A SAMARITAN POEM COMMEMORATING THE MEETING OF MOSES AND AARON AT MOUNT HOREB
Close to the Sabbath of the Passover, Moses and Aaron met at Mount Horeb after 60 years’ separation.
Mount Horeb was also, of course, the location where Moses encountered the burning bush:
The meeting described in the poem occurs in Exodus 4:
The Torah that Moses received at Sinai granted the priesthood to Aaron and his male descendants. Consequently, Aaron became the first High Priest of the Israelites. Like his younger brother Moses, Aaron did not enter Canaan with the Israelites. He died before the Israelites crossed the Jordan. Dates assigned to Aaron’s life vary from 1600-1200 BCE.
Moses and Aaron Met Again
Listen to my words
Beautiful and heavy words
Springing from full heart
The Almighty supports it
My words will inform you what swiftly passed
Between the the Great Prophet and Man
When Aaron went out to meet him
With joy and greatness
He raised eyes from afar
Saw an honoured light
Brighter than sunlight
Like a flame of fire
Said he: ‘Is it an Angel? Or a Prophet?
Or a King? Or a Servant?’
And he wondered
And his heart could not stand still
And the Angel of God said to him
In an honorable way:
“Aaron, He is your brother Moses
Who promoted and honoured you
Go forth and greet him
And kiss his hand.”
Aaron went toward Moses
And bowed down before him
Saying: “Greetings brother Moses
The Honourable Man
Greetings the Messenger of the Almighty
The Servant of the Almighty
Greetings the Man of the Almighty
Who raised his hand.
I never expected to see your face
And behold! The Almighty lets us meet!
Today is between you and me
In happiness and kindness
Today is the Will established
The meeting of Aaron and Brother
The meeting of kind with kind
The meeting of Sun and Moon
The meeting of Teacher with Teacher.”
There Aaron prayed
And honoured and praised, saying:
“The World Creator should bow to the Almighty.”
And the Angels assented and said:
“The Almighty is King and the World is Witness.”
Translated by Benyamim Tsedaka
Choir and MUSIC
Photo: Ori Orhof
Amen!! B”H (BARUCH HASHEM)!! EIN OD MELVODO!!
THERE IS NONE ELSE BESIDES HIM!!