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The song beginning אנעים זמירות (also named Shir HaKavod), which is popularly sung in shuls on Shabbos and/or Yom Tov and/or Yamim Noraim, basically follows a letter-scheme, with one verse for each letter.

However, when it comes to the letter Reish (ר), there are two verses instead of one:

רוֹצֶה בְּעַמּוֹ עֲנָוִים יְפָאֵר/ יוֹשֵׁב תְּהִלּוֹת בָּם לְהִתְפָּאֵר

רֹאשׁ דְּבָרְךָ אֱמֶת קוֹרֵא מֵרֹאשׁ/ דּוֹר וָדוֹר עַם דּוֹרֶשְׁיךָ דְּרוֹשׁ

Why is this? Do we know if one of these two lines were always there (as the second of these two lines has a bit of an awkward rhyming scheme due to the enjambment)

  • The English Wikipedia article points out that not only are there two lines with the letter Reish (ר) but also with the letter Tau (ת). – Avrohom Yitzchok Dec 4 '16 at 20:37
  • @AvrohomYitzchok I don't buy that. There are 4 lines with other letters before and after the acrostic. The first one after starts with ת. It might be relevant and it might not. – Heshy Dec 4 '16 at 20:51
  • @AvrohomYitzchok yeah but that's at the end so it makes more sense to me – הנער הזה Dec 8 '16 at 2:22
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    @AvrohomYitzchok It is suggested in the Encyclopedia Judaica that the first three of the last four lines may not be part of the original poem. – Kazi bácsi Jun 26 '18 at 10:34

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