The second movement, B'tel Chay (the city of my life) is an Israeli folk song and tells of a great general who lost his arm in the struggle to create the present state of Israel.
The third and final movement is a traditional children's song that is often used around the campfire. It is a question and aswer song - the Rabbi asking the question (represented by the brass) followed by one of the children answering (represented by the woodwinds). The title Ta-nu, Ta-nu, Ra-ba-nan means 'the Rabbi is our teacher'.
Hebrew Folk Song Suite was my first work tom be commissioned and published. The suite was commissioned and premiered by fellow Texas bandmaster J. W. Purvis with his eighth-grade band from Flour Bluff, Texas.