Learn to sing Yerushalayim Shel Zahav

Jerusalem of Gold, by Naomi Shemer

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This is a song that is as close to the national anthem of Jerusalem as one can come. Written right before the Six Day War returned Jerusalem to Israel, this song was prophetic. Shemer updated the lyrics with a new verse a few months later to reflect the return of the Old City to Jewish hands.

The Words

Translation


Avir harim tsalul kayayin
Vere'ach oranim
Nisa beruach ha'arbayim
Im kol pa'amonim
 
Uvtardemat ilan va'even
Shvuyah bachaloma
Ha'ir asher badad yoshevet
Uvliba choma
 
Yerushalayim she zahav
Veshel nechoshet veshel or
Halo lechol shirayich ani kinor (2x)
 
Eicha yavshu borot hamayim
Kikar hashuk reika
Ve'ein poked et Har Habayit
Ba'ir ha'atika
 
Uvam'arot asher basela
Meyalelot ruchot
Ve'ein yored el Yam Hamelach
Baderech Yericho
 
Yerushalayim ...
 
Ach bevo'i hayom lashir lach
Velach likshor ketarim
Katonti mitze'ir banayich
Ume'acharon hameshorerim
 
Ki shmech tsorev et hasfatayim
K'neshikat saraf
Im eshkachech Yerushalayim
Asher kula zahav
 
Yerushalayim ...
 
Chazarnu el borot hamayim
Lashuk velakikar
Shofar korei beHar Habayit
Ba'ir ha'atika
 
Uvam'arot asher basela
Alfei shmashot zorchot
Veshuv nered el Yam Hamelach
Baderech Yericho
 
Yerushalayim ...


The air of the mountains is as clear as wine
And the fragrance of the pine trees
Is lifted upon the evening breeze
With the ringing of the bells
 
And in the deep sleep of the tree and the stone
Held captive in a dream
The city which sits alone
And in her heart, a wall
 
Jerusalem of gold
And of copper and of light
For all of your songs
I am the harp
 
How the water cisterns have dried up
The city square is empty
Nobody goes up to the Temple Mount
In the Old City
 
And in the caves of the rocks
Winds howl
And no one goes down to the Dead Sea
Upon the Jericho Road
 
Jerusalem of gold...
 
Although I come to sing to you today
And to tie crowns upon you
I am less than the youngest of your sons
And the last of the sweet singers
 
For your name singes the lips
Like the kiss of the serpent
If I forget thee, oh Jerusalem
She is completely golden
 
Jerusalem of gold...
 
We have returned to the water cisterns
To the marketplace and the square
A shofar calls out on the Temple Mount
In the Old City
 
And in the caves in the rocks
A thousand suns shine forth
And again we will go down to the Dead Sea
Upon the Jericho Road
 
Jerusalem of gold...

 

The Jewish Music Recordings

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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Popular Recordings

Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Shuli Natan is the first woman to record the song back in '67. Here she is.
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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav The sountrack from Schindler's List, performed by the Ramat Gan Chamber Choir.
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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav On Rhapsody, the Israeli Gevatron singers. Giora Feidman in a deeply sensitive rendition.
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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Jerusalem of Gold: Stunning, heartfelt english-hebrew performance from The Road To Jerusalem. A masterful rendition.
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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Jon Simon presents a peaceful piano performance.
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Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Naomi Shemer version. A gorgeous instrumental recording of the Naomi Shemer classic beautifully performed.
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