OD LO AHAVTI DAI

(Israeli Circle Dance)

 

Translation:

I have not yet loved enough

Dance:

Ya'akov Levi

Meter:

4/4

Record:

Blue Star - 1978

Formation:

Circle in simple hold, face center

 

Measures

Counts

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Part A

1-2

1-8

2 mayim steps (R crosses over L) (grapevine 8 steps)

3-4

1-8

2 tcherkessia steps (R fwd to center, hands up and down individually)

(R fwd to center, L in place, R bwd, L in place)

5-8

 

Repeat meas. 1-4, Part A

 

 

 

 

 

Part B

1

1-4

4 steps into center R,L,R,L (body dips and arms are raised with palms down)

2

1-4

Repeat meas. 1, Part B, reverse direction

3

and

Hop on L to R while arms swing to R

 

1

Land on both feet apart

 

2

Cross L over R while arms swing to L

 

3-4

Repeat cts. 1-2, meas. 3, Part B

4

1-4

Full turn to R in 4 steps R,L,R,L

 

5-8

Repeat meas. 1-4, Part B

 

 

Ya'akov Eden Weekend

March 31 - April 1, 1979

Miami Valley Folk Dancers

- 11

MVFD Syllabus Collection Copyright Miami Valley Folk Dancers 2004

 

 

 

 

Od Lo Ahavti Dai
(I have not yet loved enough)

Music & Lyrics: Naomi Shemer

1.
Be'ele hayadayim od lo baniti kfar,
Od lo matzati mayim be'emtza hamidbar
Od lo tziyarti perakh, od lo giliti eykh
Tovil oti haderekh ule'an ani holekh

1.
With these hands I haven't yet build a village,
Haven't yet found water in the middle of the wilderness,
Haven't yet painted a flower, I haven't yet discovered how
the path leads me and to where I am going

Refrain
Od lo ahavti day
Haruakh vehashemesh al panay
Od lo amarti day
Ve im lo, im lo akhshav - eymatay?

Refrain
I haven't loved enough,
The wind and sun on my face.
I haven't said "enough",
And if not now - when?

2.
Od lo shatalti deshe, od lo hekamti ir,
Od lo natati kerem al kol giv'ot hagir
Od lo hakol asiti mamash bemo yaday
Od lo hakol nisiti, od lo ahavti day.

2.
Haven't yet sowed a lawn, I haven't raised a city.
Haven't yet planted a vineyard on every hills of chalk.
Haven't yet done everything with my very own hands.
Haven't yet tried everything, I haven't yet loved enough.

Refrain

Refrain

3.
Od lo hekamti shevet, od lo khibarti shir,
Od lo yarad li sheleg be'emtza hakatzir.
Ani od lo katavti et zikhronotay
Od lo baniti li et beyt khalomotay

3.
Haven't yet raised a tribe, I haven't composed a song yet,
Haven't yet had snow fall for me in the middle of summer.
I haven't yet written my memoirs,
I haven't yet built the house of my dreams.

Refrain

Refrain

4.
Ve'af alpi she'at po, ve'at kol kakh yafa
Mimekh ani boreakh kemo mimagefa
Od yesh harbe dvarim sheratziti laasot
At betakh tislekhi li gam bashana hazot.

4.
And even though you're here, and you're so very pretty,
From you I flee, as if from a plague.
There are still a lot of things that I wish to do.
You will surely forgive me this year.

Refrain

Refrain