Monday, 13 January 2014

El Hanaar Hazeh by Shira Choir

אל הנער הזה מקהלת שירה~Shira Choir

אֶל הַנַעַר הַזֶה הִתְפַּלָלְתִּי וַיִתֵּן הַשֵׁם לִי אֶת שְׁאֵלָתִי אֲשֶׁר שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵעִמוֹ. 
וְאֶמְשׁוֹךְ לְהִתְפַּלֵל לְעוֹלְמֵי עַד אֲנִי הַאִמַא אִתְּכֶם לְעוֹלְמֵי עַד. (שמואל א א׳ כ״ז)

For this boy I prayed! 
For you my dear son I prayed to Hashem, Hashem kindly fulfilled my wishes,
You my beloved son will always remain in my prayers
and I will always look after you,

The words to this song were adapted from Hannah's prayer for a son...I Shmuel 1:27

כז. אֶל הַנַּעַר הַזֶּה הִתְפַּלָּלְתִּי וַיִּתֵּן יְהֹוָה לִי אֶת
שְׁאֵלָתִי אֲשֶׁר שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵעִמּוֹ:

27] For this child I prayed;
and the LORD hath granted me my petition which I asked of Him;


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these lyrics. I have been looking everywhere.

Orfan said...

You are very welcome. So nice to hear someone else appreciates this beautiful song.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy listening to the song! Shira choir and Motty! Thank you for the English lyrics. could you also post the Hebrew lyrics in English alphabet? Thank you so much.

Clay Lears said...

The Gemarah in Brachos (lamed alef:) brings a beautiful explanation of what this verse means.
It asks, what does Chanah mean when she said she prayed for this youth. The word hazeh, this, implies Chanah was saying when I prayed, I prayed for this youth specifically and not another youth. What does that mean?

The Gemarah answers by saying what actually happened in a very interesting story that clearly needs more scrutiny to understand what actually happened:

When Shmuel was serving Eli, a problem arose with regards to offering up a korbon (offering to G-d). There was no Kohen available to shecht (ritually slaughter) the offering. As the people were running frantically around searching for a Kohen, young Shmuel stood up and proved from a pasuk that actually any Jew could shecht a korban, the Kohen just had to offer it up.
They brought Shmuel in front of Eli and Eli said that he had taught correctly and was right but because he had taught a halachah in front of his rebbi, which is ossur, he was chiyuv missah (liable to death, whatever that means in this case). He told Chanah that she would have another, better child.

Chanah came in front of Eli and pleaded for Shmuel, saying "El hanar hazeh hispallalti" "I prayed for this youth", specificaly this one! He is perfect and I don't want a 'better' child. His life was, obviously, spared.

These words aren't just nice, sweet words; these are the words of a mother pleading for her child's life and emphasizing how her child, with all his imperfections, was just perfect.

What could be more powerful than that?

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