About the Piyut
As in Shachar Avakeshcha, in this piyut the poet, R. Avraham Ibn Ezra, seems to apologize for daring to praise God, but whereas in Shachar Avakeshcha the emphasis is on the time, dawn, which stirs special emotions in the poet, here the focus is on the situation, i.e. the gathering of multitudes of people to sing and praise together. The structure indeed lends itself easily to music and in the Aleppo tradition it is sung every Shabbat in a different melody in accordance with the maqam of the particular Shabbat. It also features in the Babylonian tradition as part of the daily bakashot preceding shahrit and in the Moroccan shirat habakashot. It is widely known now throughout the Jewish world by the more modern tune composed in the 20 Century by Mordechai Khalfon, a tune that manages to express the full gamut of emotions in the poem, from the reverence, respect and feeling of insignifcance, through the praise and exultation resulting from appreciating God’s might and handiwork, to the jubilant, joyous conclusion of uniting with the congregation to sing an eternal song.
Agadelcha can be found on the recordings of Piyutim North America. The author is .
Agadelcha Elohei kol neshama / veodecha berov pachad ve’ema
Beomdi toch kehalcha tzur leromem / lecha echra ve’echof rosh vekomah
Reki’ei rom halo nata bemivta / veha’aretz yesadah al belimah
Hayuchal ish hakor et sod yotzro / u’mi hu zeh bechol kedma veyama
Meromam hu alei kol peh velashon / asher hifli ve’asa kol bechochma
Veyitgadal begoy kadosh ve’elyon / veyitkadash shemeh raba be’alma
Translation by Sara Kinneret Lapidot
I will praise You, God of all souls
and I will thank you with great fear and awe.
As I stand among your worshipers, Lord, and exalt you
before you I will kneel and bow head and body.
The high heavens – Has He not stretched them forth with His speech?
and the earth He founded upon nothingness.
Can a man explore the secret of his Creator?
and who is He at the far ends of the East and West?
He is exalted by every mouth and tongue
he who did wonders, and has done all with wisdom.
His name will be magnified among the holy nation
may His great name be sanctified in His world!
- Musical Direction and Arrangements: Yair Harel and Omer Avital
- Production: Ari Priven, Yair Harel and Omer Avital
- Mixing and editing: Daniel Freedman
- Mastered by: Randy Merrill at Masterdisk
- Recorded at B’nai Jeshurun, New York City, July 2010