Yom Kippur Worship Services: Haftarah Blessings

Special inserts included in the final paragraph for Yom Kippur

The blessing after the reading of haftarah always sanctifies the day on which it is read. Throughout most of the year, that day is Shabbat, but haftarah is also read on the High Holidays. On Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur the text changes from the familiar Shabbat text to refer to the holiday. If either Rosh HaShanah or Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, then the blessing mentions both the holiday and Shabbat. These changes only occur in the final paragraph of the blessing after the haftarah. The blessing before the haftarah does not change.


Blessing Before the Haftarah
Haftarah blessing before
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Baruch atah, Adonai 
Eloheinu, Melech haolam, 
asher bachar bin’vi-im tovim, 
v’ratzah v’divreihem 
hane-emarim be-emet. 
Baruch atah, Adonai, habocher baTorah 
uv’Moshe avdo, uv’Yisrael amo, 
uvin’vi-ei ha-emet vatzedek. 


Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, 
who has chosen faithful prophets to speak words of truth. 
Praise to You, Adonai, for the revelation of Torah, for Your servant Moses, 
for Your people Israel and for prophets of truth and righteousness. 

Blessing After the Haftarah Without the Shabbat insertions:
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Blessing After the Haftarah With the Shabbat insertions:
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Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam
tzur kol haolamim tzaddik b’chol hadorot,
haEil haneeman, haomer v’oseh,
ham’dabeir um’kayeim, shekol d’varav emet vatzedek.

Al haTorah, v’al haavodah, v’al han’viim, (v’al yom HaShabbat hazeh),
v’al Yom HaKippurim hazeh,
shenatata lanu, Adonai Eloheinu, (lik’dushah v’lim’nuchah),
Lim’chilah v’lis’lichah ulchaparah, l’chavod ul’tifaret.
Al hakol Adonai Eloheinu, anachnu modim lach um’var’chim otach, yitbarach
shimcha b’fi kol chai tamid l’olam vaed.
Ud’varcha emet v’kayam laad. Baruch atah, Adonai,
Melech mocheil v’soleiach laavonoteinu, v’laavonot amo beit Yisrael,
u’maavir ashmoteinu b’chol shanah v’shanah, Melech al kol haaretz,
(m’kadeish HaShabbat v) Yisrael vYom Hakippurim.


Blessed are You, our God Eternal, supreme Power of the universe, Rock of all ages, Source of justice in all generations, God in whom faithfulness abides, whose word is deed, whose every utterance bespeaks truth and righteousness.  Our God Eternal, for these gifts we thank You and bless You: Torah, worship, the books of the prophets; [this Sabbath day] and this Day of Remembrance – given to us [for holiness and rest,] for honor and dignity.  Let all life bless Your name continually, to the end of time, so that Your truth will endure forever.  Blessed are You, Our God Eternal, Sovereign of all the earth – You sanctify [the Sabbath day,] Israel and the Day of Remembrance.