Al Naharot Bavel

על נהרות בבל

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Al Naharot Bavel
Al Naharot Bavel
Sham yashavnu
gam bachinu
b'zochreinu et Tzion.
עַל נַהֲרוֹת בָּבֶל,
עַל נַהֲרוֹת בָּבֶל,
שָׁם יָשַׁבְנוּ
גַם בָּכִינוּ
בְּזָכְרֵנוּ אֶת צִיוֹן.


By the rivers of Babylon,
By the rivers of Babylon,
There​ we sat down
and we wept,
When we remembere​d Zion.

(Psal​m 137 verse 1)

Based​ on Jewish Publicati​on Society Bible 1917 (public domain)


There are several tunes for these words, some of which repeat different phrases.

This prayer (the first verse of Psalm 137) starts the weekday Grace After Meals (On Shabbat, we start with Shir Ha'ma'alot (Psalm 126)).

Version by 16th century composer Salomone Rossi is below:
Ensemble CONCERTO:
Alessandro Casari, soprano
Emanuele Bianchi, contralto
Giovanni Caccamo, tenore
Filippo Tuccimei, basso


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