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שיר האמונה | Song of Faith, by Rabbi Avraham Yitsḥaq haKohen Ḳooḳ (ca. 1919)

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

לָעַד חַיָּה בִּלְבָבֵנוּ
הָאֱמוּנָה הַנֶּאֱמָנָה,
לָשׁוּב לְאֶרֶץ קָדְשֵׁנוּ
עִיר בָּהּ דָּוִד חָנָה.
Forever in our hearts lives[1] cf. the prayer Barukh she’Amar.
the loyal faith
to return to our holy land,
[and] the city where David encamped.[2] cf. Isaiah 29:1.

שָׁמָּה נַעֲמֹד לְגוֹרָלֵנוּ
אַב הָמוֹן קָנָה,
שָׁמָּה נִחְיֶה חַיֵּינוּ
חַיֵּי עֲדַת מִי מָנָה.
There we shall stand [to receive] our destiny,
[which the] father of many [nations][3] cf. Genesis 17:5. acquired.
There we shall live our life —
the life of the innumerable community.[4] cf. Numbers 23:10.

שָׁמָּה נַעֲבֹד אֱלֹהֵינוּ
בְּחֶדְוָה בְּגִילָה וּבִרְנָנָה,
שָׁמָּה נַעֲלֶה לִרְגָלֵינוּ
שָׁלֹשׁ פְּעָמִים בַּשָּׁנָה.
There we shall serve our elo’ah
with joy, happiness, and song.
There we shall pilgrimage
three times a year.[5] cf. Deuteronomy 16:16.

תּוֹרַת חַיִּים חֶמְדָּתֵנוּ
מִפִּי עֶלְיוֹן נִתָּנָה,
נֶצַח הִיא נַחֲלָתֵנוּ
מִמִּדְבָּר מַתָּנָה.
A Torah of Life is our desire,
given from the mouth of Elyon.
Eternal is our heritage.
From the Wilderness it was gifted.[6] cf. Numbers 21:18.

Information as to the origin of this song attributed to Rav Kook is based primarily on this page at Zemereshet, quoting liner notes by Rabbi Elyahiv Berlin to this CD. If you have additional information, please contact us or leave a comment.

 

Notes

1 cf. the prayer Barukh she’Amar.
2 cf. Isaiah 29:1.
3 cf. Genesis 17:5.
4 cf. Numbers 23:10.
5 cf. Deuteronomy 16:16.
6 cf. Numbers 21:18.

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