HaMavdil Bein Kodesh L'Chol
This beautiful piyut originated as part of the Ne'ila service on Yom Kippur, and was composed by Rabbi Issac ibn Hayat, also known as Yitzchak HaKatan (1030-1089). As it originates from the High Holiday liturgy the piyut discusses the concept of Divine forgiveness.
Explanation of Stanzas:
Stanza A: "HaMavdil Bein Kodesh... v'kakochavim balaylah." We pray to G-d, who separates between holy and mundane, may He forgive our sins and to increase our wealth, like stars in the night and sand on the beach.
Stanza B: "Yom panah.. v'gam laylah."- Shabbat has passed by like the shadow of a Tomer a palm tree. We plea to G-d, to watch over us, protect us and have mercy on his people, as the verse in Isaiah states: "The dawn has come, and it still night."
Stanza C: "Tzikdas'cha k'har tavor... v'ashmurah balaylah." The composer compares G-d's escalating kindness to Mount Tabor in the Galilee. We pray that G-d will overlook and forgive our sins, as he ushers in the new day.
Stanza D: "Micha'el sar Yisra'el... bachatzi halaylah." Michael and Gabriel are the names of two of G-d's Angels. Our sages say that they surround G-d, with Michael on his right and Gabriel on his left. We call them along with Elijah the prophet to usher in the messianic era.
Stanza E: "Miyemin... v'chol halaylah." The Angels Michael and Gabriel, surrounds us and provides us with spiritual protection, as G-d guard us, day and night.
Stanza F: "T'na lanu... v'chol halaylah." The composer prays to G-d that we should all have a good week, as a garden full of water. G-d continues to bless Israel, all day and all night.