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Barukh ben Shmuel of Mainz

Baruch ben Samuel (died April 25, 1221), also called Baruch of Mainz, was a Talmudist and prolific payyeṭan, who flourished in Mainz at the beginning of the thirteenth century.

בָּרוּךְ אֵל עֶלְיוֹן | Barukh El Elyon, a piyyut by Barukh bar Shmuel of Mayence (ca. 12th c.)

Contributed on: 16 Jun 2021 by Honi Sanders (translation) | Barukh ben Shmuel of Mainz |

A piyyut and table song for Shabbat from 13th century Ashkenaz. . . .

אוֹי מֶה הָיָה לָנוּ | Oy Meh Haya Lanu (Oy What Has Happened to Us), by Barukh ben Shmuel of Mainz (ca. 12th c.)

Contributed on: 25 Jul 2015 by Rachel Salston (translation) | Barukh ben Shmuel of Mainz |

Oy Meh Haya Lanu” is a kinah traditionally recited on the night of Tisha b’Av directly after the reading of Eikha. According to the Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot, it is number 1 of 50. The title is the refrain of the poem, a reflective lament. This kinah is based on the fifth and final chapter of Eikha, taking the opening phrase of each line of the megillah as the first line of each couplet and poetically expanding the description for the second. This translation is an attempt to convey the vulgarity and horror of the paytan’s depiction of the destroyed Jerusalem in vernacular English. The kinah ends just as the megillah ends, with the four verses of pleas for redemption. . . .

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