Visit Rann’s blog “That That and the Other Thing” each week for Sunday Snippets, where various Catholic bloggers have links to their sites. Or if you’re a Catholic blogger, visit and post a link to your site!
Here are my posts from the past week:
And for your listening enjoyment, here’s video clip of a fellow playing a traditional Jewish song on a replica of a biblical lyre:
It was uploaded by YouTube user “klezzfiddle1,” who writes that this piece is “the beautiul, traditional melody of the Shabbat hymn, “Yigdal”, played on my replica of the ancient Jewish Temple Lyre; the Biblical “Kinnor” of King David, and my very own, very ancient Levite ancestors, who once played their Kinnors to accompany the legendary singing of the Levitical Choir in the Temple of Jerusalem.”
Yigdal (“may he be magnified”) is often the concluding prayer of the Friday evening service in Sephardic congregations; the Ashkenazim recite it during weekday morning prayers.
This prayer, believed to be composed by R Daniel bar Judah, is based on the “Thirteen Principles of Faith” described by Maimonides in his book, “Commentary on the Mishnah”.
Yigdal restates the first two commandments of the Ten Commandments — “I am the Lord thy God” and “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Yigdal is a powerful hymn reminding the Jewish people of the power of God.
Here is a translation of the lyrics:
Exalted be the Living G-d and praised, He exists – unbounded by time in His existence. He is One – and there is no unity like His Oneness. Inscrutable and infinite is His Oneness. He has no semblance of a body nor is He corporeal; nor has His holiness any comparison. He preceded every being that was created – the First, and nothing preceded His precedence. Behold! He is Master of the universe to every creature, He demonstrates His greatness and His sovereignty. He granted His flow of prophecy to His treasured splendrous people. In Yisrael none like Moshe arose again – a prophet who perceived His vision clearly. G-d gave His people a Torah of truth, by means of His prophet, the most trusted of His household. G-d will never amend nor exchange His law for any other one, for all eternity. He scrutinizes and knows our hiddenmost secrets; He perceives a matter’s outcome at its inception. He recompenses man with kindness according to his deed; He places evil on the wicked according to his wickedness. By the End of Days He will send our Mashiach, to redeem those longing for His final salvation. G-d will revive the dead in His abundant kindness – Blessed forever is His praised Name.