Women’s Torah Reading Song for Simchat Torah

This song was written for a women’s Torah reading on Simchat Torah, based on the traditional Chatan Torah poem.
 

עֲמוֹדְנָה עֲמוֹדְנָה נָשִׁים אוֹהֲבוֹת תוֹרָה
!וּתְנוּ כָבוֹד לְאֵל גָדוֹל וְנוֹרָא

Rise up, Rise up, Women who love the Torah,
And give honor to the great and awesome Gd!
 
וּבִשְׂכָר זֶה תִזְכֵּנָה מֵאֵל נוֹרָא
לִרְאוֹת בָּנוֹת וּבְנוֹת בָּנוֹת עוֹסְקוֹת בַּתוֹרָה
 
For this, may the Awesome Gd find you deserving
To have daughters and granddaughters busy with the Torah
 
וּמְקַיְמוֹת מִצְווֹת בְתוֹךְ עַם יָפֶה מָלֵא טָהֲרָה
וְתִזְכּוּ לִשְׂמוֹחַ בְּשִׂמְחַת בֵּית הַבְּחִירָה
 
Fullfilling Mitzvot amidst a beautiful and pure people,
May you be worthy to rejoice in Gd’s chosen House!
 
שַׂמְחוּ אֶת יְרוּשָלַיִם, וְגִילוּ בָה בִּמְהֵרָה
שִׂישׂוּ אוֹתָה בְּתוֹךְ כָּל הַמִתְאַבְּלִים עָלֵיהָ בְּאֶבְלָה וְצָרָה
 
May Jerusalem rejoice, may you be happy in her soon,
May all those who mourned for her sadness and hardship, make her glad!
 
עֲמוֹדְנָה עֲמוֹדְנָה נָשִׁים אוֹהֲבוֹת תוֹרָה
לִלְמוֹד יַחַד תוֹרָה בִּרְשוּת כָּל הַחֶבְרָה הַבָּרָה
 
Rise up, Rise up, Women who love the Torah,
With permission from this holy gathering, let us learn Torah!
 
אֶפְתַח פִּי בְּשִׁיר וּבְזִמְרָה
לְהוֹדוֹת וּלְהַלֵל לָדַר בִּנְהוֹרָה
 
I sing aloud with melody and song,
Thanks and praise to the One who dwells in light
 
שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְמָנוּ בְּיִרְאָתוֹ הַטְהוֹרָה
וְהִגִיעָנוּ לִשְׂמוֹחַ בְּשִׂמְחַת תוֹרָה
 
Who kept us alive and sustained us in His pure awe
And brought us to celebrate Simchat Torah
 
וּבְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלִפְנֵי הַגְבוּרָה
לָתֵת חַייִם וָחֶסֶד וַעֲטָרָה לַנָשִׁים הַשְׂמֵחוֹת בַּתוֹרָה
 
Therefore may it be the Mighty One’s will
To give life, kindness, and a crown
to the women who rejoice with the Torah
 
לְאַמְצָן וּלְבַרְכָן וּלְגַדְלָן בְּתַלְמוּד תוֹרָה
לְדַרְשָׁן לְחַייִם וּלְהַדְרָן בַּקְהִילָה הַיְקָרָה
 
To strengthen them, to bless them, to increase their study of Torah
To seek them out of life, and to adorn their gathering in splendor!
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