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Ma'oz Tzur (Rock of Ages)
Traditional Song Lyrics and Sound Clip

This song is available on Just in Time for Chanukah.


Maoz tzur y'shuati l'cha naeh l'shabeach

Tikon beit t'filati v'sham todah n'zabeach.

L'eit tachin matbeach mitzar hamnabeach

Az egmor b'shir mizmor chanukat hamizbeach.

Rock of Ages let our song,
Praise thy saving power;
Thou amidst the raging foes,
Wast our shelt'rng tower.

Furious they assailed us,
But Thine arm availed us,
And Thy word broke their sword,
When our own strength failed us.
And Thy word broke their sword,
When our own strength failed us.



     Ilene Safyan and Margie Rosenthal have been recording music since 1987-- and they were good friends and making music years before that! Their recording career began because they believed music to be one of the best ways to teach children, to ground them, to give them a love of their heritage.
     Margie and Ilene refer to one song in particular, which reflects their feelings about the importance of music in the transmission of culture. There is a Hebrew song called Niggunim (Melodies) in which the child says to his parents, "O, Mother and Father, you planted seeds in me when I was a small child. Songs that you sang to me and that I have remembered. They have taken root in me and they have grown and now, as you sang them to me, I sing them to my children, so that one day, they will, sing to their own."
     Margie and Ilene are the winners of two Parents' Choice Medals, three awards from Parent's Guide to Children's Media and have received enthusiastic accolades from industry professionals as well as teachers, parents and children. They perform and teach in communities all around North America.

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Many thanks to Ilene Safyan and Margie Rosenthal for permission to display these lyric excerpts.
Lyrics ©Malvina Reynolds. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



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