Friday, October 19, 2018

Sabbath Music - L'Chaim (To Life)

photo used by permission of A Little Perspective
Yesterday I wrote about choosing life by being grateful.  The Hebrew expression "L'Chaim" which means "To Life" is a lovely saying in the Jewish world.

This song was performed in the Broadway play, Fiddler On the Roof, and is a favorite of mine.  You can't feel sad when listening to this song, and it always makes my dancing feet perk up.  I hope you enjoy it as you enjoy your Sabbath rest - and I hope you dance.  L'Chaim with lyrics.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday - L'Chaim

In my reading of Proverbs 23 this morning, the word "discipline" was repeated several times.  I'll admit that is not my strongest suit.  One thing I am very disciplined about, however, is gratitude.  That word, too, is an oft-repeated word in the Scriptures. There are 106 verses with the word thanks referenced in the Complete Jewish Bible.   The two words are tied together for me because it is a discipline to be thankful

.I will admit that gratitude was difficult in my younger days.  I remember learning Ephesians 5:20, "In everything give thanks," and often felt like a hypocrite when I thanked Hashem for the hard and painful things in my life.  That discipline trained me to be able to be thankful, though, when the tests became more difficult. Hashem, in His wisdom, knows that gratitude is good for us, and He's been so kind in bringing me what I call "gratitude mentors".  I wrote about three of them HERE.

He knows that an attitude of gratitude helps us spiritually, mentally, and physically because it is life giving.  Praising Him, instead of dwelling on my problems, lifts me above my circumstances.  I love the Scripture, "Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."  It works every time.

We Jews have a saying, "L'Chaim" which means "To Life". It's based on this Scripture:

“I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today
 that I have presented you with life and death, 
the blessing and the curse. 
Therefore, choose life, 
so that you will live, 
you and your descendants...
 (Deuteronomy 30:19)

You might remember the song by the same name in the movie Fiddler on the Roof. If you've not seen that movie, you must!  It's one of my all-time favorites and I've seen it many times.  We even had a sing-along night at the synagogue where we watched the movie together. I provided the lyrics and we all sang (and sometimes danced) through every song.  Rabbi Jem even did the bottle dance!  We had so much fun!

So, dear Gail-Friends, choosing life includes being thank-FULL and we are blessed when we do.   That's why I do this post each week -- to remind myself to be thank-FULL.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sabbath Music - O Give Thanks

Yesterday, I did some writing about the discipline of giving thanks, and this song has come to mind to share for your Sabbath worship.  It's such a worship-FULL song.  Just close your eyes and listen to the words.  I know your spirit will rejoice and be lifted.      O Give Thanks by Paul Wilbur

The video includes a beautiful dance, and I do hope you dance, Gail-Friends.  He loves it when we praise him with dancing. 

Let them praise His Name with dancing.
 Let them sing praises to Him with tambourine and harp.  
(Psalm 149:3)

Good Shabbos to you, Gail-Friends.  May your rest be sweet.

~graphic by MiYah Music, used by permission