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March 09, 2004
Story behind the song
This ancient prayer by a 13th century rabbi in Spain was sang as his skin was being peeled off by his persecutors
Adon Olam (Lord of the World)
Adon olam, asher malach, b'terem kol y'tzir nivra.
L'et na'asah v'cheftzo kol, azai melech sh'mo nikra.
V'acharey kichlot hakol, l'vado yimloch nora.
V'hu haya, v'hu hoveh, v'hu yih'yeh b'tifara.
V'hu echad, v'eyn sheni l'hamshilo, l'hachbira.
B'li reishit, b'li tachlit, v'lo ha'oz v'hamisrah.
V'hu Eli, v'chai go'ali, v'tzur chevli b'et tsarah.
V'hu nisi umanos li, m'nat kosi b'yom ekra.
B'yado afkid ruchi b'et ishan v'a'irah.
V'im ruchi g'viyati, Adonai li v'lo ira.
Master of the World who was king,before any form was created.
At the time when He made all through His will,then His name was called 'King'.
And after all is gone,He, the Awesome One, will reign alone.
And He was, and He is,and He will be in splendor.
And He is One, and there is no second,to compare to Him or be His equal.
Without beginning, without end,to Him is the power and rulership.
And He is my God and my living Redeemer,and the Rock of my fate in times of distress.
He is my banner and He is a refuge for me,my portion on the day I cry out,
In His hand I entrust my spirit,when I sleep and when I wake.
And my soul shall remain with my body,HaShem is with me and I am not afraid.
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