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Eliran Sobel

Eliran Sobel is a first-year rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Jewish Studies, and has spent time learning at the Hadar Institute and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He has had internships with institutions such as the Jewish English Lexicon and Shamayim: Jewish Animal Advocacy. He is passionate about veganism, Yiddish, and has a casual interest in food science for the home kitchen. He is particularly interested in the variety of nusḥa'ot and studying Tana'ch and liturgy.

תפילת גשם כולל אמהות | Tefillat Geshem including the matriarchs with stanzas in a backwards acrostic, an adaptation by Eliran Sobel

Contributed on: 03 Oct 2023 by Eliran Sobel | Elazar ben Killir |

On Shemini Atseret, one is supposed to begin mentioning rain in the second blessing of their Amidah prayers (Ta’anit 2a). In many communities, this is liturgically marked by a poetic introduction in the repetition of the Amidah, called Geshem, specifically with the piyyut “Zekhor Av” written by Rabbi Eleezer BeRabbi Kalir, which alludes to the references of our forefathers’ relations to water. One feature of this poem is that it utilizes an alef-bet-ical acrostic, and while there are various modern adaptations that include biblical women, those break the acrostic. This is my attempt to compose a version including stanzas for our foremothers, while maintaining the acrostic by writing the women’s stanzas as a backwards acrostic (i.e. starting from tav and going to alef). This backwards acrostic containing the foremothers is then interspersed with Kalir’s original. . . .



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