The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

And the Head-Sticking-Inniest Song Is…

Posted in Uncategorized by Juliet on October 21, 2011

It’s called Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu, and I heard it for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

Eva’s Youth Choir at Adat Shalom does a great version. It has a lot of different clapping sections and harmonizing or other vocal embellishments by the different voices (e.g. “All the altos, clap three times and say shalom twice at this part!”)

We have all been running around humming this song all week. It’s very catchy.

I knew nothing about its origins, and wondered why they keep saying “Salaam, salaam!” I did a little research (hello, Wikipedia) and found it has an interesting story.

First off, the reason they keep saying “Salaam, salaam” is that the song is actually called “Salaam (Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu.)” So that explains that.

It was written by an Israeli folk musician of Yemeni and Iraqi background named Moshe Ben Ari. It is hugely popular in Israel. The name translates to “Peace will come upon us” and it is a rallying song for an end to fighting in the Middle East.

So if you’re going to have a song stuck in your head for a solid week, there are worse ones you could pick.

Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu

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