For generations, Akdamus ignited hearts, strengthened resolve, empowered a people. Yet its complex wording makes this stirring Shavuos piyut enigmatic to the contemporary ear. It’s a treasure just beyond our grasp.
Finally, there’s a key! In this groundbreaking sefer, Aryeh Pinchas Strickoff, author of the popular Inside Chanukah and Inside Purim, unlocks the beauty and profundity of Akdamus. Far more than a literal translation, the text includes a detailed, straightforward and elegant elucidation as well as meticulously researched background and insights. You’ll feel as though the paytan, Rabi Meir Shatz, is speaking directly to you. First doors open, then worlds open.
Akdamus stirs the soul as it delves into Hashem’s indescribable greatness, conveys the depth of our relationship with Him when we withstand the derision of the nations, and reveals the astonishing reward awaiting those faithful to His Word.
Partnered with a similar treatment of Yetziv Pisgam for the second day of Yom Tov, this eternally relevant sefer will transform your Shavuos—and enrich your life.
“This outstanding translation of the tefillos of Yetziv Pisgam and Akdamus is wondrous, easily comprehensible and will be enjoyed by all who read it. Bnei Torah will delight in it… and I personally have benefited and learned a lot from it.”
Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva of Philadelphia
“I found the work thorough, all-encompassing... The presentation is clear, enlightening, and interesting. I recommend this work as an example of how deep and extensive every Torah topic is and as an enhancement to one’s celebration of Shavuos in understanding this important minhag.”
Rav Zev Leff, shlita Rav of Moshav Matityahu and Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Gedola Matityahu
“You are about to explore a precious treasure that will bring you spiritual wealth and new depths of wisdom… This sefer is a ‘must have’ for every Jew who wishes to celebrate Shavuos with joy and understanding.”
Rav Paysach J. Krohn, shlita Renowned mohel, noted author and lecturer
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