Bar Yochai Song
For the Kabbalistically inclined, the following enchanting Shabbat "zemer," festive song, is shown below. It was composed by Shimon ibn Lavi, who had fled as a child from the Spanish Inquisition, and arrived in Fez, Morocco, where he remained until 1549. He later set out for Eretz Yisrael, but on his way there, as fate would have it, he stopped in Tunis, where he remained as the community's teacher till his death in 1588.
It is written in honor of the "G-dly Tanna," Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. It is sung mainly in Sefardic Jewish communities on Shabbat, but on Lag BaOmer, it is sung by most Jewish communities.
(The following translation is found in "Zemirot L'Shabbat," "Sabbath Songs," A New Translation with a Commentary Anthologized from Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabbinic Sources; from the ArtScroll Mesorah Series).
Bar Yochai! You were anointed
Bar Yochai! With oil of sacred anointment
Bar Yochai! In a goodly dwelling did you settle
Bar Yochai! Like standing shittim beams,
Bar Yochai! You came to a Field of Apples
Bar Yochai! You were girded with strength,
Bar Yochai! To a place of marble stones,
Bar Yochai! In the Holy of Holies,
Bar Yochai! The Yud of earliest wisdom,
Bar Yochai! At a wondrous light in lofty heights
Bar Yochai! Fortunate is she who bore you,