Ani Ma’amin

Ani Ma’amin n. Hebrew (ah-NEE mah-ah-MEEN) Literally, “I believe.” These are the first words of Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles of Faith, the 12th of which says, I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah. Even though he may tarry I will wait for him on any day that he may come.” These words have been set to music as a prayerful song of faith that is said to have been sung by victims of the Holocaust as they went to their deaths. Today, it is often sung at the Pesach seder and at Yom ha-Shoah services.

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Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Jewish Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish holidays and life-cycle events, culture, history, the Bible and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a pronunciation guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (6). Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society.

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