New Menorah - Fall 5764/2003

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May You Answer Us!
By Rabbi Arthur Waskow *

This more inclusive version of one of the traditional High Holy Day prayers can be sung to one of the traditional melodies. Shanah tovah!


Hu Yaanenu /Hi Taanenu
An Inclusive Version

You Who answered Sara in the palace -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Avraham at knife-point -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Rivka in her outcry -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Yaakov at the river -- May You answer us.
May You answer us, May You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hu yaanenu v'yom korenu, hi taanenu.

You Who answered Hagar in the desert  -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Ruth in the gleaning  -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Avimelech at the well-spring -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Noach with the Rainbow -- May You answer us.
May You answer us, May You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hi taanenu v'yom korenu, hu yaanenu.

You Who answered Miriam at the seashore -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Moshe at Mount Sinai  -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Eliyahu at Mount Horeb  -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Chana when she whispered -- May You answer us.
May You answer us, May You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hu yaanenu v'yom korenu, hi taanenu.

You Who answered Shifra and Puah -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Yehonatan and David -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Mordechai and Esther -- May You answer us;
You Who answered B'ruriah and Me'ir -- May You answer us.
May You answer us, May You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hi taanenu v'yom korenu, hu yaanenu.

You Who answered Nachman of Bratzlav -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Henrietta Szold -- May You answer us;
You Who answered Rosa Parks in Montgomery -- May You answer us;
You Who answered King and Heschel -- May You answer us;
May You answer us, May You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hi taanenu v'yom korenu, hu yaanenu.

You Who answered ............<Add three of your own> May You answer us;
You Who answer in every generation -- May You answer us.
May You answer us, May You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hi taanenu v'yom korenu, hu yaanenu.

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* Rabbi Waskow is Director of The Shalom Center <www.shalomctr.org>, a
division of ALEPH;  author of Godwrestling -- Round 2 and Seasons of Our Joy;  and
co-author of A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven.



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