EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Refrain: V'shamru v'nei yisrael et ha-shabat
The children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath
GOD COMMAND JEWISH PEOPLE CELEBRATE SABBATH CONTINUALLY.
la-asot et ha-shabat l'dorotam b'rit olam.
and observe it throughout their generations as an everlasting convent.
COVENANT, TEACH"each" CHILDREN PASS-DOWN FROM-NOW-ON FOREVER.
1. B'ni u-vein b'nei Yisrael ot hi l'olam.
It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever;
WHY? SABBATH SHOW"all" JEWISH PEOPLE CONNECT-TO-God STRONG*. Refrain
2. Ki sheshe yamim asa Adonai et ha-shamayim v'et haaretz.
for in six days the Lord made the heaven and earth,
LONG-AGO GOD (<) SET-UP HEAVEN, (>) SET-UP EARTH, SIX-DAY CONTINUE (2h)alt.INVENT MAKE++. Refrain
3. Uvayom hash'vii shavat vayinafash.
and on the seventh day He ceased from work and rested.
BUT SEVENTH DAY ARRIVE, GOD STOP, REST; SET-ASIDE, REST; GET-OFF-MIND, REST. Refrain
Notes: SABBATH - The DH [F], PO down, descends between NDH [B], PO down, at the wrist area and the body, then moves away from the body and rises up while changing to [S], PO down.
CONTINUALLY - CONTINUE++.
COVENANT - AGREE RELATIONSHIP-WITH-God.
FROM-NOW-ON - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs away, DHFT touches knuckle side of NDHFT and moves away in a downward arc. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - from now on.
SET-ASIDE - (2h)[B], POs > DS, with DH higher, palms are pressed against imaginary wall that is pushed to one side.
GET-OFF-MIND - (2h)[open 8], touch forehead, pronate and move away.
To hear a musical setting of these lyrics (without words), go to Musical adventures and click on any of the options for "4-part setting of V'Shamru, Rothblum tune."