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and bestow grace upon the worthy”)
□,dVxi mxaV □’ion Va*U DN1
(“You are charitable to hundreds and thousands”). The
reference for the former is a
qerobah
for the Days o f Awe,
ttswa ma T
3
Tmxn
(“He who holds in his hand the measure of
judgement”): rDlVan Vti D’DVa “pVaan (“He sets kings on their
throne since dominion is his”), and for the latter, the Eighteen
Benedictions: D’aiB DHOn Van (“He bestows loving-kindness”).23
All of the Nagid’s liturgical works can be understood in their
plain meaning even when he makes reference to rabbinic sourc­
es, as in the following examples: l )“Woe is to me, what can
I say on what my sins have wrought
— a rabbinic term
from Sanhedrin, 65b. 2)“He who spreads out the skies upon
his earth like a dome
r n j ?D ,”
— a term found in Baraita de-
Shmuel ha-Qatan, l . 24
Therefore, it is quite possible that Abraham Ibn Ezra’s model
for writing liturgical poetry may have been Samuel the Nagid,
against whose standards he judges the
piyyutim
of Eleazar Qalir
in his commentary to Ecclestiastes 5:1.
23. Cf.
Mahazor La-yamim Ha-noraim,
p. 225 and p. 9.
24. Cf.
Divan Shmuel Hanagid,
pp. 320 and 322.