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Ochila la'el. Achaleh panav.
Eshalah mimenu ma'aneh lashon.
Asher bikhal am ashira uzo.
Abi'ah renanot be'ad mifalav.
Leadam ma'archi lev umea'aneh lashon.
Adonai sefatai tiftach ufi yagid tehilatecha.
אוֹחִילָה לָאל. אֲחַלֶּה פָנָיו.
אֶשְׁאֲלָה מִמֶּנּוּ מַעֲנֵה לָשׁוֹן:
אֲשֶׁר בִּקְהַל עָם אָשִׁירָה עֻזּוֹ.
אַבִּיעָה רְנָנוֹת בְּעַד מִפְעָלָיו:
לְאָדָם מַעַרְכֵי לֵב וּמֵיָי מַעֲנֵה
יְיָ שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח. וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶךָ:


I will hope in God; I will entreat his presence;​ and beseech him to grant me eloquence​ of language,​ that in the congregat​ion of the people, I may sing of His mighty power, and in joyful strains, rehearse,​ his wonderful​ works. The dispositi​ons of the heart are of man, but the utterance​ of speech is from the Lord. O Lord! open thou my lips, that my mouth may declare your praise.

Engli​sh Translati​on by Samuel Summer in "Form of Prayers for the Feast of New-Year According​ to the Custom of the German and Polish Jews," published​ in 1900 (in the public domain).


From the High Holiday liturgy.

Tune sung by "Jewish Phoenix" is by Rabbi Hilel Palei. Cover version posted under site-wide license from ACUM.

More tunes from Stanley Estrin can be found on You Tube at High Holidays Shaliach Tzibbur.


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