Roi Levi - Parim Sfatenu - The Bulls of o
Ancient words in a new groove.
When the Temple existed, we atoned our sins by sacrificing bulls, lambs, goats, and other kosher animals on the alter.
Now that the Temple has been distroyed, daily prayers have replaced the physical sacrifices. As it is written: "make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them"
The Shacharit and Mincha prayers, are equivalent to the living sacrifices that were sacrificed in the Temple.
The words that are said are as if we are presenting a sacrifice of words to G-d, as it is written: "so we offer the bulls of our lips"
The text of the song talks about the order of the sacrifices that were sacrificed in the Temple, and it is said every morning as a "teaching" before the begining of the Shacharit services. They are usually referenced to simply as "Korbanot" (sacrifices).
The Kabalistic hymn, "Ana B'Koach", that is attributed to Rabbi Nekhunia ben Ha’Kana, appears in the prayer books just before the "Korbanot" and it is probably because of this that it becomes a sort of chorus for the song.
The historical circumstances for the creation and recording of the song was a spontaneous response to an invitation from Shechtman and Roi Ofer Geva from "Mami Productions to record Studios free of charge at the" "Music Box".
Following the order of the hymns in the prayer books, "Bulls of Our Lips" is a continuation of the song "Pitum HaKetoret" (the preparing of the incense).