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Ya Komimos (We have eaten), a Ladino piyyut for the Birkat haMazon

Source (Ladino) Translation (English)

Ya komimos
i bevimos
i al Dyo
santo Baruḥ
U uvaruḥ shemo bendishimos.
Ke mos dyo
i mos dara pan para komer,
i panyos para vistir,
i anyos, munchos i buenos para bivir.
We have eaten
and we have drunk
and we have blessed the Holy One, —
blessed are they
and blessed be their Name —
Who has given us,
and may they continue to give us,
bread to eat and clothes to wear
and years, many and good ones, to live.

El Padre el grande
ke mande al chiko,
asegun tenemos de menester
para muestras kazas
i para muestros ijos.
May the Great Parent
send to the little one
according to our needs,
for our homes
and for our children.

El Dyo mos oyga,
i mos aresponda
i mos apiade
por su nombre el grande,
ke somos almikas sin pekado.
May God listen to us
and answer us
and may they forgive us
for the sake of their Great Name,
for we are little souls without sin.

Odu L’Adonai ki tov
ki leolam ḥasdo. (תהלים קיח:א)
Odu L’Adonai ki tov
ki leolam ḥasdo. (תהלים קיח:כט)
Give thanks to YHVH for their benevolence
for their lovingkindness endures forever.[1]Psalms 118:1.
Give thanks to YHVH for their benevolence
for their lovingkindness endures forever.[2]Psalms 118:29.

Syempre mejor,
nunka peor,
nunka mos manke
en la meza del Kriador.
Always better,
never worse,
may we never lack a thing
at the table of the Creator.

Amen.
Amen.

The Ladino prayer known by its incipit, “Ya Comimos,” is said after the recital of the Birkat Hamazon. It can be found in some birkhonim, some Spanish and Portuguese siddurim and some Haggadot. Traditionally the piyyut would be sung by women but at times could also be sung by men.

We are looking for older attestations of Ya Comimos in siddurim and haggadot. If you can provide a reference to one or more, please do — and thank you.

This translation follows the translation, Honi Sanders and I published in the birkon for his wedding, Siman l’Vanim (Dimus Parrhesia Press 2019). I have adapted the English translation to express a gender neutral divinity. –Aharon Varady

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  1. Psalms 118:1.
  2. Psalms 118:29.

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