Tzadik Katamar (2*)- Israel

*2nd Generation dance. A dance that developed and was disseminated in a non-traditional way. 2G dances are specific – have a fixed format designed to correspond with the arrangement of a particular recording., whereas 1G dances are generic – have a shorter sequence that works with live music – where many different songs are played and arrangements vary according to the tastes of musicians and dancers. For more on the differences between 1st & 2nd G dances click here.

Tzadik Ka’Tamar – the Songs

Tzadik Ka'Tamar are the first two words of Psalm 92, verse 13-14.

תהלים פרק צב פסוקים יג-יד
 צַדִּיק כַּתָּמָר יִפְרָח כְּאֶרֶז בַּלְּבָנוֹן יִשְׂגֶּה
 שְׁתוּלִים בְּבֵית השם בְּחַצְרוֹת אֱלֹקינוּ יַפְרִיחוּ⁠

 Tzadik katamar yifrach k'erez balvanon yisgeh.
 Shetulim b'veit hashem bechatzrot elokeinu yafrichu.

 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our G-d.
Louis Lewandowski, 1821-1894, one of the greatest composers of liturgical music for the liturgy of the Synagogue Service, [see:] set these verses to music, one of his 40 compositions based on psalms.
Here’s another Tzadik Katamar song – there are MANY!
Tsadik katamar yifrach (repeat)

Ke'erez bal'vanon yisgeh (repeat)

She-tulim be-veit Adonai
B'chatsrot Eloheinu yafri-chu yafri-chu

Od yenuvun b'seyvah
d'sheinim v'ra-ananim yih-yu

L'ha-gid ki yashar Adonai,
Tsuri, tsuri v'lo, v'lo av-latah bo.
 The righteous man shall flourish like the palm (tree)

He shall thrive (grow tall) like a cedar in Lebanon.

Rooted in the house of the Lord
In the courtyards of our G-d

They shall bring forth fruit in our old age
they'll be ever fresh and green,

Proclaiming that the Lord is just, 
my Rock, in whom there is no wrong.


Tzadik Ka’Tamar – the Dance

In 1965 Jonathan (Yonatan) Gabay choreographed one of the best-known Israeli dances, based on the psalm lyrics, and a melody composed by Amitai Ne’eman (1926-2005).

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