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El Adon is an alephbetically arranged poem: it is thought that because of the holiness of the Hebrew alephbet, it shows much honor and glory to G-d to pray a prayer which begins each line with the letters in order.

, ‫אֵל אֲדוֹן עַל כָּל הַמַּעֲשִֹים‬




the works ,

, ‫מְבָֹרְך בְּפִי כָּל נְשָׁמָה‬

‫בָּר ְּּך‬

and He is blessed

by mouth of


ne -sha-mah’,
soul ,

, ‫גְָּדלוֹ וְט בוֹ מָלֵא עוֹלָם‬
gad-lo’ greatness His ve -tu-vo’ and goodness His ma-le’ fill o’-lam, universe

. ‫תְב נָה סוֹבְבִים אֹתוֹ‬

‫דעַת‬ ַּֿ

u-t e-vu-nah’
and understanding

so-ve -vim’


, ‫המִּתְגָּאֶה עַל חַיּוֹת הַֹקֶּֿדשׁ‬ ַ
ha-mit-ga-eh’ al chai-yot’ ha-ko’-desh ,
the (One Who) is elevated over living celestial beings the holy (the holy chaiyot)

Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur, p. 410

in them li-he -yot’ to be mosh-lim’ rulers Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. 410 . glory His ‫יצָָרם‬ ְ . ‫בְהַשְֹכֵּל‬ be-da’-at with knowledge ‫בְַּדֿעַת בְּבִיִנָה‬ ko’-ach power be -vi-nah’ with understanding u-ve-has-kel’. ‫מִישׁוֹר לִפְנֵי כִסְאוֹ‬ ze -chut’ merit.. honor. ‫חסֶד וְַרחֲמִים לִפְנֵי כְבוֹדוֹ‬ ֶֿ che’-sed kindness ve -ra-cha-mim’ and mercies lif-nei’ before che -vo-do’. and with intelligence ‫להְיוֹת מוֹשְׁלִים‬ ִ . favor ‫זְכ ת‬ u-mi-shor’ and honesty. ‫טוֹבִים מְאוֹרוֹת שֶׁבָָּרא אֱֹלהֵֿינ‬ To-vim’ good me -o-rot’ she-ba-ra’ that created E-lo-hei’-nu . ‫גְב ָרה נָתַן בָּהֶם‬ u-ge -vu-rah’ and strength na-tan’ He gave ba-hem’. p. the chariot . throne His . G-d our y e-tza-ram’ He fashioned them (are) lights ַ‫כּח‬ ֹ . ‫ונֶהְָדּר בְּכָבוֹד עַל הַמְֶּרכָּבָה‬ ְ ve -ne-he-dar’ and magnificent be -cha-vod’ in glory al above ha-mer-ka-vah’. . righteousness lif-nei’ before chi-so’ .

filled with ‫מלֵאִים זִיו‬ ְ . Pe -er’ Splendor ve-cha-vod’ no-te-nim’ and glory they give li-she -mo’. ‫בְּצֵאתָם וְשָֹשִֹים בְּבוֹאָם‬ o-sim’ doing ve -sa-sim’ and joyful be-vo-am’. ‫נָאֶה זִיוָם בְּכָל הַעוֹלָם‬ na-eh’ beautiful zi-vam’ radiance their b e-chol’ in all ha-o-lam’. awe .. ‫ָקָרא לַשֶּֿׁמֶשׁ וַיִּזְַרח אוֹר‬ ka-ra’ He called la-she’-mesh va-yiz-rach’ to the sun or. ‫עוֹשִֹים בְּאֵימָה‬ be-tze-tam’ in going out their . in coming their b e-ei-mah’ in fright. ‫ְרצוֹן קוֹנָם‬ re -tzon’ Ko-nam’ . ra-ah’ ve -hit-kin’ and it shone forth light. 410 . the world/universe. as only G-d is perfect. p. ‫ ָראָה וְהִתְִקין‬. ‫ פְּאֵר וְכָבוֹד נוֹתְנִים לִשְׁמוֹ‬. kingship His. ‫צהֳלָה וְִרנָּה לְזֵֿכֶר מַלְכ תוֹ‬ ָ tzo-ho-lah’ a shout for joy ve-ri-nah’ and a ringing cry le -ze’-cher for remembrance of mal-chu-to’. brightness * ‫שֹמֵחִים‬ ְֹ . ‫מְפִיִקים נֹֿגַהּ‬ be-ke’-rev te-vel’. ‫בְֶּקֶֿרב תֵּבֵל‬ ziv radiance u-me -fi-kim’ and bringing out no’-gah . He saw and caused to form Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur. to name His . s e-me-chim’ happy * ‫( ש‬sin)instead of ‫( ס‬samech) for “s” to prevent the poem from perfection. will of Maker their. M e-le-im’ in midst of Earth .

‫כָּל צְבָא מָרוֹם‬ Tif-e’-ret splendor tze -va’ host of ma-rom’. and greatness --. u-ge -du-lah’. ‫גְֻדלָּה‬ kol all ‫תּפְאֶֶֿרת‬ ִ . 410 . high place (heaven). ‫צ ַרת הַלְּבָנָה‬ tzu-rat’ form of ha-le-va-nah’ . p. the moon. She-vach’ Praise no-te-nim’ (they) give lo to Him .‫שׁבַח נוֹתְנִים לוֹ‬ ֶֿ .‫שְָֹרפִים וְאוֹפַנִּים וְחַיּוֹת הַֹקֶּֿדשׁ‬ se -ra-fim’ seraphim ve -o-fa-nim’ and ofanim ve-cha-yot’ and chayot ha-ko’-desh --the holy (the holy chayot) Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur.