Dancing in Jerusalem

My groovy, let's-all-make-aliyah theme song that describes the various major redemption moments of the past century.

This was the last song written for my new album, The Promise. I needed a groovy, let's-all-make-aliyah theme song that would describe the various major redemption moments of the past century. The opening line quotes the Ethiopian Crown Prince Ahmad when he finally gave permission for the Jews to leave. My heart is Dancing in Jerusalem. Now I just got to get my whole body there! Enjoy the video! You can buy the album at my site here, and on itunes here.


"God will fulfill your heart's desire
Take you to the place you want to go"
Keep dreaming of the land of your history
And you're walking the streets before you know

On wings of eagles they took to the sky
Not sure how this magic carpet would fly
Then cries of joy at the first Shalom
50,000 Yemenites coming home

My heart is dancing in Jerusalem

Next came Ezra and Nechemia
Redeeming our brothers of Babylon
2000 years in the shuq of Bagdad
Soon every last soul would come along

Though it seemed impossible to achieve
Morocco's Jews were the next to leave
They're a pillar of the temple of Solomon
Hear the sound of French ringing through Zion

My heart is dancing in Jerusalem

Soon we'll be dancing in Jerusalem
The whole world dancing in Jerusalem

V'lirushalayim ir'cha
B'rachamim tashuv
V'tishkon b'tocha
Ka'asher dibarta

Beta Israel watched in awe
From the tribe of Dan in Ethiopia
Slipping through the border of the Sudan
They crossed the desert to reach their land

We marched for the rights of refusnikim
To help them realize their aliyah dream
After 70 years of a living hell
See the celebration when that curtain fell

My heart is dancing in Jerusalem

Soon we'll be dancing in Jerusalem
The whole world dancing in Jerusalem
Your heart is dancing in Jerusalem
Time to come home to Jerusalem

Verse 1 depicts aliyah from Yemen, verse 2 from Iraq and Morocco, verse 3 Ethiopia and the former USSR. 

"And to Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion, and may You rest within it, as you have spoken." 

Comments (24)

(23) catherine, June 17, 2016 6:05 AM

Love it

cute ;-)

(22) Anonymous, June 8, 2016 12:10 AM


and Amen

(21) Richard, June 5, 2016 4:06 PM

Yay Sam!

Wonderful! So nice to see.

(20) Abu, September 2, 2014 1:48 PM


(19) Judith, May 27, 2014 9:04 PM

I live this guy. He is really good at what he does. Hope that Pope Francis receives a copy of this CD either before he goes home or gets a copy in the mail upon arrival to the Vatican. I am serious, absolutely. A to giving a copy to Palestine, who knows? I will leave that decision up to you.

(18) Suzanne, May 27, 2014 4:30 PM

That was very nice!

This guy has some personality. I liked this. Keep up the good work!

(17) Zamira Rajchgod, May 27, 2014 2:30 PM


Sam: This one is IT! Can't sit still, the words are meaningful & music & beat makes one want to get up & dance. Didn't know you dance as well as write & sing your music. You really move! Love the video. So when will you dance in Israel permanently? We do.

(16) Aryeh Magram, March 18, 2014 2:31 PM

Beautiful song!

This is really great Sam. Keep up the dancing and thanks for the smile.

(15) Malka, March 13, 2014 9:37 PM


My kids keep singing the chorus!

(14) karen Beck, March 10, 2014 1:52 AM

Love this song

How can you NOT get up and dance while this is playing.....I do love this song and we will soon be in Israel for a month!!! YEAH!!!!

(13) Marion Jestice, March 7, 2014 3:29 PM

Love the song and especially the beat. Send it around the world!!!!!!!!

(12) Howie Lebowitz, March 5, 2014 5:49 PM

Beautiful lyrics and music

Beautiful !!

Sylvia, March 8, 2014 11:52 AM

Absolutely beautiful, I wish I could dance in Jerusalem!

(11) Marie, March 5, 2014 3:13 PM

It's time....

Love the video!! Great lyrics makes you smile....made my day. Toda Raba!!

(10) veda, March 5, 2014 2:44 PM

Love it

I love this song This is the first time I have noticed Sam.
Great work!

(9) Anonymous, March 5, 2014 7:01 AM

Cool tune!

And I'm sure the kids will love it too.

(8) jodi, March 5, 2014 5:23 AM

cant wait til im home in Jerusalem.love the song .

(7) Anonymous, March 5, 2014 3:11 AM

Felt it

I felt my heart dancing :) I want to go home!!!!!!

(6) Anonymous, March 5, 2014 2:45 AM

Wonderful song. The beat is contagious. The lyrics are terrific.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Second time around was even better than the first listening.
Hatzlacha Rabba

(5) Anonymous, March 4, 2014 11:34 PM

Great! Great! Great!

What a great song!

(4) David Brookler, March 4, 2014 9:39 PM

North American Aliyah

Sweet, but the song is missing a verse about the upcoming massive wave of Aliyah from North America. I am glad I was able to aliyah by choice. I hope many more will do so very soon, because, ready or not, Hashem will be bringing his children home.

(3) socorro samperio, March 4, 2014 8:10 PM


what a beautiful poem, my heart beats faster, AMEN may all HIS people return soon.MAY HASEM BLEES HIS PEOPLE. AND MAY ALL SEE THE RESTORATION OF THE TRIBES

(2) laine, March 4, 2014 6:24 PM


I truly enjoyed the words and catching beat of this song.

(1) Love, March 3, 2014 3:07 AM

Love! love! Love!!! And Rabbi Schloss!!! Oh how I miss Jerusalem!!


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