Friday, September 18, 2009

Wishing a sweet Rosh Hashana to all our readers

Tonight Jews all over the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. They will wish for sweetness in the year to come as they eat apples dipped in honey, or stewed in rosewater.

The festival comes at the end of a whole month of reflection. The Sephardi custom is to rise early every day of the month of Elul preceding Rosh Hashana and recite the Selichot, the prayer for forgiveness. One particular psalm is a great favourite, Adon Haselichot. It would have been sung in the synagogues of the Orient during the Selichot and on Yom Kippur but is absent from the Ashkenazi, or western Jewish tradition.

Here is a version of Adon Haselichot to a techno beat. Enjoy!

Lord of pardons, examines thoughts, reveals secrets, speaks righteousness
We have sinned before you, have mercy on us

Magnificent in miracles, skillful in comforting, recalls fathers covenant, investigates emotions
We have sinned before you, have mercy on us

Good and does good for creations, knows all hidden things, excuses sins, dress with righteousness
We have sinned before you, have mercy on us

Full of merits, majestic in praises, pardons sins, answers in time of crises
We have sinned before you, have mercy on us

Performs salvation, predicts events, calls the future generations, rides in the heavens, hears prayers, perfect in knowledge
We have sinned before you, have mercy on us

Wishing all readers Shana tova: A happy, heathy and prosperous year full of blessings and peace.

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