Adon Olam – by Sarit Hadad

Adon Olam (“Lord of the World”) is a hymn which has been a regular part of the daily and Sabbath liturgy by faithful jews since the 15th century. This hymn is thought to be composed in the 11th century by Islamic Andalusian jew  Abū Ayyūb Sulaymān bin Yaḥyā bin Gabirūl (أبوأيوب سليمان بن يحيى بن جبيرول‎‎)  or in hebrew as  Solomon ben Yehuda Ibn Gabirol (שלמה בן יהודה אבן גבירול‎‎). In Medieval Europe he is known as  Avicebron.

The lyrics speak about God’s greatness and all-empowering existence. There have been various melodies adjoined to this hymn and this one was sung by Israeli Mizrahi (middle-eastern) Singer Sarit Hadad שרית חדד. She sang it beautifully very heart touching.

Adon Olam

(“Lord of the World”)

Lord of the World, who reigned supreme, Adon ‘olam, ‘asher malakh,

אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר מָלַךְ

Before all of creation was drawn; b’terem kol yetzir niv’ra

בְּטֶרֶם כָּל יְצִיר נִבְרָא

When it was finished according to his will, L’et na’asa v’ḥeftso kol,

לְעֵת נַעֲשָׂה בְחֶפְצוֹ כֹּל

Then “King” his name was proclaimed to be Azai melekh sh’mo nikra

אֲזַי מֶלֶךְ שְׁמוֹ נִקְרָא

When this our world shall be no more, V’aḥarey kikh’lot hakol

וְאַחֲרֵי כִּכְלוֹת הַכֹּל

In majesty he still shall reign, L’vado y’imlokh nora

לְבַדּוֹ יִמְלוֹךְ נוֹרָא

And he was, and he is, V’hu hayah v’hu hoveh

וְהוּא הָיָה וְהוּא הֹוֶה

And he will be in glory. V’hu yih’yeh b’tif’arah

וְהוּא יִהְיֶה בְּתִפְאָרָה


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5 replies

  1. The next two lines perhaps most important

    “He is One, there is no second
    To compare to Him and to associate
    Without beginning without end
    To Him is the power and sovereignty…”

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