BE-MOẒA'EI MENUḤAH (Heb. בְּמוֹצָאֵי מְנוּחָה; "at the close of the rest (day)," i.e., the Sabbath), name of a piyyut in acrostic style of unknown authorship. It forms part of the *Seliḥot service on the first day of the Seliḥot cycle preceding Rosh ha-Shanah. It consists of eight verses which close with the refrain "Hear our supplication and our prayer." The initial words of the first stanza as well as other expressions indicate that it was composed for the first day of Seliḥot, which always falls on a Saturday night-early Sunday morning. A song of a similar name, Be-Moẓa'ei Yom Menuḥah, forms part of the traditional hymns for the closing of the Sabbath. Its author is the liturgist Jacob de *Lunel ("Ya'akov min Yeriḥo").
English translation in Seliḥot, published by the Rabbinical Assembly, N.Y. (1964), 33–35; I.G. Glickstein and S. Braslavsky, Midnight Service (1931), 15ff.; A.J. Rosenfeld, Authorized Selichot (1957), 13; Text and melody in A. Nadel, Zemirot Shabbat, Die haeuslichen Sabbatgesaenge (1937), 44 (Hebrew part 16).
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