“Ma’oz Tzur” (Hebrew: מעוז צור Māʕōz Sˤūr) is a Jewish liturgical poem or piyyut. It is written in Hebrew, and is sung on the holiday of Hanukkah, after lighting the festival lights. The name is a reference to the Hasmonean stronghold of Beth-zur. This Hebrew song is thought to have been written sometime in the 13th century during the Crusades.. Of its six stanzas sometimes only the first stanza is sung (or the first and fifth). The hymn means “Stronghold of Rock” and is a name for God. The first letters of the first five stanzas form an acrostic of the composer’s name, Mordechai. The hymn retells Jewish history in poetic form and celebrates deliverance from four ancient enemies. (source)
Maoz tzur y’shuati l’cha naeh l’shabeach
Tikon beit t’filati v’sham todah n’zabeach.
L’eit tachin matbeach mitzar hamnabeach
Az egmor b’shir mizmor chanukat hamizbeach.
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