Chapter 7ז׳
1 א

תּוּבִי לְוָתִי כְּנִשְׁתָּא דְּיִשְׂרָאֵל תּוּבִי לִירוּשְׁלֵם תּוּבִי לְבֵית אוּלְפַן אוֹרַיְתָא תּוּבִי לְקַבָּלָא נְבוּאָה מִן נְבִיַּיָּא דְּמִתְנַבְּאִין בְּשׁוּם מֵימְרָא דַּיָי וּמָה טִיבְכוֹן נְבִיאֵי שִׁקְרָא לְמִטְעֵי עַמָּא דִּירוּשְׁלֵם בִּנְבוּאַתְכוֹן דְּאַתּוּן מְמַלְּלִין סָטְיָא עַל מֵימְרָא דַּיָי וּלְאַחָלָא מַשִׁרְיַת יִשְׂרָאֵל וִיהוּדָה:

Return to Me, O Assembly of Israel, return to Jerusalem, return to the House of Instruction of the Law, return to receive prophecy from the prophets who prophesy in the Name of the Word of YY. Why do you false prophets mislead the people of Jerusalem with your prophecies, speak rebellion against the Word of YY, and defile the camp of Israel and Judah?

2 ב

אֲמַר שְׁלֹמֹה בְּרוּחַ נְבוּאָה מִן קֳדָם יְיָ כַּמָּה שַׁפִּירָן רַגְלֵיהוֹן דְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כַּד סָלְקָן לְאִתַּחְזָאָה קֳדָם יְיָ תְּלָת זִמְנִין בְּשַׁתָּא בְּסַנְדְּלִין דְּסָסְגוֹנָא וּמְקָרְבִין יָת נִדְרֵיהוֹן וְיָת נִדְבַתְהוֹן וּבְנֵיהוֹן נָפְקֵי יִרְכֵּיהוֹן יָאֲיָן כְּיוּחְרִין דִּקְבִיעָן עַל כְּלִילָא דְּקוּדְשָׁא דַּעֲבַד בְּצַלְאֵל אוּמָּנָא לְאַהֲרֹן כָּהֲנָא:

Solomon in the spirit of prophecy said before YY, “How beautiful are the feet of Israel when they go up to appear before YY three times a year in sandals 24, bringing their vow offerings and free-will offerings. And the children that come from their loins are as beautiful as the sparkling gems set in the Holy Crown 25 that Bezalel the craftsman made for Aaron the priest.

3 ג

וְרֵישׁ מְתִיבְתָּךְ דִי בִזְכוּתֵיהּ מִתְפַּרְנְסִין כָּל עָלְמָא הֵיכְמָא דְּעוּבְרָא מִתְפַּרְנֵיס מִן פְּרָתֵיהּ בְּמַעְיָא דְּאִמֵּיהּ בָּהִיק בְּאוֹרַיְתָא כְּאוּגְנָא דְּסִיהֲרָא בְּמֵיתֵיהּ לְדַכָּאָה וּלְסַאָבָא לְזַכָּאָה וּלְחַיָּבָא וְלָא חָסְרִין פִּתְגָמֵי אוֹרַיְתָא תָּדֵירָא מִפּוּמֵּיהּ הֵיכְמָא דְּלָא חָסְרִין מוֹי דְּנַהְרָא רַבָּא דְּנָפֵיק מֵעֵדֶן וְשִׁבְעִין חַכִּימִין מְסַחֲרִין יָתֵיהּ כְּאִדַּר סְגַלְגַּל וְאוֹצְרֵיהוֹן מָלְיָן מִן מַעְשַׂר קוּדְשָׁא וְנִדְרָא וּנְדַבְתָּא דְּסַיִּיגוּ לְהוֹן עֶזְרָא כָּהֲנָא וּזְרוּבָּבֶל וְיֵשׁוּעַ וּנְחֶמְיָה וּמָרְדֳּכַי בִּלְשָׁן אֲנָשֵׁי כְּנִשְׁתָּא רַבְּתָא דִּמְתִילִין לְוַרְדִּין בְּגִין דִּיהֵי לְהוֹן חֵילָא לְמִעְסַק בְּאוֹרַיְתָא יֵימָם וְלֵילֵי:

“The head of your council, by whose merit the whole world is sustained (as a fetus is sustained by the navel in the womb of its mother) was as bright with [knowledge of] the Law as the disk of the moon, when he goes forth to declare pure or impure, innocent or guilty. The words of the Law are never lacking in his mouth, just as the water of the great river that emerged from Eden never fails. And seventy sages surrounded him like a round threshing floor. And their storehouses were full of the holy tithes, the vow offerings, and the free-will offerings that Ezra the priest, Zerubbabel, Joshua, Nehemiah and Mordecai Bilshan, the men of the Great Synagogue (who resembled roses) had fenced off for their use, in order to enable them to be occupied with the Law day and night.

4 ד

תְּרֵין פָּרִיקַיִךְ דַּעֲתִידִין לְמִפְרְקִיךְ מָשִׁיחַ בַּר דָּוִד וּמָשִׁיחַ בַּר אֶפְרַיִם דָּמְיָן לְמֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן בְּנֵי יוֹכֶבֶד דִּמְתִילִין לִתְרֵין אוּרְזֵילִין תְּיוֹמֵי טָבְיָא:

“Your two redeemers who are destined to redeem you, Messiah the son of David and Messiah the son of Ephraim, are like Moses and Aaron, sons of Jochebed, who resemble two fawns, twins of a roe.

5 ה

וְאָב בֵּית דִּינָא דְּדָאֵין דִּינֵיךְ חַסִּין עַל עַמָּא לְכַפָּתָא יָתְהוֹן וּלְמִנְגַד מַן דְּאִתְחַיַּב בְּדִינָא לְנִגְדָא כִּשְׁלֹמֹה מַלְכָּא דַּעֲבַד מִגְדְּלָא דְּשֵׁן דְּפִיל וּכְבַשׁ יָת עַמָּא בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאַהְדַּר יָתְהוֹן לְמָרֵי עָלְמָא וְסָפְרַיִךְ מָלְיָן חָכְמְתָא כִּפְרַקְטִינִין דְּמַיָּא וְיָדְעִין לְמִמְנֵי חוּשְׁבָּנֵי עִבּוּרִין וּמְעַבְּרִין שְׁנִין וְקָבְעִין רֵישֵׁי יַרְחִין וְרֵישֵׁי שְׁנִין בִּתְרַע בֵּית סַנְהֶדְּרִין רַבָּא וְרַב בֵּית בָּא לְבֵית יְהוּדָה דָּמֵי לְדָוִד מַלְכָּא דִּבְנָא מְצָדְתָא דְּצִיּוֹן דְּמִתְקְרִי מִגְדְּלָא דְּלִבְנָן דְּכָל מַן דִּיקוּם עֲלוֹהִי יְכִיל לְמִמְנֵי כָּל מִגְדְּלִין דִי בְדַמָּשֶׂק:

“The President of the Court who adjudicates your lawsuits has power over the people to compel them and to exact punishment from one who is sentenced by the court, as did King Solomon, who made an ivory tower, subdued the people of the House of Israel, and brought them back to the Lord of the World. Your Scribes are full of wisdom (like water channels), and they know how to calculate 26 intercalations and declare leap years and how to determine the beginnings of months and the beginnings of years in the gate of the House of the Great Sanhedrin. And the chief of the family of the House of Judah is like King David, who built the Citadel of Zion, which is called the Tower of Lebanon–anyone who stands on it can count all the towers in Damascus.

6 ו

מַלְכָּא דְּאִתְמַנִּי עֲלַךְ רֵישָׁא צַדִּיקָא כְּאֵלִיָּהוּ נְבִיָּא דְּקַנִּי קִנְאֲתָא לְמָרֵי שְׁמַיָּא וּקְטַל יָת נְבִיאֵי שִׁקְרָא בְּטוּר כַּרְמְלָא וַאֲתֵיב יָת עַמָּא בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל לְדַחְלְתָּא דַּיָי וְדַלַּת עַמָּא דְּאָזְלִין בְּרֵישָׁא מִכָּא עַל דְּאִנּוּן מִסְכֵּינִין עֲתִידִין לְמִלְבַּשׁ אַרְגְּוָנָא הֵיכְמָא דִּלְבַשׁ דָּנִיֵּאל בְּקַרְתָּא דְּבָבֶל וּמָרְדְּכַי בְּשׁוּשָׁן בְּגִין זְכוּתָא דְּאַבְרָהָם דְּאַמְלֵיךְ מִן קַדְמַת דְּנָא לְמָרֵי עָלְמָא וּבְצִדְקְתָּא דְּיִצְחָק דְּכַפְתֵיהּ אֲבוּהִי לְמִקְרְבֵיהּ וּבַחֲסִידוּתֵיהּ דְּיַעֲקֹב דְּקַלֵּיף עַל חוּטְרַיָּא בְרַהֲטַיָא:

“The king appointed to be head over you is as righteous as Elijah the prophet, who showed zeal for the Lord of Heaven, slew the false prophets on Mount Carmel, and restored the people of the House of Israel to the fear of YY God. And the lowly of the people who walk with bowed head because they are poor are destined to be clothed in purple, even as Daniel was clothed in the city of Babylon and Mordecai in Susa, on account of the merit of Abraham, who long ago acknowledged the reign of the Lord of the World, through the righteousness of Isaac, whom his father bound in order to sacrifice him, and through the piety of Jacob, who peeled the rods in the watering troughs.”

7 ז

אֲמַר מַלְכָּא שְׁלֹמֹה כַּמָּה יָאָה אַנְתְּ כְּנִשְׁתָּא דְּיִשְׂרָאֵל בִּזְמָן דְּתִסְבְּלִי עֲלַךְ יָת נִיר מַלְכוּתִי בְּעִדָּן דַּאֲנָא מוֹכַח יָתִיךְ בְּיִסּוּרִין עַל חוֹבַיִךְ וְאַנְתְּ מְקַבְּלָא יָתְהוֹן בִּרְחֵים דָּמְיָן בְּאַנְפַּיִךְ כְּתַפְנוּקִּין:

King Solomon said, “How beautiful you are, O Assembly of Israel, at the time you bear the yoke of My reign, at the time I chasten you with afflictions for your sin and you receive them with love and they seem in your sight as delights.

8 ח

וּבְעִדָּן דְּפָרְסִין כָּהֲנַיָּא יְדֵיהוֹן בִּצְלוֹ וּמְבָרְכִין לַאֲחֵיהוֹן בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל דְּדָמְיָן אַרְבְּעַת יְדֵיהוֹן מִתְפָּרְשִׂין כְּלוּלַבֵּי דְּתָמָר וְקוֹמָתְהוֹן כְּדִקְלָא וּקְהָלַיִךְ קָיְמִין אַפִּין בְּאַפִּין כָּל קֳבֵיל כָּהֲנַיָּא וְאַפֵּיהוֹן כְּבִישִׁין לְאַרְעָא כְּאַתְכָּלִין דְּעִנְבִין:

“[How beautiful you are] at the time the priests spread their hands in prayer and recite the blessing on their siblings of the house of Israel, the fingers of their hands stretch out like the branches of a palm tree, their stature are like a date tree, and your congregations stand facing the priests, their faces bent to the ground like a cluster of grapes.”

9 ט

אֲמַר יְיָ בְּמֵימְרֵיהּ אַסַּק וַאֲנַסֵּי לְדָנִיֵּאל וְאַחְזֵי אִי כָּהִיל לְמֵיקָם בְּנִסְיוֹנָא חֲדָא הֵיכְמָא דְּקָם אַבְרָהָם דְּדָמֵי לְלוֹלַבָּא דְּתָמָר בְּעַסְרָא נִסְיוֹנִין וּבָחֵין אֲנָא אַף לַחֲנַנְיָה מִישָׁאֵל וַעֲזַרְיָה אִי כָּהְלִין לְמֵיקָם בְּנִסְיוֹנְהוֹן אֶפְרוֹק בְּדִיל זְכוּתְהוֹן לְעַמָּא בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל דִּמְתִילִין לְאַתְכָּלִין דְּעִנְבִין וְשׁוֹמְהוֹן דְּדָנִיֵּאל חֲנַנְיָה מִישָׁאֵל וַעֲזַרְיָה אִשְׁתְּמַע בְּכָל אַרְעָא וְרֵיחֵיהוֹן יְהֵי נָדֵיף כְּרֵיחַ תַּפּוּחִין דְּגִנְּתָא דְּעֵדֶן:

YY said by His Word, “I will go and test Daniel and see whether he will be able to stand this trial, as Abraham (who resembled a palm branch) stood in ten trials. And I will also test Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah 27, whether they are able to stand in their trials. Because of their merit, I will redeem the people of the House of Israel (who are comparable to a cluster of grapes). And the fame of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah will be heard in all the earth and their fragrance will spread like the fragrance of the apples of the Garden of Eden.”

10 י

אֲמַר דָּנִיֵּאל וְחַבְרוֹהִי קַבָּלָא נְקַבֵּיל עֲלָנָא גְּזֵירַת מֵימְרָא דַּיָי הֵיכְמָא דְּקַבֵּיל עֲלֵיהּ אַבְרָהָם אֲבוּנָא דִמְתִיל לַחֲמַר עַתִּיק וּנְהָךְ בְּאוֹרְחָן דְּתָקְנָן קֳדָמוֹהִי הֵיכְמָא דַּאֲזַלוּ אֵלִיָּהוּ וֶאֱלִישָׁע נְבִיַּיָּא דִי בִזְכוּתְהוֹן קָמוּ מִיתַיָּא דְּדָמְיָן לִגְבַר דְּדָמֵיךְ וְכִיְחֶזְקֵאל בַּר בּוּזִי כָּהֲנָא דְּמִנְּבוּאַת פּוּמֵּיהּ אִתְּעַרוּ דָּמְכֵי מִיתַיָּא דִּבְבִּקְעַת דּוּרָא:

Daniel and his companions said, “We will take upon ourselves the decree of the Word of YY, as Abraham our father (who was like old wine) took it upon himself. And we will walk in paths that are proper in His sight, just as the prophets Elijah and Elisha walked, by whose merits the dead rose like a man who slumbers; or like Ezekiel, the son of Buzi the priest, by the prophecy of whose mouth the sleeping dead were awakened in the valley of Dura.”

11 יא

אֲמַרַת יְרוּשְׁלֵם כָּל זְמָן דַּאֲנָא מְהַלְּכָא בְּאוֹרְחָא דְּמָרֵי עָלְמָא מַשְׁרֵי שְׁכִינְתֵּיהּ בֵּינַי וַעֲלַי מַתְוַהּ וּבְעִדָּן דַּאֲנָא סָטְיָא מִן אוֹרְחָתֵיהּ מְסַלֵּיק שְׁכִינְתֵּיהּ מִבֵּינִי וּמְטַלְטֵיל יָתִי בֵּינֵי עַמְמַיָּא וְאִנּוּן שָׁלְטִין בִּי כִּגְבַר דְּשָׁלֵיט בְּאִנְתְּתֵיהּ:

Jerusalem said, “All the time that I walk in the way of the Lord of the World, He makes His Presence dwell in my midst and His longing is for me. But when I deviate from His way, He removes His Presence from me and carries me away among the nations, and these rule over me as a man rules over his wife.” 28

12 יב

כַּד חָבוּ עַמָּא בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל אַגְלִי יְיָ יָתְהוֹן בְּאַרְעָא דְּשֵׂעִיר חַקְלֵי אֱדוֹם אֲמַרַת כְּנִשְׁתָּא דְּיִשְׂרָאֵל בְּבָעוּ מִנָּךְ רִבּוֹן כָּל עָלְמָא קַבֵּיל צְלוֹתִי דַּאֲנָא מְצַלְּיָא קֳדָמָךְ בְּקִרְוֵי גָלוּתָא וּבְפִלְכֵּי עַמְמַיָּא:

When the people of the House of Israel sinned, YY exiled them to the land of Seir, the field of Edom. And the Assembly of Israel said, “I beseech You, Master of the whole World, receive my prayer which I pray before You in the cities of Exile and the districts of the nations.”

13 יג

אָמְרִין בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִלֵּין לְאִלֵּין נַקְדֵים בְּצַפְרָא וּנְהָךְ לְבֵית כְּנִשְׁתָּא וּלְבֵית מִדְרַשָׁא וּנְבַקַּר בְּסִפְרָא דְּאוֹרָיְתָא וְנִחְמֵי אִי מְטָא זְמָן פּוּרְקָנָא דְּעַמָּא בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל דִּמְתִילִין לְגוּפְנָא לְאִתְפְּרָקָא מִגָּלוּתְהוֹן וְנִשְׁאַל לְחַכִּימַיָּא אִי אִתְגְּלִי קֳדָם יְיָ זְכוּתָא דְּצַדִּיקַיָּא דְּמָלְיָן פִּקּוֹדַיָּא כְּרִמּוֹנָא אִי מְטָא קִצָּא לְמִסַּק לִירוּשְׁלֵם לְמִתַּן תַּמָּן שְׁבָח לֵאלָהָא דִּשְׁמַיָּא וּלְמִקְרַב עֲלָוָן וְנִכְסַת קוּדְשַׁיָּא:

The Children of Israel said one to the other, “Let us get up early in the morning and go to the Synagogue and to the House of Study and search in the Books of the Law and let us see whether the time of Redemption has come for the people of the House of Israel (who are likened to the vine) to be redeemed from their Exile. Let us ask the sages whether the merit of the righteous (who are full of precepts like the pomegranate) is revealed before the Lord, and whether the appointed time has come to go up to Jerusalem, in order to give praise there to the God of Heaven, and to bring burnt offerings and holy oblations.”

14 יד

וְכַד יְהֵי רַעֲוָא מִן קֳדָם יְיָ לְמִפְרַק יָת עַמֵּיהּ מִן גָּלוּתָא יִתְאַמַר לְמַלְכָּא מְשִׁיחָא כְּבָר שְׁלִים קֵץ גָּלוּתָא וְזַכְוַת צַדִּיקַיָּא אִתְבַּסַּם קֳדָמַי כְּרֵיחַ בַּלְסְמוֹן וְחַכִּימֵי דָּרַיָּא קְבִיעָן עַל תַּרְעֵי מִדְרַשָׁא עָסְקִין בְּפִתְגָמֵי סָפְרַיָּא וּפִתְגָמֵי אוֹרַיְתָא כְּעַן קוּם קַבֵּיל מַלְכוּתָא דִי גְנַזִית לָךְ:

And when it will be the Lord’s will to redeem His people from Exile, the King Messiah will be told, “The term of the Exile has already been completed, and the merit of the righteous has released its fragrance before Me like the aroma of balsam, and the sages of the generations have been standing fast at the gates of Study, occupied with the words of the Scriptures and the words of the Law. Now rise! Receive the kingdom that I have reserved for you!”