Yom Tov of Joigny

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Rabbi Yom Tov of Joigny (died 1190) was a French-born English rabbi and poet. He died in the massacre of all the Jews of York in 1190. His hymn "Omnam Kayn" is recited in all Ashkenazi synagogues each year on the evening of the Day of Atonement.


Omnam Kayn, trans. from the Hebrew by Israel Zangwill[edit]

  • Ay, 'tis thus. Evil us hath in bond;
    By Thy grace guilt efface and respond
  • O forgive! Thy sons live from Thee reft;
    Praised for grace, Turn thy face to those left,


  • Encyclopaedia Judaica, articles Omnam Kayn and Yom Tov of Joigny
  • Macy Nulman, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer, article Omnam Kayn
  • Service of the Synagogue: Day of Atonement, Part 1 Evening Service; pub. Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., p. 38.

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