Natatah simchah v’libi

When we sense the warmth of Your presence
When You lay us down in safety and in peace
When we find ourselves falling into the depths of our despair
You are there to give us release, to give us release - CHORUS

When we’ve abandoned all hope of human kindness
Raise us up with strength to face the day
When the road ahead is narrow and winding
Make wide our way, make wide our way CHORUS

Natatah simchah v’libiנָתַ֣תָּה שִׂמְחָ֣ה בְלִבִּ֑י
(Translation: You put joy in my heart; when I call on You, answer me, God of my righteousness; be gracious to me and hear my prayer)
Track Name: Stacy Beyer - Healing
VERSE 1
HEALING IS A JOURNEY AND IT TAKES TIME
WORKING THROUGH THE PAIN WITHIN
TO TOUCH THE OTHER SIDE
I AM LEARNING HOW TO GET THERE
THROUGH THE CHAOS IN MY SOUL
HEALING IS A JOURNEY ON THE ROAD TO BEING WHOLE

CHORUS
HEALING HEALING HEALING

VERSE 2
SOMETIMES WHEN THE HURT’S SO STRONG AND MY HEART IS AFRAID
ADONAI, ELOHEINU
CAN I REALLY FACE THIS DAY
AND IF I FAIL
AND IF I FALL
I WILL LOOK TO YOU THE SOURCE OF ALL

CHORUS
HEALING HEALING HEALING

BRIDGE
AND WHEN I NEED IT MOST
I PRAY FOR HEALING IN MY SOUL

CHORUS
HEALING
HEALING
HEALING...
Track Name: Naomi Less - Gibor
Takshiv LaKri’ah-ah - Timza ‘taTshuvah
תָקשִיב לָקרִיאָה – תִמְצַא ‘תָתשוּבָה

Takshiv LaKri’ah-ah - Timza ‘taTshuvah
תָקשִיב לָקרִיאָה – תִמְצַא ‘תָתשוּבָה

Verse 1:
Can you - hear it deep inside
You don’t have to hide. Listen to your calling

You can open up your mind
Who knows what you’ll find. There’s no time for stalling

Huh - Kulam - yallah - kadimah! כולם – יאלאה – קדימה

Refrain:
Takshiv LaKri’ah-ah - Timza ‘taTshuvah
תָקשִיב לָקרִיאָה – תִמְצַא ‘תָתשוּבָה

Takshiv LaKri’ah-ah - Timza ‘taTshuvah
תָקשִיב לָקרִיאָה – תִמְצַא ‘תָתשוּבָה

Verse 2:
You’ll see miracles each day
Gifts along your way - If you let them guide you

You may sink before you soar
(But) step onto the shore. The hardest part’s behind you

Huh - Kulam - yallah - kadimah! כולם – יאלאה – קדימה

Refrain:
Takshiv LaKri’ah-ah - Timza ‘taTshuvah
תָקשִיב לָקרִיאָה – תִמְצַא ‘תָתשוּבָה

Takshiv LaKri’ah-ah - Timza ‘taTshuvah
תָקשִיב לָקרִיאָה – תִמְצַא ‘תָתשוּבָה
Track Name: Chana Rothman - A Better Way
On a bus in Alabama, Rosa paid her fare
She came upon a sign that said she couldn’t sit there
And though her voice was weary, the drive heard her say:
I know, I know:
We can find a better way

On a stage in San Francisco, as he stood before the crowd
Harvey showed us he could lead, honest, brave and proud
And all across the nation the people heard him say
I know, I know:
We can find a better way

A better way, a better way
Together we can raise our voice
And make a brand new day
If Rosa could, and Harvey could, then surely we can too
A better way depends on me and you

As I sit here in the circle, I look at you all around
I hear that change is coming – the sound is getting loud
And now that I can feel it I can add my voice and say:
I know, I know
We can find a better way
Track Name: Steve Dropkin - We Will Stand Together
When we all stand together, we change the way we live
Begin to stop the hatred, start reaching out to give.
When we all stand together, no matter race or skin
Then we can learn forever, how peace and love begin.

We all stand together…

When we all stand together, and we look into our souls
And discover in the future, there’s a world to behold.
When we all stand together, each gathered in our homes
And find or family unity, as one, but not alone!

We all stand together…

When we all stand together, we’ll open up our hearts
And light the burning passion, to go and do our part.
When we all stand together, believe in what we pray
Deliver on our promise, to find a better way!

When we all stand together, fulfill our hopes and dreams
As we repair the world, every shattered peace
When we all stand together, and learn to sing a song,
Miracles can happen, and together we’ll be strong!

We all stand together…
Track Name: Billy Kaplan - Oseh Shalom
Oseh Shalom
Bimromav
Hu Ya-ase shalom alenu
V’Alcol Yisrael
V’alkol yoshvei tavel
V’Imru amen

May there be peace
Spreading all around
And when there is peace for us
And all Israel
And all who on this planet dwell
Let us say, Amen.
Track Name: Pizmon - Yachad
Yachad, lev el lev
Niftach venir’e
Ta’or shebashamayim
Yachad, lev el lev
Niftach betikva, la’ahava

Ekh shehalev niftach
Chovek et ha‘olam
Uvikriyah g’dolah
Nashir la’ahavah

Imru hakol efshar
Ze lo me’uchar
Hashachar kvar ‘ala
Z’man la’ahava

Yachad, lev el lev…

Verak Im na’amin
Uv’li shum da’awin
Baderech ha‘olah
Ze shir la’ahava

Yachad, lev el lev…
Track Name: Menachem Creditor - Olam Chesed Yibaneh
Olam chesed yibaneh

I will build this world from love
And you must build this world from love
And if we build this world from love
Then God will build this world from love