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Traditional Chanukah song of Maoz Tzur with translation and lyrics.

Maoz Tzur

Maoz Tzur

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This traditional Chanukah song is sung by some after the lighting of the Menorah

Transliteration:

Ma-oz Tzur Y’shu-a-ti Le-cha Na-eh L’sha-bei-ach
Ti-kon Beit T’fi-la-ti V’sham To-da N’za-bei-ach
L’eit Ta-chin Mat-bei-ach Mi-tzar Ha-mi-na-bei-ach
Az Eg-mor B’shir Miz-mor Cha-nu-kat Ha-miz-bei-ach

Ra-ot Sav-ah Nafshi B’yagon Kochi Ka-leh
Cha-yai Mei-re-ru V’koshi B’shi-bud Malchhut Egla
U-v’yado Ha-g’dola Ho-tzi Et Ha-sgula
Cheil Par-oh V’chol Zar-oh Yardu K’even Bim-tzula

Dvir Kodsho Hevi-ani V’gam Sham Lo Sha-kat-ti
Uva Nogeis V’higlani Ki Zarim Avad-ti
V’yein Ra-al Ma-sachti Kim-at She-a-varti
Keitz Bavel Z’ru-bavel L’keitz Shiv-im No-shati

Krot Komat B’rosh Bi-keish A-gagi Ben Hamdatah
V’ni-h’yata Lo L’fach U-lemokeish V’ga-a-vato Nishba-ta
Rosh Y’mini Niseita V'oyeiv Shmo Machita
Rov Banav V’kin-yanav Al Ha-eitz Ta-lita

Y’va-nim Nik-bi-tzu A-lai A-zai Bi-may Chash-ma-nim
U’far-tzu Chomos Migda-lai V’tim-u Kol Ha-shma-nim
U’mi-no-tar Kan-ka-nim Na-a-sa Neis La-sho-sha-nim
B’nei Vi-nah Y’mei Sh’mo-nah Kav-u Shir U’ri-na-nim

Cha-sof Z’ro-a Kodshecha V’ka-reiv Keitz Ha-yeshu-ah
N’kom Nikmat Ava-decha Mei-uma Har-sha-ah
Ki Archah Ha-sha-ah V'ein Keitz Limei Ha-ra-ah
D’chei Admon B’tzeil Tzalmon Ha-keim La-nu Ro-im Shiv-ah

Translation:

O mighty stronghold of my salvation,
to praise You is a delight.
Restore my House of Prayer
and there we will bring a thanksgiving offering.
When You will have prepared the slaughter
for the blaspheming foe,
Then I shall complete with a song of hymn
the dedication of the Altar.

My soul had been sated with troubles,
my strength has been consumed with grief.
They had embittered my life with hardship,
with the calf-like kingdom's bondage.
But with His great power
He brought forth the treasured ones,
Pharaoh's army and all his offspring
Went down like a stone into the deep.

To the holy abode of His Word He brought me.
But there, too, I had no rest
And an oppressor came and exiled me.
For I had served aliens,
And had drunk benumbing wine.
Scarcely had I departed
At Babylon's end Zerubabel came.
At the end of seventy years I was saved.

To sever the towering cypress
sought the Aggagite, son of Hammedatha,
But it became [a snare and] a stumbling block to him
and his arrogance was stilled.
The head of the Benjaminite You lifted
and the enemy, his name You obliterated
His numerous progeny - his possessions -
on the gallows You hanged.

Greeks gathered against me
then in Hasmonean days.
They breached the walls of my towers
and they defiled all the oils;
And from the one remnant of the flasks
a miracle was wrought for the roses.
Men of insight - eight days
established for song and jubilation

Bare Your holy arm
and hasten the End for salvation -
Avenge the vengeance of Your servants' blood
from the wicked nation.
For the triumph is too long delayed for us,
and there is no end to days of evil,
Repel the Red One in the nethermost shadow
and establish for us the seven shepherds.

Maoz Tzur translation courtesy of www.ou.org.

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December 16, 2014
Thank You very much!
Moshi
December 8, 2014
Todah rabbah, I really enjoyed it.
Francois Havenga
December 17, 2012
Seven Shepherds
Thank you Rabbi for the explanation! I'll be looking up Micah to read more. Maoz Tzur is an excellent petition particularly in light of the tragedy in our nation this Chanukah. May there be an end to "the days of evil."
Ruth Chana
Indiana
December 16, 2012
"Seven Shepherds"
In response to the query of Ruth Chana concerning mention of the "seven shepherds." This reference is to Micah 5:4 "and this shall assure peace: If Assyria will come into our land, and if he will tread upon our palaces, we will set up seven shepherds and eight princes against him." In B. Sukot, 52-b, it identifies the "seven shepherds" as King David in the middle, with Adam, Seth and Methuselah to his right, and Abraham, Jacob and Moses on his left. And to finish the reference, the "eight princes" are identified as Yishai (father of King David), King Saul, the prophets Samuel, Amos and Zephaniah, the righteous King Tzedekiah, the Messiah and Elijah the prophet. Interestingly, Rashi admits (in his commentary in Suk. 52-b) that he cannot explain why these seven and eight figures should be singled out above all others. He asks "what about Isaac? He was occupied rescuing his children from the fires of Gehinom." (Shir haShirim Rabah 8).
Rabbi Mark A. Peilen
Southside, AL
December 12, 2012
Hanukkah sameach!
Thanks so much for the clear recording - I'm giving a talk to a school tomorrow about Hanukkah and I've been looking for a recording of this so they could hear it. It suddenly occurred to me to come here and sure enough, I found it. Nice and clear and nothing fancy, just what I needed. Yasher koach!
Shaindy
Edmonton, Canada
December 11, 2012
Can anyone suggest a resource for learning about "the seven shepherds"? That's a new one for me. I found the translation very interesting. So the English words most often offered for this hymn don't seem to be much of a true translation at all... very interesting!
Ruth Chana
Indiana
December 23, 2011
Ma0z Tsur
Superbly sung by Chabad! :"how far their candles reach out" "So shine their good deeds in a naughty world"
Salem Abraham Gair
London, United Kingdom
December 21, 2011
Ma oz Tsur
Great! Just what we wanted. Trust the wonderful Chabad to be there when they're needed. Yasher Koach! Chag Sameach!
Gil Schechtman
Delray Beach, FL
December 1, 2010
The singers are quality
It is the format over a computer that effects the recording's playback, but the performance is clearly superb.
Travis
Vernon
December 25, 2008
Re: Better Quality Singers
Regarding Randi Burton's comment "You need better quality singers and music. It sounds muted, but I am happy to hear the songs anyway." I found this recording to be one of the most helpful I was able to find anywhere and I've been searching for hours.

I suggest Randi tries listening with a pair of good quality headphones.

My only problem with the version offered here is that it leaves out so many of the verses.

Please keep up the great work and know that Chabad has brought a great deal of light into my life up here in frosty Ottawa, Canada.
Ze'ev Kalin
Ottawa, Ontario / Canada
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