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La​-​bri'ut (To Health​!​)

by Jay Rapoport

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Created with support from the Covenant Foundation and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland

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"LA-BRI'UT" (by Jay Rapoport)

If dealing with this crazy world is wearing you out
Or facing big feelings just makes you want to shout
You need to figure out some ways to handle it better
It‘s important to remember that we’re all in this together

La-bri’ut, La-bri’ut
To our health, to our wellness, La-bri’ut
La-bri’ut (atchoo!) La-bri’ut (bless you!)
To our health, to our wellness, La-bri’ut

We need sukkat shalom, a shelter of peace
And ometz lev, let our inner strength increase (yeah!)
With the power of gvurah keep our kehilah (community!) strong
We’ll find the hesed (kindness!) go above and beyond


It rolls off the tongue, like “Gesundheit” or “God bless ya”
An everyday blessing for health or doing better
Take care of yourself, get in touch with your feelings
Reach out to others who need a little healing
We may find a bit of hope when we need it most
To our health, to our wellness,

If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?
If I’m only for myself, than what am I exactly?
If not now, then when? There’s no day like today
To let our ancient wisdom lead us to a better way



released February 22, 2021
Lyrics & Music composed by Jay Rapoport, RJE
copyright 2020 Jewish Education Center of Cleveland

Piano & Vocals: Jay Rapoport
Guitar: Andy Dennen
Bass: Kenneth Lyonswright
Percussion: Max Jared
Vocal Trio: Laurie Akers, Rachel Mylan & Beth Reinstein

Backing Vocals:
Steven Chaitman
Naomi Less
Eliana Light
Abbie Strauss
Cantor Ross Wolman
Cantor Shanna Zell

Produced & Mixed by Dan Lee
Mastered by Clint Manning
With special thanks to Cantor Ross Wolman and Rick Lupert


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Jay Rapoport Chicago, Illinois

Jay Rapoport, RJE takes Jewish values and texts and transforms them into “Ruach Rock”, a catchy piano-pounding style influenced by Ben Folds and Billy Joel. In 2020 Jay appeared on the Disney Holiday Singalong, defeated his former student on “Who Knows One?” and received a Covenant Foundation grant to compose the theme song for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland’s “La-bri’ut” curriculum. ... more

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