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Deborah Ivri sent me a wonderful song and recording recently that sounded perfect for Mother’s Day. Though Mother’s Day is not officially celebrated in Israel, it is unofficially. Here’s what Deborah said about it…

Here in Israel Mother’s Day is not an official holiday, but because of the vast amount of American Jews and South African Jews, maybe even Russians also, it is celebrated. Even schools and kindergartens do something for Mother’s and Father’s Day. The song I sent you was sung at my son’s kindergarten last year for all the Moms.

The song Deborah sent me is called Eima Yikara Li in Hebrew. Below you’ll find the mp3 recording of Deborah singing it, then you’ll find the Hebrew transliteration, and finally, the English translation.

MP3 of Eima Yikara Li

Eima Yikara Li

Eima Yikara Li
Yikara
Eima Yikara Li
Yikara
Eima Yikara Sheli
Me-od Ohevet He Oti
Me-od Me-od
Me-od Me-od

Achi-ech el-iyech
Achi-ech
Achi-ech el-iyech
Achi-ech
Shir katan a-shir al-ach
Ci ani Ohev otach
Ohev otach
Ohev otach

Mommy, Precious to Me

Mommy, precious to me
Precious mommy.
Mommy, precious to me
Precious mommy.
My precious mommy
Loves me very much
Loves me very much.

I will smile at you
I will smile
I will smile at you
I will smile
I will sing a little song about you
Because I love you
I love you.

Many thanks to Deborah Ivri for sending me this song and recording.

Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Israel Pages for more Hebrew and Yiddish Songs.

Here are some other posts about Mother’s Day, including some poems:

Happy Mother’s Day!

Lisa

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This artilce was posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2007 at 6:31 pm and is filed under Children's Songs, Countries & Cultures, Eima Yikara Li, Hebrew, Holiday Songs, Holidays Around the World, Israel, Israeli Children's Songs, Languages, Mothers Day, Mothers Day Songs, USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

9 Responses to “A Hebrew Song for Mother’s Day called “Mommy, Precious to Me””

  1. Rob Says:

    The Mother’s Day song is beautiful, thank you.

  2. Edward De Cruz Says:

    The Hebrew Mother’s Day Day Song is just hauntingly fantastic. Listen to it and the music will linger in one’s mind long afterwards. Shalom.

  3. Deborah Ivri Says:

    I just want to wish everyone a happy mothers day and I’m glad people are enjoying the song.

  4. EmilyESF Says:

    As a music teacher for several synagogue pre-schools, this is just the type of song I am always looking for – simple and beautiful. Thank you, Deborah.

  5. Yvonne Thompson Says:

    Thank you so much for such a lovely song for Mother’s Day. I have never heard a song sung so beatifully unaccompanied. Deborah Ivri’s voice is amazing. Happy Mother’s Day.

  6. Leron Says:

    Wow…Amazing, so touching…is there a video of this somewhere?
    thanx for the post

  7. Barbara N. Gormley Says:

    That was really beautiful. I’d like to ask if you know the Hebrew transliteration for the English word: Mother-in-law. I’d appreciate your help because I can’t find the transliteration anywhere.

    I’m grateful that your lovely song was transliterated from English to Hebrew. I cannot read Hebrew characters yet.

  8. Alida Segal Says:

    Dear Deborah,
    Your song for Mother’s day in Hebrew is beautiful and very loving.
    I was fortunate enough to meet you in person at Moshav Hoddyyia.
    I hope you”ll continue to share your talent and music with us.

  9. Emmy Says:

    What a beautiful song! The choir at my synagogue has decided to include the song in a special Mother’s Day Shabbat that we are planning. Is there sheet music available for this song?

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