Sh'ma Yisrael

by Fran Gordon & Naomi Less

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Fran Gordon and Naomi Less’ song “Shma Yisrael” asks the Jewish community at large why in Israel, a modern Jewish democracy, the spiritual civil rights of all Jews are not protected. This song is part of a larger initiative called the “Sacred Rights, Sacred Songs Project” – a concert to awaken Jews around the world to the conflict between Public Jewish Law and the core democratic values found in Israel’s Declaration of Independence. (ie. marriage laws, women’s rights, divorce, conversion, burial, public transportation.)
- See more at: sacredrightssacredsong.org/2012/11/21/shma-yisrael/#sthash.gvV7h8kC.dpuf

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Verse:
Who decides how I’m a Jew?
Who dictates what I have to do
to claim my essence
to bond with my Tribe?
A bribe you say could make a difference?
Why this rule and that behavior?
I can’t believe Mashiach
would be that kind of saviour
that demands we find the Truth in just one way?
Don’t we get something to say?

Chorus:
Sh’ma Yisrael
L’chol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’chol am yisrael

Sh’ma Yisrael
L’chol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’chol am

Intro

Bridge:
In a land that values dignity & the rights of free expression
How could one’s identity fall prey to this suppression?
In the modern Jewish State, can we begin to celebrate
the different ways to be part of one tribe?
Chorus:
Sh’ma Yisrael
L’kol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’kol am yisrael

Sh’ma Yisrael
L’kol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’kol am
Yisrael

CHORUS

Who decides how I’m a Jew?
Who dictates what I have to do
to claim my essence
to bond with my Tribe?
In a democracy, more than one voice, should decide.

- See more at: http://sacredrightssacredsong.org/2012/11/21/shma-yisrael/#sthash.gvV7h8kC.dpuf

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Produced by Glenn Grossman

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