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Teva Tunes is the official Teva CD. Click a title below for lyrics and chords. Audio coming soon!

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Decomposition (Words and music by Steve VanZandt)

Verse 1
E                                      A7
Is this waste? Well I don’t know;
E                                      A7
One thing dies to let another grow.
E                                       A7
This circle we see almost every day;
E                                   D              E
The name we call it is…… decay.

Chorus:
G                                                             D
Well come on all you people, gather ‘round;
G                              D
Breakdown and listen…..
E                        A7     E      A7……
To decomposition:
Group 1: Muncha, muncha, muncha….
Group 2: Decomposition, Decomposition, Decomposition….
Group 3: I get down, I break down, I get…

Verse 2
There are many kinds of bugs;
Worms and snails and slimy slugs.
They are useful for me and you;
They help to make the soil…. Renew.

(Chorus)

Verse 3
Decomposition it deserves more fame;
A tree drops its leaves, but they don’t stay the same.
A bug chews them up and spits them back out;
Making the soil for a new tree to sprout.


 

Blame Not (Words by Cara Silverberg; Melody by Peter Tosh)

C                                                          F                             C                                                           G
You teach the youth about bal taschit, you teach the youth about tzar ba’alei chayyim.

C                                                      F                                            C                                         G
You teach the youth about no psolet, you teach the youth to keep the Earth clean.

C                          F                                                  C                                   G
So you can’t blame the news of today, you must learn to choose.

C                              F                                    C                                         G
You must be the change you wish to be, you must be the change.

You teach the youth about tikkun olam, and to be Shomrei Adamah.
We are Keepers of the Earth, l’ovdah u l’shomrah.
Remember in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given life to protect.
Now we must heed these mitzvoth, and on Shabbat we let the land rest.

So you can’t blame the news of today, you must learn to choose.
You must be the change you wish to be, you must be the change.

So go and ride your bicycle to the market or to school.
Don’t have to drive you can take a walk to the movies or to shul.
And you can plant an urban garden to attract the birds and the bees,
in the city you can still create a forest, just start with some love and some seeds.

So you can’t blame the news of today, you must learn to choose.
You must be the change you wish to be, you must be the change.

Heschel teaches radical amazement.  Creation happens every single day,
Awareness is our greatest tool to make discoveries all along our way.
Hitbodedut in the forest, Reb Nachman tells us where to start.
Light comes from the mind, fire comes from the heart.

So you can’t blame the news of today, you must learn to choose.
You must be the change you wish to be, you must be the change.

The Media is all around us, trying to trick us and tell us what we need.
They tell us what to buy and how to act, if we want to succeed.
You must be wise and independent, question what they claim on TV.
Let your decisions be reflections of how you live and what you believe!

So you can’t blame the news of today, you must learn to choose.
You must be the change you wish to see you must be the change.


 

Psolet on my Planet (To the tune of “Teenager in Love.” Words by Daniel Kieval and Gavriel Meir-Levi, with credit to our ancestors Adam Berman,Jodi Cohen, and Ben Landman)

G                Em              C              D
OO WA OO WA OO WA OO OO ( x 2 )

Each day I go to breakfast, Pile up my pancakes high
Two scoops of scrambled eggs, Hash browns and toasted rye
I can’t believe I took more than I ate, That’s why I have so much psolet on my plate.

OO WA OO WA OO WA OO OO ( x 2 )

Get bored of all my jeans, Buy myself three new pairs
Toss out my year-old iPod, Leave lights on everywhere
Each night I ask the stars out in space, (Hey stars)
Oh why so much psolet from our human race?

OO WA OO WA OO WA OO OO ( x 2 )

But now I’m feelin’ happy, Smilin’ the whole day long
Teaching about Bal Tashchit, Each time I sing this song
It’s true! I’ve learned how to, rethink my waste
That’s why you’ll NEVER find my resources misplaced!


 

Bicycle Song (Words and music by Mat Tonti)

CHORUS:
I want to ride my bicycle, my bicycle, my bicycle, I
want to ride my bicycle, ride it all around.
I want to ride my bicycle, my bicycle, my bicycle, I
want to ride my bicycle, RIDE IT RIGHT NOW!
I got a shiny bicycle, it takes me where I want to go
I can pedal really fast, or I can pedal really slow
The kids around the neighborhood all think I’m a real cool cat
Mom and Dad stop the car, the bicycle is where it’s at!
[Chorus]
I like to pedal ‘n smell the trees so you can chuck your
SUVs They spit out gnarly chemicals like carbon dioxide
The farmland is all getting dry, greenhouse gases in
the sky We must take part and lend a hand, we cannot run and hide
[Chorus]
The atmosphere is not so clear, we put a lot of smoke up there
Breathing’s harder every year, there’s some cause for alarm
So if your distance isn’t far, take the bike and leave the car
‘Cause we’re running out of time and it’s getting pretty warm!


 

Deep Inside My Heart

G
Deep inside my heart I’ve got this everlasting light
It’s shining like the sun, it radiates on everyone
C G D G
And the more that I give, the more I’ve got to give
C G D G
It’s the way that I live, it’s what I’m living for!


 

Adamah V’Shamayim (Lyrics by Shimon Lev-Tahor (Suissa))

Am Em
Adamah Veshamayim,
Am
Chom Ha’esh,

Em
Tzlil hamayim

Am G
Ani margish zot begufi,
F Am
beruchi, benishmati.

Heya…heya…

Love the earth,
Love the sky.

Heat of fire,
Drop of water.

I can feel it in my body,
In my spirit in my soul.


 

Ivdu et Hashem B’simcha (Psalm 100; Melody by Rabbi Moshe Shor)

Dm
Ivdu et Hasehm B’simcha
G
Ivdu et Hasehm B’simcha
Am
Bo’u lefanav v’irnana
G Am Em
lefanav v’irnana


 

Questions about science?

Want to know the answers to all your Teva related questions? Email Teva@Hazon.org to ask a Moreh Derech!

 

Q: What happens to insects in the winter?

A: Some insects will migrate to warmer climates, like monarch butterflies, while others will hibernate in all kinds of places ranging from under the thick pile of leaves and fallen logs, to barn attics. Some will burrow deeper into the soil or live below the ice in ponds and streams. And some insects replace the water in their bodies with glycerol, a type of antifreeze.

Tell us how your projects are going!

We’d love to share your inspiring successes with the world!

 

JCDS Rhode Island’s 5th grade has created a beautiful compost station for their organic waste.

JCDSRI compost kids           JCDSRI compost station

 

Carmel Academy’s 6th grade class, excited by what they learned in the woods, made books for their peers, complete with stories and illustrations. Afterward, they donated their books to each of the classes they worked with so that the Teva lessons will continue as the books are read over and over again.

 

Kellman Brown Academy has been working on reducing waste in the school cafeteria. Following their Challenge Based Learning initiative, the students reached out to members of the community in and outside of the school in order to better answer the question “How does our waste impact the world?” in order to figure out how to take on the challenge of reducing waste in the cafeteria differently. Students have developed projects to educate students and families and implement compost bins, among others.

 

Write to us at Teva@Hazon.org so your school can be featured too!

 

Teva is proud to share the hard work of their students. Check out their completed Britot Adamah below:


In order to fulfill their commitment with God and the earth to be a Shomer(et) Adamah, these students made and fulfilled the promises below for 6 weeks or more:

 

  • Sarah from Heschel: “Instead of watching T.V., I will do something that does not involve energy.”
  • Oliver from Heschel: “I will recycle all paper.”
  • Sami from SS Long Island: “I will eat less meat per week. I will also use more scrap paper. I will also go to the library more. I will also do more crafts with recycled things. I will buy products that use the least amount of packaging when possible. I will bring a litter-less lunch to school. I will give my energy use a rest on Shabbat. I will ride my bike or walk instead of going in a car somewhere close to my house.”
  • Jacob from Striar Hebrew Academy: “I will bring a litter-less lunch to school.”
  • Owen from the Epstein Academy: “I will take cereal boxes and make books (notebooks) out of them.”
  • Rebecca from Kellman Brown Academy: “I will use a reusable water bottle in my lunch instead of plastic.”
  • Aharon from Silverstein Hebrew Academy: “I will listen to my parents.”
  • Rachel from SS Long Island: “I won’t leave the lights on when I don’t need them on.”
  • Ben “The Mongoose” from Golda Och Academy: “I will reuse and recycle all aluminum, paper, and plastic and ask my family to help recycle as well.”
  • Maya from Gerrard Berman Day School: “I will use both sides of paper I write on and try to buy paper with the most post-consumer recycled content possible. I will bring a litter-less lunch to school. I will unplug my appliance when they are not in use. Instead of getting in a car to go somewhere close to my house, I will walk or ride my bike.” 
  • Gavriel from Silverstein Hebrew Academy: “I will use both sides of paper I write on and try to buy paper with the most post-consumer recycled content possible.” 
  • Maxine from SS Long Island: “I will unplug all appliances when they are not in use.”
  • Naomi from Golda Och Academy: “I will bike to schul instead of driving— I live so close. (Unless it is raining, snowing, etc.)

Great job to everyone for all of their hard work! Wear your earth bead with pride… you deserve it!


Are you wondering where your Brit Adamah posting is? Write to us at Teva@Hazon.org with your name, school and Brit, and we would be happy to make sure your name is displayed as well!