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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Nishmat kol hai

The prayer of Nishmat (or Nishmas) is recited Seder night as well as, of course, Shabat and festivals during Shakharit. The gemara in Pesahim tells us to recite Birkat ha-shir after Halel which most folks identify as Nishmat. There is an intriguing tradition that part of this prayer was composed by the Christian apostle Peter. Anyone know anything about this?


At 1:34 PM, Blogger Dan Rabinowitz said...

The source is Horowitz's Machzor Vitri, he states that it was Peter or Simon or Shimon. S. Leiman has a footnote about it in I think his article on the Tefferet Yisrael and the portrait of Moshe, although I would have to double check.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Tam said...

Cool, thanks. I've heard R. Leiman lecture on Simon Peter, but he didn't mention Nishmat.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger manuscriptboy said...

It is also found in some versions of Toldot Yeshu. Articles on the topic by Wout van Bekkum, Zutot 3 (2003), pp. 26-33 and in the collection Saints and Role Models in Judasim and Christianity (2004), pp. 289-310.


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