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Queen Of The Desert

by Jay Rapoport

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written in honor of the retirement of Tirza Arad


Queen of the desert, malkat hamidbar
At every age and every stage, you've traveled wide and far
With Torah at the center of everything we do
Just think of all that we have learned here with you

If everywhere you go they say there's always someone Jewish
So many places we could go there has been someone you-ish!
From Amsterdam to Israel to Africa and back
Then Puerto Rico, Florida, NYC and now what's next?
(maybe San Diego?)


Ki mitzion taytze Torah - from Zion comes the Torah
Well you brought Israel to us and took us on so many tours, ah
Sing the song of Im tirzu - if you will it, it is no dream
You have shared with us what a journey really means


Oh you are truly our morah, our madrich and chaver
Our teacher, our guide and friend beyond compare



released May 16, 2014
piano and vocals: Jay Rapoport
written and composed by Jay RApoport
recorded live at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan, NYC by Toby Singer
mixed and mastered by Toby Singer at Atlas Hugged in Brooklyn, NYC
copyright 2014 Maxfun Music (ASCAP), all rights reserved


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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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