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Sh'ma Yisrael - Listen Israel

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Published on Oct 27, 2012

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" (http://www.sacredrightssacredsong.org) - 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 lyrics below...)

Scroll down to learn more about how you can use your voice and get involved.
and click: http://www.facebook.com/listenisrael

Video Credits:
Sh'ma Yisrael © Fran Gordon and Naomi Less, March, 2012
Executive Producer: Fran Gordon
Music Produced and Arranged by: Glenn Grossman (http://studiog-2.com, Brooklyn, NY)
Video Produced and Directed by: Michal Hanuka
Assistant Video Producer: Glenn Grossman
NYC site filming by: Saul Sudin
Pepper Pike, Ohio site filming by: Steve Hacker

Musicians:
Lead Vocals - Naomi Less (Booking: aliya@kolotmanagement.com)
Vocalists- Fran Gordon, Shira Kline, Beth Shafer
Keyboard- Sam Glaser
Guitar - Shahar Mintz
Acoustic Guitar - Naomi Less
Bass- Uri Kleinmann
Cello - Yoed Nir
Programming and Drums - Glenn Grossman (www.studiog-2.com)

Participants in making of Sh'ma Yisrael video:
Camp Ramah Wisconsin Staff 2012: Emily Malamud, Shoshana Jaffa, Becca Sykes, Hezi Mizrachi, Phil Kogan, Harry Eskin, Josh Sacks, Steven Hoffman (not shown)
Ramah Darom Gesher campers, Summer 2012 (not shown)
Nesiya Institute participants, Summer 2012
Beit Yisrael, Gilo, Jerusalem, Mechina Program participants, Fall 2012
B'nai Jeshurun Congregation Religious School students, Pepper Pike, Ohio, Fall 2012

Want to get involved?
Check out organizations fighting for democratic rights and spiritual civil rights in Israel.
Use your voice!
www.sacredrightssacredsong.org - a Concert of Concern - build a community-wide concert in your neighborhood to raise awareness on these issues and help support the organizations making social change.
Women of the Wall (http://www.womenofthewall.org.il) - working to secure freedom of religious expression at the Western Wall
Israel Hofshit (http://www.befree.org.il/english) - catalyzing grassroots involvement in political life in Israel with the goal of readjusting the balance between Synagogue and State
Hiddush (http://www.hiddush.org) - advocating for change in the relationship between Synagogue and State
Israel Religious Action Center (http://www.irac.org) - working to guarantee equal rights in all areas of public life
Masorti Foundation (http://www.masorti.org.il) - strengthening the presence of liberal Judaism in Israel

LYRICS:

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.

  • Category

  • Song

    • Shma Yisrael (Listen Israel)
  • Artist

    • Naomi Less
  • Album

    • Seven
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    • CD Baby

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