Exalted be the Living God, and praise He exists and His existence is unbound by time
He is One and there is no unity like His Oneness inscrutable and infinite is His Oneness
He has neither form of body nor is He corporeal nor may His holiness be compared to aught
He preceded all that was created the First, and nothing preceded His precedence
Behold, the Master of the universe to all creations demonstrating His greatness and sovereignty
An abundance of prophecy he has bestowed upon His treasured and splendorous people
There has not arisen in Israel another like Moses a prophet who beheld His image
A Torah of truth God gave His nation by means of His prophet, the faithful of His house
God will never exchange or alter His Law for any other, for all eternity
He sees and knows our most hidden secrets He perceives a matter’s outcome at its inception
He rewards man with kindness according to his works
He places evil on the wicked according to his wickedness
He will send our Messiah at the End of Days to redeem those waiting for His final salvation
God will revive the dead in His abundant kindness
may His splendorous Name be blessed forever more
These are the thirteen principles of faith they are the foundation of the God’s law and Torah
Moses’ Torah and prophecy are true blessed eternally be His great name.
— Rabbi Daniyel ben Yehudah
YIGDAL ELOYIM CHAI, (Exolted be the living God).
In this Piyut, Rabbi Daniyel ben Yehudah the Judge of Rome, who lived in the 13th century, lists the thirteen Principles of Faith as phrased by Maimonides in his commentary to the Mishnah. The piyut gained great popularity, was adapted to many different tunes and was incorporated into most traditions which usually sing it at the end of the prayers. Many authors tried to imitate the piyut and some even wrote parodies.