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The Nussach HaGra as practiced by the Perushim (Talmidim of the Vilna Gaon in Jerusalem) as well as many Litvishe (Haredi) Yeshivot in Israel do not say this - nor almost any other Piyut (except on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippour). Their Tefilat-Geshem consists of a few snippets of the original, and is said before the silent Mussaf on Shmini Atzeret. You can ...


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I think the paytan was working the other way. He had a list of holy 'shepherds' in who's zchus we beseach water, he filled in the stanzas with something about water concerning them all. This is very apparent from some of the forced associations. The one about Avraham is all poetic and nothing literal. Mentioning Moshe being thrown in the water seems strange. ...


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Perhaps one reason Miriam is absent is because her primary association with water is just TOO important. Tefilat Geshem is a prayer for rain for the fields to prevent drought and famine in the land. For those without fields it is a Tefila for prosperity. And the author of this poem is using the merits of the usual pillars of Bnei Yisroel to beseech for ...



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