When was Dayenu written?

When was Dayenu written?

This information originates from the Mekhilta, a halakhic midrash composed between the 2nd and 5th centuries. Dayenu-This poetry initially occurs in the Seder Rav Amram of the ninth century. It is also found in the Siddur Simchat Torah.

Dayenu is probably the most well known poem in Judaism. It is included in many Jewish prayer books as an expression of gratitude to God for his benefits. The text itself consists of 31 lines with the last line ending in the letter vav (ו). The first word of each line begins with the same letter as the line it forms part of. For example, the first word of the first line is "b" (because it ends with an "r") and the first word of the second line is "c" (because it starts with a vowel). The words are arranged in alphabetical order and within each line there is one word which can be derived from a single Hebrew letter.

Dayenu has three basic stanzas: the first praises God's miracles; the second expresses thanks for his loving kindness; the third looks forward to future blessing.

The poem was probably written as a lament over the destruction of the First Temple.

Who named Day Night?

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Darby Bible“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning the first day. “
King James Version“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Why did WH Auden write night mail?

The lovely poem "Night Mail" was written in 1936 to complement the documentary film of the same name, which was released the same year. It has since become a cinematic classic. Auden is claimed to have penned the lyrics using a timer while watching the film.

The poem was originally titled "Night Mail Train", but this title was changed when it was decided not to use any words that might be considered profane by some readers. The original title was therefore altered to match the content of the poem itself.

Auden used the money he received for writing the poem to send out letters to friends announcing his new career as a courier driver. He worked the night shift delivering newspapers in London with a friend from college. The job paid £10 a week, more than enough to live on but less than most people think today. However, it gave Auden time to write poetry during those hours when most people are asleep.

It's a shame we don't get more poems sent through the night mail nowadays. Perhaps one day someone will write another beautiful poem about second-hand smoke and heavy metals poisoning our environment or something similar.

Who is the composer of those were the days?

"Those Were the Days" is a song written by Gene Raskin, who added a new English verse to Boris Fomin's (1900–1948) Russian romantic ballad "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" ("Dorogoi dlinnoiu", meaning "By the Long Road"). It is about youth reminiscences and idealistic aspirations. The song was first released on an EP with four other songs by Gene Raskin called "Una Voce" in 1946.

Raskin originally wrote the song for his daughter, but he later sang it himself when he was old enough to do so.

He published two books of poetry, one in 1939 and another in 1945. In 1950, he co-founded the journal New World Writing which published important American and British poets such as Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, and Louis Zukofsky.

He also translated many poems from the Russian language into English and included them in his journals. One of these translations became "Those Were the Days".

The song has become a classic example of nostalgic music and has been covered by many artists including Joan Baez, Rita Coolidge, Judy Collins, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, and Johnny Cash.

It is also used as theme song by US television series "The Office".

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