Don't Be Afraid

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Behind the Song:

I have always been fascinated by the famous Hebrew phrase from Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, “The whole world is narrow bridge, but the important thing is not to be afraid.” The most well-known melody for this song, even though it will always have a favorite of mine, always seemed too dark and sad for a song about strength in the face of adversary. And how better to gain strength than to stand together as a community? This song has three sections that weave together. In order to sing the complete song, you must join your voice with others.


Kol ha-o-lam ku-lo gesher tzar me-od
The whole world is a narrow bridge
A very, very narrow bridge

V'ha-i-kar, v’ha-i-kar
Lo l'fached, lo l'fached klal
And the main thing to recall is not to be afraid at all
And the main thing to recall is not to be, not to be afraid at all

The world is a very narrow bridge
Don’t be afraid at all


from Pray for Open Eyes, released July 31, 2018
Music and English Lyrics by Ellie Flier
Hebrew Lyrics by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

Ellie Flier - acoustic guitar
Josh Goldberg - acoustic guitar, BGV, keyboard whirlie
Marty Rifkin - bass, electric guitar
Sam Brauner - drums


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Ellie Flier Nashville, Tennessee

The spirit and purity of Ellie’s voice have moved audiences since she was a child. Now an inspiring performer, cantorial soloist, and songleader based in Nashville, she has found her passion and purpose in writing Jewish music. The songs on her latest album, Pray for Open Eyes, are melodic, catchy and ideal for soloists, songleaders, or congregations. ... more

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