In 2006, Mayyim Hayyim produced a CD of original music written by top American Jewish songwriters.

Many thanks to Josh Nelson for imagining and producing this exceptional album. Lyrics, listed below, can also be downloaded here.

CDs are available for sale on our online store for $18 each.

This CD was made possible by the generous support of:

  • Paula Brody and Merrill Hassenfeld
  • Amy and Jonathan Fleming
  • Morlie and Norm Levin
  • Betty Ann and Dan Miller

Lyrics

Hineni, Here I Am
By Peter and Ellen Allard
©80-Z Music, Inc.
1-888-SING-IT-1
office@peterandellen.com
www.peterandellen.com

Chorus:
Hineni, here I am (3x)
Yes, I am here and I am one
Yes I am one with the One in the water.

 V. 1: Present in the moment
Ancient ritual
I am yearning to be one with God
And so….Chorus

 V. 2: Steps of transformation
To the depths I go
I am yearning to be one with God
And so….Chorus

 V. 3: Kiss of water round me
Touched by rain and snow
I am yearning to be one with God
And so….Chorus

Bridge:
Waters warm
Floating free
One in unity.

 V. 4: Rising purified
Body, mind, & soul
I am yearning to be one with God
And so….Chorus

Come Into the Water
By Debbie Friedman
© 2007 Debbie Friedman
www.debbiefriedman.com

Come into the water
Wash away the old and let there be a new beginning
Every drop is pure
Every drop is birth
Every drop is You
Water everywhere
Water everywhere

Come into the water
Wash away your pain let there be a new beginning
Every drop is pure
Every drop is birth
Every drop is You
Water everywhere
Water everywhere

Come into the water
Let us be a part of one another, both a new beginning
Every drop is pure
Every drop is birth
Every drop is You
Water everywhere
Water everywhere

Every drop is pure
Every drop is birth
Every drop is You
Water everywhere

 a song on the water  
By Cantor Jeff Klepper
© 2007 Jeff Klepper
Jeff@Kolbseder.com
www.jeffklepper.com and www.kolbseder.com

like a song on the water
like the waves on the sea
like a prayer to the heavens, cover me

like the breath of a lover
like the shade of a tree
like the rain falling softly, cover me

 ilu finu malei shira kayam...
            (if our mouths were full of song as the sea...)

 with my song to the water
with my song to the sea
i will thank you for the goodness given me

with my prayer to the heavens
for a world that’s yet to be
i will thank you for the blessings given me
i will thank you for the blessings given me

ilu finu malei shira kayam...

cover me with the rainfall
with the water’s melody
with your blessing and compassion cover me

cover me with the rainfall
with the water's harmony
with your blessing and compassion cover me
with your blessing and compassion cover me

 ilu finu malei shira kayam...

Mayim
By Danny Maseng
© 2007 Danny Maseng
DMaseng@aol.com
www.dannymaseng.com

Water, water Holy spring, holy spring
From your ocean blessings bring
Blessings bring           
Blessed is the dew     
Blessed is the new day
Blessed is the maker of the rain         
Ush’avtem mayim Mimay’nei hayeshuah Ush’avtem mayim Mimay’nei hayeshuah            
Mayim, mayim Mayim b’sasson Ush’avyem Mayim b’sasson           
Ma’ayan ganim b’er hamayim Hamayim K’yonim al afikei hamayim Hamayim     
Sh’roshi nimlah talUk’vutzotai r’sissei laila   
Salmotai k’re’ach hal’vanon   
Take me to the to the river and release me
So I may find you at the coming of the dawn

These Waters…
Words and Music by Josh Nelson
© 2007 Josh Nelson Music (BMI)
888-613-JOSH
www.joshnelsonproject.com

This hope, this birth
This life, this new creation
These words, these blessings
Are there beneath the surface

This rain, this sky
This threshold of separation
This time, this moment
Is a door to new beginnings

The source of life is holy
If you make it so

And these waters, they are living
They are breathing all around
The Shechinah does dwell within
The waters on this ground

These eyes are dark
These lips are silent in their way
These hands are cool
Surrounded by this ocean

Breathe in, before…
Breathe out, the crossing over
These ears are quiet
But for the heart that’s beating

The source of life is holy
If you make it so

And these waters, they are living
They are breathing all around
The Shechinah does dwell within
These waters on this ground

Water to Water
By Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller
© 2007 Benjie Ellen Schiller

Water to water
Father to son
Mother to daughter
Rivers will run

Sisters and brothers
See the reflection
Water to water
Pain my beginning
Peace be my end

Blessings of heart
Blessings of bone
Mother to son
Father to daughter
Water to water

Blessings of light
blessings of love
Weeping these tears
Drops in the fountain
Finding my courage
Climbing this mountain

Water to water
Rush to the sea
Holding this promise
Feeling so free

Season to season
Here for the asking
Water to water
Pain my beginning
Peace be my end

Step by Step
By Julie Silver
© 2007 Julie A. Silver
www.juliesilver.com

I am ready to begin
I am standing alone
I am naked and clean, I know what it means
To be on my way home

I am seven steps away
In this holy space
You purify my soul, and I become whole
I feel Your embrace

And step by step
I walk into the water
Step by step
Let the water make me whole
Step by step
I go deep into the water
The water of creation
Step by step by step by step

I know a change is in the air
And possibility
Everything is finally clear, how I got myself right here
And now I see

And step by step
I walk into the water
Step by step
Let the water make me whole
Step by step
I go deep into the water
The water of creation
Step by step by step by step

Like a little baby, I'm moving' slowly, so slowly
But I get there
Yes, I get there

It's a brand new day
And I'm awakening
Here's a brighter dawn, when I remember those who've gone
Gone before me

And step by step
I walk into the water
Step by step
Let the water make me whole
Step by step
I go deep into the water
The water of creation
Step by step by step by step

NISHMAT KOL CHAI
Lyrics by Anita Diamant and Peri Smilow
© 2007 Peri Smilow 2005 (BMI)
signofthed@aol.com
www.FreedomMusicProject.com

Verse 1:
If my mouth was filled with song
Like the ocean tide is strong
If my tongue could but give praise
Like the roaring of the waves

Chorus:
It would never, ever be enough
There could never, ever be enough
We will never ever say enough
To thank you, amen.
(last time – We thank you – amen)

Verse 2:
If my ears were tuned to hear
The Heavenly music of the spheres
If my heart could rise and reach
Like the crashing on the beach   (Chorus)

Bridge:
So let us praise and let us shout
Breathing in and singing out
Hear the joyful noise of voices
Joined in song

For the gifts that came before us
And for all those yet to come
We thank you,
Amen.  (return to Verse 1)

Kavanah
By Peri Smilow
© 2007 Peri Smilow 2005 (BMI)
Based on the kavanot of Mayyim Hayyim

1.
Hineini b'tzelem Elohim
N'kavim, n'kavim
nishmati t'hora hi

2.
Baruch Atah Adonai
Wonderous source of healing
Baruch Atah Adonai
We thank you and praise your name

3.
Oh God this body is all that I have
May I be blessed to sing Your song

Ilu Finu
By Craig Taubman
© 2007 Craig Taubman
1-818-760-1077 or 1-800-6CRAIG8
info@craignco.com
www.craignco.com

Ilu finu male shira kayam, ulshonenu rina kahamon galav
If our mouths were filled with song as the sea, our tongues with exultation as the masses of its waves