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Yom Zeh M'chubad


:About the Song
lyrics:

 

יום זֶה מְכֻבָּד מִכָּל יָמִים  כִּי בו שָׁבַת צוּר עולָמִים:
 
שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תַּעֲשה מְלַאכְתֶּךָ וְיום הַשְּׁבִיעִי לֵאל-הֶיךָשַׁבָּת לא תַעֲשה בו מְלָאכָהכִּי כל עָשה שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים:
 
יום זֶה מְכֻבָּד מִכָּל יָמִים  כִּי בו שָׁבַת צוּר עולָמִים:
 
רִאשׁון הוּא לְמִקְרָאֵי קודֶשׁיום שַׁבָּתון יום שַׁבַּת קודֶשׁעַל כֵּן כָּל אִישׁ בְּיֵינו יְקַדֵּשׁעַל שְׁתֵּי לֶחֶם יִבְצְעוּ תְמִימִים:
 
יום זֶה מְכֻבָּד מִכָּל יָמִים  כִּי בו שָׁבַת צוּר עולָמִים:
 
אֱכול מַשְׁמַנִּים שְׁתֵה מַמְתַּקִּיםכִּי אֵ-ל יִתֵּן לְכָל בּו דְבֵקִיםבֶּגֶד לִלְבּושׁ לֶחֶם חֻקִּיםבָּשר וְדָגִים וְכָל מַטְּעַמִּים:
 
יום זֶה מְכֻבָּד מִכָּל יָמִים  כִּי בו שָׁבַת צוּר עולָמִים:
 
לא תֶחְסַר כּל בּו וְאָכַלְתָּ וְשבָעְתָּוּבֵרַכְתָּ אֶת ה' אֱל-הֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר אָהַבְתָּכִּי בֵרַכְךָ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים:
 
יום זֶה מְכֻבָּד מִכָּל יָמִים  כִּי בו שָׁבַת צוּר עולָמִים:
 
הַשָּׁמַיִם מְסַפְּרִים כְּבודווְגַם הָאָרֶץ מָלְאָה חַסְדּורְאוּ כִּי כָל אֵלֶּה עָשתָה יָדוכִּי הוּא הַצּוּר פָּעֳלו תָמִים:
 
יום זֶה מְכֻבָּד מִכָּל יָמִים  כִּי בו שָׁבַת צוּר עולָמִים:

 

The piyut discusses the sacredness of Shabbat, and the day's uniqueness.  We sanctify  Shabbat over wine, eat bread and special foods. The piyut concludes G-d is praised for blessing the nation of Israel and creating the world. 

Explanation of Stanzas:
Chorus
: "Yom Zeh M'chubad... olamim."  We commemorate Shababt, as it is the day that G-d completed the creation of the world. Our Sages tell us that the original plan of the universe each day was divided into 28 hours. Since the hours were not equal and were not controlled they pleaded to G-d for a day to rule over them all. Shabbat was created when G-d responded by removing 4 hours from each day granting their plea. This attests to the uniqueness of Shabbat.

Stanza A:
 "Sheshet yamim... sheshet yamim."  Shabbat is distinguished by the not doing labor that we do the rest of the six days of the week.   As G-d rested from creating the universe on Shabbat.

Stanza B:
"Rishon hu... yivtz'u t'mimim."  Shabbat is the first of the holy days, set apart as a day of rest. Each person should recite Kiddush and bless Shabbat, over wine and two loaves of bread.

Stanza C:
" Echol mashmanim...  v'chol mat'amim." We eat rich food, drinks and sweet wine on Shabbat.  G-d will give all those who adhere to him cloths to wear, and allotted bread, fish, meat and all delicacies.

Stanza D: "lo techsar bo..mecol hamim."   On Shabbat your sustenance will be unlimited, as our loving G-d blesses you more than other nations.

Stanza E: "hashamayem mesaprim..paalo tamim."   
This stanza based on the verses from psalms, discusses that both the angels in heaven and the people on earth both praise and honor G-d for his loving kindness. Perceive all that G-d has created, for He is our Rock, and his work is perfect.
Lyricist
 Rabbi Israel ben Moses Najara, one of the greatest poets in Jewish history was born in Damascus in the 5400’s. He studied Torah with his father and was influenced by spirituality of music and poetry. While still young he composed many religious Piyuitim, to Arabic and Turkish tunes, with the intention, as he says in the preface to his Zemirot Yisrael, of sanctifying the music for the Jewish youth or his day.
 He wrote piyytium, pizminim, selichot, and dirges for all the week-days and for Sabbaths, Chagim, and occasional ceremonies, in both Aramaic and Hebrew. These piyytium were collected in his masterpiece Zemirot Yisrael. Rabbi Najara immigrated to Israel and settled in the city of Safad where he continued to compose songs in Eretz Yisarel. Unfortunately due to a deadly plague in the Safad, Najara was forced to leave Safad where he settled in Gaza and became where he became the Chief Rabbi of Gaza. Najara passed away in 1625 is buried in the ancient Jewish cemetery in Gaza.