מעמדם הליטורגי של פיוטי חטאנו על פי קטעי הגניזה הקהירית

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Abstract

Ḥatanu poems – poems containing the refrain ‘we have sinned, our Maker; forgive us, our Creator' – have long been considered a subgenre of seliḥot. However, a study of the Cairo Genizah fragments containing ḥatanu poems – over 400 in number – reveals an entirely different picture. Here the ḥatanu poems consistently fill a liturgical role distinct from that of seliḥot. For instance, on the weekday fast days, the seliḥot were recited in the sixth benediction of the ʿ Amidah prayer, while the ḥatanu poems were recited as part of taḥanun. In this article I elucidate the specific liturgical role filled by the ḥatanu poems, consider the implications regarding their origin, and, overall, argue that ḥatanu poems should not be categorized as a subgenre of seliḥot poems, but rather as a distinct genre.
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)87-113
Number of pages27
Journalתרביץ: רבעון למדעי היהדות
Volume83
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2014

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Cairo Genizah
  • Piyyutim
  • Selihot
  • גניזה קהירית
  • סליחות
  • פיוטים

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