Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
A piyut (liturgical poem) for Selichot for the advent of the Shmita yearThis 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!
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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~