Hallel: Songs of Praise
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Hallel: Songs of Praise
We fill the fourth cup, the cup of song, and join in singing songs of celebration, struggle, and solidarity.
We shall overcome.
We shall overcome.
We shall overcome some day!
Deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome some day.
Michael row the boat ashore, halleluyah…
Sister help to set the sails, halleluyah…
Sinai desert is hot and wide, halleluyah,
I’ve got a home on the other side, halleluyah…
Prison walls are thick and tall, halleluyah...
Hold the body but not the soul… halleluyah...
When Israel was in Egypt land—Let my people go!
Oppressed so hard they could not stand—Let my people go!
Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land.
Tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”
When refugees crossed Sinai’s sand—Let my people go!
Sought safety in the Promised Land—Let my people go !
Go down, Moses, way down in Israel land.
Tell the Knesset, “Let my people go!”
Yesh lanu koach, halleluyah…
[We have strength!]
After singing these or other songs, we say the blessing and drink the cup of song:
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