The seventh day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, 21st day of Tishrei, is known as Hoshana Rabbah (Aramaic: הוֹשַׁעְנָא רַבָּא, "Great Hoshana/Supplication"). This day is marked by a special synagogue service, the Hoshana Rabbah, in which seven circuits are made by the worshippers with their lulav and etrog, while the congregation recites Hoshanot. It is customary for the scrolls of the Torah to be removed from the ark during this procession. In a few communities a shofar is sounded after each circuit.
The hoshanot are hymns that ask HaShem for forgiveness. These hymns are known as Hoshanot because they all begin with the Hebrew word hoshanu (save us).
The hoshanot are accompanied by a series of liturgical verses climaxing with, "Kol mevasser, mevasser ve-omer" (The voice of the Herald [Elijah] heralds and says)—expressing hope for the speedy coming of the Messiah.
Here are the words for this wonderful meaningful song:
Kol mevaser mevaser veomer…
The voice of the herald [Eliyahu the Prophet] brings good tidings and proclaims:
Your mighty salvation comes! [Yeshayahu 62:11] My Beloved is coming! [Shir HaShirim 2:8.] – the voice heralds.
He comes with myriads of regiments of angels to stand on the Mount of Olives! [Zechariah 14:4] – the voice heralds.
He approaches to sound the Shofar, [Yeshayahu 27:13] beneath Him the mountain shall split, [Zechariah 14:4] – the voice heralds.
He knocks, [Shir HaShirim 5:2] peers [through the lattice], [Ibid. 2:9] and shines forth, [Yeshayahu 60:2] and half the mountain moves from the east, [Zechariah 14:4] – the voice heralds.
He has fulfilled the words of His promise, and He has come with all His holy ones, [Zechariah 14:5] – the voice heralds.
A heavenly voice is heard by all the inhabitants of the earth, – the voice heralds.
Israel, His people, tended by Him from the womb, [Yeshayahu 46:3] has been newly born as a babe born from its mother’s loins, – the voice heralds.
She has travailed and given birth [Yeshayahu 66:8] to a people that shines forth as the dawn; [Shir HaShirim 6:10] who has heard of anything like this? [Yeshayahu 66:8] – the voice heralds.
The Pure One has wrought all this; who has seen such wonders? [Yeshayahu 66:8] – the voice heralds.
The means and time of Redemption have been appointed; can a land be born in one day? [Yeshayahu 66:8] – the voice heralds.
Without the help of the One who is omnipotent in celestial and terrestrial domains, could an entire nation be born at once? [Yeshayahu 66:8] – the voice heralds.
When the resplendent G-d redeems His people, then the evening shall be light, [Zechariah 14:7] – the voice heralds.
Deliverers will go up to Mount Zion, [Ovadiah 1:21] for Zion has travailed and given birth, [Yeshayahu 66:8] – the voice heralds.
A voice resounds throughout your boundaries: Enlarge the place of your encampment, [Yeshayahu 54:2] – it heralds.
Extend your habitations as far as Damascus; [Zechariah 9:1] receive your sons and your daughters, – the voice heralds.
Rose of Sharon, [Shir HaShirim 2:1] exult, for those who sleep in Hebron [the Patriarchs] have arisen, – the voice heralds.
Turn to Me and be saved even this very day, if you hear My voice, [Sanhedrin 98a] – the voice heralds.
There has appeared a man: his name is Tzemach, [Zechariah 3:8, 6:12-13] it is David himself! – the voice heralds.
Arise those who are buried in the earth; awake and jubilate, those who dwell in the dust! [Yeshayahu 26:19] – the voice heralds.
When [Mashiach] will be established as king in Jerusalem, the populous city, Eichah 1:1] G-d will be a tower of salvation to him, [II Shmuel 22:51] – the voice heralds.
The name of the wicked will be annihilated, but lovingkindness will be shown to David his anointed, [II Shmuel 22:51] – the voice heralds.
Grant salvation to the eternal people, to David and his descendants forever, [II Shmuel 22:51] – the voice heralds.
During these times of difficulty for the nation of Israel we long and pray for full redemption of Israel. The saying, "Yeshuat Hashem keheref ayin" – "The salvation of G-d comes in the tinkling of an eye" comes to mind. May this song be realized in the immediate future and may we then join in celebration with all the Ushpizin (Guests) in Eretz Yisrael, in Jerusalem, and in the Beit HaMikdash.
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