Sukkot

Festival Candle Lighting: Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot

Candle Lighting

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The candles are lit before the blessing is recited.  On Shabbat, include the words in parentheses.

The first recording below is the candle blessing for a weekday; the second recording is for the candle blessing when the festival falls on Shabbat.

Hebrew text for the blessing for the lighting of the candles for Yom Tov with parenthetical inclusion for Shabbat

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel (Shabbat v'shel) Yom Tov.

Blessed are You, our God, Ruler of the world, who sanctifies us with mitzvot and calls upon us to kindle the lights of (Shabbat and) the Festival day.

Worship Services: Sh'ma

A stone detail from an old synagogue that has the Sh'ma written on it

Referred to as our "watchword of faith," it declares our belief in one God. This prayer serves as the centerpiece of morning and evening services.

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad!

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad!

Hear, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is One!

Baruch shem k’vod malchuto l’olam va-ed.

Blessed is God’s glorious majesty forever and ever.

Listen to the Sh'ma read

 

Listen to the Sh'ma chanted

 

Daily Blessings: Birkat HaMazon (Grace After Meals) - Long Version

Leader:
Chaverim vachaveirot nvareich!

Chaverim vachaveirot n'vareich!

Let us praise God!

Group:

Y'hi shem Adonai m'vorach mei-atah v'ad olam

Praised be the name of God, now and forever

Leader:

Y'hi shem Adonai m'vorach mei-atah v'ad olam.
Birshut hachevrah, n'vareich Elohinu she-achalnu mishelo.

Praised be the name of God, now and forever.
Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten.

Group:

Baruch Eloheinu she-achalnu mishelo uv'tuvo chayinu.

Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten, and by whose goodness we live.

Leader:

Baruch Eloheinu she-achalnu mishelo uv'tuvo chayinu.
Baruch hu uvaruch sh'mo.

Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten, and by whose goodness we live. Praised be the Eternal God.

All:

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
hazan et haolam kulo b'tuvo, b'chein b'chesed uv'rachamim.
Hu notein lechem l'chol basar ki l'olam chasdo.
Uv'tuvo hagadol tamid lo chasar lanu,
v'al yechsar lanu, mazon l'olam va-ed,
baavur sh'mo hagadol.
Ki hu El zan um'farneis lakol umeitiv lakol,
umeichin mazon l'chol b'riyotav asher bara.
Baruch atah Adonai, hazan et hakol.

Sovereign God of the universe, we praise You: Your goodness sustains the world. You are the God of grace, love, and compassion, the Source of bread for all who live; for Your love is everlasting. In Your great goodness we need never lack for food; You provide food enough for all. We praise You, O God, Source of food for all who live.

Nodeh l'cha, Adonai Eloheinu,
al shehinchalta laavoteinu ul'imoteinu
eretz chemdah tovuh ur'chavah;
v'al shehotzeitanu, Adonai Eloheinu mei-eretz Mitzrayim;
uf'ditanu mibeit avadim;
v'al b'rit'cha shechatamta bilvaveinu;
v'al Torat'cha shelimadtanu, v'al chukecha shehodatanu,
v'al chayim chein vachesed sheconantanu,
v'al achilat mazon shaatah zan um'farneis otanu tamid,
b'chol yom uv'chol eit uv'chol shaah.

For this good earth that You have entrusted to our mothers and fathers, and to us; for our deliverance from bondage; for the covenant You have sealed into our hearts; for Your life-giving love and grace; for Torah, our way of life, and for the food that sustains us day by day, we give You thanks.

V'al hakol, Adonai Eloheinu, anachnu modim lach
um'var'chim otach. Yitbarach simcha
b'fi chol chai tamid l'olam va-ed,
kakatuv: V'achalta v'savata, uveirachta et Adonai Elohecha
al haaretz hatovah asher natan lach.
Baruch atah Adonai, al haaretz v'al hamazon.

For all this we thank You. Let Your praise ever be on the lips of all who live, as it is written: "When you have eaten and are satisfied, give praise to your God who has given you this good earth." We praise You, O God, for the earth, and for its sustenance.

Racheim, Adonai Eloheinu, al Yisrael amecha,
v'al Y'rushalayim irecha, v'al Tziyon mishkan k'vodecha.
Eloheinu Avinu, r'einu zuneinu, parn'seinu v'chalk'leinu
v'harvicheinu, v'harvach lanu, Adonai Eloheinu,
m'heirah mikol tzaroteinu.
V'na al tatzricheinu, Adonai Eloheinu,
lo lidei mat'nat basar vadam v'lo lidei halvaatam,
ki im l'yad'cha ham'lei-ah hap'tuchah hak'doshah v'har'chavah,
shelo neivosh v'lo nikaleim l'olam va-ed.

Eternal God, Source of our being, show compassion for Israel Your people, Jerusalem Your city, and Zion, the ancient dwelling-place of Your glory. Guide and sustain us in all our habitations, and be a help to us in all our troubles. May we ever be able to help ourselves and one another, even as we rely on Your open and generous bounty.

On Shabbat:

R'tzeih v'hachalitzeinu, Adoani Eloheinu, b'mitzvotecha
uv'mitzvat yom hash'vi-i
haShabbat hagadol v'hakadosh hazeh,
ki yom zeh gadol v'kadosh hu l'fanecha,
lishbot bo v'lanuach bo b'ahavah k'mitvat r'tzonecha.
Uvir'tzon'cha haniach lanu, Adonai Eloheinu,
shelo t'hei tzarah v'yagon vaanachah b'yom m'nuchateinu.
V'hareinu, Adonai Eloheinu, b'nechamat Tziyon irecha
uv'vinyan Y'rushalayim ir kodshecha,
ki atah hu baal hay'shuot uvaal hanechamot.

Eternal God, strengthen our resolve to live by Your mitzvot, and especially the mitzvah of the seventh day, the great and holy Sabbath, the day of rest and serenity, of loving reflection upon Your will. Source of deliverance and of consolation, give us this day rest from sorrow, anguish, and pain, and renew our vision of a more beautiful world.

Uv'neih Y'rushalayim ir hakodesh bimheirah v'yameinu.
Baruch atah Adonai, boneh v'rachamav Y'rushalayim. Amen.

Let Jerusalem, the holy city, be renewed in our time. We praise You, Adonai , in compassion You rebuild Jerusalem. Amen.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
he-El Avinu Malkeinu Adireinu,
Bor'einu, Goaleinu, Yotz'reinu, K'dosheinu, K'dosh Yaakov,
Ro-einu Ro-eih Yisrael, HaMelech hatov v'hameitiv lakol,
sheb'chol yom vayom hu heitiv, hu meithiv, hu yeitiv lanu.
Hu g'malanu, hu gol'leinu, hu yigm'leinu laad,
l'chein ul'chesed ul'rachamim ul'revach, hatzalah v'hatzlachah,
b'rachah vishuah, nechamah, parnasah, v'chalkalah,
v'rachamim v'chayim v'shalom, v'chol tov,
umikol tov l'olam al y'chas'reinu.

We praise You, divine Parent of Israel, Source of liberating power and vision, of all that is holy and good. You have shown us love and kindness always; day by day You grant us grace and compassion, deliverance and freedom, prosperity and blessing, life and peace.

HaRachaman, hu yimloch aleinu l 'olam va-ed.
HaRachaman, hu yitbarach bashamayim uvaaretz.
HaRachaman, hu yishtabach l'dor dorim,
v'yitpaar banu laad ul'neitzach n'tzachim,
v'yit-hadar banu laad ul'ol'mei olamim.
HaRachaman, hu y'vareich et m'dinat Yisrael v'et acheinu v'achayoteinu b'rochvei haolam.
HaRachaman, hu y'farn'seinu b'chavod.
HaRachaman, hu yishbor uleinu mei-al tzavareinu,
v'hu yolicheinu kom'miyut l'artzeinu.
HaRachaman, hu yishlach b'rachah m'rubah babayit hazeh,
v'al shulchan zeh she-achalnu alav.
HaRachaman, hu yishlach lanu et Eliyahu HaNavi,
zachur latov, vivaser lanu b'sorot tovot, y'shuot v'nechamot.
HaRachaman, hu y'zakeinu limot hag'ulah
ul'chayei haolam haba.

Merciful One, be our God forever. Merciful One, heaven and earth alike are blessed by Your presence. Merciful One, let all generations proclaim Your glory. Merciful One, bless the State of Israel and our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Merciful One, help us to sustain ourselves in honor. Merciful One, break the yoke of oppression from off our necks. Merciful One, bless this house, this table at which we have eaten. Merciful One, send us tidings of Elijah, glimpses of good to come, redemption and consolation. Merciful One, find us worthy of witnessing a time of redemption and of attaining eternal life.

HaRachaman, hu y'vareich otanu v'et kol asher lanu,
k'mo shenitbar'chu avoteinu Avraham, Yitzchak, v'Yaakov,
v'imoteinu Sarah, Rivkah, Racheil v'Lei-ah, bakol mikol kol,
kein y'vareich otanu kulanu yachad,
bivrachah sh'leimah, v'nomar:Amen.

Merciful One, bless us and all our dear ones; as You blessed our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel, so bless us, one and all; and let us say: Amen.

Bamaron y'lam'du aleinu z'chut shet'hei l'mishmeret shalom;
v'nisa v'rachah mei-eit Adonai utz'dakah meiElohei yisheinu,
v'nimtza chein v'seichel tov b'einei Elohim v'adam.

May we receive blessings from the Eternal One, kindness from God our help, and may we all find divine and human grace and favor.

HaRachaman, hu yanchileinu yom shekulo Shabbat
um'nuchah l'chayei haolamim.

Merciful One, help us to see the coming of a time when all is Shabbat.

Oseh shalom bimromav, hu yaaseh shalom,
aleinu v'al kol Yisrael, v'imru amen.

May the Source of peace grant peace to us, to all Israel, and to all the world. Amen.

Hodu l'Adonai ki tov, ki l'olam chasdo.
Potei-ach et yadecha, umasbia l'chol chai ratzon.
Baruch hagever asher yivtach b'Adonai,
v'hayah Adonai mivtacho.

Give thanks to God, who is good, whose love is everlasting, whose hand is open to feed all that lives. Blessed are you who trust in God, who make God your stronghold.

Adonai oz l'amo yitein, Adonai y'vareich et amo vashalom.

Eternal God: give strength to Your people; Eternal God: bless Your people with peace.

Daily Blessings: Birkat HaMazon (Grace After Meals) - Short Version

Leader:
Chaverim vachaveirot nvareich!

Chaverim vachaveirot n'vareich!

Group:

Y'hi shem Adonai m'vorach mei-atah v'ad olam.

Praised be the name of God, now and forever.

Leader:

Y'hi shem Adonai m'vorach mei-atah v'ad olam.
Birshut hachevrah, n'vareich Eloheinu she-achalnu mishelo.

Praised be the name of God, now and forever.
Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten.

Group:

Baruch Eloheinu she-achalnu mishelo uv'tuvo chayinu.

Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten, and by whose goodness we live.

Leader:

Baruch Eloheinu she-achalnu mishelo uv'tuvo chayinu.
Baruch hu uvaruch sh'mo.

Praised be our God, of whose abundance we have eaten, and by whose goodness we live. Praised be the Eternal God.

All:

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
hazan et haolam kulo b'tuvo, b'chein b'chesed uv'rachamim.
Hu notein lechem l'chol basar ki l'olam chasdo.
Uv'tuvo hagadol tamid lo chasar lanu,
v'al yechsar lanu, mazon l'olam va-ed,
baavur sh'mo hagadol.
Ki hu El zan um'farneis lakol umeitiv lakol,
umeichin mazon l'chol b'riyotav asher bara.
Baruch atah Adonai, hazan et hakol.

Sovereign God of the universe, we praise You: Your goodness sustains the world. You are the God of grace, love, and compassion, the Source of bread for all who live; for Your love is everlasting. In Your great goodness we need never lack for food; You provide food enough for all. We praise You, O God, Source of food for all who live.

 

Kakatuv: v'achalta v'savata, uveirachta et Adonai Elohecha al haaretz hatovah asher natan lach. Baruch atah Adonai, al haaretz v'al hamazon.

As it is written: When you have eaten and are satisfied, give praise to your God who has given you this good earth. We praise You, O God, for the earth and for its sustenance.

Uv'neih Y'rushalayim ir hakodesh bimheirah v'yameinu.
Baruch atah Adonai, boneh v'rachamav Y'rushalayim. Amen.

Let Jerusalem, the holy city, be renewed in our time. We praise You, Adonai, in compassion You rebuild Jerusalem. Amen.

HaRachaman, hu yimloch aleinu l'olam va-ed.
HaRachaman, hu yitbarach bashamayim uvaaretz.
HaRachaman, hu yishlach b'rachah m'rubah babayit hazeh,
v'al shulchan zeh she-achalnu alav.
HaRachaman, hu yishlach lanu et Eliyahu HaNavi,
zachur latov, vivaser lanu b'sorot tovot, y'shuot v'nechamot.

Merciful One, be our God forever. Merciful One, heaven and earth alike are blessed by Your presence. Merciful One, bless this house, this table at which we have eaten. Merciful One, send us tidings of Elijah, glimpses of good to come, redemption and consolation.

On Shabbat:

HaRachaman, hu yanchileinu yom shekulo Shabbat
um'nuchah l'chayei haolamim.

Merciful One, help us to see the coming of a time when all is Shabbat.

 

Oseh shalom bimromav, hu yaaseh shalom,
aleinu v'al kol Yisrael, v'imru amen.
Adonai oz l'amo yitein, Adonai y'vareich et amo vashalom.

May the Source of peace grant peace to us, to all Israel, and to all the world. Amen. May the Eternal grant strength to our people. May the Eternal bless our people with peace.

Shabbat Blessings: Psalm 126 - Shir Hamaalot

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On Shabbat, holidays and at certain other festive meals, begin Birkat HaMazon (grace after meals) with "A Pilgrim's Song."

 

Psalm 126

Shir hamaalot,
b'shuv Adonai et shivat Tziyon hayinu k'chol'mim.
Az yimalei s'chok pinu, ul'shoneinu rinah.
Az yom'ru vagoyim: Higdil Adonai laasot im eileh.
Higdil Adonai laasot imanu, hayimu s'meichim.
Shuvah Adonai et sh'viteinu kaafikim baNegev.
Hazor'im b'dimah b'rinah yiktzoru.
Haloch yeileich uvachoh, nosei meshech hazara,
bo yavo v'rinah, nosei alumotav.

A pilgrim song. When God restored the exiles to Zion it seemed like a dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with joyful song. Then they said among the nations: "God has done great things for them." Yes, God is doing great things for us, and we are joyful. Restore our fortunes, O God, as streams revive the desert. Then those who have sown in tears shall reap in joy. Those who go forth weeping, carrying bags of seeds, shall come home with shouts of joy, bearing thier sheaves.

Shabbat and Holiday Blessings: Blessing over Children

It is traditional to bless children each Shabbat and on every holiday.

Place your hands on the head of the child and recite:

Blessing for children

Y'simeich Elohim k'Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, v'Leah.

May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

Y'simcha Elohim k'Efrayim v'che-Menasheh.

May God make you like Ephraim and Menasheh.

Y'varechecha Adonai V'yish'm'recha.
Ya'er Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka.
Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v'yasem l'cha shalom.

May God Bless you and guard you.
May the light of God shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.
May the presence of God be with you and give you peace.

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