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עלינו | An Alternative Opening for Aleinu, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=7723 עלינו | An Alternative Opening for Aleinu, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org) 2013-11-03 18:26:43 This version of the <em>Aleinu</em> recognizes that all nations play a role in God's plan for humanity. Text the Open Siddur Project David Seidenberg David Seidenberg neohasid.org https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ David Seidenberg https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Aleinu עלינו Aleinu universalist 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M.

This version of the Aleinu recognizes that all nations play a role in God’s plan for humanity. It offers an alternative to the traditionally particularist liturgy, “שֶׁלֹּא עָשָֽׂנוּ כְּגוֹיֵי הָאֲרָצוֹת וְלֹא שָׂמָֽנוּ כְּמִשְׁפְּחוֹת הָאֲדָמָה: שֶׁלֹּא שָׂם חֶלְקֵֽנוּ כָּהֶם וְגֹרָלֵֽנוּ כְּכָל הֲמוֹנָם:‏ (“since God has not made us like the nations of other lands, and has not placed us like other families of the earth, since God has not assigned for us a portion as for them, nor a lot as unto all their multitude”). — Aharon Varady

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)
עָלֵינוּ לְשַׁבֵּֽחַ לַאֲדוֹן הַכֹּל
לָתֵת גְּדֻלָּה לְיוֹצֵר בְּרֵאשִׁית,‏
שֶׁהוּא עָשָׂה גוֹיִם רַבִּים
וְכוּלָם חֲפֵצִים
לְהַבְחִין בִּדְרָכָיו,‏
וְנָתַן לָנוּ גּוֹרָל מְיוּחָד
שֶׁגִלָּה לָנוּ אֶת מִשְׁפָּטָיו׃
וַאַנָחְנוּ כּוֹרְעִים…
It is up to us to praise the Foundation of all,
to attribute greatness to the One who formed creation,
who made many nations,
all of whom seek
to perceive God’s ways,
and who gave to us a unique destiny
by revealing to us Divine laws.


2 comments to עלינו | An Alternative Opening for Aleinu, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

  • I’m not sure there’s a connection between Israel’s ritual laws, beyn adam lamakom, (be they divine or man made) and its destiny; as for beyn adam lahavero, I prefer to see us as partners with all of humanity. In other words, I don’t resonate to the particularism of Alenu, something Zalman achieves by reading the “lo”s of the Alenu (shelo asanu, etc.) with a vav instead of with an aleph

  • Avatar davide

    interesting aleinu really

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