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אָדָם בְּקוּם עָלֵֽינוּ | Adam B’qum ‘Alenu, a seliḥah for Taanit Esther by Menaḥem ben Makhir (ca. 11th c.)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=48935 אָדָם בְּקוּם עָלֵֽינוּ | Adam B'qum 'Alenu, a seliḥah for Taanit Esther by Menaḥem ben Makhir (ca. 11th c.) 2023-02-16 22:00:58 An alphabetic acrostic seliḥah piyyut for Taanit Esther in Hebrew with English translation Text the Open Siddur Project Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) Menaḥem ben Makhir https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Ta'anit Esther סליחות seliḥot acrostic פיוטים piyyutim Alphabetic Acrostic 11th century C.E. 49th century A.M. Acrostic signature Acrostic translation Cairo Geniza

Note: “The CAUSE” is used to translate the Divine Name YHVH, based on the philosophical idea of God as the Prime Mover and on the interpretation of the Name as a causative form of the copula – “causes to be.” “SOURCE” is used to translate the Divine Name Yah.


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Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ
אָדָם בְּקוּם עָלֵֽינוּ חִיל אֲחָזַֽתְנוּ לִרְעוֹד
בְּהִסְתַּפְּחוֹ לְמַלְכוּת חָנֵף כִּמְעַט כָּשַֽׁלְנוּ לִמְעוֹד
גָּמְרוּ לְמׇכְרֵֽנוּ כְּתֵל וְחָרִיץ בְּלִי מִסְעוֹד
אָמְר֗וּ לְ֭כוּ וְנַכְחִידֵ֣ם מִגּ֑וֹי וְלֹֽא־יִזָּכֵ֖ר שֵֽׁם־יִשְׂרָאֵ֣ל עֽוֹד׃ (תהלים פג:ה)
Our God and God of our ancestors…
As a man came against us, trembling seized us.
By hitching himself to a fickle reign, we almost tripped and fell.
Cheerfully they closed the deal on us, like a mound in a pit, none could help.
They said, Come on, let’s destroy them as a people, so Israel’s name will no more be remembered. (Psalms 83:5)
דַּלּוּ עֵינַי לַמָּרוֹם קְרָאתִֽיךָ אוֹיְבַי לָקוֹב
הַכְרֵת שֵׁם וּשְׁאָר וּמְחֵה שֵׁם לִרְקוֹב
וְצָר צוֹרְרַי בְּנִכְלֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר נִכְּלוּ לַעֲקוֹב
וַ֭יֹּ֣אמְרוּ לֹ֣א יִרְאֶה־יָּ֑הּ וְלֹא־יָ֝בִ֗ין אֱלֹהֵ֥י יַעֲקֹֽב׃ (תהלים צד:ז)
Do I lift my eyes on high to call You to curse my enemies!
Expunge their name and remnant, erase their name to rot!
Foe to my foes, deceive them the way they deceived to trip us!
And they said, The CAUSE sees nothing, the God of Jacob does not understand. (Psalms 94:7)
זְרוּיִם עִנָּה וַיַּגֶּה וְלֹא מִלֵּב לְכַלּוֹתָם
חָבוּ לְפָנִים וְרִדָּם בַּהֲסָרַת טַבַּֽעַת לְהַחֲלוֹתָם
טוֹב דְּבָרוֹ הֵקִים לְעֵינֵי הַגּוֹיִם לְהַעֲלוֹתָם
בְּאֶ֣רֶץ אֹֽיְבֵיהֶ֗ם לֹֽא־מְאַסְתִּ֤ים וְלֹֽא־גְעַלְתִּים֙ לְכַלֹּתָ֔ם׃ (ויקרא כו:מד)
Grievously God tortured the poor ones, but did not seek to destroy them.
Heinously guilty they were, so by taking off a ring they were terrified.
Indeed God’s good word was fulfilled, to raise them up before the nations.
In the land of their enemies I will not abandon nor despise them to destroy them. (Leviticus 26:44)
יִדַּע רֶֽמֶז הַקּוֹרוֹת לְעַם מְעֻפָּר וּמְהֻדָּס
כְּתׇב הַסְתֵּר אַסְתִּיר וּמָר דְּרוֹר מְפֻרְדָּס
לִשְׁבּוֹת הָמָן מִמׇּחֳרָת הֲמִן־הָעֵץ קֻנְדָּס
תַּ֤חַת הַֽנַּעֲצוּץ֙ יַעֲלֶ֣ה בְר֔וֹשׁ וְתַ֥חַת הַסִּרְפַּ֖ד יַעֲלֶ֣ה הֲדַ֑ס׃ (ישעיהו נה:יג)
Just a preview of what would happen to the dirtied and palimpsested people.
Keep these words: “I will hide,” astir, and “pure myrrh,” mor dokh, how fragrant!
Letting Haman’s body fall, is it downha-min from the wooden pole?
In place of the camelthorn will rise a cypress, in place of the nettle will rise a myrtle. (Isaiah 55:13)
מַקְשִׁיב דְבַר שֶֽׁקֶר כָּתַב שִׂטְנָה וָעֶֽצֶב
נִתְעַטֵּף בְּבִגְדֵי שְׂרָד כְּטָעָה בְּמִנְיַן קֶֽצֶב
סָדַּר לְהִשְׁתַּמֵּשׁ בְּשׁוֹנִים כְּלֵי בֵּית הַמַּחֲצֵב
וַיָּב֥וֹא גַֽם־הַשָּׂטָ֖ן בְּתוֹכָֽם לְהִתְיַצֵּ֖ב׃ (איוב א:ו בסדר מהופך)
Manipulated, the gullible one wrote accusation and sorrow.
Neatly wrapping himself in sacred garb as he mistook the end time.
Other vessels he ordered to use, tools of the House of the Quarry.
And the Adversary too came among them to stand.[1] Cf. Job 1:6, out of order 
עַם הַנִּמְצָאִים בְּשׁוּשָׁן בְּאׇכְלָם מִזֶּֽבַח עׇכְרָם
פָּעַר פִּיו לְהַשְׂטִינָם וּלְהַסְגִּירָם בְּיַד נוֹתֵן מִכְרָם
צוּר הִסְכִּים לִכְתּוֹב אִגֶּֽרֶת לְאַבֵּד שִׂבְרָם
אָמַ֖רְתִּי אַפְאֵיהֶ֑ם אַשְׁבִּ֥יתָה מֵאֱנ֖וֹשׁ זִכְרָֽם׃ (דברים לב:כו)
People in Shushan ate the meat of their troublemaker.
Quantifying the price to give them over, he gaped his mouth to accuse them.
The Rock agreed to write a letter to end their hope.
I said I would release them, release their moniker from humankind. (Deuteronomy 32:26)
קְדוֹשִׁים מַלְאֲכֵי הַשָׁרֵת מַר יִבְכָּיוּן בִּצְעָקָה
רַחוּם הַבֵּט לַבְּרִית וְאַל־תָּפֵר לְהַרְחִיקָה
שָׁמְעָה מוֹרָשָׁה וַתִּלְבַּשׁ בִּגְדֵי אַלְמְנוּת וּמוּעָקָה
וַתָּ֤שֶׂם יָדָהּ֙ עַל־רֹאשָׁ֔הּ וַתֵּ֥לֶךְ הָל֖וֹךְ וְזָעָֽקָה׃ (שמואל ב׳ יג:יט)
Sanctified ministering angels bitterly wailed, crying:
Take heed of the covenant, Merciful One, and do not break or separate from it!
Upon hearing it, the Inheritance [Torah] wore sorrowful widows’ clothing.
And she put her hand on her head and went, walking and crying. (II Samuel 13:19)
תִּשְׁבִּי שָׂם אֵזוֹר שַׂק בְּמׇתְנָיו תַּחְבֹּֽשֶׁת
מִהֵר וְהוֹדִֽיעַ יְשֵׁנֵי מַכְפֵּל אָבוֹת שְׁלֹֽשֶׁת
נָחַץ לְרוֹעֶה מַה לְּךָ נִרְדָּם לְהִתְעַשֵּׁת
ק֚וּם קְרָ֣א אֶל־אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ אוּלַ֞י יִתְעַשֵּׁ֧ת׃ (יונה א:ו)
Vexed, the Tishbite wrapped sackcloth around his loins.
Whisking his way to let the three forefathers sleeping in Machpelah know.
Exploding to the Shepherd [Moses] — Why are you sleeping from considering?
Get up! Call upon your God, who perhaps will consider us! (Jonah 1:6)
חוֹתַם טִיט אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשָׂה לְבִלְשָׁן סִפֵּר
מִנִּינְוֵה לָמְדוּ לְאַחַר גְּזֵרָה כַּעַס לְהָפֵר
בֶּן קִישׁ הִקִּישׁ דַּלְתוֹת בֵּית הַסֵּֽפֶר
וַיְכַ֣ס שַׂ֔ק וַיֵּ֖שֶׁב עַל־הָאֵֽפֶר׃ (יונה ג:ו)
Yet sealed in clay the matter was that he told to the Linguist [Mordechai].
Zealous anger of a decree they learned to overturn from Nineveh.
MENdicant-like, the son of Kish knocked on the schoolroom gates.
And covered himself with sackclosh and sat on the ashes. (Jonah 3:6)
רִבֵּץ תִּינוֹקוֹת לְפָנָיו יָמִים שְׁלֹשָׁה צָמִים וּמֻכְפָּנִים
בְּקוֹל יַעֲקֹב לַחֲלוֹשׁ יְדֵי עַז פָּנִים
יָדָיו אֱמוּנָה לָאֵל הַצִּילֵֽנִי מֵעֶלְבּוֹנִים
פֶּן־יָב֣וֹא וְהִכַּ֔נִי אֵ֖ם עַל־בָּנִֽים׃ (בראשית לב:יב)
ACcumulating children around him, three days the hidden ones fasted.
HE Might, by the voice of Jacob, weaken the hand of the RABBlerouser.
In faith he raised his hands to God: “Save us now from insults!
Lest he come and strike me, mother with children!(Genesis 32:12
מִזֶּה אֵֽלֶּה וּמִזֶּה אֵֽלֶּה בְּנֵי אֵיתָנַי וְרַבָּנַי
כֻּלָּם צָעֲקוּ וַתַּֽעַל שַׁוְעָתָם אֶל־יְהֹוָה
יָהּ לְקוֹל רִנּוּן כְּבוֹא שָׁאַל לִפְנָי
וּמֶ֛ה קֽוֹל־הַצֹּ֥אן הַזֶּ֖ה בְּאׇזְנָ֑י׃ (שמואל א׳ טו:יד)
MAsters and teachers’ sons from here and from there
CHImed in cries, and their pleas went up to the CAUSE.
Receiving the shouts, the SOURCE asked:
And what is this sound of sheep that is in My ears? (I Samuel 15:14)
רוֹעֶה הֱשִׁיבוֹ הֵם קְטַנֵּי קֹֽדֶשׁ זֶֽרַע
יָהּ הַצֵּל לְקוּחִים לַמָּֽוֶת מֵאוֹיֵב הָרַע
חַנּוּן נִכְמְרוּ רַחֲמָיו וַיְּבַקֵּשׁ לִבְכּוֹת הַמְּאֹרָע
וַיְהִ֡י כִּקְרֹא֩ מֶלֶךְ־יִשְׂרָאֵ֨ל אֶת־הַסֵּ֜פֶר וַיִּקְרַ֣ע׃ (מלכים ב׳ ה:ז)
SO Now, the Shepherd Lit up and answered: “The infants of the holy seed,
VEry soon to be executed by the wicked enemy. Save them, SOURCE!
As the Graceful One’s mercy was stirred, seeking to weep for the occurrence.
And the Sovereign of Israel read the writ and tore it. (II Kings 5:7)
יְהוּדִי הוֹקִֽיעַ יְלָדָיו לְמַֽטָּה וַאֲבִיהֶם מִלְמַֽעְלָה
אִישׁ אִישׁ בְּשָׁלֹשׁ אַמּוֹת וְהָרְבִיעִית אַוֵּיר מְגֻלָּה
מִשְׁנֶה נָקָם חָזָה וְשָׂמַח וְשָׂח תְּהִלָּה
אֹתִ֛י הֵשִׁ֥יב עַל־כַּנִּ֖י וְאֹת֥וֹ תָלָֽה׃ (בראשית מא:יג)
Mordechai the Jew hanged children below and their father above.
Each man was three cubits, and the fourth exposed space.
Now that he saw a twofold vengeance, he rejoiced and meditated on praise:
Me, I was returned to my post, and he was hanged! (Genesis 41:13)
וַתִּכְתּוֹב אֶסְתֵּר תּֽוֹקֶף לִקְרוֹת כִּבְהַלֵּל מְהוֹדִים
מִלְּמַֽעְלָה קִיְּמוּ מַה שֶּׁקִּבְּלוּ לְמַֽטָּה דּוֹדִים
נֵס יְנוֹסֵס לְפַרְסֵם כְּאָז פִּלְאוֹ מַסְהִידִים
בָּעֵ֣ת הַזֹּאת֒ רֶ֣וַח וְהַצָּלָ֞ה יַעֲמ֤וֹד לַיְּהוּדִים֙׃ (אסתר ד:יד)
AND Esther wrote emphatically, to read as with a thanksgiving hallel.
Above established what the beloved ones accepted below.
MEN who bear witness shall raise a flag to make the wonder known again.
At that time, tranquility and rescue will arise for the Jews! (Esther 4:14)

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1Cf. Job 1:6, out of order

 

 

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