Ana Bekhoach is an ancient plea for Israel’s redemption from exile. It’s structured in seven lines of six words each with the first letters of each word spelling out a Name of Hashem. Ana Bekhoach is during the time when the Chanukah lights are burning.
Rabbi Yechiel Michel Dorfman z”l, former Rosh Yeshiva of the Breslov Yeshiva in Meah Shaarim, sang this traditional melody so each word of the tefilah is repeated seven times, in accord with kabbalistic tradition.
English translation: “We beg You, with the strength and greatness of Your right arm, untangle our knotted fate. Accept Your People’s song, elevate and purify us. Please, heroic One, those who pursue Your uniqueness, guard them as the pupil of an eye. Bless them, purify them, pity them, may Your righteousness always reward them. Powerful and Holy One, in goodness lead Your flock. Unique and proud One, to Your people turn, who remember Your holiness. Accept our cries and hear our screams, oh Knower of Mysteries. Blessed is the Name of His honored sovereignty forever and ever.”
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