Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Fountainheads: Dip Your Apple (2011)



The Fountainheads sing “Dip Your Apple,” a Rosh HaShanah song. The song, based on Shakira’s “Waka Waka” (2010), was first performed in 2011. (You can view a version in Hebrew [here]). The Fountainheads, the site says, is “an all-volunteer, student-led artistic project, led by young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, who have joined forces to create new Jewish artistic content for today’s Jewish world.”

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Dip Your Apple
Lyrics by Ben R.

Tekiyah... Shvarim Truah
Tekiyah... Shvarim Truah (shofar sounds)

A new year rising
A new beginning
Lift your head up
Turn yourself 'round
The world is spinning

Feel the magic
Of a new day
Open your heart
To a fresh start
Send your fears away

You've made mistakes
You feel it
You got what it takes
Believe it

Any wrong can be made right
Just forgive, you need not fight
Shana Tova Umetuka (A sweet and happy New Year)
It's Rosh Hashanah

Shanana nana, Tova
Ume Ume Tuka
Dip your apple in the honey
It's Rosh Hashanah

So many new hopes
Waiting to find you
Open your eyes
The dreams you prize
Are all around you

The smiles are hiding
No use in guessing
Make up your mind
Go out and find
Life's simple blessings

This is your time
You feel it
How sweet it is
Believe it

Any wrong can be made right
Just forgive, you need not fight
Shana Tova Umetuka
It's Rosh Hashanah

Shanana nana, Tova
Ume Ume Tuka
Dip your apple in the honey
On Rosh Hashanah

Shanana nana, Tova
Ume Ume Tuka
Hear the sounds of jubilation
This Rosh Hashanah

Yehi Ratzon She-niye Le (May we be...)
Rosh, Lo Zanav (...a head, not a tail)
Sweeten life for those around us
With joy and love

Avinu Malkeinu
Chanenu V'anenu
Hear our prayer 'O Lord this hour
Inscribe us in the Book of Life!

Aneinu, Aneinu (answer us)
Aneinu, Aneinu
Aneinu, Aneinu
Aneinu, Shana Tova!

Shanana nana, Tova
Ume Ume Tuka
Dip your apple in the honey
On Rosh Hashanah

Shanana nana, Tova
Ume Ume Tuka
Hear the sounds of jubilation
It's Rosh Hashanah

Sh'echiyanu | Give us life Lord
v'kiyimanu | And sustain us
v'higiyanu | Oh deliver us | To salvation

Sh'echiyanu | Give us life Lord
v'kiyimanu | And sustain us
v'higiyanu | Oh deliver us | To salvation

In this New Year
On Rosh Hashanah
Make your loved ones smile
This Rosh Hashanah

Open your hearts to one another
This Rosh Hashanah
And begin life anew
This Rosh Hashanah!

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Vocals: Yoav Hoze, Shani Lachmish, Ahava Katzin, Tal Ginzburg, Reuven Katz, and Amit Ben Atar. Choreography: Ilana Bril and Edeete Suher.
Music arrangement, performance, and mixing:  Amit Ben Atar.
Recorded: Bit Studios by Amit Ben Atar.
Clothes by Rubashka - gallery and boutique with a social mission in Beer Sheva's underprivileged neighborhoods:  www.torhamidbar.org.il
Directed and Filmed: Ben R.
Producer: Yigal Haronian

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The Autumn cycle of Jewish holidays begins with Rosh Hashanah (Sunday October 2nd at sundown). It is considered the Jewish New Year (5777), so we say Shanah Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה ), which translates as “A Good and Sweet Year.” Fundamentally, the next 10 days are a time of inner reflection and self-examination, or as it is saidteshuvah, tefillah and tzedakah. Counter-intuitively, this means ceding some control of your life, particularly in the desire or compulsion to (over)plan your future. The aim is to return to your better good-natured self or, in today’s parlance, to improve your character, but primarily in accordance to the dictates of the Torah. I wish this sentiment, along with good health, peace, happiness and personal fulfillment, to all my friends, family and faithful readers, both new and old; both young and young at heart; and both near and far.