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אֲשׁוֹרֵר שִׁירָה | Ashorer Shirah, a piyyut in honor of the Torah by Ḥakham Raphael Baruch Toledano (ca. 20th c.)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=29744 אֲשׁוֹרֵר שִׁירָה | Ashorer Shirah, a piyyut in honor of the Torah by Ḥakham Raphael Baruch Toledano (ca. 20th c.) 2020-01-29 02:39:13 A piyyut in honor of the Torah. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Honi Sanders (translation) Raphael Barukh Toledano https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Shavuot Shemini Atseret (and Simḥat Torah) 20th century C.E. זמירות zemirot 57th century A.M. התורה the Torah Needing Source Images
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Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
אֲשׁוֹרֵר שִׁירָה לִכְבוֹד הַתּוֹרָה
מִפָּז יְקָרָה זַכָּה וּבָרָה
I will sing a song in honor of the Torah,
Who is more precious than gold, clear and pure
תּוֹרָה תְּמִימָה נְעִימָה רַבָּה
פֶּתִי מַחְכִּימָה עַיִן מְאִירָה
The perfect Torah is extremely pleasant
Who makes the simpleton wise and brings light to all eyes
אַשְׁרֵי הַגֶּבֶר עַל יִצְרוֹ גּוֹבֵר
מֵישָׁרִים דּוֹבֵר בּוֹחֵר בַּתּוֹרָה
Fortunate is the one who rules over desire
Who speaks justly and chooses the Torah
נֶאֱמָן שְׁמוֹ בּוֹחֵר בְּעַמּוֹ
לִהְיוֹת לוֹ לִשְׁמוֹ אוּמָּה נִבְחֲרָה
God whose name is “Trustworthy” and who chose God’s people
To be for Godself a chosen people
נִתְּנָה לָנוּ עַל יַד רוֹעֵנוּ
מֹשֶׁה רַבֵּנוּ בְּחִיר הָאֻמָּה
It was given to us by our shepherd
Mosheh our teacher the chosen one of the people

“Ashorer Shirah” was composed by Ḥakham Raphael Baruch Toledano (1890-1971), rabbi of Meknes, Morocco.

The English translation here by Honi Sanders was published in the birkon for his wedding, Siman l’Vanim (Dimus Parrhesia Press 2019). –Aharon Varady

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