If you don’t know about The Epichorus yet, you should. I insist. The lyrics for this first video are the title of this post.
And this one, Na Gibor. One thing I have learned about the Hebrew word “Na” is that it means “Please.” In the Hebrew Bible, the Holy One frequently says “Na” when interacting with humans. As far as I can tell, this aspect of the Divine does not make it into any of the English translations of the Hebrew Bible, which is beyond regrettable to me. The plaintive repetitions of “Na” in this song give me chills. Every time.
“we beg you
with the greatness and power of your hand
untie our knot
receive the song of your people
lift us make us pure
please mighty one
those who expound your oneness
keep them as the pupil of the eye”