Sim Shalom

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Behind the Song:

Sim Shalom was the first Jewish song I ever wrote. I began it the night after the Paris attacks in November of 2015. I felt like I needed to write something, but couldn’t figure out what to say. I realized it needed to be a prayer for peace, and so I went to my siddur and read through Sim Shalom. I didn’t finish the song then, however. In June of that year I attended my first Hava Nashira, a yearly workshop for Jewish music professionals, and brought the song to another young Jewish songwriter I met there, Max Kasler. Together we wrote out parts for the rest of the song, and when I came to L.A. to record the album with Josh Goldberg, he and I worked through the song once more to make it what you hear today.

Terror attacks seem like a common occurrence these days, and I wanted this song to express that even though the world seems like a never ending cycle of hurt and sadness, we can’t stop praying for and working towards peace.

lyrics

Sim shalom, sim shalom
Tova uvracha, sim shalom
x2

Some days, it seems the hurt will never end
Some days, we wonder what out there is next
It’s not enough to fix, we have to mend
Sim shalom, please bring us peace

Sim shalom, sim shalom
Tova uvracha, sim shalom
x2

Grant us mercy, and the strength to love
Grant us forgiveness for all we have done wrong
We’ll feel your light and kindness shine from up above
Sim shalom, please bring us peace

Sim shalom, sim shalom (please bring us peace)
Tova uvracha, sim shalom
x2

credits

from Pray for Open Eyes, released July 31, 2018
Hebrew Liturgy
Music and English Lyrics by Ellie Flier, Max A. Kasler, and Josh Goldberg

Instrumentals:
Josh Goldberg - acoustic guitar
Marty Rifkin - upright bass, nylon string guitar, pedal steel
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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