Only a Breath Away

by Steve Klaper / Caitlin M.G. Klaper

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Modim anachnu lach
 She’ata hu Adonai Eloheinu Tzur chayeinu, magein yisheinu 
ata hu l’dor vador Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha, tasim l’olam
 Ki ata, ki ata, hu melech adon
 L’chol ha shalom
Shalom rav, al Yisrael amcha, tasim l’olam 
Ki ata, hu melech adon, l’chol haShalom Grant us peace from above
 and we’ll make peace here below
 May we be the blessing
 That completes this world – Shalom V’tov b’einecha 
L’vareich et amcha Yisrael 
b’chol eit, uv’chol sha’a, bishlomecha
V’shamru v’nei Yisrael et haShabbat 
La’asot et haShabbat, l’dorotam b’rit olam Beini uvein b’nei Yisrael ot hi l’olam
 Ki sheishet yamim asah Adonai 
Et haShamayim v’et haAretz U’vayom hash’vee-ee, Shavat vayinafash
Hashkiveinu Adonai, Eloheinu l’shalom, 
V’hamideinu malkeinu, l’chayim Help us, O Lord, to lie down here in peace,
 And awaken us to life tomorrow,
 Shelter us always and everywhere
 And bless us with life, 
bless us with life and peace. Ufros aleinu, sukkat sh’lomecha
 V’takneinu b’eitza tova mil’fanecha
 Ushmor tzeiteinu, uvo’einu 
L’chayim ul’shalom, mei’ata v’ad olam
Mi chamocha ba’eilim Adonai
 Mi kamocha nedar bakodesh
 Nora t’hilot oseh feleh Mal’chut’cha ra-u vanecha 
bokeia yam lifnei Moshe
 Zeh eili anu v’amru Adonai yimloch l’olam va’ed V’ne’emar ki fadah Adonai et Ya’akov, 
ug’alo m’yad chazak mimenu
 Baruch Ata Adonai, go’al Yisrael Shira chadasha shib’chu g’ulim 
L’shimcha al s’fat hayom
 Yachad kulam hodu v’himlichu v’amru 
Adonai yimloch l’olam va-ed
Adonai s’fatai tiftach
 Ufee yagid t’hilatecha Open my lips, O Eternal my God
 And my mouth will tell of Your glory
 Open my lips, O Eternal One 
Let me sing praise…
B’sefer chayim, 
b’racha v’shalom, 
ufarnasah tova Nizacheir v’nikateiv l’fanecha
 Anachnu v’chol amcha beit Yisrael l’chayim tovim ul’shalom Baruch ata Adonai, oseh haShalom
P’tach lanu sha’ar, b’eit n’ilat sha’ar, 
 Ki fana yom 
Hayom yifneh, haShemesh yavo v’yifneh 
navo’ah sh’arecha Ana, Eil na, sa na, s’lach na, m’chal na 
Chamal na, rachem na, kapeir na
k’vosh chet v’avon O keep open for us Your gate of mercy, 
At the time of the closing of the gate,
 Now that the day is waning.
 The day is passing; The sun is setting;
 O let us enter Your gate at last.
Ein keloheinu, ein kadoneinu
 Ein k’malkeinu, ein k’moshieinu Mi cheloheinu, mi chadoneinu 
Mi ch’malkeinu, mi ch’moshieinu Nodeh leloheinu, nodeh l’adoneinu
 Nodeh l’malkeinu, nodeh l’moshieinu Baruch eloheinu, baruch adoneinu 
Baruch malkeinu, baruch moshieinu Atah hu eloheinu, atah hu adoneinu 
Ata hu malkeinu, atah hu moshieinu
Nishmat kol chai, t’vareich et shimcha 
Yah Eloheinu May the soul of all life Look to You, 
Holy One
 May the spirit of all flesh 
bless Your Name
 May we rise up to praise You 
forever and ever
 O Lord our God, Adonai Eloheinu…
Fountain of love, my Souce is in Thee,
 Loving Thy will, my Spirit is free. Beautiful day, when all of us see,
 The Hope of the world is Love.
So this is where we are
 This is what it’s come to 
Beyond all the noise
, Beyond the illusions we love Now that the time has arrived
 Nothing to do, nothing to say
 “Hush, my love, I’m only a breath away,
 Can’t you see that 
I’m only a breath away.” Try to change the world 
Try to just survive it,
 Ain’t it exhausting
, All of this trying to be? Now that the time has arrived
 Nothing to do, nothing to say
 “Hush, my love, I’m only a breath away,
 Can’t you see that 
I’m only a breath away.” Not the roaring wind
 Nor the mountain’s rumble
 Nothing that burns
 No voice that demands to be heard Now that the time has arrived
 Nothing to do, nothing to say
 “Hush, my love, I’m only a breath away,
 Can’t you see that 
I’m only a breath away.”


There’s so much to be grateful for that it’s sometimes hard to figure out exactly where to start. It’s easy to take for granted all that we can imagine, all that’s within the realm of possibility, all that we can achieve, and we start to think that these achievements belong to us – that what we accomplish is done merely through our own hard work and our own special talents.

I pick up a phone and, with a few pushed buttons, I can speak almost instantly with someone in Jerusalem. I can sit in a video conference room and have a face-to-face meeting with people in China and Brazil and England, all at once. How is it possible? How is it that I get to accomplish such wonders? Well, it’s because people far wiser than me figured out how to lay fiber optic cable under the ocean and put satellites in orbit that carry electronic pulses that somehow coalesce into meaningful sounds and images. An amazing system at my fingertips – it makes me a miracle worker, every day.

I pray to God, to the Ribbono shel Olam – the Master of the Universe – I have the chutzpah to think that because I sing a few songs, say a few prayers, meditate a little – that I can address the Divine and that it reaches to the heights – to the depths… how is this possible?

Eloheinu v’Elohei avoteinu v’imoteinu -- My God and God of my fathers and mothers – we recite in our prayers. It’s because people before us put up the satellites. Abraham laid the first fiber optic cable to God. Moses led a ragtag ensemble for 40 years – 40 years of hit-and-miss wandering in the desert – to get to Sinai and send up the first satellite. The groundwork was done for us, the lines of communication were laid by people not so sophisticated as us, not so clever and deep – but who cared with all their hearts and focused with all their lives.

I thank them all, for giving me the opportunity to create moments and to reach for clarity, and I thank Hakadosh Baruch Hu, the Holy One of Blessing, for allowing me to walk this miraculous path every day and, once in a while, to actually become aware that I’m walking it.

Steve Klaper, June 2009


released October 1, 2009

Steve Klaper 
Vocals, guitars, mandola, harmonica, bowls
Caitlin M.G. Klaper 
Randy Leipnik 
Keyboards, bass, kalimba, koto
Rune Palland Percussion
Matthew Rautio
 Vocals (Fountain of Love, Hashkiveinu)


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Jewish Troubadour Oak Park, Michigan

Hazzan Steve Klaper is a Jewish troubadour -- a spiritual storyteller, minstrel and teacher. An ordained Cantor, Maggid and teacher of Torah, Steve draws upon his Orthodox Jewish roots and over 40 years experience as a professional musician, infusing traditional Jewish teachings with melodies, sacred tales and wisdom from a variety of traditions -- ancient teachings that feel somehow familiar. ... more

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