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ברכת המזון לשבועות ‬| Birkat haMazon for Shavuot, according to the Cairo Geniza fragment ‫T-S H6.37 vocalized and translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

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 (Hebrew) Translation (English)

אֲבָרֵךְ לְמַלְכִּי‬
‫‫בְּנֹעַם חִכִּי‬
‫‫גּוֹי קָדוֹשׁ הַמְלִיכִי‬
‫‫דָּתוֹ בְּסִינַי חַנְּכִי וְהַשְּׁמִיעִי אָנֹכִי‬
‫הֵן לָעַד ‬‪נְיַחֶלָךְ‬‫ ‬
‫‫וּבַכֹּל נְהַלֶּלָךְ‬
‪‫זִיהַרְתָּנוּ‬‫ זָר לֹא יִהְיֶה לָךְ‬
‪‫חָנַנְתָּנוּ‬‫ בְּמִנְחָה חֲדָשָׁה נַקְרִיב לָךְ‬
‫כַּכָּתוּב — וּבְי֣וֹם הַבִּכּוּרִ֗ים
בְּהַקְרִ֨יבְכֶ֜ם מִנְחָ֤ה חֲדָשָׁה֙ לַֽיהֹוָ֔ה בְּשָׁבֻעֹ֖תֵיכֶ֑ם
מִֽקְרָא־קֹ֙דֶשׁ֙ יִהְיֶ֣ה לָכֶ֔ם
כׇּל־מְלֶ֥אכֶת עֲבֹדָ֖ה לֹ֥א תַעֲשֽׂוּ׃ (במדבר כח:כו)‬
‫וְנֶאֱמַר — פּוֹתֵ֥חַ אֶת־יָדֶ֑ךָ
וּמַשְׂבִּ֖יעַ לְכׇל־חַ֣י רָצֽוֹן׃ (תהלים קמה:טז)‬
‫בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה הַזָּן אֶת־הַכֹּל‬‪׃‬
‬‫I will bless my Sovereign‬  
With the sweetness of my palate‬‬  
Holy nation, acknowledge as sovereign‬‪!‬‬  
God’s law at Sinai teach me, and make me hear!‬‬  
Aye, forever, we will hope in You‬‬  
And in all, we will praise You‬‬  
You warned us: Thou shalt not have a foreign god‬‬  
You graced us with a new gift-offering we will give to You‬‬  
‪As it is written: “And on the day of the first-fruits,
when you offer a new gift-offering to the CAUSE, in your Weeks,
a holy event you shall have,
no laborious work shall you do.”[1]Numbers 28:26.
‪And it is said: “You open up Your hand
and satiate all life as willed.”[2]Psalm 145:16.
‪Blessed are You, CAUSE, who feeds all.‬

‫‫טוֹבִים אֳמָרֶיךָ וּבָם ‬‪נִתְעַלְּסָה‬
‫יָהּ מִמָּרוֹם עָלֵינוּ חוּסָה‬
‫כְּפָצִיתָ בַּסִּינַי לֹא תִּשָּׂא‬
‫‫לְשָׁוְאוֹ שֵׁם אֵל רָם וְנָשָׂא‬
‫‫מִמָּרוֹם הִשְׁמַעְתָּנוּ אָיֹם‬
‫‫נֹעַם זָכוֹר אֶת־יוֹם‬
‫‫סוֹבְלֶיךָ לִמְאוֹד תְּכַבֵּד‬
‫עַל אֶרֶץ דָּת וּבְרִית תַּתָּה מִצְוַת כָּבֵד‬
‫כַּכָּתוּב — כַּבֵּ֣ד אֶת־יְ֭הֹוָה מֵהוֹנֶ֑ךָ
וּ֝מֵרֵאשִׁ֗ית כׇּל־תְּבוּאָתֶֽךָ׃ (משלי ג:ט)‬
‫וְנֶאֱמַר — וְאָכַלְתָּ֖
וְשָׂבָ֑עְתָּ
וּבֵֽרַכְתָּ֙ אֶת־יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ
עַל־הָאָ֥רֶץ הַטֹּבָ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר נָֽתַן־לָֽךְ׃ (דברים ח:י)‬
‫בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה עַל הָאָרֶץ וְעַל הַמָּזוֹן‬‪׃‬
Good are Your sayings and in them we will have pleasure.‬‬  
O SOURCE on High, have mercy on us!‬‬  
Just as You proclaimed on Sinai, “Do not take‬  
in its vain the name of the High and Exalted God.”‬‬  
From on High You, Awesome One, made us hear,‬‬  
The sweetness of “Remember the day…”‬‬  
You bore us to greatness, You are honored.‬‬  
For the land of law and covenant You gave the the commandment of “honor…”‬‬  
‪As it is written: “Honor the CAUSE with your property,
with the first of all your crop.”[3]Proverbs 3:9.
‪And it is said: “And you shall eat
and you shall be sated
and you shall bless the CAUSE your God
for the good land given you.”[4]Deuteronomy 8:10.
‪Blessed are You, CAUSE, for the land and for the food.‬

‫פֹּעַל בִּדְמוּת לֹא תִּרְצָח‬
‫‫צִוָּה וְהִזְהִיר דּוֹדִי צַח‬
‫‫קָצַף מִמְּךָ הִרְחִיק וְאַף‬
‫‫רָם נָם וּבְחֵיק נָכְרִיָּה לֹא תִּנְאָף‬
‫‫שׇׁרְשָׁךְ לָעַד יָנוּב אִם לֹא תִּגְנֹב‬
‫שָׁוְא לֹא תַּעֲנֶה וְרָעָה אֵלֶיךָ לֹא תְּאֻנֶּה‬
‫‫תִּתְאַוֶּה אִם לֹא תַּחְמֹד וְתֵהָנֶה‬
‫וְעִם עוֹלָה רְגָלִים תִּמְנֶה‬
‫כַּכָּתוּב — שָׁל֣וֹשׁ פְּעָמִ֣ים ׀ בַּשָּׁנָ֡ה
יֵרָאֶ֨ה כׇל־זְכוּרְךָ֜ אֶת־פְּנֵ֣י ׀ יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֗יךָ
בַּמָּקוֹם֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר יִבְחָ֔ר
בְּחַ֧ג הַמַּצּ֛וֹת
וּבְחַ֥ג הַשָּׁבֻע֖וֹת
וּבְחַ֣ג הַסֻּכּ֑וֹת
וְלֹ֧א יֵרָאֶ֛ה אֶת־פְּנֵ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה רֵיקָֽם׃ (דברים ט: טז)‬
‫וְנֶאֱמַר – בּוֹנֵ֣ה יְרֽוּשָׁלַ֣‍ִם יְהֹוָ֑ה
נִדְחֵ֖י יִשְׂרָאֵ֣ל יְכַנֵּֽס׃ (תהלים קמז:ב)‬
‫בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה בּוֹנֶה בְרַחֲמָיו יְרוּשָׁלַיִם אָמֵן‬‪׃‬
A deed in the form of “You shall not murder”‬‬  
Commanded and clarified my ruddy beloved‬‬  
Enraged at us, withdrawing and angry,‬  
The High declared: “And in the lap of a foreigner you shall not commit adultery.‬‬  
Your root will eternally flourish if you do not steal.‬‬  
‪Do not testify falsely and evil will not be caused you.‬
What you desire, if you do not covet it, you will enjoy,‬‬  
‪And with a whole-burnt festival offering you will count.”‬
‪As it is written: “Three times in the year
all your men will be seen before the face of the CAUSE your God
in the place God chooses:
on the festival of Flatbread,
the festival of Weeks,
and the festival of Shelters;
and you shall not be seen before the CAUSE your GOD empty-handed.”[5]Deuteronomy 16:16.
‪And it is said: “Rebuilder of Jerusalem is the CAUSE,
who gathers the exiles of Israel.”‬
‪Blessed are You, CAUSE, who mercifully rebuilds Jerusalem, amen.‬

This is a reconstruction of a liturgy for a Birkat haMazon for Shavuot witnessed in the Cairo Geniza fragment T-S H6.37 (page 4, recto and verso)‬.

Source(s)

Cairo Geniza fragment T-S H6.37 (4r)

Cairo Geniza fragment T-S H6.37 (4v)

 

Notes   [ + ]

  1. Numbers 28:26.
  2. Psalm 145:16.
  3. Proverbs 3:9.
  4. Deuteronomy 8:10.
  5. Deuteronomy 16:16.

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