Sh'nat olam 03:13

Liner Notes

Heinrich Schalit’s Hebrew song, Sh’nat olam, is among his departures from his main focus of synagogue music, although its subject, too, is religious. The text was found in the collection of Schalit’s personal documents.



Poem: Yehuda Halevi
Sung in Hebrew

To meet my life source I run;
Therefore this vain and empty life I abhor.
To see the face of my King is my sole quest.
Besides Him none do I fear or adore.
O that I might see Him in a dream!
I would eternally sleep and not awaken.
If only I beheld His face within the home of my heart,
My eyes would not ask to look outside.


Poem: Yehuda Halevi

likrat m’kor ḥayye emet arutza
al ken b’ḥayyay shav v’rik arutza.
lirot p’ney malki
namti l’vad
lo e’erotz bilto v’lo aritza,
mi yit’neni  laḥazoto vaḥalom
ishan sh’nat olam
v’lo akitza
lu eḥeze fanav b’libi vayta
lo sha’alu eynay l’habit ḥutza



Composer: Heinrich Schalit

Length: 03:13
Genre: Art Song

Performers: Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev, Soprano;  John Musto, Piano

Date Recorded: 12/01/2001
Venue: Lefrak Concert Hall/Colden Center for the Arts (D), Flushing, New York
Engineer: Lazarus, Tom
Assistant Engineer: Frost, David
Project Manager: Schwendener, Paul

Additional Credits:

Translation: Eliyahu Mishulovin


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