Lechu Neranenah – לְכוּ נְרַנְּנָה

Lechu Neranenah LYRICS

Lechu neranenah la’Adonai (x2).
Nari’ah (Nari’ah) l’tzur yisheinu
nekadmah fanav b’todah (x2)
Bizmirot nari’ah lo!

לְכוּ נְרַנְּנָה לַה’, לְכוּ נְרַנְּנָה לַה
נָרִיעָה (נָרִיעָה) לְצוּר יִשְׁעֵנוּ
נְקַדְּמָה פָנָיו בְּתוֹדָה
בִּזְמִרוֹת נָרִיעַ לוֹ

Translation

Let us go out and rejoice!
Sing out with joy to our Rock
Let’s go greet the Holy One with thanks
And with songs we’ll sing out and rejoice

Psalm 95: 1-2
Melody by Josh Warshawsky

Lechu Neranenah

Change of Space, Change of Mind

This song comes from the Psalms (Psalm 95). It is the opening of Kabbalat Shabbat (the service that opens Shabbat) and it comes right after Yedid Nefesh (the poem, which is technically not a part of the liturgy). It is the beginning of six Psalms leading up to Lecha Dodi, one psalm for each day of the week leading up to Shabbat. So basically this psalm is Sunday. It’s our first step away from Shabbat after Shabbat, but it is also the first step towards the next Shabbat. This melody is upbeat and joyful, because this prayer is telling us to get moving! Prayer can’t happen where you are physically, spiritually, emotionally. You have to get ready. You have to prepare, to ready yourself to change and be changed. And it’s all written in the plural, because in Judaism prayer is a communal act, especially on Shabbat. And so we call out to each other, “Hey! Let’s go pray and sing together!” (Kind of like we do in Lecha Dodi Corning, which has the same opening root word).

Lechu Neranenah by Rabbi Josh Warshawsky. Executive Producers: Marc and Susan Sacks
With generous additional funding provided by Sacred Sounds Unbound:
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Temple Beth Am Los Angeles
Sponsored by Pat Kalmans and Michael Ozer and Rabbi Ben Richards
Co-sponsored by Cantor Alan Sokoloff and Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley/Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Produced and mixed by Jeremy Lawrence
Engineered by Patrick Kehrier and Tyler Karmen
Additional Audio Editing by Josh Kay and Patrick Rimterakul
Mastered by Mike White
Vocal arrangements and production by Ayo Awosika
Musical direction by Brock Pollock
Recorded at 64 Sound in Highland Park, CA
Featuring the Chaverai Nevarech Band:

Josh Warshawsky (Guitar, Lead Vocals)
Brock Pollock (Music Producer, Bass)
Ayo Awosika (Vocal Producer, Vocals, Lead Vocals on Hapotei’ach, Piano on Darashti)
Coleen Dieker (Vocals, Piano on Yedid Nefesh)
Duvid Swirsky (Lead Guitar, Bouzouki, Banjo, Vocals)
Chava Mirel (Vocals)
Deborah Sacks Mintz (Vocals)
Jackson Vance Mercer (Vocals)
Lior Shragg (Percussion)
Jenni Asher (Violin)

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