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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Uncle Louis's Tar Gum

I [Steg]'ve been doing shnayim miqra’ ve’ehhad targum oldschool style lately, with Targum Unqelos itself. I plan on going through a different translation or interpretation along with the parsha each year, having started already from this year, so I decided to start with Unqelos himself.

So Aramaic and Unqelos have been on my brain lately.

Enter a song: "Hand of Hashem"

Seemingly based on some other song ("Touch of your Hand"? or something like that i think), this song, while cool and inspirational, is a bit... anthropomorphic, in a somewhat weird way.

See for yourselves:
When do we know we're not dreaming?
How do we know that it's true?
Refa’einu we ask for Your healing;
We can't shake this feeling,
ana’ shemor ‘aleinu.

You are the One who can heal us,
Prayer — it can bring us to You;
Do not decide to refuse us,
Bil‘adékha me anu we are calling to You.

When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
It guards all our souls,
It's the hand of Hashem!
Ah, it's a feeling we all understand —
It's the Hand of Hashem.

How do we wait for an answer?
Sometimes it's so hard to be strong.
Yet we can never forget You,
We don't want to lose You,
We've been waiting so long.

When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
It guards all our souls,
It's the hand of Hashem!
Ah, it's a feeling we all understand.
Whoa please don't go —
This is just the beginning!
Oh please don't go —
There are so many things that we all want to say!
Just want to know,
Will our prayers be answered again
By the hand of Hashem?
By the hand of Hashem?

When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
When it appears from above,
It's the hand of Hashem!
When it appears from above!

So, Unqelos would definitely say that all this anthropomorphism is not good. So in 'translating' this song into Aramaic, we much remember to replace "hand of Hashem" with something less offensive.

So how about:

כד אתגלי מלעיל
איהו מימרא ד-ה

?


Anyone with more Aramaic skillz than me interested in contributing?

6 Comments:

Blogger Lady-Light said...

I found your erudite post completely by axledent. I am a lover and (former) teacher of Ivrit, with just a smattering of linguistics (minorly) from college.
My knowledge of דקדוק is fair, but poorer than yours. Nevertheless I invite you to visit my blog, if for no other reason than to read my father's (a"h) Hebrew poems, one of which I posted (see 'Socialist Evenings'). I will periodically post other poems, chosen randomly from the one thin book he published in his lifetime.
Thank you, and keep discussing and dissecting Ivrit. It is the true לשון הקודש .

5/12/2006 12:21 AM  
Blogger Lady-Light said...

"Uncle Louis" - you took that straight out of Shlock Rock, didn't you? In one of their songs they had a take-off on Unqelos. Cute.

5/13/2006 9:57 PM  
Blogger Lady-Light said...

Steg: How do you get those diacritics onto your posts? My computer doesn't have them. Is there a way to download them?? You may email me to tell me. (It's on my profile).
בתודה !

5/16/2006 3:09 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Sorry i haven't checked here lately, and it doesn't tell me when comments are made.

7/06/2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger David Guttmann said...

I would say Havat meimrah dehashem. Ihu is pointing to a person.

8/08/2006 9:32 AM  
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