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Oseh Shalom

by Debbie Friedman

Community Singing version learned from Lauren Arrow

Image by Erica Schultz

Language: Hebrew

Oseh Shalom, עושה שלום, is a Jewish prayer for peace and wholeness, which has been put to music countless times. It comes from the Torah, at the end of the Amidah, (Job 25:2).

A most famous song version of this prayer is Debbie Friedman’s. Her original can be  heard below, recorded at Carnegie Hall. Debbie was and continues to be a most influential figure in Jewish folk music and musical culture.

The version we’re singing comes from Lauren Arrow, who teaches it as a round and adds a new feeling to it. I learned it from Lauren sitting, just the two of us with her ukulele, next to a swimming pool out under the moonlight, surrounded by redwoods at the springtime festival, Song Village, in 2018. The song floated me off to sleep that night, and stayed with me for months, but I never really learned it fully until I shared it with Deborah Leeds, who learned Lauren’s version and taught it to me and the choir.

The third line of the song wishes peace to all of Israel (“v’al kol Yisrael”). We’ve kept Part A the same, but changed Part B to include the words “v’al kol yoshvei tevel” (“and to all who live on Earth”), which is a common change in progressive/egalitarian Jewish spaces nowadays.

Words:
Part A:
Oseh shalom bimromav
Hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu
V’al kol Yisrael
V’imru, amen
Part B:
Oseh shalom bimromav
Hu ya’aseh shalom aleinu
V’al kol, V’al kol yoshvei tevel
V’imru, amen

Translation: (May the One who makes peace in high places, make peace for us and for all Israel/the world, and let us say, amen.)

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