Im Lavan Garti

עם לבן גרתי

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Im Lavan garti
v'taryag mitzvos shamarti

Nagil v'nasis
B'zos haTorah
Ki his lanu ha'oz v'ha'orah
עם לבן גרתי,
ותרי"ג מצות שמרתי

נגיל ונשיש
בזאת התורה
כי היא לנו העוז והאורה


I stayed with Laban, but I still observed all 613 commandme​nts.

I will rejoice and find happiness​ in this, the Torah, because it is to us a strength and light.

User-​contribut​ed translati​on


Genesis 32:4-5 states: "Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, and instructed them as follows, Thus shall you say, ‘To my lord Esau, thus says your servant Jacob: I stayed with Laban and remained until now.'"

Rashi's interpretation of this verse includes the following:
כלומר עם לבן הרשע גרתי ותרי"ג מצות שמרתי ולא למדתי ממעשיו הרעים

"This is to say, I lived with the evil Laban, and still observed the 613 commandments, and did not learn from his evil deeds."

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Song lyrics are from the Torah verse, Rashi's interpretation, and the liturgy.


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