1. Ma'ariv Aravim

From the recording It Is Upon Us

“The sky was clear – remarkably clear – and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.” – Thomas Hardy


Baruch atah Adonai (Blessed are you, God)
We are part of the same starlit sky
Eloheinu melech ha'olam (Our God, sovereign of all worlds)
Sunset falls and the boundaries are all gone
Asher bidvaro ma'ariv aravim b'chochma pote'ach she'arim
Uvitvunah, uvitvunah m'shaneh itim umachalif et hazmanim
(By whose word the evenings fall. In wisdom, you open heaven's gates. With divine discernment, you make seasons change, causing the times to come and go)
Baruch atah Adonai...
Every night at exactly the right time, sunset falls into my weary mind
I can rely on the moon and the twilight, I can rely on your good night
Baruch atah Adonai...
Um'sader et hakochavim b'mishmeroteihem barakiah kirtzono
Borei yom valaila golel or mipnei choshech v'choshech mip'nei or
(You order the stars on their appointed paths through heaven's dome, according to your will. Creator of day and night, who rolls back light before dark, and dark before light)
Baruch atah Adonai...
Adonai tz'vaot shemo
(Ruler of all the great celestial beings is God’s name)