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Hu Ya'anenu, Hi Ta'anenu

By Arthur Ocean Waskow

You Who answered Sara in the palaceMay You answer us;
You Who answered Avraham at knife-pointMay You answer us;
You Who answered Rivka in her outcryMay You answer us;
You Who answered Yaakov at the riverMay You answer us.
May You answer us, may You answer us,
May You answer us!

Hu Ya'anenu v'yom karenu, hi Ta'anenu.

You Who answered Hagar in the desertMay You answer us;
You Who answered Ruth in the gleaningMay You answer us;
You Who answered Avimelech at the well-springMay You answer us;
You Who answered Noah with the RainbowMay You answer us.
May You answer us, may You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hi Ta'anenu v'yom karenu, hu Ya'anenu.

You Who answered Miriam at the seashoreMay You answer us;
You Who answered Moshe at Mount SinaiMay You answer us;
You Who answered Eliyahu at Mount HorebMay You answer us;
You Who answered Hannah when she whisperedMay You answer us.
May You answer us, may You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hu Ya'anenu v'yom karenu, hi Ta'anenu.

You Who answered Shifra and PuahMay You answer us;
You Who answered Yehonatan and DavidMay You answer us;
You Who answered Mordechai and EstherMay You answer us;
You Who answered Bruriah and Me'irMay You answer us.
May You answer us, may You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hi Ta'anenu v'yom karenu, hu Ya'anenu.

You Who answered Nachman of BratzlavMay You answer us;
You Who answered Henrietta SzoldMay You answer us;
You Who answered Sally PreisandMay You answer us;
You Who answer in every generationMay You answer us.
May You answer us, may You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hu Ya'anenu v'yom karenu, hi Ta'anenu.

You Who answered Rosa Parks in MontgomeryMay You answer us;
You Who answered King and HeschelMay You answer us;
You Who answered Ida NudelMay You answer us;
You Who answer in every generationMay You answer us.
May You answer us, may You answer us,
May You answer us!
Hi Ta'anenu v'yom karenu, hu Ya'anenu.

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