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Tzamah Nafshi

This zemer is from Psalm 63, verses 2 – 3 and was composed by the wandering scholar ascetic Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra. (Born in Spain 1080, he wandered all over Europe including visiting England in 1158). He is well known as a biblical commentator but also wrote major works on Hebrew grammar, philosophy, astronomy and mathematics. He wrote both secular and religious poetry, all in Hebrew. This hymn, like much medieval Hebrew poetry, is made up largely of biblical allusions and quotations all celebrating ‘el chay’ - the Living God. The first line of each verse is in his own words and introduces the quotation which is most or all of the second line, in every case a phrase that ends with ‘chay’.

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Tzamah Nafshi - by Hirsh Cashdan
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