Pour Out Your Love (Sfoch Ahavatcha)


Pour out your love on the nations who know You
And on kingdoms who call Your name.
For the good which they do for the seed of Jacob
And they shield Your people Israel from their enemies.
May they merit to see the good of Your chosen}
And to rejoice in the joy of Your nation.

-from a controversial manuscript claimed to date from the 16th century and most likely forged by R’ Chayyim Bloch in the 20th century.  R’ Jonathan Sacks has accepted it as a replacement to the traditional “Pour Out Your Wrath” , which I think is highly commendable. See here: http://kavvanah.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/pour-out-thy-love-upon-the-nations-and-miriam-at-the-seder/

Author: Matthew Zachary Gindin

Freelance journalist and teacher. I write regularly for the Forward, All That In Interesting, and the Jewish Independent, and have been published in Religion Dispatches, Situate Magazine, Elephant Journal, and elsewhere.

2 thoughts on “Pour Out Your Love (Sfoch Ahavatcha)”

  1. My son who is both a chassid and a Rav Sacks fan tells me that the Rav encourages the addition of this paragraph after the one from Tanakh in the Haggadah, not substituting it.

    We plan to do so this year.

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