Barack Mandela
American Soldier/Israeli Soldier

‘Oceans’ by Hillsong with Jewish Interpretation

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” is a famous song by Australian worship group Hillsong United. It was released on August 23, 2013 as the final single of their “Zion” album. The lead singer is Taya Smith Gaukrodger.

For the world Jewish community, I have re-written and re-adapted this song for Jewish communities as–“Oceans (For Jewish Souls)”.

I encourage Jewish synagogues around the world to perform this new Jewish song. Moreover, I ask the following Jewish singers to perform this new spiritual song: Yaakov Shwekey, Avraham Fried, Benny Friedman, 8th Day, Mordechai ben David, Shiri Maimon, Yehudit Ravitz, Aviv Geffen, Mendy Werdyger, Miami Boys Choir, Neshoma Carlebach, Rabbi Shefa Gold, and Lipa Schmeltzer.


You call me into the Mikveh waters                                                                                            The holy waters, where my soul is blessed                                                                            And I feel God in the holy waters                                                                                          Like oceans deep, my faith in Torah stands

And I will call HaShem by His name                                                                                        And keep my eyes above the waves                                                                                          My soul longs for God’s embrace                                                                                           For I am Yours and You are mine

Your holy light enlightens every bris                                                                                          With love of Torah, like a Jewish mother’s holy kiss                                                                  Our feet are made strong and God’s love surrounds                                                                    You have never failed, and You won’t start now

So, Israel will call upon God’s name                                                                                       And keep our eyes upon God’s praise                                                                                When the Holy Spirit rises, our souls will embrace                                                                For I am Yours and You are mine

Hashem leads me where my faith is without borders                                                                  Bring my holy life in order whenever You would call me                                                      Take me deeper than my soul could ever wander                                                                  And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my God

Israel will call upon God’s name                                                                                                  Like Moses we will give God all praise                                                                                  Our Jewish souls rest in Your embrace                                                                                   For I am Yours and You are mine


About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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