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Adon Olam

Eternal L-ord (Master of the Universe)


Adon Olam asher malach b'terem kol y'tzir nivra. L'ait na-asah v'cheftzo kol azai melech sh'mo nikra. V'acharei kichelot hakol l'vado yimloch nora. V'hu hayah v'hu hoveh v'hu yih-yeh b'tifarah. V'hu echad v'ain sheni l'hamshil lo l'hachbirah. B'li reishit b'li tachlit v'lo ha-oz v'hamisrah. Vehu Eli v'chai go-ali v'tzur chevli b'eit tzarah. V'hu nisi u-manos li m'nat kosi b'yom ekra. B'yado afkid ruchi b'eit ishan v'airah. V'im ruchi g'viyati Hashem li v'lo ira.

Master of the universe, Who reigned before any form was created. At the time when His will brought all into being, then as 'King' was His Name proclaimed. After all has ceased to be, He, the Awesome One, will reign alone. It is He Who was, He Who is, and He Who shall remain, in splendor. He is One, there is no second to compare to Him, to declare as His equal. Without beginning, without conclusion, His is the power and dominion. He is my G-d, my living Redeemer, Rock of my pain in time of distress. He is my banner, a refuge for me, the portion in my cup on the day I call. Into His hand I shall entrust my spirit when I go to sleep - and I shall awaken! With my spirit shall my body remain. Hashem is with me, I shall not fear.

A poetic hymn incorporated into the Shacharit (morning) service since the 15th Century. Authorship is attributed by most to the poet-philosopher Solomon ibn Gabirol (1021-1058).  In addition to serving as an introduction to the early morning service, it is also recited (or sung) as a closing hymn for the evening and Musaf services of Shabbat and the holidays.

 

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