מעוז צור ישועתי

December 7, 2012

מָעוֹז צוּר יְשׁוּעָתִי לְךָ נָאֶה לְשַׁבֵּחַ.תִּכּוֹן בֵּית תְּפִלָּתִי וְשָׁם תּוֹדָה נְזַבֵּחַ.לְעֵת תָּכִין מַטְבֵּחַ מִצָּר הַמְנַבֵּחַ.אָז אֶגְמוֹר בְּשִׁיר מִזְמוֹר חֲנֻכַּת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ:

רָעוֹת שָׂבְעָה נַפְשִׁי בְּיָגוֹן כֹּחִי כָּלָהחַיַּי מֵרְרוּ בְקֹשִׁי בְּשִׁעְבּוּד מַלְכוּת עֶגְלָהוּבְיָדוֹ הַגְּדוֹלָה הוֹצִיא אֶת הַסְּגֻלָּהחֵיל פַּרְעֹה וְכָל זַרְעוֹ יָרְדוּ כְּאֶבֶן בִּמְצוּלָה:

דְּבִיר קָדְשׁוֹ הֱבִיאַנִי וְגַם שָׁם לֹא שָׁקַטְתִּיוּבָא נוֹגֵשׂ וְהִגְלַנִי כִּי זָרִים עָבַדְתִּיוְיֵין רַעַל מָסַכְתִּי כִּמְעַט שֶׁעָבַרְתִּיקֵץ בָּבֶל זְרֻבָּבֶל לְקֵץ שִׁבְעִים נוֹשַׁעְתִּי:

כְּרוֹת קוֹמַת בְּרוֹשׁ בִּקֵּשׁ אֲגָגִי בֶּן הַמְּדָתָאוְנִהְיָתָה לוֹ לְפַח וּלְמוֹקֵשׁ וְגַאֲוָתוֹ נִשְׁבָּתָהרֹאשׁ יְמִינִי נִשֵּׂאתָ וְאוֹיֵב שְׁמוֹ מָחִיתָרֹב בָּנָיו וְקִנְיָנָיו עַל הָעֵץ תָּלִיתָ:

יְוָנִים נִקְבְּצוּ עָלַי אֲזַי בִּימֵי חַשְׁמַנִּיםוּפָרְצוּ חוֹמוֹת מִגְדָּלַי וְטִמְּאוּ כָּל הַשְּׁמָנִיםוּמִנּוֹתַר קַנְקַנִּים נַעֲשָׂה נֵס לַשּׁוֹשַׁנִּיםבְּנֵי בִינָה יְמֵי שְׁמוֹנָה קָבְעוּ שִׁיר וּרְנָנִים

חֲשׂוֹף זְרוֹעַ קָדְשֶׁךָ וְקָרֵב קֵץ הַיְשׁוּעָהנְקֹם נִקְמַת עֲבָדֶיךָ מֵאֻמָּה הָרְשָׁעָהכִּי אָרְכָה הַשָּׁעָה וְאֵין קֵץ לִימֵי הָרָעָהדְּחֵה אַדְמוֹן בְּצֵל צַלְמוֹן הָקֵם לָנוּ רוֹעִים שִׁבְעָה

http://www.piyut.org.il/textual/123.html

Maoz Tzur” (aka Rock of Ages) is a Hebrew poem and song, which probably was written in Southern Germany (maybe in Augsburg, where it appeared for the first time in early 13th century). Since the first letters of the first five verses form the name Mordechai it was assumed that it actually was the name of the unknown composer.

Happy Chanucka to all our Friends ..!


Jerusalem, if I forget you …

September 5, 2012

אם־אשכחך ירושלם

תשכח ימיני

 

Psalm, 137.5: Si je t’oublie, Jérusalem, Que ma droite m’oublie!

 

 

MATISYAHU – Jerusalem

Jerusalem, if I forget you,
fire not gonna come from me tongue.
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
let my right hand forget what it’s supposed to do.

In the ancient days, we will return with no delay
Picking up the bounty and the spoils on our way
We’ve been traveling from state to state
And them don’t understand what they say
3,000 years with no place to be
And they want me to give up my milk and honey
Don’t you see, it’s not about the land or the sea
Not the country but the dwelling of his majesty

Jerusalem, if I forget you,
fire not gonna come from me tongue.
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
let my right hand forget what it’s supposed to do.

Rebuild the temple and the crown of glory
Years gone by, about sixty
Burn in the oven in this century
And the gas tried to choke, but it couldn’t choke me
I will not lie down, I will not fall asleep
They come overseas, yes they’re trying to be free
Erase the demons out of our memory
Change your name and your identity
Afraid of the truth and our dark history
Why is everybody always chasing we
Cut off the roots of your family tree
Don’t you know that’s not the way to be

Jerusalem, if  I forget you,
fire not gonna come from me tongue.
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
let my right hand forget what it’s supposed to do.

Caught up in these ways, and the worlds gone craze
Don’t you know it’s just a phase
Case of the Simon says
If I forget the truth then my words won’t penetrate
Babylon burning in the place, can’t see through the haze
Chop down all of them dirty ways,
That’s the price that you pay for selling lies to the youth
No way, not ok, oh no way, not ok, hey
Aint no one gonna break my stride
Aint no one gonna pull me down
Oh no, I got to keep on moving
Stay alive

Jerusalem, if I forget you,
fire not gonna come from me tongue.
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
let my right hand forget what it’s supposed to do.

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Kriegshaber synagogue construction site

July 17, 2012

Not just the former synagogue at Kriegshaber after deaces of neglect is being restored in order to convert the building into a museum also at the rear side of the building where once was the mikvah (German: Tauche) there are extensive construction works. Apparanetly there now will be elevators and the like. They do not fit the historical structure but rather for the convenience of potential visitors and staff.

 

Pictures: yehuda, May 25, 2012