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Psalm 51: High Holyday Liturgy

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A song for the High Holydays, inspired by Psalm 51 and the recent class on forgiveness taught by Rabbi Vivie Mayer


Psalm 51

hesed v’rakhamim

[lovingkindness and compassion]

 

my bones

my spirit

my heart are crushed 

(2x)

 

my bones

my spirit

my heart

cry out for grace

 

ha-nei-ni

[be gracious to me]

 

I have done wrong

in so many ways

 

avon, fesha, ra, cheyt

avon, fesha, ra, cheyt

avon, fesha, ra…

[iniquity, transgressions, evil, sin]

 

hesed v’racham

 

my bones

my spirit

my heart are crushed 

(2x)

 

my bones

my spirit

my heart

cry out for grace

and for a giving spirit

to stand by me

 

ha-nei-ni

 

hesed v’rakhamim

Song

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