Rachem – Yossi Azulay

Painting of splitting of the Red Sea copyright Lidia Kozenitzky, via wikimedia commonsLidia Kozenitzky, Splitting of the Red Sea*

Yossi Azulay

~ Cindy

The ancient Hebrew pictograph for rachem (רחם) draws a beautiful picture.  With the resh (ר) we see the head of a person, the chet (ח) a fence (illustrating protection), and with the closed mem (ם) a picture of a womb. The letter mem itself (מ) is connected to water and can also signify chaos.


Joined together these letters place one inside a womb – hidden, surrounded, and protected from chaos. A safe place where life springs forth. To live in G-d’s mercy, his compassion and tender affection, is to live in His womb.

In a world that seems to go more insane by the minute – calling good evil and evil good – what better time to be calling out to G-d : “Rachem, rachem!  Mercy;  have mercy on Your people, and Your city, Jerusalem.”

Rachem is an easy prayer to learn. There are few words and many may already be familiar to you.

A moving, powerful prayer that for myself speaks the deep love and affection I have for G-d’s people Israel, and His Land.

You can listen below to Yossi Azulay’s passionate performance of Rachem.

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We also highly recommend Yossi Azulay’s complete Album Prayers, Vol. 2

Download the lyrics (Hebrew, Transliteration, and English) here: Rachem

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6 Responses

  1. My goodness this is wonderful. Thank you for sharing this! The description, to the transliteration to the ability to listen to it right here, thank you! This is very special.

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