This prayer describes the glorious sight of the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest, emerging victoriously from the Holy of Holies in the Temple, after finishing the heart of the Yom Kippur service.
Emet ma nehdar
Haya Koeh Gadol
Betzeito mibeit Kodshe Kodashim
Beshalom, b'li fega
K'ohel hanimtach bedarei maalah
Kivrakim hayotzim mziv hachayot
K'godel gedilim b'arba ketzavot
Kidmut hakeshet betokh he'anan
Mareh Kohen ...
(more text in Yom Kippur prayerbook)
How glorious was the appearance of the high priest
When he came forth safe from the Holy of Holies!
Like the expanded canopy of heaven was the appearance of the Kohen
Like the lightning that emanates from the splendor of the divine beings was the appearance of the Kohen
Like the blue thread in the fringes of the four corners of the garments was the appearance of the Kohen
Light the image of the rainbow formed in the clouds was the appearance of the Kohen
The Jewish Music Recordings
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Mareh Kohen Popular Recordings
Mareh Kohen A cantorial piece, sung by the great Benzion Miller.