This post is basically a note to myself to find out more about the Sephardi piyut (poem of the Spanish Jews) Oked VaHanekad. In our Sephardi shul, we do not sing the Unetanneh Tokef, as this is an Ashkenazi piyut. (See Ilana-Davita’s post, Gail’s Leonard Cohen version, or this Who Shall Live video).
According to my husband, the piyut was written by Yehuda ben Shmuel Ibn Abbas (Judah Samuel Ben Abbas), a Spanish poet of the thirteenth century. The topic is the Binding of Isaac, Akedat Yitzchak, which is the Torah reading for the second day of Rosh Hashana.
How we (our family is Ashekanzi through and through) ended up in a Sephardi shul