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מזמור לתודה לכבוד משה איש האלהים | A Thanksgiving in Commemoration of Moses Maimonides, an octocentennial prayer by Ḥakham Shem Tov Gaguine (Bevis Marks Synagogue, 27 May 1935)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=51496 מזמור לתודה לכבוד משה איש האלהים | A Thanksgiving in Commemoration of Moses Maimonides, an octocentennial prayer by Ḥakham Shem Tov Gaguine (Bevis Marks Synagogue, 27 May 1935) 2023-06-10 14:18:42 "A Thanksgiving in Commemoration of Moses Maimonides" with its accompanying <em>Hashkabah</em> is found in the <em>Service of Praise and Thanksgiving to Commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the Birth of Moses Maimonides</em> prepared by Bevis Marks Synagogue in London on 27 May 1935. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Shem Tov Gaguine https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Bnei (Bar/Bat) Mitsvah &amp; Other Birthday Prayers 20th century C.E. Maimonides Moshe ben Maimon 57th century A.M. Western Sepharadim
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יְסוֹד הַתּוֹרָה וּמְקוֹר הַחָכְמָה, בָּאנוּ הַיוֹם בְּאֵימָה, לְהוֹדוֹת לְשִׁמְךָ גְדוֹל הָעֵצָה, מַה־נִּפְלְאוּ מַעֲשֶׂיךָ וּגְבוּרוֹתָיךָ, בְּרָאתָ אָדָם וְהִרְכַּבְתּוֹ נָגִיד עַל כָּל־יְצוּרֶיךָ, וּבְמִשְׂגַּבֵּי הַטֶּבַע יִתְקַלָּס, אַתָּה הִרְכָּבְתָּ אֶנוֹשׁ לְרֹאשׁ לְכָל־בָּאֵי עוֹלָם, קוֹמַת אִישׁ גַּמָּד הִגְבַּהְתָּ אֶל רֹאשׁ הַכּוֹכָבִים, עַל חוּג שָׁמַיִם יִתְהַלֵּךְ לָחוּג חֻקֵּי מַסְלוּלֵיהֶם הֲלִיכוֹתֵיהֶם וַעֲתִידוֹתֵיהֶם, וְלַחְקוֹר סוֹדוֹתֶיךָ יוֹצֵר בְּרֵאשִׁית׃
Almighty God! who art the source of law and the fount of all wisdom, we come before Thee this day in reverence and gratitude, in awe and wonder at thine unfathomable works. Thou didst create man, and didst give him dominion over all that Thou hadst formed: to master not those things alone which belong to earth, but, scanning the vault of Heaven, to trace its highways, to comprehend and foretell the courses of its stars; to search, indeed, into mysteries which are thine, O Creator of the Beginning!
הֵן זֶה שְׁמֹנֶה מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה, בְּעֵת שֶׁהַיַהֲדוּת הָיְתָה בְסַכָּנָה, וְהָעוֹלָם שׁוֹמֵם, וְקוֹל הַתּוֹרָה דוֹמֵם, הֵקַמְתָּ לָנוּ רוֹעֶה נֶאֱמָן, צֶדֶק וָחֵן הִלְבַּשְׁתּוֹ, לְהָאִיר הַדֶּרֶךְ לְצֹאן מַרְעִיתוֹ, הִדְרַכְתָּ כוֹכָב מִשְּׁמֵי קוֹרְדוֹבָא, וַיְפַזֵּר קַרְנֵי אוֹר בְּכָל־אַרְצוֹת הַגּוֹלָה. אִיהוּ נִיהוּ מָרָנָא וְרַבָּנָא הַגָּאוֹן רבינו משה ב׳ר מימון זִכְרוֹנוֹ לִבְרָכָה, אַתָּה יְיָ יָדַעְתָּ אֶת לְבָבוֹ, בִּגְדוֹלוֹת לֹא הָלַךְ בְּנִפְלָאוֹת מִמֶּנּוּ לֹא דָרַשׁ, וְהָאִישׁ מֹשֶׁה עָנָו, אֲבָל לְמַעֲלוֹת רוּחוֹ וּלְמַחְשְׁבוֹתָיו לֹא שָׂם בְּרִיחַ וּדְלָתַיִם, כִּי אַתָּה הֶרְשֵׁיתָ לוֹ לַעֲלוֹת הָהָרָה, וְאָמַרְתָּ לוֹ אַל תִּירָא מֹשֶׁה עַבְדִּי מִפְּנֵי הָאֵשׁ חֹשֶׁךְ עָנָן וַעֲרָפֶל, וַיַּעַל מֹשֶׁה, וּפָתַחְתָּ לוֹ הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְהֶרְאֵיתָ לוֹ מַחֲנַיִם וְרִבּוֹתַיִם, וּמִמֵּי חָכְמָתְךָ שָׁאַב וַיִּגְבְּרו וַיָּפוּצוּ וַיִּהְיוּ לְפַלְגֵי מָיִם, וַיַשְׁקוּ אֶת גַנֶּךָ וַיַּצְמִיחוּ פְרִי מְגָדִים, וַיֵדַע כִּי מֵרוּחֲךָ שֶׁאָצַלְתָּ עָלָיו יָצָאוּ, וּמִימֵי רַבִּינָא וְרַב אַשֵּׁי, לֹא קָם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל עוֹד כְּמֹשֶׁה׃

We thank Thee, O Lord! that, at a time when the faith of men was failing and the teaching of their fathers went unheeded, Thou didst raise up a faithful guide in Israel, that he, filled with the spirit of righteousness, might illumine anew the path of thy people: even our revered master, MOSES, SON OF MAIMON, of Blessed Memory. Him didst Thou cause to shine forth as a star; so that the light which went forth from Cordova has shed its radiance, these eight hundred years, over all the lands of our dispersion. Thou didst know, O Lord! the meekness of his soul: that he walked not proudly, nor exercised himself in things too wonderful for him; but that he restrained not the searchings of his mind nor set a bound to the striving of his spirit. And, as did Moses the Prophet, so did he draw from the well of thy holy inspiration streams of knowledge and wisdom which, widened and deepened by his untiring purpose and devotion, spread abroad whithersoever the seeds of divine learning had been sown, and nourished a rich and precious fruitage. Of a truth, like him there hath not arisen another in Israel.
אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם בְּיַד חֲזָקָה נָתַתָּ לוֹ שֵׁבֶט מוֹשְׁלִים, וּבְמַטֵּה נוֹעַם קוֹמֵם נִכְשָׁלִים, הִרְבִּיץ תּוֹרָתְךָ בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל, וְכֻלָּם יַחַד עָנוּ וְאָמְרוּ כִּי עִמּוֹ אֵל, בְּפֵירוּשׁ הַמִּשְׁנָה, אַרְמוֹן נִפְלָא בָנָה, בִּלְשׁוֹנוֹ הַזַּכָּה וְהַבְּהִירָה, וּבְסַדְרְנוּתוֹ הַכַּבִּירָה, בְּמוֹרֶה הַנְּבוּכִים, הֵאִיר מַחֲשַׁכִּים, וְגַם בְּחָכְמַת הָרְפוּאָה, עָלָה עַל גִּבְעָה נִשָּׂאָה׃
Sovereign of the Universe! we thank Thee for the noble heritage which he bequeathed unto us: more especially for his “Strong Hand,” which has helped to raise the stumbling and to stablish thy Law in Israel’s perpetual keeping; for his Interpretation of the Oral Law which has made clear to us the teachings of our sages; for that “Guide,” with which he enlightened the darkness of the perplexed; for that rare gift of lucid thought and expression with which Thou didst uniquely endow him; for his mastery of the knowledge and practice of healing, which made him supreme among physicians in his day.
מַלְאָכֶיךָ הַקְּדוֹשִׁים הֶעֱלוּהוּ בָּעוֹלָם הָעֶלְיוֹן, לְהִתְעַנֵּג מִזִּיו שְׁכִינָתְךָ עִם מֹשֶׁה רַבֵּינוּ בְּרוּם חֶבְיוֹן, אֲבָל עוֹדֶנּוּ חַי בַּתַּחְתּוֹנִים כְּבַמְרוֹמִים, וּסְפָרָיו נִקְרָאִים בְּבָתֵּי וַעַד לַחֲכָמִים, וְזִכְרוֹ הַטּוֹב יִשָּׁאֵר חָקוּק בְּלֵב עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל לָעַד וּלְעוֹלְמֵי עוֹלָמִים׃
And when his appointed task was done, Thou didst receive him in thy Holy Habitation, there to rejoice in tho glory of thy Presence. And, as in Heaven, so on earth ho yet lives; for his inimitable works still are cherished and read, and the memory of him, blessed and revered, will be borne in the hearts of all Israel for ever and ever.
דרוש
Sermon
הדלקת נר תמיד לע׳נ הרמב״ם
Lighting of the Perpetual Lamp in Memory of Moses Maimonides.
השכבה להרמב״ם
Hashkabah.
וְהַחָכְמָה מֵאַיִן תִּמָּצֵא,
וְאֵיזֶה מְקוֹם בִּינָה׃ (איוב כח:יב)
יִרְאַת יְהוָֹה מוּסַר חָכְמָה,
וְלִפְנֵי כָבוֹד עֲנָוָה׃ (משלי טו:לג)
מַיִם עֲמֻקִּים דִּבְרֵי פִי אִישׁ,
נַחַל נֹבֵעַ מְקוֹר חָכְמָה׃ (משלי יח:ד)
אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם מָצָא חָכְמָה,
וְאָדָם יָפִיק תְּבוּנָה׃ (משלי ג:יג)
Where shall wisdom be found?
and where is the place of understanding? (Job 28:12)
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom;
and before honour goeth humility. (Proverbs 15:33)
The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters;
a flowing brook, a fountain of wisdom. (Proverbs 18:4)
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom,
and the man that getteth understanding. (Proverbs 3:13)
מָה רַב טֽוּבְךָ אֲשֶׁר צָפַֽנְתָּ לִֽירֵאֶֽיךָ,
פָּעַֽלְתָּ לַֽחוֹסִים בָּךְ נֶֽגֶד בְּנֵי אָדָם׃ (תהלים לא:כ)
מַה יָּקָר חַסְדְּךָ אֱלֹהִים,
וּבְנֵי אָדָם בְּצֵל כְּנָפֶֽיךָ יֶֽחֱסָיוּן׃
יִרְוְיֻן מִדֶּֽשֶׁן בֵּיתֶֽךָ,
וְנַֽחַל עֲדָנֶֽיךָ תַשְׁקֵם׃ (תהלים לו:ח-ט)
How great is thy goodness, which thou hast treasured those that fear thee;
which thou hast wrought for those that trust in thee, before the sons of men. (Psalms 31:20)
How excellent is thy loving-kindness, O God!
Thou shelterest the children of men under the shadow of thy wings.
Thou satisfiest them abundantly with the richness of thy house:
and causest them to drink of the stream of thy delights. (Psalms 36:8-9)
טוֹב שֵׁם מִשֶּֽׁמֶן טוֹב,
וְיוֹם הַמָּֽוֶת מִיוֹם הִוָּֽלְדוּ׃ (קהלת ז:א)
סוֹף דָּבָר הַכֹּל נִשְׁמָע,
אֶת הָֽאֶלֹהִים יְרָא,
וְאֶת מִצְוֺתָיו שְׁמוֹר,
כִּי זֶה כָּל־הָֽאָדָם׃ (קהלת יב:יג)
יַעְלְזוּ חֲסִידִים בְּכָבוֹד,
יְרַנְּנוּ עַל מִשְׁכְּבוֹתָם׃ (תהלים קמט:ה)
A good name is more fragrant than rich perfume;
and the day of death better than the day of one’s birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)
The sum of the matter, after all hath been heard,
is, to fear God,
and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
Let the pious be joyful in glory;
let them sing aloud upon their couches. (Psalms 149:5)
מְנוּחָה נְכוֹנָה, בִּֽישִׁיבָה עֶלְיוֹנָה, תַּֽחַת כַּנְפֵי הַשְּׁכִינָה, בְּמַֽעֲלַת קְדוֹשִׁים וּטְהוֹרִים, כְּזֹֽהַר הָֽרָקִיעַ מְאִירִים וּמַזְהִירִים, וְחִלּוּץ עֲצָמִים, וְכַפָּרַת אֲשָׁמִים, וְהַרְחָֽקַת פֶּֽשַׁע, וְהַקְרָֽבַת יֶֽשַׁע, וְחֶמְלָה וַֽחֲנִינָה, מִלִּפְנֵי שׁוֹכֵן מְעוֹנָה, וְחֻלָּקָא טָבָא, לְחַיֵּי הָֽעוֹלָם הַבָּא, שָׁם תְּהֵא מְנַת וּמְחִיצַת וִישִׁיבַת נֶפֶשׁ הַשֵּׁם הַטּוֹב מוֹרֵנוּ וְרַבֵּינוּ כְּבוֹד רִבִּי מֹשֶׁה בֵּן מַיְמוֹן רוּחַ יְיָ תְּנִיחֶֽנּוּ בְגַן עֵֽדֶן, דְּאִתְפְּטַר מִן עָֽלְמָא הָדֵין, כִּרְעוּת אֱלָהָא מָרֵהּ שִׁמַיָּא וְאַרְעָא, הַמֶּֽלֶךְ בְּרַֽחֲמָיו יָחוֹס וְיַחְמוֹל עָלָיו׃ וְיִלָּוֶה אֵלָיו הַשָּׁלוֹם, וְעַל מִשְׁכָּבוֹ יִהְיֶה שָׁלוֹם, כְּדִכְתִיב, יָבוֹא שָׁלוֹם יָנֽוּחוּ עַל מִשְׁכְּבוֹתָם, הוֹלֵךְ נְכוֹחוֹ׃ (ישעיה נז:ב) הוּא וְכָל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַשֹּׁכְבִים עִמּוֹ בִּכְלַל הָרַֽחֲמִים וְהַסְּלִיחוֹת, וְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן׃
May the repose which is prepared in the celestial abode, under the wings of the divine presence in the high place of the holy and pure-that shine and are resplendent as the bright light of the firmament with a renewal of strength, a forgiveness of trespasses, a removal of transgressions, an approach of salvation, compassion and favour from him that sitteth enthroned on high, and also a goodly portion in the life to come, be the lot and the resting-place of our Teacher and Master R. MOSES BEN MAIMON (whom may God grant peace in Paradise), who departed from this world according to the will of God, the Lord of heaven and earth, May the supreme King of kings, through his infinite mercy, have mercy, pity and compassion on him. May the Lord grant him peace and may his repose be in peace; as it is written, “He shall come in peace; they shall rest in their beds; every one walking in his uprightness.” (Isaiah 57:2) May he, and all his people of Israel, who slumber in the dust, be included in mercy and forgiveness. May this be his will! and let us say, Amen.
משנה מכות ג:טז
רִבִּי חֲנַנְיָא בֶּן עֲקַשְׁיָא אוֹמֵר, רָצָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְזַכּוֹת אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל, לְפִיכָךְ הִרְבָּה לָהֶם תּוֹרָה וּמִצְוֺת, שֶׁנֶּֽאֱמַר יְיָ חָפֵץ לְמַעַן צִדְקוֹ, יַגְדִּיל תּוֹרָה וְיַאְדִּיר׃ (ישעיה מב:כא)
Mishnah Makot 3.16
Rabbi Ḥananyá, the son of Akashyá, saith that the Holy One, blessed be he! being pleased to make Israel worthy of enjoying happiness, hath enlarged the Law with many precepts; as it is said, “The Lord was pleased for the sake of his righteousness to magnify the Law, and to make it glorious.” (Isaiah 42:21)
קדיש דרבנן
Ḳaddish d’Rabbanan.

“A Thanksgiving in Commemoration of Moses Maimonides” with its accompanying Hashkabah is found in the Service of Praise and Thanksgiving to Commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the Birth of Moses Maimonides prepared by Bevis Marks Synagogue in London on 27 May 1935. We have been unable to determine the author of this prayer. Many thanks to Simon Montagu for identifying the author of this prayer as Ḥakham Shem Tov Gaguine as attested here.

Many thanks to Shufra Judaica (Elli Fischer and David Selis) for providing the page images used for deriving this transcription.

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