Songs of Israel

Small Gifts - Matanot Ktanot

LYRICS:

Another Friday, breathing the air,
Zeh od yom shishi noshem et ha'avir

Light and shadow are playing "tag" again.
Ahor ve'atzel mesachakim shoov tofeset

The table is set, childhood photos on the wall,
Ashulchan aruch tmunot yaldut al akir

White processions are returning from shul,
Shayarot levenot chozrot mibet kneset

And that smell which scratches my heart -
Ve'are'ach azeh shesoret li et alev

Sneaking in and opening doors
Mitganev mitganev vepote'ach dlatot

To a small joy, to the same old song
El osher ktan, el oto shir yashan

which is being passed along for generations.
She'over etzlenu bemeshech dorot

Chorus:
Small gifts
Matanot ktanot
Someone has sent me small gifts
Mishehu shalach li matanot ktanot

Shrapnels of intent, circles of belief
Resisim shel kavana higulim shel emuna

Small gifts -
Matanot ktanot

Such as the strength to accept what I lack and what I possess
Kmo hako'ach lekabel et ma she'en et ma sheyesh

What more can one ask for?
Ma od efshar kvar levakesh?

Another Friday- balcony and newspaper,
Zeh od yom shishi mirpeset ve'iton

The sun, like worries, is slowly being erased,
Ashemesh kmo ade'agot le'at nimcheket

Simple melodies crawl through the window
Manginot pshutot zochalot me'achalon

and there is no longer any storm which can hide the silence.
Ve'shum sehara kvar lo tastir po et asheket

Chorus:
Small gifts
Matanot ktanot
Someone has sent me small gifts
Mishehu shalach li matanot ktanot

For thou hast chosen us and sanctified us...
Ki banu bacharta , ve'otanu kidashta

Blessed art thou, G-d, sanctifier of the Sabbath.
Baruch ata adon_i mekadesh ashabat

And that smell which scratches my heart-
Ve'are'ach azeh shesoret li et alev

Sneaking in and opening doors
Mitganev mitganev vepote'ach dlatot

To a small joy, to the same old song
El osher ktan, el oto shir yashan

which is being passed along for generations.
She'over etzlenu bemeshech dorot

Music by The Boy Duo and Lyrics by Rami Kleinshtein


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10 Words to Learn

gifts - matanot - מתנות
shade - tzal - צל
processions - shayarot - שיירות
heart - lev - לב
someone - mishu - מישהו
shrapnel - resisim - רסיסים
melodies - manginot - מנגינות
storm - sehara - סערה
scratches - soret - שורט
crawl - zochalot - זוחלות


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