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Thanksgiving Supplement to Birkat Hamazon

By Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

 

בְּיַמֵּי הַמְהַגְרִים נְקִיֵי הַדַּעַת,

כִּשֶׁהִגִּיעוּ לְאֶרֶץ מִקְלָטָם,

וְסָבְלוּ רָעָב וָקוֹר,

      וְנָשְׂאוּ רִנָּה וּתְפִלָּה

לְצוּר יְשׁוּעָתָם,

עָמַדְתָּ לָהֶם בְּעֵת צָרָתָם

      וְעוֹרַרְתָּ חֶמְלַת הַתּוֹשָׁבִים

  הַאִינְדִיָנִים עֲלֵיהֶם,

וְהֶאֱכִילוּם מָזוֹן, בַּרְבּוּרִים וְתִירָז

   וְכָל מַעֲדַנִּים

הִצַּלְתָם מֵרָעָב וְיָגוֹן,

   וְהֶרְאֵתָ לָהֶם דַּרְכֵי שָׁלוֹם

עִם תוֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ

    עַל כֵּן בְּרִגְשֵׁי תּוֹדֶה תּוֹדָה קָבְעוּ

  יוֹם תּוֹדָה כָּל שָׁנָה וְשָׁנָה

  לְזֵכֶר לְדוֹרוֹת,

  וּמַאֲכִילִים סעוּדוֹת

  הוֹדָיָה לְאוּמְלָלִים

  לָכֵן גַּם אָנוּ מוֹדִים לְךָ

  עַל הַטּוֹבוֹת בְּחַיֵּינוּ

  אֵל הָהוֹדָאוֹת, אֲדוֹן הַשָּׁלוֹם,

 

  מוֹדִים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ

Transliteration:

B’yamey hamhagrim n’kiyey hada’at

Kisheyhigi’u l’eretz miklatam

V’savlu ra’av vakor

V’nas’u rinah ut’filah

l’tzur y’shua’tam

amad’ta lahem b’yet tzaratam

v’yorar’ta khemlat hatoshavim

haindiyanim aleyhem

v’hey’eykhilom mazon, barburim v’tiraz

v’kol ma’adanim

Hitzaltam meyra’av v’yagon

B’heyr’eyta lahem darkhey shalom

Im toshvey ha’aretz

Al ken b’rigshey todah kev’u

Yom todah kol shanah v’shanah

L’zekher l’dorot

U’ma’akhilim s’udot

Hodayah l’umlalim

Lakhen gam anu modem l’kha

Al hatovot b’khayeynu

El hahodaot, adon hashalom

Modim anakhnu lakh

 

In the days of the Puritan pilgrims,
When they arrived in the land of their haven,
And suffered from hunger and cold,
And sang and prayed
To the Rock of their Salvation,
You stood by them in their time of trouble
And aroused the compassion
Of the native Indians,
Who gave them food, fowl and corn
And many other delicacies.
You saved them from starving and suffering,
And You showed them the ways of peace
With the inhabitants of the land.
Feeling gratitude, they established therefore
A day of Thanksgiving every year
For future generations to remember,
And they feed the unfortunate
With feasts of Thanksgiving.
Therefore do we also thank You
For all the goodness in our lives.
God of kindness, Lord of peace,
We thank You.

Translation by Tania Josefa

 

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