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Lift Up Your Hands, a hymn by David Nunes Carvalho (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=39411 Lift Up Your Hands, a hymn by David Nunes Carvalho (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826) 2021-10-08 15:10:01 A hymn provided for opening or concluding the morning Sabbath service of the Reformed Society of Israelites (Charleston, S.C.) ca. 1826. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) David Nunes Carvalho Reformed Society of Israelites https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Shaḥarit l'Shabbat ul'Yom Tov 19th century C.E. United States 56th century A.M. English vernacular prayer American Jewry of the United States American Reform Movement South Carolina hymns
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Lift up your hands, rejoice, rejoice;
The sacred call of Heaven obey
Fear no reproach, a mighty voice,
The great YHVH leads the way.
To Abraham he unveiled the light,
Whose glory, at his high command,
Pierced the deep gloom of pagan night,
To lead him to a heavenly land.
Urged by his zeal, his faith our guide,
We seek the radiant path he trod.
Like him with humble truth confide,
Our whole dependence on our God.
Alone to him in pious song
The voice of gratitude shall raise
Our heart and understanding tongue
Shall sing unceasingly his praise
 
Lift up your hands up above.

“Lift Up Your Hands” appears as Hymn 15 in The Sabbath service and miscellaneous prayers, adopted by the Reformed society of Israelites, founded in Charleston, S.C., November 21, 1825 (1830, Bloch: 1916), p. 62. The hymn was written for the second anniversary celebration of the Reformed Society of Israelites (which would have been in 1826). Gary Zola writes that the prayer was written by David Carvalho for the Society as indicated in Abraham Moïse’s annotated copy of the 1830 prayerbook.[1] Find, “The First Reform Prayerbook in America” (p. 116 ft. 32) in Platforms and prayer books: theological and liturgical perspectives on Reform Judaism (2002)  I have replaced the vocalized Tetragramaton in the fourth line of the first stanza with ‘YHVH.’ I have preserved the wording as handwritten in the endpapers of the Constitution of the Reformed Society of Israelites, 1825. –Aharon Varady

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1 Find, “The First Reform Prayerbook in America” (p. 116 ft. 32) in Platforms and prayer books: theological and liturgical perspectives on Reform Judaism (2002)

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