IR VA'EM

JERUSALEM 

A CITY AND A MOTHER

MAJOR CITY 

Ir va'em lev po'em, ayin kol ro'ah
tugatech ein lah shem, simchatech go'ah
ir va'em ir sheli, hated'i shalvah
at otah bishvili, or ve'ahavah

Samachti be'omrim li,
beit adonai nelech
beshirech shir hashirim li,
esh'tachaveh mulech
ki od chai bishe'araich, zecher etmolech
uverosh kol hararaich, melech rav molech alaich

Ir va'em...

Im hemyat meimei shilo'ach, haholchim le'at
at tamid natat bi ko'ach, at bi tikvah natat
im ha'oren vehazayit, tzel al chomotai
mi yivneh yivneh li bayit, be'ir chalomotai

Ir va'em...

A maternal city, a beating heart, the eye of all that see
your sorrow has no name, your joy increases
A maternal city, my city, shall you know tranquility
you are cover for me, light and love

I rejoiced when they said to me,
we shall go to the house of the Lord
your song is the song of songs to me,
I will bow down in front of you
for the memory of your past still lives within your gates
and at the head of all your hills, a great king reigns

A maternal city...

With the sigh of water release, those walking slowly
you always gave me strength, you put hope in me
with the pine and the olive, a shade over my walls
who shall build me a home, in the city of my dreams

A maternal city...

 
Hebrew words

LYRICS
Naomi Shemer
MUSIC
Naomi Shemer
SINGER
Ruchamah Raz
DANCE CHOREOGRAPHER
Bentzi Tiram 1995
DANCE FORMAT
Circle

Words transliterated and translated by George Jakubovits of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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