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Jewish Blessings and Prayers

Shabbat - Kiddush

 Sing the "Sholom Aleichem," greeting and then bidding farewell to these angels who have accompanied you all Friday night and are now taking leave. Sholom aleichem malachay ha-shorais, malachay el-yon, mi-melech malachay ham'lochim, hakodosh baruch hu. (repeat 3 times) Bo-achem l'sholom, malachay hashalom, malachay el-yon, mi-melech malachay ham'lochim, hakodosh baruch hu. (repeat 3 times) Burchuni l'sholom, malachay hashalom, malachay el-yon, mi-melech malachay ham'lochim, hakodosh baruch hu. (repeat 3 times) Tzays'chem l'sholom, malachay hashalom, malachay el-yon, mi-melech malachay ham'lochim, hakodosh baruch hu. (repeat 3 times) Translation: Peace unto you, ministering angels, messengers of the Most High, the supreme King of kings,…
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Jewish Blessing - Shabbat candles

Cover your eyes and recite the blessing. Boruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ho-olom A-sher Ki-de-sha-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Vi-tzi-vo-nu Le-had-lik Ner Shel Sha-bos Ko-desh Translation:Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the light of the holy Shabbat. Uncover your eyes, gaze at the Shabbat lights and greet your family with "Good Shabbos" or "Shabbat Shalom."
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Jewish Prayer - Shema

  Cover your eyes with your right hand and say: Sh'ma Yis-ra-eil, A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu, A-do-nai E-chad. Whisper:Ba-ruch sheim k'vod mal-chu-to l'o-lam va-ed. V'a-hav-ta eit A-do-nai E-lo-he-cha,B'chawl l'va-v'cha,u-v'chawl naf-sh'cha,u-v'chawl m'o-de-cha.V'ha-yu ha-d'va-rim ha-ei-leh,A-sher a-no-chi m'tsa-v'cha ha-yom, al l'va-ve-cha.V'shi-nan-tam l'-va-ne-cha, v'di-bar-ta bamb'shiv-t'cha b'vei-te-cha,uv-lech-t'cha va-de-rech,u-v'shawch-b'cha uv-ku-me-cha.Uk-shar-tam l'ot al ya-de-cha,v'ha-yu l'to-ta-fot bein ei-ne-cha.Uch-tav-tam, al m'zu-zot bei-te-cha, u-vish-a-re-cha. V'ha-ya, im sha-mo-a tish-m'u el mits-vo-taia-sher a-no-chi m'tsa-veh et-chem ha-yoml'a-ha-va et A-do-nai E-lo-hei-chemul-awv-do b'chawl l'vav-chem, u-v'chawl naf-sh'chem,V'na-ta-ti m'tar ar-ts'chem b'i-to, yo-reh u-mal-kosh,v'a-saf-ta d'ga-ne-cha,v'ti-ro-sh'cha v'yits-ha-re-cha.V'na-ta-ti ei-sev b'sa-d'cha liv-hem-te-cha,v'a-chal-ta v'sa-va-'ta.Hi-sha-m'ru la-chem pen yif-te l'vav-chem, v'sar-tem,va-a-vad-tem E-lo-him a-chei-rim, v'hish-ta-cha-vi-tem la-hem.V'cha-rah af A-do-nai ba-chem, v'a-tsar et ha-sha-ma-yim,v'lo yi-h'yeh ma-tar, v'ha-a-da-ma lo ti-tein…
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Blessing - The apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah

  ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, בורא פרי העץ.‏English: Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam, bo're p'ri ha'etz.Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the tree."A bite of apple dipped in honey is eaten, which is followed by:יהי רצון מלפניך, ה׳ אלוהינו וא לוהי אבותינו, שתחדש עלינו שנה טובה ומתוקה.‏English: Y'hi ratzon mil'fanekha, Adonai Eloheinu velohei avoteinu, shet'hadesh aleinu shana tova um'tuka.Translation: "May it be Your will, LORD our God and God of our ancestors, that you renew for us a good and sweet year."
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Blessing - On placement of the arm-tefillin

  Before the strap of the arm-tefillin is fastened, the following blessing is said: ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותו וצונו להניח תפילין.‏English: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hani'ah t'filin.Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us to put on tefillin."On placement of the head-tefillinברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצותו וצונו על מצות תפילין.‏English: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al mitzvat t'filin.Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of…
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Blessing - Putting on tzitzit

  When holding the tallit katan, in readiness to put it on, the following blessing is recited. ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במיצותיו וציונו על מצות ציצת.‏English: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav, v'tzivanu al mitzvat tzitzit.Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us regarding the commandment of fringes."After donning the tallit katan, many kiss the tzitzit; some additionally say the following:יהי רצון מלפניך ה׳ אלהי וא להי אבותי, שתהי חשובה מצות ציצת לפניך כאלו קימתיה בכל פרטיה ודקדוקי וכונותיה ותריג…
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Blessing - Upon waking up

  מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקיים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך.‏ English: Modeh ani lifanekha melekh hai v'kayam shehehezarta bi nishmahti b'hemla, raba emunatekha.Translation: "I give thanks before You, Living and Eternal King, that You have returned within me my soul with compassion; [how] abundant is Your faithfulness!"
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Blessing - Shabbat candles

  Lighting Shabbat candles are eighteen minutes before sunset on Friday. ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במיצותיו וציונו להדליק נר של שבת.‏Enflish: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha'olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the Shabbat candle[s]."
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Jewish Blessing - Fixing the Mezuzah

  ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצותיו וציונו לקבוע מזוזה.‏ English: Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu likbo'a m'zuza.Translation: "Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to affix the mezuzah." It is preferable for every Jewish home (or apartment) to have a mezuzah.
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