Beginning of a Translation of Anim Zmirot (Shir Hakavod)

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Check out Joel Rosenberg's

Check out Joel Rosenberg's translation in Kol Haneshamah pp 452-457. As i recall, there was a misunderstanding. Few Reconstructionist congregations include Shir Hakavod in their liturgy, but they were so taken with his rhyming interpretive translation that they included it. He matched up the first letters in english so you can see the aleph-betical pattern

Posted by betsy on May 26, 2009 7:59 AM
I always thought that rhyming

I always thought that rhyming and metered interpretation was Reb Zalman's work. Thank you so very much for giving me the real "בשם אמרו".

Posted by David Mivasair on May 26, 2009 4:10 PM
Reb Zalman has also done a

Reb Zalman has also done a verse translation of Anim Zmirot; you can find it on the new OHALAH website here.

Posted by Rachel Barenblat on May 28, 2009 4:01 PM
Dear Shai: Your translation

Dear Shai:

Your translation is excellent and clear. Now I know why it is often captioned "Hymn of Glory." You are on target as to using English rhyme in translations from Hebrew. It does not work. One example is, "Singlish" used in the Friday night siddur at our synagogue. I just want to know what the prayer says. Contrived rhyme gets into the way of understanding the English.

Posted by Aaron Finestone on May 26, 2009 9:03 AM
You are right on. English

You are right on. English verse translations invariably sacrifice meaning for rhyme, resulting in watered-down, awkward doggerel. If you don't understand the Hebrew, it seems to me that you're better off at least knowing what the Hebrew means. As for truly appreciating the beauty of the poetry, that really takes the effort of learning Hebrew. For myself, knowing the beauty of the meaning is actually a great incentive to work on my Hebrew and try to get to the next level of appreciation.

Posted by Boruch on August 14, 2009 12:12 PM
Does anyone know of a good

Does anyone know of a good commentary on Anim Z`mirot?

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