Aleinu

A practice in listening. Below is the song transliterated from hebrew into english. Below that is the meditation. See if you can listen to the prayer while practicing this simple meditation. PDF here. 

Aleinu

Dorice’s Thoughts:
Traditionally the author of the Aleinu prayer is known as the prophet Joshua credited with composing this prayer when he was about to conquer the city of Jericho. Most scholars however credit Rav, third century Rabbi with this prayer.
Originally it was written to be used on the High Holy days during musaf on Rosh Hashana, when Jews declared god to be their sovereign. By the 16th century it was inserted into every service of the weekday prayers.
The first paragraph is in a biblical parallelism form -which means that the first part of the sentence is strengthened by the second part. So for example: it is our duty to praise the master of all is the first parallel , which is strengthen by the following sentence — to acclaim the greatness of the One who  forms all creation.
How do you believe the second part is more intensified?
Reading the English explanation, what do you believe is the essence of this prayer? Are we a privileged people? Or, do you believe that with these privileges come with responsibility? This prayer has attracted quite a bit of contentious feelings throughout our history, providing the inaccurate belief the Jews are better than other nations, which raises the question why is this prayer still a prayer that concludes every service.  Read the prayer and its translation and think what does it mean to you? Where do you find its ultimate and godly truth? I hope this inspires you to do more research on this prayer.

Transliteration:

Aleinu le’shabeiach la’adon hakol,
lateit gedulah leyotzeir bereshit,
she’lo asanu ke’goyei ha’aratzot,
ve’lo samanu ke’mishpechot ha’adamah,
she’lo sam chelkeinu kahem,
ve’goraleinu ke’chol hamonam.
Va’anachnu korim, u’mishtachavim, u’modim,
lifnei melech, malchei ham’lachim,
hakadosh baruch Hu.
She’hu noteh shamayim, ve’yoseid aretz,
u’moshav yikaro bashamayim mi-ma’al,
u’sh’chinat u-zo be’gavhei me’romim.
Hu Eloheinu, ein od. Emet malkeinu, efes zulato.
Kakatuv be’torato, ve’yadata hayom, ve’hashevota Eil le’vavecha.
Ki Adonai, Hu ha-Elohim, bashamayim mi-ma’al,
ve’al ha’aretz mi-tachat. Ein od.
Kakatuv be’toratecha: “Adonai yimloch le’olam va’ed.”
Ve’ne’emar: “Ve’haya Adonai le’melech al kol ha’aretz,
bayom hahu yihiyeh Adonai echad, u’shemo echad.”

Translation:

It is our duty to praise the Master of all, to acclaim the greatness of the One who forms all creation. For God did not make us
like the nations of other
lands, and did not make us the same as other
families of the Earth. God did
not place us in the same situations as others, and
our destiny is not the same
as anyone else’s.
And we bend our knees, and bow down, and give
thanks, before the Ruler,
the Ruler of Rulers, the Holy One, Blessed is God.
The One who spread out the heavens, and made the
foundations of the Earth,
and whose precious dwelling is in the heavens
above, and whose powerful
Presence is in the highest heights. Adonai is our
God, there is none else.
Our God is truth, and nothing else compares. As
it
is written in Your
Torah: “And you shall know today, and take to
heart, that Adonai is the only
God, in the heavens above and on Earth below.
There is no other.”
Therefore we put our hope in You, Adonai our God,
to soon see the glory of
Your strength, to remove all idols from the Earth,
and to completely cut off
all false gods; to repair the world, Your holy
empire. And for all living flesh
to call Your name, and for all the wicked of the
Earth to turn to You. May all
the world’s inhabitants recognize and know that to
You every knee must
bend and every tongue must swear loyalty. Before
You, Adonai, our God,
may all bow down, and give honor to Your precious
name, and may all take
upon themselves the yoke of Your rule. And may
You
reign over them soon
and forever and always. Because all rule is Yours
alone, and You will rule
in honor forever and ever.
As it is written in Your Torah:
“Adonai will reign forever and ever.”
And it is said: “Adonai will be Ruler over the
whole Earth, and on that day,
God will be One, and God’s name will be One.

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