A Secular and Religious Singer Join to Sing the Most Beautiful Song about Shabbat

by Leah Rosenberg
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It’s hard to capture the essence and beauty of Shabbat. But this song does so beautifully. You won’t be able to stop listening…for real.

Secular and Religious Singer Unite for Shabbat

Avraham Fried, a Religious American singer, and Rami Kleinstein, a secular Israeli singer, may seem like they don’t have a lot in common. But they joined together to sing Rami Kleinstein’s song “Matanot Ktanot” or “Little gifts.” Poet and songwriter Noam Horev wrote the lyrics, and Kleinstein made the melody. And the second you listen to it, you won’t be able to stop. It is a song that captures the beauty and essence of Friday leading up to Shabbat and Shabbat itself. It’s a song about the gift that G-d gave the Jewish people.

Here are the lyrics in English (courtesy of lyricstranslate.com):

It’s another Friday, breathing in the air
Light and shadow are playing catch again
The table is set, childhood pictures on the wall
White convoys coming back from the synagogue
And this smell that scratches my heart
Creeps up creeps up and opens doors
To a small joy, to that same old song
That passes in our family for generations.

Chorus:
Little gifts
Someone sent me little gifts
Fragments of intention, circles of faith
Little gifts
Like the power to accept what is and what isn’t
What more can you ask for? 

It’s another Friday, balcony and a newspaper*
The sun, like the worries, slowly disappears
Simple melodies get in through the window
And no storm will hide the silence here.

Chorus

*For You chose us
And sanctified us
Blessed are You, G-d
Sanctifier of the Shabbat.

And this smell that burns my heart
Creeps up creeps up and opens doors
To a small joy, to that same old song
That passes in our family for generations.

Chorus

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