Exact matches only
//  Main  //  Menu

 
Avatar photo

Aharon N. Varady (transcription)

Aharon Varady (M.A.J.Ed./JTSA Davidson) is a volunteer transcriber for the Open Siddur Project. If you find any mistakes in his transcriptions, please let him know. Shgiyot mi yavin; Ministarot naqeni שְׁגִיאוֹת מִי־יָבִין; מִנִּסְתָּרוֹת נַקֵּנִי "Who can know all one's flaws? From hidden errors, correct me" (Psalms 19:13). If you'd like to directly support his work, please consider donating via his Patreon account. (Varady also translates prayers and contributes his own original work besides serving as the primary shammes of the Open Siddur Project and its website, opensiddur.org.)

https://aharon.varady.net

Birthday Prayer, by Lilian Helen Montagu (1895)

Contributed on: 07 May 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Lilian Helen Montagu |

“Birthday Prayer” was written by Lilian Helen Montagu and published in Prayers for Jewish Working Girls (1895), pp. 29-30. . . .


בְּנדּיגֿ טוּ שַנט…קִי פִֿיש מִי פְינַה | Blessed are you…who made me a woman, a variation of the morning blessing for Jewish women in Judeo-Provençal (ca. 14-15th c.)

Contributed on: 06 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Unknown Author(s) |

From the Morning Blessings (Birkhot ha-Shaḥar) of the Seder tefilot be-targum le-Shuʾadit [סדר תפילות בתרגום לשואדית], a translation of the Siddur into Judaeo-Provençal dating from the 14th-15th century providing the following blessing for women. . . .


בִּרְכָּת הַמַּפִּיל | Blessing at Bed Time (for children), a rhyming translation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This rhyming translation and paraphrase of the blessing at bedtime (birkat hamapil) was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), pp. 89-90. . . .


עַל מִקְרָא מְגִלָּה | Blessing before Megillat Esther on Purim, a rhyming translation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 14 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This translation and supplement for the blessing before listening to Megilat Esther on Purim was made by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 48. . . .


לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל חֲנֻכָּה | Blessing for Ḥanukkah, a rhyming translation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 14 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This rhyming paraphrase and translation of the blessing over the lighting of the Ḥanukkiah was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 31. . . .


הַמוֹצִיא לֶֽחֶם מִן הָאֲרֶץ | Blessing on Breaking Bread, a rhyming translation and explanation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing before eating bread was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 82. . . .


שֶׁכֹּחוֹ וּגְבוּרָתוֹ מָלֵא עוֹלָם | Blessing on Hearing Thunder, a rhyming translation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing upon hearing thunder was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 87. . . .


שֶׁהַכֹּל נִהְיָה בִּדְבָרוֹ | Blessing on Partaking [all other] Food, a rhyming translation and explanation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing before eating all other foods (besides bread, fruits, vegetation and vegetables) was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 85. . . .


עוֹשֶׂה מַעֲשֶׂה בְרֵאשִׁית | Blessing on Seeing Lightning, a rhyming translation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing upon seeing lightning was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 88. . . .


עַל נְטִילַת יָדָֽיִם | Blessing on Washing the Hands, a rhyming translation and explanation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing over hand washing was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 81. . . .


בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֵץ | Blessing Over Fruit, a rhyming translation and explanation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing before eating fruit of trees was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 83. . . .


עַל נְטִילַת לוּלָב | Blessing Over the Lulav, a rhyming translation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This rhyming paraphrase of the blessing before waving the lulav on Sukkot was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 17. . . .


בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה | Blessing Over Vegetables, a rhyming translation and explanation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing before eating vegetation, vegetables, and fruit of the earth was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 84. . . .


A Blessing over Water for Peace, Health, Joy, Prosperity, and Kindness — by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (ca. 2004)

Contributed on: 23 Nov 2016 by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Netanel Miles-Yépez | Aharon N. Varady (transcription) |

A blessing by Reb Zalman for Peace, Health, Joy, Prosperity, and Kindness which he wrote in spray paint on a municipal water tank behind his house in Colorado. . . .


לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל־שַׁבָּת | Blessing the Sabbath Candles, a rhyming translation and explanation by Jessie Ethel Sampter (1919)

Contributed on: 13 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Jessie Ethel Sampter |

This paraliturgical supplement to the blessing over kindling the Shabbat candles was written by Jessie Ethel Sampter and published in her Around the Year in Rhymes for the Jewish Child (1920), p. 80. . . .


ברכות השחר | Blessings at your Dawn of Wakefulness, translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Contributed on: 30 Jul 2018 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Unknown Author(s) |

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the Birkhot haShaḥar in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). . . .


Blest is the Bond of Wedded Love, a hymn on “Matrimonial Love” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 28 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Penina Moïse |

“Blest is the bond of wedded love,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Matrimonial Love” as Hymn 42 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 45-46. . . .


The Body Speaking to the Soul Which Just Left It, a poem by Rosa Emma Salaman (1842)

Contributed on: 06 Aug 2017 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Rosa Emma Salaman |

The poem, “The Body Speaking to the Soul Which Just Left It.” by Rosa Emma Salaman, was written in March 1842 and first published in the Occident and American Jewish Advocate 2:4, Tamuz 5604, July 1844, p. 200-202. . . .


Brich aus in lauten Klagen | Break out in loud lamenting, a qinah by Heinrich Heine (1824)

Contributed on: 18 Jul 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Nina Davis Salaman (translation) | Heinrich Heine |

“Brich aus in lauten Klagen” by Heinrich Heine was preserved in a letter he wrote to his friend Moses Moser dated 25 October 1824. The poem is included in Heinrich Heine’s Letters on The Rabbi of Bacharach, the manuscript of which only survived in a fragment, the rest having been lost, according to Heine, in a fire. The English translation here by Nina Salaman was transcribed from her anthology, Apples & Honey (1921) where it appears under the title of “Martyr-Song,” published at an earlier date in The Jewish Chronicle. . . .


Brotherly Love, an adaptation of Psalms 133 by David Nunes Carvalho (Reformed Society of Israelites, Charleston, South Carolina, 1826)

Contributed on: 08 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | David Nunes Carvalho | Reformed Society of Israelites |

A hymn provided for opening or concluding the morning Sabbath service of the Reformed Society of Israelites (Charleston, S.C.) ca. 1830. . . .


בּרידער | “Brothers” – Y.L. Peretz’s Sardonic Rejoinder to Friedrich Schiller’s Paean to Universal Enlightenment, An die Freude (Ode to Joy)

Contributed on: 22 Feb 2016 by Aharon N. Varady (translation) | Refoyl Finkl (translation) | Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Yitsḥok Leybush Peretz |

Y.L. Peretz rejected cultural universalism, seeing the world as composed of different nations, each with its own character. Liptzin comments that “Every people is seen by him as a chosen people…”; he saw his role as a Jewish writer to express “Jewish ideals…grounded in Jewish tradition and Jewish history.” This is Peretz’s lampoon of the popularity of Friedrich Schiller’s idealistic paean made famous as the lyrics to the climax of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. . . .


טעמי המקרא | Cantillation Tables for Torah Readings

Contributed on: 28 Aug 2013 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) |

We are sharing these tables for Taamei haMikra (cantillation for Torah reading) because we weren’t able to find these available in Unicode Hebrew text anywhere else on the Internet. We would very much like to also share the traditional tables of Taamei haMikra for the Nusaḥ Roma (Italy), Nusaḥ Teman (Yemen), and others along with excellent free-culture licensed recordings of these tables being chanted. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of free-culture licensed audio and video of the taamei hamikra being chanted. Please help us by sharing your audio or video with a Creative Commons Attribution license. . . .


Charity, a hymn by Felix Adler (1888)

Contributed on: 28 Jul 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Felix Adler |

“Charity” is a hymn by Felix Adler, first published in The Ethical Record vol. 1, no. 1. (April 1888), sheet music page 4. For an account of this hymn being sung, find The Journal of Industrial Education, “Autumn Festival of the Workingman’s School. Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1889.” vol. 4, no. 9 (May 1890). . . .


[Children’s] Prayer for a Youth Service during World War Ⅱ, by Lilian Helen Montagu (11 April 1942)

Contributed on: 26 Aug 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Lilian Helen Montagu |

This “Special Prayer” for a Youth Service (11 April 1942) by the Hon. Lily H. Montagu (1873-1963) from the archives of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, was published in, Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters, and Prayers (ed. Ellen M. Umansky, 1985), p. 351. April 11th that year would have corresponded to the 24th of Nissan, i.e., a day following Passover 5702. . . .


[Children’s] Prayer for Ḥanukkah, by Lilian Helen Montagu (5 December 1942)

Contributed on: 26 Aug 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Lilian Helen Montagu |

This “Prayer for Chanukah” (5 December 1942) by the Hon. Lily H. Montagu (1873-1963) from the archives of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, was published in, Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters, and Prayers (ed. Ellen M. Umansky, 1985), p. 352-353. . . .


[Children’s] Prayer for Shabbat Teshuvah, by Lilian Helen Montagu (27 September 1941)

Contributed on: 26 Aug 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Lilian Helen Montagu |

This “Prayer for Service” on Shabbat Teshuvah (27 September 1941) by the Hon. Lily H. Montagu (1873-1963) from the archives of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, was published in, Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters, and Prayers (ed. Ellen M. Umansky, 1985), pp. 350-351. . . .


Children’s Prayer for the Recovery of our President [Dwight D. Eisenhower], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1955)

Contributed on: 26 Sep 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Avraham Samuel Soltes |

A prayer for the recovery of President Dwight D. Eisenhower following a severe heart attack in late September 1955. . . .


The Children’s Song, a hymn by Felix Adler (1888)

Contributed on: 28 Jul 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Felix Adler |

“The Children’s Song” is a hymn by Felix Adler, first published in The Ethical Record vol. 1, no. 1. (April 1888), sheet music page 5. . . .


A Child’s Prayer on its Birthday, by Frederick de Sola Mendes (1887)

Contributed on: 25 Apr 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Frederick de Sola Mendes |

“A Child’s Prayer on its Birthday” was written by Frederick de Sola Mendes and published in the anthology, The Jewish Home Prayer-Book (1887), page 130. . . .


A Child’s Prayer on its Parent’s Birthday, by Frederick de Sola Mendes (1887)

Contributed on: 25 Apr 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Frederick de Sola Mendes |

“A Child’s Prayer on its Parent’s Birthday” was written by Frederick de Sola Mendes and published in the anthology, The Jewish Home Prayer-Book (1887), pages 130-131. . . .


The City of Light, a poem by Felix Adler (1882)

Contributed on: 26 Jun 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Felix Adler |

“The City of Light” is a poem written by Felix Adler. The earliest publication I could find for it dates to 1882, in Unity: Freedom, Fellowship and Character in Religion vol. 8, no. 12 (16 Feb. 1882), p. 477. . . .


Closing Ceremony for Flag Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Contributed on: 14 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Mordecai Kaplan | Eugene Kohn | John Paul Williams |

This closing ceremony for Flag Day was first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951), pp. 133-135. . . .


Closing Prayer for Arbor Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Contributed on: 11 Jan 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | John Paul Williams | Eugene Kohn | Mordecai Kaplan |

This closing prayer for Arbor Day, “The Significance of the Day,” was first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951), p. 86. . . .


Closing Prayer for Labor Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Contributed on: 11 Apr 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Eugene Kohn | John Paul Williams | Mordecai Kaplan |

“Closing Prayer [for Labor Day]” was first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951), p.165. . . .


Closing Prayer for New Year’s Day, adapted by Mordecai Kaplan & Eugene Kohn from a prayer by Members of the Faculty of the Colgate Divinity School (1947)

Contributed on: 22 Dec 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Eugene Kohn | John Paul Williams | Mordecai Kaplan | Members of the Faculty of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School |

This “Closing Prayer” for New Year’s Day was adapted by Mordecai Kaplan and Eugene Kohn from a prayer first published by unnamed “Members of the Faculty” of the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School (The Colgate-Rochester Divinity School Bulletin, “Prayers for the New Year,” vol. 19 no. 2 (1947), pp. 65-71). Kaplan & Kohn’s adapted prayer essentially contains excerpts from the prayer of the Faculty (excluding any with explicit Christian content). The adapted prayer was published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951), p. 25-26. –Aharon Varady . . .


Closing Prayer for Thanksgiving Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Contributed on: 22 Dec 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Eugene Kohn | John Paul Williams | Mordecai Kaplan |

This closing prayer for Thanksgiving Day was first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951), p. 327-328 — following at the end of a number of readings selected by Mordecai Kaplan, Eugene Kohn, and J. Paul Williams for the day. . . .


Closing Prayer for United Nations Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Contributed on: 16 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | John Paul Williams | Eugene Kohn | Mordecai Kaplan |

This closing prayer for United Nations Day was first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951), p. 272-273. . . .


Closing Prayer for Washington’s Birthday, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

Contributed on: 20 Feb 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | John Paul Williams | Eugene Kohn | Mordecai Kaplan |

This closing prayer for Washington’s Birthday as first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951). . . .


“Coal Miners’ Prayer” (CCAR 1924)

Contributed on: 27 Sep 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Unknown Author(s) | Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) |

This prayer by an unknown author is first found in Evening Service for the Sabbath from the Union Prayer Book (Newly Revised) (1924), p. 45. (It also appears on the same page of the 1940 edition of the “newly revised” UPB.) The prayer is included as a third variation of a Reform synagogue’s Shabbat evening service, in the Amidah before the silent meditation. Rabbi Michael Satz of Temple B’nai Or (Morristown, New Jersey) affectionately refers to it as the “Coal Miner’s Prayer.” . . .


Concluding supplication for every morning, by Grace Aguilar (ca. 1830s)

Contributed on: 13 May 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Grace Aguilar |

“Concluding supplication for every morning” by Grace Aguilar was published posthumously by her mother Sarah Aguilar in Essays and Miscellanies (1853), in the section “Sacred Communings,” pp. 207-208. In the UK edition of Sacred Communings (1853) the prayer appears with small variations of spelling and punctuation on pages 87-88. . . .


Confirmation, a poem by Miriam del Banco (1932)

Contributed on: 02 Jun 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Miriam del Banco |

The poem “Confirmation” by Miriam del Banco (1858-1931) was included in her posthumously published anthology, Poetry and Prose (1932), p. 80-81. . . .


Confirmation (Father, see Thy suppliant children), a hymn for a Confirmation ritual by Felix Adler (1868)

Contributed on: 24 Jun 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Felix Adler |

“Confirmation (Father, see thy suppliant children)” is a hymn written by Felix Adler and published in Hymns, for Divine Service in the Temple Emanu-El (1871), hymn №34, p. 68. We have tentatively dated this hymn to 1868, since another hymn by Adler (“School-hymn, no. 36”) can be found appended from another unattributed work in A Guide to Instruction in the Israelitsh Religion (Samuel Adler, trans. M. Mayer, Temple Emanu-El, 1864, 4th printing 1868). . . .


Courage to Withstand the Ridicule of the Worldly, a prayer by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

Contributed on: 15 Jul 2018 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Mordecai Kaplan |

“Courage to Withstand the Ridicule of the Worldly,” by Rabbi Mordecai Menaḥem Kaplan can be found on p. 433-4 of his The Sabbath Prayer Book (New York: The Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, 1945). . . .


Daily Prayer Against Temptation, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

Contributed on: 21 Nov 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Marcus Heinrich Bresslau |

“Daily Prayer Against Temptation” by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau was first published in his תחנות בנות ישראל Devotions for the Daughters of Israel (1852), p. 12-13. . . .


דַּיֵּנוּ | Daiyenu, in its Latin translation by Johann Stephan Rittangel (1644)

Contributed on: 21 Mar 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (transcription & naqdanut) | Johann Stephan Rittangel (Latin translation) | Unknown Author(s) |

The piyyut, Dayenu, in its Latin translation by Johann Stephan Rittangel. . . .


דָּנִיֵּאל וְהַתַּנִּין | Daniel vs. the Dragon, according to the Aramaic text of Divrei Yeraḥmiel (ca. 12th c.)

Contributed on: 31 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moses Gaster | Yeraḥmiel ben Shlomo | Unknown Author(s) |

The story of Daniel and the dragon held captive by the neo-Babylonians found in Aramaic in the Divrei Yeraḥmiel (the Chronicles of Jeraḥmeel, Oxford Bodleian Heb d.11). . . .


💬 דָּנִיֵּאל וְהַתַּנִּין | Daniel vs. the Dragon, according to the Judeo-Aramaic text found in Divrei Yeraḥmiel, vocalized and cantillated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: 06 Jun 2023 by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (transcription & naqdanut) | Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Moses Gaster | Yeraḥmiel ben Shlomo | Unknown Author(s) |

Daniel’s battle with the Dragon, one of the apocryphal Additions to Daniel, is affixed to the end of the book in the Septuagint. The editor has here included a new vocalized and cantillated edition of the Aramaic text preserved in the 12th century Divrei Yeraḥmiel (Oxford Bodleian Heb d.11 transcribed by Rabbi Dr. Moses Gaster). The language of this passage is an odd synthesis of Targumic, pseudo-Biblical Aramaic, and even some Syriac forms, so the editor’s vocalization is aiming for a happy medium of all the possibilities. (In several locations Divrei Yeraḥmiel uses incorrect Hebrew-specific forms, probably due to scribal error. These are here marked as a qere-ketiv split.) . . .


Das Gebet Als Äußerung Und Einfühlung | Prayer as Expression and Empathy, by Abraham Joshua Heschel (1939)

Contributed on: 27 Aug 2018 by Aharon N. Varady (translation) | Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Abraham Joshua Heschel |

Abraham Joshua Heschel’s essay “Das Gebet Als Äußerung Und Einfühlung” published in Monatsschrift Für Geschichte Und Wissenschaft Des Judenthums, vol. 83 (1939). . . .


קדיש דרבנן | Das Lernkaddisch, a translation of the Ḳaddish d’Rabanan in German by Franz Rosenzweig (1921)

Contributed on: 04 Aug 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Franz Rosenzweig (translation) | Unknown Author(s) |

The Ḳaddish d’Rabbanan in Aramaic with its German translation by Franz Rosenzweig. . . .


Day of God, Leopold Stein’s “O Tag des Herrn!” (1840) adapted from Frederick Lucian Hosmer’s translation (1904) as a hymn for Yom Kippur by Angie Irma Cohon (1921)

Contributed on: 24 Jun 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Angie Irma Cohon | Frederick Lucian Hosmer | Leopold Stein |

Angie Irma Cohon’s “Day of God” is a hymn for Yom Kippur, an abbreviated adaptation of “O Tag des Herrn!,” a paraliturgical Kol Nidrei by Leopold Stein, translated from German to English by Frederick Lucian Hosmer. Cohon’s abridged rendering is published in תפלת ישראל (Tefilat Yisrael) A Brief Jewish Ritual (Women of Miẓpah 1921), p. 20. . . .


💬 De Rechten van den Menschen van den Burger | דברי הברית החקים והמשפטים אשר בין אדם לאדם | The Rights of Man and of the Citizen, after the Declaration of the Batavian Republic and the Emancipation of Dutch Jewry (1795/1798)

Contributed on: 15 Nov 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Unknown Translator(s) | Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles |

This is De Rechten van den Menschen van den Burger (“The Rights of Man and of the Citizen” 1795) and its Hebrew translation, דברי הברית החקים והמשפטים אשר בין אדם לאדם (1798), upon the establishment of the Batavian Republic and the ensuing emancipation of Dutch Jewry in the Netherlands. The text of the Declaration, with nineteen articles, follows after the French Republic’s much expanded Déclaration des droits de l’Homme et du citoyen de 1793 written by Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles. (The French Declaration, ratified by popular vote in July 1793, was a revision of the initial Declaration from 1789 written by the commission that included Hérault de Séchelles and Louis Antoine Léon de Saint-Just during the period of the French Revolution.) Declarations such as these enshrined the liberal values of the Enlightenment which changed the situation and status of Jews under their aegis. Ultimately, these values were largely enshrined under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by member states of the nascent United Nations in 1945. . . .


💬 Declaration of Interdependence, by Meyer David, Christian Richard, and Will Durant (1944)

Contributed on: 06 Feb 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Will Durant | Christian Richard | Meyer I. David |

A Declaration of Interdependence co-authored during WW II as part of an interfaith Jewish-Christian response to fascism and “to mitigate racial and religious animosity in America.” . . .


Dedication-Hymn, by Felix Adler (1868)

Contributed on: 24 Jun 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Felix Adler |

“Dedication-Hymn” is a hymn written by Felix Adler and published in Hymns, for Divine Service in the Temple Emanu-El (1871), hymn №37, p. 71. We have tentatively dated this hymn to 1868, since another hymn by Adler (“School-hymn, no. 36”) can be found appended from another unattributed work in A Guide to Instruction in the Israelitsh Religion (Samuel Adler, trans. M. Mayer, Temple Emanu-El, 1864, 4th printing 1868). That date does match the year that the then new building for Temple Emanu-El’s synagogue was dedicated, 11 September 1868. . . .


Der Schmerz, a meditation on grief by Lise Tarlau (1907)

Contributed on: 02 Jan 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Aharon N. Varady (translation) | Lise Tarlau |

“Der Schmerz” by Lise Tarlau can be found in Rabbi Max Grunwald’s anthology of Jewish women’s prayer, Beruria: Gebet- und Andachtsbuch für jüdische Frauen und Mädchen (1907), pages 523-525. . . .


📖 ברכת המזון (אשכנז) | Der Tischdank, a translation of the Birkat haMazon in German by Franz Rosenzweig (1920)

Contributed on: 05 Aug 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Franz Rosenzweig (translation) | Unknown Author(s) |

A German translation of the Birkat haMazon prepared by Franz Rosenzweig. . . .


Descend Into Thyself, My Soul! – a hymn on “Self-Examination” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 24 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Penina Moïse |

“Descend into thyself, my soul!” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Self-Examination” as Hymn 22 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 26-27. . . .


A Description of my Dreams, a poem by Rosa Emma Salaman (1848)

Contributed on: 06 Aug 2017 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Rosa Emma Salaman |

The poem, “A Description of my Dreams” by Rosa Emma Salaman, was written in September 1849 and first published in the Occident and American Jewish Advocate Vol. 6:4, Tamuz 5608, July 1848, p.175-177. . . .


📖 Devotional Exercises for the Use of Jewish Women on Public and Domestic Occasions, an anthology of teḥinot by Miriam Wertheimer (1852) translated from the work of Dr. Meïr Letteris (1846)

Contributed on: 14 Dec 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Miriam Wertheimer (translation) | Meïr haLevi Letteris |

This is the anthology of teḥinot, Devotional Exercises for the Use of Jewish Women on Public and Domestic Occasions (1852), translated by Miriam Wertheimer from Taḥnunei bat Yehudah (1846) by Meïr Letteris. On the title page and the preface, the author of the work translated by Wertheimer was somehow misidentified as Wolfgang Wessely. . . .


📖 תחנות בנות ישראל | Devotions for the Daughters of Israel, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

Contributed on: 10 Jun 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Marcus Heinrich Bresslau |

A collection of teḥinot translated, adapted, and republished in English. This is one of the first collections of teḥinot published for an English speaking audience. . . .


דיא ערשטע טבילה | Die erste Twile | The First Bath of Ablution, a prayer-poem by Morris Rosenfeld (before 1898)

Contributed on: 06 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Helena Frank (translation) | Rose Pastor Stokes (translation) | Leo Wiener (translation) | Morris Rosenfeld |

This is the poem “דיא זרשטע טבילה” by Morris Rosenfeld (1862-1923) written sometime before 1898. We have transcribed the poem as it was published in Rosenfeld’s collection of poems Gezamelṭe lieder (1906) pp. 167-168. The poem was romanized and translated into English by Leo Wiener and published under the title, “Die erste Twile (The First Bath of Ablution)” in Songs from the Ghetto (1898), pp. 52-55. A rhyming translation by Rose Pastor Stokes & Helena Frank under the title, “The First Bath of Ablution” was published in Songs of Labor and Other Poems (1914), pp. 72-73. . . .


📖 Die Fromme Zionstochter: Andachtsbuch für Israels Frauen und Mädchen, an anthology of teḥinot in German by Max Emanuel Stern (1841, 1846)

Contributed on: 14 Dec 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Menaḥem Mendel Stern |

An anthology of teḥinot in German compiled by Max Emanuel Stern, Die fromme Zionstochter: Andachtsbuch für Israels Frauen und Mädchen zur öffentlichen und häuslichen Gottesverehrung an allen Wochen -Fest – und Busse-Tagen und für alle Verhältnisse (1841). A second edition with slight changes to the typeface and layout was published in 1846. . . .


‎אַ דִין־תּוֹרָה מיט גאָט | A Lawsuit with God, the ḳaddish prayer of Rebbi Levi Yitsḥaq of Berditchev in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English (ca. 18th c.)

Contributed on: 01 Aug 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Unknown Translator(s) | Levi Yitsḥaq Derbarmdiger Rosakov of Berditchev |

The ḳaddish prayer of Rebbi Levi Yitsḥaq of Berditchev in Yiddish with Hebrew, and English translations. . . .


Discours Prononcé dans le Temple de la rue Sainte-Avoye | Speech on the Anniversary of the coronation of Napoleon Ⅰ, by Rabbi Abraham de Cologna (3 December 1809)

Contributed on: 29 May 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Abraham (Vita) de Cologna | Consistoire central israélite de France |

A speech given in honor of Napoleon concluding with a prayer by Abraham de Cologna, chief rabbi of the Central Consistory of Israelites, in 1809 on the anniversary of the emperor’s coronation. . . .


Divine Love, a poem by Rosa Emma Salaman (1848)

Contributed on: 03 Aug 2017 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Rosa Emma Salaman |

The poem, “Divine Love” by Rosa Emma Salaman, was first published in the Occident 6:7, Tishrei 5609, October 1849, p. 197-198. . . .


דיזי שיני נייאי תפילה | Dize sheyne naye tfile (This Beautiful New Prayer), by the typesetter Gele bat Moshe v’Freyde (1710)

Contributed on: 15 Jul 2017 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Kathryn Hellerstein (translation) | Gele bat Moshe |

This is a faithful transcription of the prayer of Gele (Gella), daughter of the printer Moshe, as found at the end of Tefillah l’Mosheh (2nd ed., Halle, Germany, 1710), a prayerbook Gele typeset when she was only 11-years-old. This prayerbook is rare owing to the destruction of the press following the incarceration of Gele’s father for publishing a prayerbook containing the prayer “Aleinu,” which had been forbidden by royal decree. The translation provided here was made by Dr. Kathryn Hellerstein as found in A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (2014, Stanford University Press), p. 63-4. The layout of Gele’s prayer follows that of Ezra Korman from his anthology of Jewish women’s poetry, Yiddishe Dikhterins, also the source of the page image provided. If you know the location of a copy or digital scan of this siddur, please contact us. . . .


Domestic Prayer of Thanksgiving After Confinement, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

Contributed on: 24 Nov 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Marcus Heinrich Bresslau |

“Domestic Prayer of Thanksgiving After Confinement” by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau was first published in his תחנות בנות ישראל Devotions for the Daughters of Israel (1852), p. 58-59. . . .


Draw Nigh, Lord! Unto My Soul, a hymn on “Submission to the Will of God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 26 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Penina Moïse |

“Draw nigh, Lord! unto my soul,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Submission to the Will of God” as Hymn 34 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), p. 37. . . .


💬 “I have a Dream” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1963), cantillated by Rabbi David Evan Markus

Contributed on: 14 Jan 2018 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | David Evan Markus | Martin Luther King, Jr. |

In 2017, Rabbi David Evan Markus prepared the end of Dr. King’s famous speech read at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963) with trope (t’amim, cantillation). The following year on Facebook he shared a recording of the reading hosted on Soundcloud. Rabbi Markus writes, “This weekend at Temple Beth El of City Island, I offered the end of Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, which I set to haftarah trope because I hold Dr. King to be a prophet. When my community applauded, I offered President Obama’s response, ‘Don’t clap: vote.’ And do more than vote: organize, donate, volunteer, help, heal, advocate. Only then, in Dr. King’s words quoting Isaiah 40:5, will ‘all flesh see it together.'” . . .


מרת דולצא: אשת־חיל | Dulcea: A Woman of Valor, an elegy by Eleazar of Worms (ca. 1196)

Contributed on: 23 Jul 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ivan G. Marcus (translation) | Eleazar ben Yehudah ben Ḳalonymus of Worms |

This an an untitled piyyut by Eleazer of Worms, eulogizing his beloved wife Dulcea (Heb: דולצא, also, Dulcia and Dolce). The Hebrew text is derived from the transcription offered by Israel Kamelhar inRabbenu Eleazar mi-Germaiza, ha-Roqeah (Rzeazow, 1930), pp. 17-19. The translation and annotation come from Dr. Ivan G. Marcus from his article, “Mothers, Martyrs, and Moneymakers: Some Jewish Women in Medieval Europe” in Conservative Judaism, vol. 38(3), Spring 1986. . . .


Early and Late My God I Seek, a hymn on “Hope in God” by Penina Moïse (Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim 1842)

Contributed on: 25 Oct 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ḳahal Ḳadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, South Carolina) | Penina Moïse |

“Early and late my God I seek,” by Penina Moïse, published in 1842, appears under the subject “Hope in God” as Hymn 31 in Hymns Written for the Service of the Hebrew Congregation Beth Elohim, South Carolina (Penina Moïse et al., Ḳ.Ḳ. Beth Elohim, 1842), pp. 34-35. . . .


אֶחָד מִי יוֹדֵעַ | Unum (est &) quis scit? | Eḥad Mi Yode’a, a Latin translation of the counting song by Johann Stephan Rittangel (1644)

Contributed on: 20 Mar 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (transcription & naqdanut) | Johann Stephan Rittangel (Latin translation) | Unknown Author(s) |

The text of the popular counting song “Who Knows One?” in its original Hebrew, with a translation in Latin. . . .


אֶחָד מִי יוֹדֵעַ | Eḥad Mi Yode’a :: Who Knows One?, a counting song in Hebrew and Yiddish (Prague Haggadah, 1526)

Contributed on: 04 May 2019 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Unknown Author(s) |

The text of the popular Passover song “Who Knows One?” in its original Hebrew and Yiddish, with a translation in English. . . .


אֵל אָדוֹן (אשכנז) | El Adōn, a piyyut attributed to the Yordei Merkavah (interpretive translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi)

Contributed on: 19 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Unknown Author(s) |

The piyyut, El Adon, in Hebrew with an interpretive “praying translation” by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalom, z”l. . . .


אֵל אָדוֹן | 上帝,主 | El Adon (Shàngdì, zhǔ) — Chinese translation by Richard Collis (2022)

Contributed on: 25 Jun 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Richard Collis (translation) | Unknown Author(s) |

This Chinese translation of an Ashkenazi nusaḥ for the alphabetic acrostic piyyut “El Adon,” is found on page 8 of the liner notes for the Chinese edition of Richard Collis’s album We Sing We Stay Together: Shabbat Morning Service Prayers (Wǒmen gēchàng, wǒmen xiāngjù — Ānxírì chén dǎo qídǎo). . . .


אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים | El Malé Raḥamim for Victims of the Shoah (the Netherlands, ca. late 1940s)

Contributed on: 31 May 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (translation) | Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Unknown Translator(s) | Unknown Author(s) |

This is an undated El Malé Raḥamim prayer for the victims of the Shoah translated into Dutch for a Yom Kippur ne’ilah service, likely sometime soon after the Holocaust had ended. To this I have added an English translation for those not fluent in Dutch or Hebrew. We are grateful to Shufra Judaica (Ellie Fisher and David Selis) for sharing a digital copy of this prayer. . . .


אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים | El Malé Raḥamim (Prayer for the Departed), interpretive translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Contributed on: 21 Jan 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Zalman Schachter-Shalomi |

The prayer El Malé Raḥamim, translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. . . .


Elijah, a poem by Rosa Emma Salaman (1849)

Contributed on: 04 Aug 2017 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Rosa Emma Salaman |

The poem, “Elijah” by Rosa Emma Salaman, was first published in the Occident 6:7, Kislev 5610, December 1849, p. 455-457. . . .


אֱלֹהַי נְשָׁמָה | Elohai Neshamah, a rhyming translation by Alice Lucas (1898)

Contributed on: 13 Mar 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Alice Lucas (translation) |

A rhyming translation of Elohai Neshamah. . . .


אֱלֹהַי נְצוֹר | Elohai Netsor, a paraliturgical adaptation by Rabbi David Einhorn (1858)

Contributed on: 06 Aug 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Joshua Giorgio-Rubin | David Einhorn |

Variations of the prayer “Elohai Netsor” upon concluding the Amidah are recorded in Berakhot 17a. The version appearing here is as found in Rabbi David Einhorn’s עלת תמיד Gebetbuch für Israelitische Reform-Gemeinden (1858), p. 426. The English translation here, by Joshua Giorgio-Rubin, translating Rabbi David Einhorn, is as found in Rubin’s Olat Hadashah: A Modern Adaptation of David Einhorn’s Olat Tamid for Shabbat Evening (2020), p. 11. . . .


אלהים חיי הטבע | Elohim the Life of Nature, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

Contributed on: 29 Dec 2018 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Abraham Regelson (translation) | Mordecai Kaplan |

“God the Life of Nature” by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan was first published in his Sabbath Prayer Book (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1945), p. 382-391, where it appears side-by-side with its translation into Hebrew by Abraham Regelson. . . .



בסיעתא דארעא