the Masoretic Text

the Masoretic Text

The Masoretic Text is the authoritative Hebrew and Aramaic text of the Tanakh for Karaite and Rabbinic Judaism. It was primarily copied, edited and distributed by a group of Jews known as the Masoretes between the 7th and 10th centuries CE. The Masoretic Text defines the Jewish canon and its precise letter-text, with its vocalization and accentuation known as the Masorah.

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תהלים קמ״ח | Psalms 148: Hallelu-YAH! (translation by Rabbi Arthur Waskow)

Contributed on: ח׳ באב ה׳תשפ״א (2021-07-16) by Arthur Waskow | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 148 in Hebrew with an interpretive translation in English by Arthur Waskow. . . .


Haftarah reading for the Second Day of Shavuot (Ḥabaquq 2:20-3:19) with its Targum and the piyyut Yetsiv Pitgam by Rabbeinu Tam (ca. 12th c.)

Contributed on: ד׳ בסיון ה׳תשפ״א (2021-05-15) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (transcription & naqdanut) | Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | Yaaqov ben Meir | Yonatan ben Uziel | the Masoretic Text | Ḥabaquq haNavi |

The haftarah for the second day of Shavuot, Ḥabakkuk 2:20-3:19, interspersed with a cantillated text of the Targum Yonatan ben Uzziel. Since Targum Yonatan is a bit more drash-heavy than Targum Onkelos, it is translated separately as well. The haftarah reading includes the piyyut Yetsiv Pitgam, with an acrostic rhyming translation of the poem, with the second-to-last verse restored to its rightful place, as well as a concluding paragraph for the meturgeman to recite, as found in the Maḥzor Vitry. . . .


תהלים צ״ב | Psalms 92, abridged translation by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Contributed on: י״ב בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-06) by Shaul Vardi (translation) | Levi Weiman-Kelman | the Masoretic Text | David haMelekh ben Yishai (traditional attribution) |

Psalms 92, in Hebrew with an abridged translation. . . .


תהלים קל״ו | Psalms 136, translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: ח׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ט (2019-05-13) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 136, translated into English by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer. . . .


אַשְׁרֵי | Ashrei (Psalms 145), arranged by Aharon N. Varady

Contributed on: כ״ט בכסלו ה׳תש״פ (2019-12-27) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | the Masoretic Text | David haMelekh ben Yishai (traditional attribution) |

Ashrei, complete with introductory verses and a lost verse to complete the acrostic from the Chronicle of Gad the Seer. . . .


ט״וּ בִּשְׁבָט | Torah and Haftarah Readings for the New Year’s Day for Trees, selected by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: י״ג בשבט ה׳תשפ״א (2021-01-26) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text | Yeḥezqel ben Būzi haKohen |

Torah and Haftarah readings for Tu biShvat selected by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer. . . .


תהלים ע״ט | Psalms 79, a new translation for 17 Tamuz by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: כ״ו באלול ה׳תש״פ (2020-09-15) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text | Asaph ben Berechiah |

A new translation of Psalms 79 for the 17th of Tamuz fast day of mourning. . . .


Torah and Haftarah Readings for Rosh haShanah la-Behemot on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul

Contributed on: כ״ג באלול ה׳תש״פ (2020-09-12) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | the Masoretic Text |

A reading for the New Year’s Day for Animals — Rosh haShanah laBehemot — on Rosh Ḥodesh Elul. . . .


תהלים ח׳ | Psalms 8, a mizmor of David (translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer)

Contributed on: י״ז באב ה׳תשפ״א (2021-07-26) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer | the Masoretic Text | David haMelekh ben Yishai (traditional attribution) |

The 8th psalm of the book of Psalms in Masoretic Hebrew accompanied by an English translation. . . .


תוספות לקריאות התורה לשבת כלה (אחרי החתונה)‏ | Additions to the Torah Reading for Shabbat Kallah (after the wedding)

Contributed on: י״ג בתמוז ה׳תש״פ (2020-07-04) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

There are all sorts of customs associated with weddings in Judaism. But one custom that has been practiced for a long time and deserves a comeback is the additions to the Torah reading for Shabbat Kallah. Shabbat Kallah, the Shabbat in the “Sheva Berakhot” week after the wedding, is in many Sephardic communities preferred over Shabbat Ḥatan, the aufruf Shabbat before the wedding. And in all sorts of communities across the Jewish world, there have been customs for specific readings for Shabbat Kallah, treating it as a Special Sabbath in its own right. Traditionally this special maftir and haftarah would recited by the groom (along with an Aramaic translator interpolating for the maftir). The maftir is from the story of Abraham’s servant tasked with finding a wife for Isaac, and the haftarah is from the book of Isaiah and compares a groom and bride to the relationship between God and Israel. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:22): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ט״ו בשבט ה׳תשע״ט (2019-01-20) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat Yitro in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


Haftarah Reading for the First Day of Shavuot (Ezekiel 1:1-28 & 3:12): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: כ״ד באייר ה׳תש״פ (2020-05-17) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text | Yeḥezqel ben Būzi haKohen |

The haftarah reading for the first day of Shavuot, in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


תהלים כ״ד | The Psalm for Sunday, Psalms 24 (translation by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l)

Contributed on: ז׳ באב ה׳תשע״ז (2017-07-29) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | David haMelekh ben Yishai (traditional attribution) | the Masoretic Text |

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the Psalm of the Day for Sunday (Psalms 24) in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his translation side-by-side with a transcription of the vocalized text of the Psalm. –Aharon N. Varady . . .


פָּרָשַׁת בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ | Parashat b’ha-Alotekha (Numbers 8:1-12:16), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ט בסיון ה׳תשע״ט (2019-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat b’Ha’alotekha, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת נָשֹׂא | Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ז באייר ה׳תשע״ט (2019-06-01) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Naso, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת בְּמִדְבַּר | Parashat b’Midbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ז באייר ה׳תשע״ט (2019-06-01) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat b’Midbar, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


מגילת רות | Megillat Rūt: Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: כ״ח באייר ה׳תש״פ (2020-05-21) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Megillah reading of Rūt (Ruth) with English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת רְאֵה | Parashat R’éh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17), color-coded according to its narrative layers (trans. Len Fellman)

Contributed on: כ״ג באב ה׳תשפ״א (2021-08-01) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Len Fellman (translation) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'D1' | Masoretic layer 'D2' | Masoretic layer 'Dp' |

The text of parashat R’éh, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת בְּחֻקֹּתַי | Parashat b’Ḥuqotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ה׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ט (2019-05-10) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat b’Ḥuqotai, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת בְּהַר | Parashat b’Har (Leviticus 25:1-26:2), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ד׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ט (2019-05-08) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat b’Har, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת אֱמֹר | Parashat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ב׳ באייר ה׳תשע״ט (2019-05-06) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Emor, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת קְדֹשִׁים | Parashat Qedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:26), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ח׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (2019-04-13) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Qedoshim, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Qedoshim (Leviticus 18:1-20:27): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: כ״א בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (2019-04-25) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat Qedoshim in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת אַחֲרֵי מוֹת | Parashat Aḥarei Mōt (Leviticus 16:1-18:30), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ז׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (2019-04-12) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Aḥarei Mōt, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


קריאות לימי זכרון השואה ורצח עם | Torah and Haftarah Readings for Holocaust & Genocide Memorial Days

Contributed on: כ״ח בניסן ה׳תש״פ (2020-04-21) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading (divided into three aliyot) and a Haftarah reading to be recited for days commemorating genocides such as (but not limited to) the Holocaust. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת מְצֹרָע | Parashat Metsora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ב׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (2019-04-06) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Metsora, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת תַזְרִיעַ | Parashat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ד באדר ב׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-03-30) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Tazria, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת שְׁמִינִי | Parashat Sh’mini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ט״ז באדר ב׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-03-23) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Shemini, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת דְבָרִים | Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ד׳ באב ה׳תשע״ט (2019-08-04) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'D1' | Masoretic layer 'D2' | Masoretic layer 'H' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Devarim, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


שִׁיר הַשִּׁירִים | The Song of Songs, English translation by Paltiel Birnbaum (1949)

Contributed on: ב׳ בשבט ה׳תשע״ז (2017-01-28) by Paltiel Birnbaum (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Paltiel (Philip) Birnbaum’s translation of The Song of Songs (Shir haShirim) in Ha-Siddur Ha-Shalem (The [Complete] Daily Prayer Book), Hebrew Publishing Company, 1949. . . .


Haftarah Reading for Parashat Ḥayyei Sarah (1 Kings 1:1-31): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ט״ו במרחשון ה׳תש״פ (2019-11-13) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

The haftarah reading for Parashat Ḥayyei Sarah, in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


Haftarah Reading for Shemini Atseret (1 Kings 8:54-9:1): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: י״ח בתשרי ה׳תש״פ (2019-10-16) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

The haftarah reading for Shemini Atseret, in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת צַו | Parashat Tsav (Leviticus 6:1-8:26), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ה באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-03-02) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Tsav, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיִּקְרָא | Parashat Vayiqra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ד באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-28) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Vayiqra, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיְחִי | Parashat Vayeḥi (Genesis 47:28-50:26), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ב׳ בטבת ה׳תשע״ט (2018-12-10) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Vayeḥi, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיַּקְהֵל | Parashat Vayaqhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ח באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-23) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Vayaqhel, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Torah Readings for the first day (Genesis 21:1-34) and second day (Genesis 22:1-24) of Rosh Hashanah: Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ח׳ באלול ה׳תשע״ח (2018-08-18) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Transtropilation of an English translation for the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah, by Len Fellman. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ד׳ באב ה׳תשע״ט (2019-08-04) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat Devarim in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


Haftarah Reading for Parashat Yitro (Isaiah 6:1-7:6 & 9:5-6): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: י״א בטבת ה׳תש״פ (2020-01-07) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text | Yeshayahu ben Amōts |

The haftarah reading for Parashat Yitro, in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


שִׁיר הַשִּׁירִים | Shir haShirim :: the Song of Songs, chantable English translation with trōp by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ד׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ט (2019-04-08) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A reading of Shir haShirim (the Songs of Songs, a/k/a Canticles) with English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת קֹרַח | Parashat Qoraḥ (Numbers 16:1-18:32), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ג בסיון ה׳תשע״ט (2019-06-26) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Qoraḥ, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Haftarah Reading for the First Day of Pesaḥ (Joshua 3:5-7, 5:1-15, 6:1, and 6:27): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ט״ז בניסן ה׳תש״פ (2020-04-09) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

The haftarah reading for the first day of Pesaḥ, in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וָאֶתְחַנַּן | Parashat va’Etḥanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ב באב ה׳תשע״ט (2019-08-13) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'D1' | Masoretic layer 'D2' | Masoretic layer 'Dp' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat va’Etḥanan, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Haftarah Reading for Parashat Miqets (1 Kings 3:15-4:5): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: כ״ד בכסלו ה׳תשע״ט (2018-12-02) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

The hafatarah reading for Parashat Miqets in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת תְּרוּמָה | Parashat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ז בשבט ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-02) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Terumah, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת מִשְׁפָּטִים | Parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ט״ו בשבט ה׳תשע״ט (2019-01-20) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' |

The text of parashat Mishpatim, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


יהי כבוד | Yehi Kh’vod, interpretive translation by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l

Contributed on: כ״ב במרחשון ה׳תשע״ח (2017-11-11) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Unknown Author(s) | the Masoretic Text |

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of “Yehi Kh’vod” in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his translation side-by-side with the verses comprising the piyyut. . . .


אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶךָ | Ashrei Yoshvei Veitekha :: Sitting in your home is happiness (Psalms 145), translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Contributed on: כ׳ באב ה׳תשע״ח (2018-07-31) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | David haMelekh ben Yishai (traditional attribution) | the Masoretic Text |

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


אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶךָ | Ashrei Yoshvei Veitekha (Psalms 145), an Alphabetical English Translation by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: י״ט בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-14) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text | David haMelekh ben Yishai (traditional attribution) |

Why is Ashrei such a beloved part of the service? Partially it is because of its alphabetical structure, making it perfect for communal reading. This translation attempts to preserve this in an English equivalence. . . .


Haftarah Reading for the Second Day of Shavuot (Ḥabaquq 2:20-3:19): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: כ״ד באייר ה׳תש״פ (2020-05-17) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text | Ḥabaquq haNavi |

The haftarah reading for the second day of Shavuot, in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶךָ | Ashrei Yoshvei Veitekha (Psalms 145), an Alphabetical English translation by Rabbi Sam Seicol

Contributed on: י״ז באב ה׳תשע״ז (2017-08-09) by Rabbi Sam Seicol | the Masoretic Text | David haMelekh ben Yishai (traditional attribution) |

A modern translation of the Ashrei in alphabetic parallel to the Hebrew. . . .


תהלים ק״ז | Psalms 107, arranged by Aharon Varady

Contributed on: י״ג בטבת ה׳תש״פ (2020-01-09) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 107 in Hebrew with English translation as arranged by Aharon Varady. . . .


תהלים צ״ה | Psalms 95, translated by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Contributed on: י״ב בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-06) by Shaul Vardi (translation) | Levi Weiman-Kelman | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 95, in Hebrew with an English translation. . . .


תהלים קי״א | Psalms 111, translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: י״ג באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-17) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 111, an alphabetic acrostic translated into English by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer. . . .


תהלים קי״ב | Ashrei Ish (Psalms 112)

Contributed on: י״ג בטבת ה׳תש״פ (2020-01-09) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 112 in Hebrew with English translation, arranged by Aharon Varady. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת יִתְרוֹ | Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:22), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ד בשבט ה׳תשע״ט (2019-01-20) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'J' |

The text of parashat Yitro, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


תהלים קי״ג | Psalms 113, translated and cantillated for Hallel by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: ט״ז באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-20) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 113 in Hebrew with English translation. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וָאֵרָא | Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ג בטבת ה׳תשע״ט (2018-12-30) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Va’era, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


תהלים קי״ד | Psalms 114, translated and cantillated for Hallel by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: ט״ז באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-20) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 114 in Hebrew with English translation. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וְזֹאת הַבְּרָכָה | Parashat v’Zōt haBrakhah (Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י׳ באלול ה׳תשע״ט (2019-09-10) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'D1' | Masoretic layer 'D2' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat v’Zot haBrakhah, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת שְׁמוֹת | Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ט״ו בטבת ה׳תשע״ט (2018-12-23) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Shemot, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת נֹחַ | Parashat Noaḥ (Genesis 6:9-11:32), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ד בתשרי ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-03) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'B' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'J' |

The text of parashat Noaḥ, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: כ״ו בתשרי ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-04) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat Bereshit in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת לֶךְ־לְךָ | Parashat Lekh Lekha (Genesis 12:1-17:27), color-coded according to its narrative layers

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The text of parashat Lekh Lekha, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Noaḥ (Genesis 6:9-11:32): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ל׳ בתשרי ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-09) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat Noaḥ in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


תהלים צ״ו | Psalms 96, translated by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Contributed on: י״ב בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-06) by Shaul Vardi (translation) | Levi Weiman-Kelman | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 96 in Hebrew, with an English translation. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיֵּרָא | Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ט׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-17) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Vayera, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Lekh Lekha (Genesis 12:1-17:27): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ג׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-12) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat Lekh Lekha in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת חַיֵּי שָׂרָה | Parashat Ḥayyei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ט״ו במרחשון ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-24) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Ḥayyei Sarah, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת תּוֹלְדֹת | Parashat Toldōt (Genesis 25:19-28:9), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״א במרחשון ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-29) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Toldot, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיֵּצֵא | Parashat Vayetsei (Genesis 28:10-32:3), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: כ״ז במרחשון ה׳תשע״ט (2018-11-04) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' |

The text of parashat Vayetsei, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


תהלים קט״ו | Psalms 115, translated and cantillated for Hallel by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: ט״ז באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-20) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 115 in Hebrew with English translation. . . .


Haftarah Reading for Parashat Devarim (Shabbat Ḥazon, Isaiah 1:1-27), translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: י״ח בתמוז ה׳תשע״ט (2019-07-21) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text | Yeshayahu ben Amōts |

On Shabbat Ḥazon, the Shabbat before Tisha b’Av, many Ashkenazi communities have a custom to read most of the haftarah (Isaiah 1:1-27) in Eikha trop, the cantillation used for the Book of Lamentations. There are many distinct customs, but one of the most common reads verses at the beginning and end in standard haftarah trop, as well as several verses in the middle, selected for their more hopeful message. This edition of the haftarah for Shabbat Ḥazon, along with its new translation, has the verses recited in Eikha trop marked in blue and the verses in haftarah trop in black. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ט׳ במרחשון ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-17) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

The Torah reading of Parashat Vayera in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיִּשְׁלַח | Parashat Vayishlaḥ (Genesis 32:4-36:43), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ד׳ בכסלו ה׳תשע״ט (2018-11-12) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Vayishlaḥ, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת כִּי תִשָּׂא | Parashat Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11-34:35), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ב באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-16) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Ki Tissa, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיֵּשֶׁב | Parashat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ד בכסלו ה׳תשע״ט (2018-11-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Vayeshev, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


מגילת יונה | Megillat Yonah: Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ד׳ בתשרי ה׳תש״פ (2019-10-03) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Megillah reading of Yonah with English translation, transtropilized. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat va’Etḥanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: י״ב באב ה׳תשע״ט (2019-08-13) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat va’Etḥanan in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


Haftarah Reading for the first day of Rosh haShanah (1 Samuel 1:1-2:10): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: י״א באלול ה׳תשע״ח (2018-08-22) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

This is an English translation of the Haftarah reading for the first day of Rosh Hashanah (I Samuel 1:1-2:10), transtropilized. . . .


תהלים קמ״ו | Psalms 146, translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Contributed on: כ״א באב ה׳תשע״ח (2018-08-02) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Unknown Author(s) | the Masoretic Text |

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of Psalms 146 in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). . . .


פָּרָשַׁת וַיִּגַּשׁ | Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: ב׳ בטבת ה׳תשע״ט (2018-12-10) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic kernel 'E' | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'B' |

The text of parashat Vayigash, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


תהלים קמ״ז | Psalms 147, translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of Psalms 147 in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). . . .


פָּרָשַׁת עֵקֶב | Parashat Éqev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ז באב ה׳תשע״ט (2019-08-17) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'D1' | Masoretic layer 'D2' | Masoretic layer 'Dp' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Éqev, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat R’éh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: כ״ה באב ה׳תשע״ט (2019-08-26) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat R’éh in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


ברוך ה׳ לעולם | Barukh Hashem l’Olam :: Bless Yah Always, translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Contributed on: כ״ב באב ה׳תשע״ח (2018-08-03) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Unknown Author(s) | the Masoretic Text |

In the daily Shaḥarit (morning) psukei dzemirah service, this centos completes the reading of Psalms 145-150 and precedes the reading of Vayivarekh David” (1 Chronicles 29:10-13). Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the linked verse piyyut, “Barukh YHVH (Hashem) L’Olam” in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). . . .


תהלים קט״ז | Psalms 116, translated and cantillated for Hallel by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: ט״ז באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-20) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 116 in Hebrew with English translation. . . .


ויברך דויד | Vayivarekh David :: And David Blessed (1 Chronicles 29:10-13), translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of “Vayivarekh David” (1 Chronicles 29:10-13) in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Ḥayyei Sarah (Genesis 23:1–25:18): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: י״ג במרחשון ה׳תשע״ט (2018-10-22) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

The Torah reading of Parashat Ḥayyei Sarah in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


Torah Reading for Parashat Vayeḥi (Genesis 47:28-50:26): Chantable English translation with trōp, by Len Fellman

Contributed on: ג׳ בטבת ה׳תשע״ט (2018-12-11) by Len Fellman (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

A Torah reading of Parashat Vayeḥi in English translation, transtropilized. . . .


תהלים צ״ז | Psalms 97, abridged translation by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Contributed on: י״ב בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-06) by Shaul Vardi (translation) | Levi Weiman-Kelman | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 97, in Hebrew with an abridged translation. . . .


שְׁמַע | The Shema, interpretive translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Contributed on: י״ט באב ה׳תשע״ח (2018-07-30) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | the Masoretic Text |

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


תהלים קי״ז | Psalms 117, translated and cantillated for Hallel by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: ט״ז באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-20) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 117 in Hebrew with English translation. . . .


תהלים קי״ט | Psalms 118, translated and cantillated for Hallel by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Contributed on: ט״ז באדר א׳ ה׳תשע״ט (2019-02-20) by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer (translation) | the Masoretic Text |

Psalms 118 in Hebrew with English translation. . . .


תהלים צ״ח | Psalms 98, abridged translation by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Contributed on: י״ב בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-06) by Shaul Vardi (translation) | Levi Weiman-Kelman | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 98, in Hebrew with an abridged translation. . . .


תהלים צ״ט | Psalms 99, translation by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Contributed on: י״ב בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-06) by Shaul Vardi (translation) | Levi Weiman-Kelman | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 99, in Hebrew with an English translation. . . .


מְגִלַּת אֵיכָה | Megillat Eikhah (Lamentations) for Reading on Tishah b’Av, translation by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

Contributed on: ד׳ באב ה׳תשע״ו (2016-08-07) by David Seidenberg | neohasid.org | the Masoretic Text | Barukh ben Neriyah | Yirmiyah ben Ḥilkiyah haKohen |

This translation of Laments, the book of mourning poems read on Tishah b’Av, uses principles of the Buber-Rosenzweig Bible. It strives to be “concordant”, translating related Hebrew words with related English words and following the order and syntax of the Hebrew where possible. It also focuses on the more physical, earthy meaning of words, in order to draw the reader from modern towards more ancient ways of seeing and feeling. Sometimes alternate translations are given, indicated by a slash. (When reading aloud, simply pick one of the translations. For YHVH, you can read Adonai or Hashem or “the Eternal”.) James Moffat’s 1922 translation was consulted. As a somewhat literal translation, Laments uses “He” and “His” as pronouns for God, even though Torah and common sense command us not to make an exclusively male or female image of God. If you are using Laments liturgically, please feel encouraged to change the pronouns. For brief essays on the theology of Eikhah and more, see the bottom of this page. This work is dedicated to all refugees fleeing war and upheaval, and to our remembering their needs. . . .


פָּרָשַׁת שְׁלַח | Parashat Shlaḥ (Numbers 13:1-15:41), color-coded according to its narrative layers

Contributed on: י״ט בסיון ה׳תשע״ט (2019-06-22) by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Tzemaḥ Yoreh | the Masoretic Text | Masoretic layer 'J' | Masoretic layer 'P' | Masoretic layer 'H' |

The text of parashat Shlaḥ, distinguished according to the stratigraphic layers of its composition according to the Supplementary Hypothesis. . . .


תהלים כ״ט | Psalms 29, translation by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Contributed on: י״ב בשבט ה׳תש״פ (2020-02-06) by Shaul Vardi (translation) | Levi Weiman-Kelman | the Masoretic Text | Unknown Author(s) |

Psalms 29, in Hebrew with English translation. . . .


תהלים מ״ח | The Psalm for Monday, Psalms 48 (translation by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l)

Contributed on: ח׳ באב ה׳תשע״ז (2017-07-30) by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Bnei Koraḥ | the Masoretic Text |

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of the Psalm of the Day for Monday (Psalms 48) in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his translation side-by-side with a transcription of the vocalized text of the Psalm. –Aharon N. Varady . . .