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Re: Query: Text of Piyyut by Judah Halevi


The piyut is called "Borkhi Atzוlah." It can be found in the Sefardi Mahzor before the beginning of the Neilah service. For reference, see Davidson's "Otzar HaShirah v'HaPiyut" vol. 1, entry 1746. The piyut is written acrostically, and this sentence appears at the very end in the letter "tav." Email me if you'd like a scanned copy of the entire piyut.

Daniel Korobkin

Re: Query: Text of Piyyut by Judah Halevi

The line you are looking for appears towards the end of the sixth poem on this page: https://benyehuda.org/rihal/rihal9_2_no_nikkud.html
It is also cited by R. Bachaya to Gen. 2:7.


Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein
Beitar Illit, Israel
Author of: God versus Gods: Judaism in the Age of Idolatry --> https://amzn.to/2NO4jLy

Re: Query: Text of Piyyut by Judah Halevi

For the question of Prof. Jacob Adler: In his Nishmat Ḥayyim, Menasseh ben Israel makes reference to a piyyut by Judah Halevi that contains the line, Tiken neshamot im ha-'or ha-rishon, teḥilat devar Hashem. Can anyone refer me to a source for the text of this piyyut?

- It is in the poem of R. Yehuda haLevi “Barkhi Azulah”. See the poem in Daat site:
It is also to be found in the Mahzor to Yom Kippur – before Tefilat Ne’ilah – see for example Mahzor Ohalei Yaakov: Yom Kippur, Jerusalem 1908, pp. 195-198.

CFP: “Jews, Race, and Public Memory,” Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference

Call for papers: “Jews, Race, and Public Memory”
Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference
October 24-27, 2019
Charlottesville, Virginia 

As the home of Thomas Jefferson, who held slaves in bondage while championing religious and political liberty for Jews and other whites, and as the site where white supremacists targeted both Jews and people of color in the violent 2017 Unite the Right rally, Charlottesville offers a compelling setting for evaluating the place of Jews in southern racial culture.