For many, it is easier to sing Hebrew prayers than to speak them. Here is Ma'ariv Aravim, from the evening liturgy, set to a gently flowing melody with a range of just over an octave. This song is entirely in Hebrew. Published in "Voices in Prayer," so you can have a listen to it on the Jewish Music Tracks page.
Sheet music for songs that start with "M"
This is a Hanukkah song for young children to march and sway to, and for older children to sing. Although the song can be sung exclusively in English, day school and older students can learn to sing the first verse entirely in Hebrew. Purchase of the sheet music comes with two bonus song sheets--one with transliterated Hebrew and one with the Hebrew but no transliteration. Published in "Gan Shirim."
I started composing this song on my way home from the funeral of Rabbi Arnold G. Fink and dedicated the song to his memory. I sing it before the Mourners' Kaddish and at High Holy Day services. I've been told that "May They Be For A Blessing" is the most meaningful part of Shabbat evening services for many people in attendance. Published in "Voices in Prayer." Please listen to the learning track and consider including it at your services.
The Mi Shebeirach prayer offers hope. The lyrics of this gentle song for healing, "Mi Shebeirach," are these: "May the One who blessed our mothers and our fathers bring blessing and healing to the ones we love. May the Source of strength give them courage, make them strong. Hear our prayer, O hear our prayer. Mi shebeirach avoteinu, mi shebeirach avoteinu, help bring healing of the body and spirit to the heart." There is also optional wording for those in need. Published in "Voices in Prayer" and "Jewish Life Cycle."
This is a song about Miriam for mid-to-upper elementary school students who are learning about Miriam, possibly in the context of Passover or a parasha in which she appears. All in English, the song starts with a short verse about helping her mother Yocheved. The second verse incorporates that and adds that Miriam led the women in dance. The third verse incorporates helping her mother, leading the women in dance, and drinking the water in her well. It's a great exercise in memorization akin to Chad Gadya. Published in "Gan Shirim."
With Hebrew from the morning liturgy, this energetic song reminds us to have an attitude of gratitude. The English part of the song says, "When I wake up every morning, I thank God for each new day. For the soul You place within me, I sing to You in my own way." Nominated in 2006 as "Best Jewish Song" by Just Plain Folks. Published in "Voices in Prayer" and "Gan Shirim."
A very simple song about the Israeli flag for preschoolers. Show a flag while singing this one and point to the colors while the children call out what they are. Lyrics: "My flag is blue. My flag is white. My flag is such a pretty sight. Kachol means blue. Lavan means white. I can wave it day and night." There's an optional second verse with more Hebrew. From the "Super Simple Songs" collection.