Shabbat

Daily Blessings: Donning the Tallit

Optional: Before the blessing for donning the tallit

Some add this meditation before saying the blessing on the mitzvah of wrapping oneself in the tallit.

Bar'chi nafshi et Adonai, Adonai Elohai, gadalta m’od, hod v’hadar lavashta. Oteh or kasalmah, noteh shamayim kay’riah.

Bar'chi nafshi et Adonai, Adonai Elohai, gadalta m’od, hod v’hadar lavashta. Oteh or kasalmah, noteh shamayim kay’riah

Bless, Adonai, O my soul!
Adonai my God, how great You are.
You are robed in glory and majesty,
wrapping Yourself in light as in a garment,
spreading forth the heavens like a curtain.

Blessing for the Donning of the Tallit

Spread the tallit wide in front of you and look at it while saying this blessing.

Once the blessing is complete, wrap it around yourself. Many wrap it over their head for a few moments, to fully surround themselves in the mitzvah, before settling the tallit back on their shoulders.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hitateif batzitzit.

Blessed are you, Adonai our God,
Sovereign of all,
who hallows us with mitzvot,
commanding us to wrap ourselves in the fringes.

Passover Evening Blessings: Kiddush - Blessing over the Wine, Shabbat Version

Festival Kiddush

A table set up for a Passover seder

Blessing over the wine for the festival of Passover when the seder falls on Friday night.  The Shehecheyanu (see below)  is recited after the kiddush, immediately before drinking the wine.

(See below for the order of the blessings when the seder falls on Saturday evening.)

Hebrew text for the blessing over the wine for the Festival of Passover when the first seder falls on Friday night

Vay'hi erev bay'hi voker yom hashishi. Vay'chulu hashamayim v'haaretz v'chol tz'vaam. Vay'chal Elohim bayom hash'vi-i m'lachto asher asah. Vayishbot bayom hash'vi-i mikol m'lachto asher asah. Vay'varech Elohim et yom hash'vi-i vay'kadeish oto ki vo shavat mikol v'lachto asher bara Elohim laasot.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, borei pr'ri hagafen.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, asher bachar banu mikol am v'rom'manu mikol lashon v'kid'shanu b'mitzvotav. Vatiten lanu Adonai Eloheinu b'ahavah Shabbatot lim'nuchah u moadim l'simchah chagim uz'manim l'sason et yom haShabbat hazeh v'et yom chag hamatzot hazeh z'man cheiruteinu b'ahavah mikra kodesh zeicher litziat Mitzrayim. Ki vanu vacharta v'otanu kidashta mikol haamim v'Shabbat umoadei kodsh'cah b'ahavah uv'ratzon b'simchah uv'sason hinchaltanu.

Baruch atah Adonai, m'kadeish haShabbat v'Yisrael v'hazmanim.

And it was evening, and it was morning, the sixth day. Now the whole universe—sky, earth, and all their array—was completed. God completed the work of creation on the seventh day and rested, for all the work was completed. Then God blessed the seventh day and called it holy, for God rested on that day, having completed the work of creation. (Genesis 1:31-2:3)

Blessed are You, Our God, Ruler of the world, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Bessed are You, Our God, Ruler of the world, You have chosen us from all peoples, exalting us and sanctifying us with mitzvot. In Your love, Our God, You have given us Sabbaths of rest, feasts of gladness and seasons of joy; this Shabbat day and this festival of matzot, season of our freedom, in love, a holy commemoration, a reminder of the Exodus from Egypt. God, You have chosen us from all peoples, consecrating us to your service, giving us the Sabbath, a sign of your love and favor and the Festivals, a time of gladness and joy.

Blessed are You, who sanctifies Shabbat, our people Israel, and the Festivals.

Shehecheyanu

We recite the Shehecheyanu, thanking God for allowing us to reach this day.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higianu laz’man hazeh.

Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

Shabbat Morning Blessings: Kiddush

Sanctification of Shabbat over Wine or Grape Juice

Fill a Kiddush cup with wine or grape juice.

Raise it and recite:

V’shamru v’nei Yisrael et HaShabbat, laasot et HaShabbat l’dorotam b’rit olam. Beini uvein b’nei Yisrael ot hi l’olam, ki sheishet yamim asah Adonai et hashamayim v’et haaretz, uvayom hashvi-i shavat vayinafash.

V’shamru v’nei Yisrael et HaShabbat,
laasot et HaShabbat l’dorotam
b’rit olam.
Beini uvein b’nei Yisrael
ot hi l’olam,
ki sheishet yamim asah Adonai
et hashamayim v’et haaretz,
uvayom hashvi-i shavat vayinafash.

The people of Israel shall keep Shabbat,
observing Shabbat throughout the ages as a covenant for all time.
It shall be a sign for all time between Me and the people of Israel,
for in six days Adonai made heaven and earth,
and on the seventh day God ceased from work and was refreshed.

Al kein beirach Adonai et Yom HaShabbat vay’kadsheihu.

Therefore Adonai blessed the day of Shabbat and hallowed it.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, borei p’ri hagafen.

Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Drink the wine or grape juice.

Shabbat Morning Worship Services: Blessings on Reading the Haftarah

Blessing Before the Reading of the Haftarah

Prior to chanting the Haftarah (a reading from Prophets or Writings that varies weekly), the reader says:

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.

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 Reading of the Haftarah

Upon finishing the chanting of the Haftarah, the reader says:

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech
haolam, tzur kol haolamim, tzaddik
b’chol hadorot, HaEl hane-eman,
haomeir v’oseh, ham’dabeir um’kayeim,
shekol d’varav emet vatzedek.
Al haTorah, v’al haavodah, v’al
han’vi-im, v’al yom HaShabbat hazeh,
shenatata lanu Adonai Eloheinu, lik’dushah
v’lim’nuchah, l’chavod ul’tifaret.
Al hakol Adonai Eloheinu, anachnu modim
lach, um’var’chim otach, yitbarach shimcha
b’fi kol chai tamid l’olam va-ed.
Baruch atah, Adonai, m’kadeish HaShabbat.

Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe,
Rock of all creation, Righteous One of all generations,
the faithful God whose word is deed, whose every command is just and true.
For the Torah, for the privilege of worship, for the prophets,
and for this Shabbat that You, Adonai our God, have given us
for holiness and rest, for honor and glory: we thank and bless You.
May Your name be blessed for ever by every living being.
Praise to You, Adonai, for the Sabbath and its holiness.

Worship Services: Blessings for Reading the Torah

Common Prayers for Shabbat Morning
Havu Godel l’Eloheinu ut’nu chavod laTorah.

Havu Godel l’Eloheinu
ut’nu chavod laTorah.

Let us declare the greatness of our God and give honor to the Torah.

Blessing before the reading of the Torah

The person who is called to the Torah (Oleh/Olah) says:

Bar'chu et Adonai ham’vorach.

Bless Adonai who is blessed.

Congregation responds:

Baruch Adonai ham’vorach l’olam va-ed.

Blessed is Adonai who is blessed now and forever.

The Oleh/Olah then says:

Baruch Adonai ham’vorach l’olam va-ed.
Baruch atah, Adonai
Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
asher bachar banu mikol haamim,
v’natan lanu et Torato.
Baruch atah, Adonai, notein haTorah.

Blessed is Adonai who is blessed now and forever.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who has chosen us from
among the peoples, and given us the Torah. Blessed are You, Adonai, who gives the Torah.

Blessing after reading Torah

When the reading concludes, the Oleh/Olah says:

Baruch atah, Adonai
Eloheinu, Melech haolam,
asher natan lanu Torat emet,
v’chayei olam nata b’tocheinu.
Baruch atah, Adonai, notein haTorah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe,
who has given us a Torah of truth, implanting within us eternal life.
Blessed are You, Adonai, who gives the Torah.

Shabbat Morning Worship Services: Elohai N'tzor

Common Prayers for Shabbat Morning

Silent prayer, based on Psalm 34:14 at the conclusion of the Amidah, the central section of the service.

Elohai, n’tzor l’shoni meira us’fatai midabeir mirmah, v’limkal’lai nafshi tidom, v’nafshi ke-afar lakol tih’yeh. P’tach libi b’Toratecha, uv’mitzvotecha tirdof nafshi. V’chol hachoshvim alai raah, m’heirah hafeir atzatam v’kalkeil machashavtam. Aseih l’maan sh’mecha, aseih l’maan y’minecha, aseih l’maan k’dushatecha, aseih l’maan Toratecha. L’maan yeichaltzun y’didecha, hoshiah y’mincha vaaneini.

Elohai, n’tzor l’shoni meira us’fatai
midabeir mirmah, v’limkal’lai nafshi
tidom, v’nafshi ke-afar lakol tih’yeh.
P’tach libi b’Toratecha, uv’mitzvotecha
tirdof nafshi. V’chol hachoshvim
alai raah, m’heirah hafeir atzatam
v’kalkeil machashavtam. Aseih l’maan
sh’mecha, aseih l’maan y’minecha, aseih
l’maan k’dushatecha, aseih l’maan
Toratecha. L’maan yeichaltzun y’didecha,
hoshiah y’mincha vaaneini.

My God, guard my speech from evil and my lips from deception.
Before those who slander me, I will hold my tongue; I will practice humility.
Open my heart to Your Torah, that I may pursue Your mitzvot.
As for all who think evil of me, cancel their designs and frustrate their schemes.
Act for Your own sake, for the sake of Your Power,
for the sake of Your Holiness, for the sake of Your Torah,
so that Your loved ones may be rescued.
Save with Your power, and answer me.

Yih’yu l’ratzon imrei fi v’hegyon libi
l’fanecha, Adonai tzuri v’go-ali.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be acceptable to You, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Oseh shalom bimromav,
hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,
v’al kol Yisrael, v’al kol yosh’vei teiveil,
v’imru. Amen.

May the one who makes peace in the high heavens
make peace for us, all Israel and all who inhabit the earth. Amen.

Shabbat Morning Worship Services: Chatzi Kaddish

Common Prayers for Shabbat Morning

Version of the Kaddish, praising God, that serves to delineate different sections of the service.

Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’meih raba b’alma di v’ra chiruteih, v’yamlich malchuteih b’chayeichon uv’yomeichon uv’chayei d’chol beit Yisrael, baagala uviz’man kariv, v’imru: Amen.  Y’hei sh’meih raba m’varach l’alam ul’almei almaya.  Yitbarach v’yishtabach v’yitpaar v’yitromam v’yitnasei, v’yit’hadar v’yitaleh v’yit’halal sh’meih d’kud’sha b’rich hu, l’eila min kol birchata v’shirata, tushb’chata v’nechemata, daamiran b’alma, v’imru: Amen.

Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’meih raba
b’alma di v’ra chiruteih,
v’yamlich malchuteih
b’chayeichon uv’yomeichon
uv’chayei d’chol beit Yisrael,
baagala uviz’man kariv,
v’imru: Amen.

Y’hei sh’meih raba m’varach
l’alam ul’almei almaya.

Yitbarach v’yishtabach v’yitpaar
v’yitromam v’yitnasei,
v’yit’hadar v’yitaleh v’yit’halal
sh’meih d’kud’sha b’rich hu,
l’eila min kol birchata v’shirata,
tushb’chata v’nechemata,
daamiran b’alma, v’imru: Amen.

Exalted and hallowed be God’s great name,
in the world which God created, according to plan.
May God’s majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime
and the life of all Israel —
speedily, imminently.
To which we say: Amen.

Blessed be God’s great name to all eternity.

Blessed, praised, honored, exalted,
extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded
be the name of the Holy Blessed One,
beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing, praise, and comfort.
To which we say: Amen.

Shabbat Evening Worship Services: Elohai N'tzor and Oseh Shalom

Common Prayers for Shabbat Evening
Elohai, n’tzor l’shoni meira us’fatai midabeir mirmah, v’limkal’lai nafshi tidom, v’nafshi ke-afar lakol tih’yeh. P’tach libi b’Toratecha, uv’mitzvotecha tirdof nafshi. V’chol hachoshvim alai raah, m’heirah hafeir atzatam v’kalkeil machashavtam. Aseih l’maan sh’mecha, aseih l’maan y’minecha, aseih l’maan k’dushatecha, aseih l’maan Toratecha. L’maan yeichaltzun y’didecha, hoshiah y’mincha vaaneini.

Elohai, n’tzor l’shoni meira us’fatai
midabeir mirmah, v’limkal’lai nafshi
tidom, v’nafshi ke-afar lakol tih’yeh.
P’tach libi b’Toratecha, uv’mitzvotecha
tirdof nafshi. V’chol hachoshvim
alai raah, m’heirah hafeir atzatam
v’kalkeil machashavtam. Aseih l’maan
sh’mecha, aseih l’maan y’minecha, aseih
l’maan k’dushatecha, aseih l’maan
Toratecha. L’maan yeichaltzun y’didecha,
hoshiah y’mincha vaaneini.

My God, guard my speech from evil and my lips from deception.
Before those who slander me, I will hold my tongue; I will practice humility.
Open my heart to Your Torah, that I may pursue Your mitzvot.
As for all who think evil of me, cancel their designs and frustrate their schemes.
Act for Your own sake, for the sake of Your Power,
for the sake of Your Holiness, for the sake of Your Torah;
so that Your loved ones may be rescued, save with Your power. And answer me.

Yih’yu l’ratzon imrei fi v’hegyon libi
l’fanecha, Adonai tzuri v’go-ali.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be acceptable to You, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Oseh shalom bimromav,
hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,
v’al kol Yisrael, v’al kol yoshvei teiveil,
v’imru. Amen.

May the One who makes peace in the high heavens
make peace for us, for all Israel and all who inhabit the earth. Amen.

Shabbat Evening Worship Services: V'shamru and Yismechu

Common Prayers for Shabbat Evening

From Exodus 31:16-17, this prayer reminds us that we keep the Sabbath as a sign of the covenant with God.

V’shamru v'nei Yisrael et HaShabbat, laasot et HaShabbat l’dorotam b’rit olam. Beini u’vein b’nei Yisrael ot hi l’olam, ki sheishet yamim asah Adonai et hashamayim v’et haaretz, u’vayom hashvi-i shavat vayinafash.

V’shamru v'nei Yisrael
et HaShabbat,
laasot et HaShabbat l’dorotam
b’rit olam.
Beini u’vein b’nei Yisrael
ot hi l’olam,
ki sheishet yamim asah Adonai
et hashamayim v’et haaretz,
u’vayom hashvi-i shavat vayinafash.

The people of Israel shall keep Shabbat,
observing Shabbat throughout the ages as a covenant for all time.
It is a sign for all time between Me and the people of Israel.
For in six days Adonai made heaven and earth,
and on the seventh day God ceased from work and was refreshed.

Yism'chu v’malchut’cha
shomrei Shabbat v’korei oneg.
Am m’kad’shei shvi-i,
kulam yisb’u v’yitangu mituvecha.
V’hashvi-i ratzita bo v’kidashto,
chemdat yamim oto karata,
zecher l’maaseh v’reishit.

Those who keep Shabbat by calling it a delight
will rejoice in Your realm.
The people that hallow Shabbat will delight in Your goodness.
For, being pleased with the Seventh Day, You hallowed it
as the most precious of days, drawing our attention to the work of Creation.

Worship Services: V'ahavta (Chanted)

Common Prayers for Shabbat Evening

From Deuteronomy and Numbers, this prayer expresses how we will love God.

V’ahavta et Adonai Elohecha, b’chol l’vavcha uv’chol nafsh’cha uv’chol m’odecha. V’hayu had’varim ha-eileh asher anochi m’tzav’cha hayom al l’vavecha. V’shinantam l’vanecha v’dibarta bam b’shivt’cha b’veitecha uv’lecht’cha vaderech uv’shochb’cha uv’kumecha. Uk’shartam l’ot al yadecha v’hayu l’totafot bein einecha. Uch’tavtam al m’zuzot beitecha uvish’arecha.

V’ahavta et Adonai Elohecha,
b’chol l’vavcha uv’chol nafsh’cha uv’chol
m’odecha. V’hayu had’varim ha-eileh
asher anochi m’tzav’cha hayom al
l’vavecha. V’shinantam l’vanecha v’dibarta
bam b’shivt’cha b’veitecha uv’lecht’cha
vaderech uv’shochb’cha uv’kumecha.
Uk’shartam l’ot al yadecha v’hayu
l’totafot bein einecha. Uch’tavtam
al m’zuzot beitecha uvish’arecha.

L’maan tizk’ru, vaasitem et
kol mitzvotai vih’yitem k’doshim
l’Eloheichem. Ani Adonai Eloheichem,
asher hotzeiti et-chem mei-eretz
Mitzrayim lih’yot lachem l’Elohim
ani Adonai Eloheichem.

You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your might.
Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day.
Impress them upon your children.
Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away,
when you lie down and when you get up.
Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead;
inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Thus you shall remember to observe all My commandments
and to be holy to your God.
I am Adonai, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God:
I am Adonai your God.

Adonai Eloheichem EMET.

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