An original, innovative work by the Torah Empire of Oz Vehodor
If there was anyone who thought that the world of Torah publication has reached its peak, he is well invited to visit the popular sefarim stores and to take a glance at the abundance of new releases constantly issued by the Torah Empire of Oz Vehadar. This time, the newest addition, “Zemiros for Pesach – Mesivta Edition” reveals the refreshingly practical thinking that guides the work of the Torah Empire’s directors, offering the Jewish world the finest of Torah creations.
Newly released, the “Zemiros for Pesach” fills a void that is so gaping, it is a wonder it hasn’t been filled until now. Yet this is the fact. Despite its essentialness, there has never before been anyone to offer this gift to the public. Until the Torah Empire of Oz Vehadar, under the strong leadership of the gaon hatzaddik Rav Yehoshua Leifer shlit”a, av beis din of the Be’er Moshe community in Monsey, stepped to the plate.
This new work contains all the zemiros and piyuttim, all forms of songs and praises for all seudos of Pesach, Shabbos Chol Hamo’ed, Shvi’i shel Pesach, and even Acharon shel Pesach. A large team, comprised of the talmidei chachamim that the Empire of Torah has been blessed with, worked on compiling all the zemiros and piyuttim, creating a virtual treasury of praises and songs to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Every conceivable type of song and piyut was included: the Haggadah; the yom tov songs; a wealth of piyuttim for the first yom tov of Pesach; the piyut “Brach Dodi” and “Tefillas Tal”; a compilation of Mishnayos from Maseches Menachos dealing with the halachos of the omer that was harvested on the second day of Pesach, which some people have the custom of saying on this day; zemiros and piyuttim for 16 Nissan and the minhag of seudas Esther; zemiros for Shabbos Chol Hamoed, including piyuttim unique to this Shabbos; piyuttim and minhagim for Shvi’i and Acharon shel Pesach; and more.
And no, this is not merely yet another simple compilation. Aside from the work of collecting the various piyuttim, which in itself required tremendous knowledge and expertise, vast work was invested in all stages of editing the book, dividing it into four segments. Under the guidance of the reish mesivta of Oz Vehadar, the gaon Rav Menachem Mendel Pomerantz shlit”a, the editors compiled introductory chapters explaining the bases of the piyuttim, their sources and the customs attributed to them, the history of the lyricists, and more. Another section, “Halachos and Minhagim,” spreads over the entire sefer and is integrated into its very text, illustrating different customs along with their reasoning and sources. In one example, in the pages devoted to the “se’udas Esther,” the source of this custom was brought, along with its reasons and pertaining details. The editors delved into all the minhagim and mentioned, for instance, the source for the famous “se’udas Baal Shem Tov” which many have the custom of conducting on the last day of Pesach (in Eretz Yisrael – on Shvi’i shel Pesach).
Special annotation sections were added to all the piyuttim, inserted in the trademark Mesivta fashion, in which the commentary is integrated into the very words of the piyuttim and zemiros. In addition, an introduction before each piyutt describes its nature, the author’s name, its structure, its source, and the reason that it is said. Under the text of the zemiros, a special segment includes “Sources and Annotations” to help the reader understand the sources of the pesukim and the dinim and midrashim upon which the piyut was based.
No doubt, the “Zemiros for Pesach” is an innovative and creative work of art – a must in every Jewish home. If until now we knew that the reason we must buy zemiros books for Pesach is due to the fact that on yom tov we cannot use the same zemiros that had been used on our chametzdig tables, and when we wished to sing piyuttim and zemiros we were forced to search for them through machzorim and siddurim, this year we can find everything we need in the beautiful new publication, the “Zemiros for Pesach.”
Even the Oz Vehadar sales center team, long accustomed to popular bestsellers, were surprised at the enormous demand for the zemiros. Additional editions were quickly printed in time for yom tov, and the sefer continues to be available in select sefarim stores.