The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 


 
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Shmita piyut

A piyut (liturgical poem) for Selichot for the advent of the Shmita year

This short piyut touches on these four themes related to Shmita: release of debts, the rights of the land, the rights of wild animals (who share our food during Shmita), and the freeing of slaves. The piyut would fit as part of Selichot before Rosh Hashanah and during Yom Kippur. Recording follows text. Download the VIDEO of Ami Goodman's tune with lyrics!

“Ba’al Choveinu”     Download PDF
בַּעָל חוֹבֵנוּ, שְׁמֹט חוֹבוֹתֵינוּ
קוֹנֶה כָּל אָרֶץ, רַפֵּא שְׁדוּדָתֵינוּ
מַתִיר אֲסוּרִים
בְּהֵמָה וְאָדָם, הַמַּכְנִיעַ חַמָס
מִיָדֵינוּ שַחְרֵרָם
וְרָק אָז תְּתוּקַּן צִדְקוֹתֵינוּ

Our creditor, owner of our debts, release our debts, our sins!
Possessor of all Earth, heal her whom we have plundered!
Liberator of the bound,
animal and human -- those oppressed by violence --
from our hands may they be free!
Only then will our righteousness be perfected.

Ba’al choveinu, sh’mot chovoteinu!
Koneh kol arets, rapei sh’dudateinu!
Matir asurim,
b’heimah va’adam hamakhni’a chamas,
miyadeinu shachreiram!
V’rak az t’tukan tsidkoteinu!

I just wrote this piyut August 26, can 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~