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יוֹם שַׁבָּתוֹן | Yom Shabbaton, a Shabbat song by Yehudah haLevi (interpretive translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi)

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

יוֹם שַׁבָּתוֹן
אֵין לִשְׁכּֽוֹחַ,
זִכְרוֹ כְּרֵֽיחַ
הַנִּיחֹֽחַ,
יוֹנָה מָצְאָה בוֹ מָנֽוֹחַ,
וְשָׁם יָנֽוּחוּ יְגִֽיעֵי כֹֽחַ.
You, dear Shabbat,
are always here for me;
How fragrant
you linger in my awareness.
Noah’s dove found rest and so can we,
Weary ones from the toil of the week.

הַיּוֹם נִכְבָּד
לִבְנֵי אֱמוּנִים,
זְהִירִים לְשָׁמְרוֹ
אָבוֹת וּבָנִים,
חָקוּק בִּשְׁנֵי
לֻחוֹת אֲבָנִים,
מֵרֹב אוֹנִים
וְאַמִּיץ כֹּֽחַ.
Honored are you by us,
the believers,
Parents and children,
who keep you with zeal.
Powerful is its message
on the Tablets of stone;
We sing your praises
in prayer and at meals.

וּבָֽאוּ כֻלָּם
בִּבְרִית יַֽחַד,
נַעֲשֶׂה וְנִשְׁמָע
אָמְרוּ כְּאֶחָד,
וּפָתְחוּ וְעָנוּ
יְיָ אֶחָד,
בָּרוּךְ הַנּוֹתֵן
לַיָּעֵף כֹּֽח.
When at the Mount Sinai
in covenant we pledged
We promised in one voice
to do and to listen,
Responding to Your challenge
we answered together:
You God are the One
who imbues us with strength.

דִּבֶּר בְּקָדְשׁוֹ
בְּהַר הַמּוֹר,
יוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי
זָכוֹר וְשָׁמוֹר,
וְכָל פִּקּוּדָיו
יַֽחַד לִגְמוֹר,
חַזֵּק מָתְנַֽיִם
וְאַמֵּץ כֹּֽח.
Dear and Holy at Sinai
You spoke to us;
“Remember and Keep
this Day one of Seven,
When fully you keep
the Shabbat together,
You will be refreshed
and with vigor imbued.

הָעָם אֲשֶׁר נָע
כַּצֹּאן תָּעָה,
יִזְכּוֹר לְפָקְדוֹ
בְּרִית וּשְׁבוּעָה,
לְבַל יַעֲבָר בָּם
מִקְרֵה רָעָה,
כַּאֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּֽעְתָּ
עַל מֵי נֹֽחַ.
How just like a lost sheep,
so aimless, you wandered
Remember the Shabbat
your promise and pledge
No evil will hurt you
if you keep the Shabbat
My rainbow will hold you
in safety forever.”

Source

This “praying translation” of the shabbes hymn Yom Shabbaton by Yehudah haLevi is included in Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi’s Sabbath Supplement to his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi ~ As I Can Say It (for Praying in the Vernacular) (2009).

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