https://opensiddur.org/?p=22073בִּרְכָּת אַהֲבַה | Ahavat Olam, for Maariv/Arvit translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z"l2018-10-10 16:13:43Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the blessing preceding the Shema in the evening "Ohev Amo Yisrael" in his <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/siddurim/ha-ari/neo-hasidut/reb-zalmans-open-siddur-tehillat-hashem/">Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi</a></em> (2009).Textthe Open Siddur ProjectAharon N. Varady (transcription)Aharon N. Varady (transcription)Zalman Schachter-ShalomiUnknown Author(s)https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/Aharon N. Varady (transcription)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/Birkat Ahavah for Ma'ariv/Arvittalmud torahinterpretive translationdevotional interpretationblessings prior to the shemaאהבת עולם ahavat olamאהבת ישראל loving Yisraelperforming mitsvotohev amo
Therefore, Yah, our God,
When we are to rest for the night,
When we are to rise for the day,
We will make Your principles
That will give us steady joy
As we talk Torah,
And plan to do Mitsvot.
This is what keeps us going.
Day and night we will
Ponder their meaning.
Just keep on all along loving us. Barukh Attah Yah
Ohev Ammo Yisrael.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the blessing preceding the Shema in the evening “Ohev Amo Yisrael” in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his English translation side-by-side with the Hebrew verses comprising the blessing. –Aharon N. Varady
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Rabbi Dr. Zalman Meshullam Schachter-Shalomi, affectionately known as "Reb Zalman" (28 August 1924 – 3 July 2014) was one of the founders of the Jewish Renewal movement. Born in Żółkiew, Poland (now Ukraine) and raised in Vienna, he was interned in detention camps under the Vichy Regime but managed to flee the Nazi advance, emigrating to the United States in 1941. He was ordained as an Orthodox rabbi in 1947 within the ḤaBaD Hasidic movement while under the leadership of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, and served ḤaBaD communities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He subsequently earned an M.A. in psychology of religion at Boston University, and a doctorate from the Hebrew Union College. He was initially sent out to speak on college campuses by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, but in the early 1960s, after experimenting with "the sacramental value of lysergic acid", the main ingredient in LSD, leadership within ḤaBaD circles cut ties with him. He continued teaching the Torah of Ḥassidut until the end of his life to creative, free and open-minded Jewish thinkers with humility and kindness and established warm ecumenical ties as well. In September 2009, he became the first contributor of a siddur to the Open Siddur Project database of Jewish liturgy and related work. Reb Zalman supported the Open Siddur Project telling its founder, "this is what I've been looking forward to!" and sharing among many additional works of liturgy, an interview he had with Havurah magazine in the early to mid-1980s detailing his vision of "Database Davenen." The Open Siddur Project is proud to be realizing one of Reb Zalman's long held dreams.
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