Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cups, A New Version- Let Freedom Be Proclaimed

I enjoy it when acapella groups use familiar modern melodies superimposed the with new lyrics. Here is one of my favorite groups, The Maccabeats, using Anna Kendricks "Cups" to sing a familiar Shabbat song "Let Freedom be Proclaimed."

‘Let freedom be proclaimed’, this is a Jewish-Yemenite prayer traditionally sung at the Shabbat table. It was composed by Dunas ben Labrat, a 10th century Sephardic Jew, thought to have been of Baghdadi origin, who was educated in Fez, Morocco.

Deror Yikra leven im bat veyintzorchem kemo bavat
Na’im shimchem velo yushbat shevu nuchu beyom Shabbat
Derosh navi ve’ulami ve’ot yesha aseh imi
Neta sorek b’etoch karmi she’eh shavat benei ami
Deroch poora betoch Batzra vegam Bavel asher gavra
Netotz tzarai be’af evra shema koli beyom ekra
Elohim ten bamidbar har hadas shita berosh tidhar
Velamazhir velanizhar shelomim ten kemei nahar
Hadoch kamai El kana bemog levav u’vimgina
Venarchiv peh u’nemallena leshonenu lecha rina
De’eh chochma lenafshecha vehi keter leroshecha
Netzor mitzvat kedoshecha shemor Shabbat kodshecha

Deror Yikra - Freedom
Dunash ben Labrat,
Fez-Baghdad-Sfarad, 10th Century
Freedom shall He proclaim for His sons and daughters and will keep you as the apple of his eye
Pleasant is your name and will not cease to be repose and rest on the Sabbath day
Seek my home and my temple and give me a sign of deliverance
Plant a choice vine in my vineyard turn to the need of my people
Tread the wine-press in Botzra and also Babylon who overpowered
Crush my enemies in anger and fury hear my voice on the day I call out
Lord, let the dessert bloom like a mountain
myrtle, acacia, cypress and elm
To those who counsel and to those who are cautious give peace
as owing as a river’s waters
Conquer those who rise against me, Oh zealous God ll their hearts with fear and despair
en we shall open our mouths and ll our tongues with Your joyful song
Know wisdom for your soul and it shall be a crown upon your head
Keep the commandment of your Holy One observe the Sabbath, your sacred day

Deror Yikra is one of the oldest and most popular Shabbat songs, known and sung throughout Jewish Diaspora and history. The many tunes to this piyut vary from ancient original compositions through borrowed and adapted foreign ones to modern day Israeli creations. It was written by Dunash ben Labrat, the tenth Century
poet and philologist, who is considered the pioneer of the measured meter in Hebrew poetry and the harbinger of the golden age of Spain. His name appears in the first, second and fifth stanzas as an acrostic and is concealed in a playful manner in the other two.
The piyut revolves around the idea of the spiritual haven provided for the Jew on Shabbat. This personal, microcosmic salvation interweaves with the communal one of the Jewish people and in turn brings macrocosmic redemption to the whole world and elevates it to a higher spiritual level. The Jewish people are analogized in the Midrash to the groom while the Shabbat is the bride, and as spouses they take care of and protect each
other. Just as the Jew observes the Shabbat so the Shabbat preserves and protects him. It redeems him from the burden of the daily routine and lets him taste a sample of the world to come, the flavor of the full and real
The original by Anna Kendrick:

Meanwhile you can also find talent no matter where you look.