Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
A piyut (liturgical poem) especially for:
The piyut also focuses on forgiveness through the theme of debt forgiveness, and emphasizes that we cannot do complete t'shuvah without repairing our relationship with the earth and with other species.
This piyut fits for after the Shmita year as well because three things happen in the year after Shmita: 1) debts are canceled at the advent of Rosh Hashanah, 2) Hak'hel, the gathering of everyone in society to hear Torah, comes during Sukkot, and 3) the Jubilee would be declared on Yom Kippur.
Recording follows text.
I just wrote this piyut August 26, 2021, and came up with this melody for it the next day. Ami Goodman also wrote a beautiful melody. I hope you'll try out both! The rest of Neohasid’s High Holiday content can be accessed here.
Shnat shmitah m’tukah um’takenet,
Rabbi David Seidenberg
With thanks to Itsik Pariente for help with grammar. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~