Composed & English Lyrics by: Zevi Kaufman
Musical Arrangement & Piano: Al Schneider
Strings by: Eyal Shiloach & Co
Saxaphone by: Dor Asaraf
Special thanks to Yitzy Berry Post Production at Cedar Studios, Jerusalem Graphics by Yocheved Herzog of ThinkInk Creations
Lyric Video by Yossi Zweig
Marketing by Sruly Meyer
LYRICS לוּלֵ֣י ת֭וֹרָתְךָ שַׁעֲשֻׁעָ֑י אָ֝֗ז אָבַ֥דְתִּי בְעָנְיִֽי
(תהלים קי״ט) (Translation: Were not Your teaching my delight, I would have perished in my impoverished affliction) (English Bridge) If not for Your תורה To keep me alive There would be No way I could survive If not for Your word Your eternal decree My troubles would soon bury me
ABOUT LULAY The מפרשים on the פסוק of לולי תורתך elaborate on this essential quality of תורה to illuminate our lives. Not only in the sense of a enhanced spiritual experience, but in the sense of a guiding light, a light that provides complete direction. Lulay is the recognition that only HaShem's Torah is what gives us our identity. It's the realization that without the Gift we received at Sinai we'd be lost in the deepest spiritual poverty. Lulay is the declaration that Torah is not an "extra" , an "enhancement" of the human condition, rather it is the only tool that allows us to discover our true selves on the journey from self-expression to soul-expression, in the service of HaShem. Lulay is a loving tribute of dedication and revelation as to the תורה being the סם חיים ( elixer of life) that we cannot live without. This tune was an outgrowth of those words, hopefully enhancing their relatability in our generation.
I thought it would be most appropriate to release this song on Chanukah, in the spirit of illumination, in honor of those completing Shas, the Daf HaYomi. The men who recognize that consistent Torah is their vitality. It is my fervent hope and prayer that through incorporation of this theme of Lulay, Klal Yisrael will be inspired to a renewed and reinvigorated appreciation for the centrality and necessity of a life permeated with Torah and an enhanced Avodas HaShem.