Monday, April 16, 2007

ליל של שבע שינה טבע

I meant to put this up some time during Hhol Hamo‘eid, so that people would be able to make use of it (if they wished), but I didn't get around to it until now.

Therefore, in commemoration of Yom Hasho’a, I have here a song about vanquishing evil. I'm not sure where or when it's originally from, but I learned it in high school as an Aram Soba (Syrian) Jewish song with a traditional tune. Although we sang it during Hhol Hamo‘eid Sukkot, it's actually (as can be seen from the lyrics) a song for the Seventh Day of Pesahh, also known as Yom Vayosha‘ — the day of the Splitting of the Reed Sea.


רַחוּם אַתָּה כִּי גָּאַלְתָּ לָנוּ לָנוּ מִמִּשְׁמָר
מִיַּד פַּרְעֹה הוּא וְזַרְעוֹ בַּיָּם טֻבְּעוּ בַּשַּׁחַר

פְּדֵה עַתָּה זוֹ הַשַּׁתָּא לְעַמָּךְ עַם הַנִּבְחָר
שְׁלַח לָנוּ אֵלִיָּהוּ יְבַשְּׂרֵהוּ בַּשּׁוֹפָר

אָז נָשִׁירָה אֶת הַשִּׁירָה לָאֵל פּוֹדֶה מִכָּל צָר
שִׁיר וַיּוֹשַׁע מוֹחֵה פֶּשַׁע לְעָם נוֹשַׁע מִכָּל צָר

לֵיל שֶׁל שֶׁבַע שִׁנָּה טֶבַע בְּמַטֶּה יַם סוּף נִגְזַר
עַמוֹ כֻלָּם הֵם וְעֶדְיָם עָבְרוּ בַיָּם וְחָזַר


You are merciful, for you freed us, us from imprisonment —
From the hand of Pharoah; him and his descendents were drowned in the sea at dawn.

Redeem now — this is the year for your people, the chosen people;
Send us Elijah, he will announce him with a shofar.

Then we will sing the song to the God who redeems from every enemy —
The song of "And then [God]," the eraser of sin, "saved..." the people saved from every enemy.

The night of the seventh, nature changed — the Sea of Reeds was split by a staff;
His people, all of them — them and their ornament — passed through the sea and returned.



you can find a recording of the tune HERE


2 Comments:

Blogger Ha-historion said...

Thanks. I always appreciate good Mizrachi poetry.

4/18/2007 3:09 AM  
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