Vehi Sheamda (Hebrew: וְהִיא שֶׁעָמְדָה) is a short passage in the Haggadah of Passover Seder that deals with saving the people of Israel by God, from all His enemies. It is customary to read the passage in a melody, and today it is also prevalent as a piyut on its own. It follows the previous paragraph of the text regarding God's promise of ending the exile[1] of the Jews and moreover, setting them free with much wealth.[2]

Hebrew Transliteration Translation

וְהִיא שֶׁעָמְדָה לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ וְלָנוּ
שֶׁלֹּא אֶחָד בִּלְבָד עָמַד עָלֵינוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנוּ
אֶלָּא שֶׁבְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר עוֹמְדִים עָלֵינוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנוּ
וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מַצִּילֵנוּ מִיָּדָם

V'hi she-am'dah la-avoteinu v'lanu.
Shelo echad bilvad, amad aleinu l'chaloteinu.
Ela sheb'chol dor vador, om'dim aleinu l'chaloteinu,
v'HaKadosh Baruch Hu matzileinu mi-yadam.
And it is this (the Torah) that has stood by our ancestors and for us.
For not only one (enemy) has risen up against us to destroy us,
but in every generation they rise up to destroy us.
But the Holy One, Blessed be He, delivers us from their hands.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Lehmann, Rabbi Dr. Marcus (1831–1890) [1969]. The Lehmann Haggadah (translation from German). Philipp Feldheim Inc. ISBN 0-87306-326-0.
  2. ^ a b "Pesach Haggadah, Magid, In the Beginning Our Fathers Were Idol Worshipers". Retrieved 17 January 2020.