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Title: {Piyyutei Yannai}. (Liturgical poems of Yannai collected from Geniza-Manuscripts and other sources by Menahem Zulay.) (Publications of the Research Institute for Hebrew poetry. Third Series vol. 2)
Description: Berlin, Schocken, Hebrew Publ. Comp., 1938, Or. boards, XXII, 439 pp. in Hebrew. Very fine copy. New and unused. Yannai, liturgical poet, one of the principal representatives of the old Palestinian {piyyut}, must have lived in Palestine, obviously some centuries before Saadiah, who already considers Yannai to belong to the dim past. Yannai's personality was brought into new light in the 20th century with the discovery and publication of Cairo {genizah} fragments. In this critical edition of 1938 M. Zulay brought together many unknown texts by Yannai and collected all the works of Yannai known to him. Yannai's {kerovot} are written according to the triennial Palestinian cycle. He wrote essentially two kinds of {kerovot}: (1) The {kedustha}, a poem for the Sabbath morning service based on the first three benedictions of the {Amidah} and dealing with the biblical portion of each Sabbath. The third {kedushta} contains Yannai's name in acrostic; it also alludes to the {haftarah} of the relevant biblical portion; (2) The {shivata}, for the {Musaf} and the eve of Sabbaths and festivals, based on seven benedictions of the {Amidah} (the first three and the last three being always included).

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