Or Zarua

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Description

This is “Or Zarua” in four parts, sung by Ira and Julia Levin and Ellen and Billy Dreskin …

This is “Or Zarua” in two parts, sung by Julia Bordenaro Levin and Billy Dreskin …

This text comes from the Book of Psalms 97:11-12. It teaches, “Light is sown for the righteous, radiance for the upright. The deeds of the righteous celebrate God. Every kindness radiates holiness.” Its basic message is: The universe wants each of us to bring goodness into the world.
Billy wrote this song for Beged Kefet in 1982 but he didn’t finish it until 2022, forty years later! Recording it with Cantor Ellen Dreskin and The Levins (Ira and Julia) was sheer delight. The two-part arrangement (which admittedly, just pulls two parts from the four, but they work really nice together) is great for duets and congregational choirs.

lyrics

Or za-ru-a la-tza-dik ul-yish-rei lev sim-kha.

Sim-khu tza-di-kim b’A-do-nai v’ho-du l’ze-kher kod-sho.

Translation: Light is sown for the righteous, radiance for the upright. The deeds of the righteous celebrate God. Every kindness radiates holiness.

credits

Music: Billy Dreskin
Vocals: Ellen and Billy Dreskin, Ira and Julia Levin (The Levins)
Keyboard and computer programming: Billy Dreskin
Sound engineering: Larry Alexander

Additional information

Download Format

MP3 Audio (4 parts), MP3 Audio (2 parts), 4 Voices-Cello-Guitar Score and Parts (pdf), 2 Voices-Cello-Guitar Score and Parts (pdf), Lead Sheets (Melody and Chords, second has Melody, Violin and Chords

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