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Ozi v’zimrat Yah vay’hi li lishuah.
עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ וַיְהִי לִי לִישׁוּעָה


The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation​​.
Psalm​ 118:14, Exodus 15:2

Trans​lation source: Jewish Publicati​on Society Bible (1917) (public domain)


My Strength (balanced​) with the Song of God will be my salvation​​.
(User​-contribu​ted translati​on)


Words from Shirat Hayam, Exodus 15:2. Composer unknown.
Often sung at seudah shlisheet.

In this practice I find and express my strength, my will, my effort and desire when I chant "Ozi." When I chant "v’zimrat Yah," I open and surrender to the God-song and let it be sung through me. Then in the last phrase, "Vayahi li lishuah," I balance those two aspects of my practice.

- Rabbi Shefa Gold
In the version below, music is by Rabbi Shefa Gold, performed by Valley Outreach Synagogue Young Adult Vocal Ensemble

Video below by Zamir Chorale of Boston


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