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Interpretive Translation of El Maley Rakhamim

This is an interpretive English translation of El Maley Rakhamim that I worked out with rhymes and phrasing such that you can sing it to the same melody as the Hebrew text. I used both together (Hebrew, then English, back to back) at a funeral this week, and it was very well received.

Oh merciful God who dwells in the heavens,

Grant final rest in your sheltering presence

Among the heights of the holy and pure

Like the stars of the sky they endure

To the soul of John/Jane Doe who has passed on,

May he/she live in paradise for everlong.


Master of mercy,

Hold him/her in your embrace for eternity,

And bind up his/her life and his/her memory with our own.

Adonai is now his/her home.

And so may he/she rest in peace.


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