Amar Adonay LeYaakov

Iraq

About the Piyut

This piyut, which marks the conclusion of and farewell to the day of Shabbat (Motzae Shabbat), is sung throughout the Jewish world. The first half of each stanza quotes a different verse of blessing, comfort and consolation that speaks of Jacob, while the second half is a responsive, repetitive proclamation: “fear not, my servant Jacob”. The piyut contains an alphabetical acrostic. Jacob is the progenitor and as such the symbol of the Jewish people. By combining verses from across the bible the author creates an intricate fabric of statements, promises and words of comfort that are meant to build up and elevate of the persecuted Jewish nation. Maybe this is the reason it is sung at the end of the Shabbat when the relative calm and refuge are over and people start preparing for the dreadful routine of the weekdays.

Amar Adonay LeYaakov can be found on the recordings of Piyutim North America. The author is unknown.

Lyrics

Transliteration:

Amar Adonay leYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Bachar Adonay beYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Ga’al Adonay et Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Darach kochav mi Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Haba’im yashresh Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Veyerd miYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Zechor eleh leYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Chedvat yeshuot Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Tovu ohalecha Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Yoru mishpatecha leYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Ki lo nachash beYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Lo hibit aven beYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Mi mana afar Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Nishba Adonay leYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Slach na le’avon Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Ata hashev shevut Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Padah Adonay el Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Tzaveh yeshuot Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Kol kol Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Roni ve’simchi le Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Shav Adonay et shvut Yaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov
Titen emet leYaakov / Al tira avdi Yaakov

Translation:

God said to Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
God chose Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
A star will emerge from / Yaakov Fear not, My servant Yaakov
In Days to come Yaakov will strike roots / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
A ruler will arise from Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Remember these things for Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Delight will come with the salvations of Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Your tents are good Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
They shall teach your ordinances to Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
For there is no sorcery in Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
He perceives no wrong in Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Who can count the dust of Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
God made a vow to Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Please forgive the transgression of Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Bring back Yaakov from captivity now / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
God has redeemed Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Command salvation for Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
The voice is the voice of Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Sing and be joyous for Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
God has brought back Yaakov from captivity / Fear not, My servant Yaakov
Grant truth to Yaakov / Fear not, My servant Yaakov

Singers

Musicians

Production

  • 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