Rodef Sholom: A Reform Jewish Congregation in Marin County, California

Open up for me the gates of righteousness so that I may enter
and offer up my thanks to You.
-– Psalm 118:19
Turn the Torah, turn it again and again, for everything you want to know is found within it.
-- Pirke Avot 2:25
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Table of contents:

Blessings for the Shabbat table
Selected prayers/blessings from Shabbat morning services

BLESSINGS FOR THE SHABBAT TABLE 

Shabbat Candle Lighting

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

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who hallows us with mitzvot,
commanding us to kindle the light of Shabbat.

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Friday night Kiddush (blessing over the wine)

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

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’ratzah vanu, v’Shabbat kodsho b’ahavah uv’ratzon hinchilanu, zikaron l’maaseih v’reishit. Ki hu yom t’chilah l’mikra-ei kodesh, zecher litziat Mitzrayim. Ki vanu vacharta, v’otanu kidashta, mikol haamim. V’Shabbat kodsh’cha b’ahavah uv’ratzon hinchaltanu. Baruch atah, Adonai, m’kadeish HaShabbat.

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

Praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who finding favor with us, sanctified us with mitzvot. In love and favor, You made the holy Shabbat our heritage as a reminder of the work of Creation. As first among our sacred days, it recalls the Exodus from Egypt. You chose us and set us apart from the peoples. In love and favor You have given us Your holy Shabbat as an inheritance. Praise to You, Adonai, who sanctifies Shabbat.

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For a boy:
Y’simcha Elohim k’Efrayim v’chi M’nasheh.
May God inspire you to live like Ephraim and Menasseh.
For a girl:
Y'simeich Elohim k'Sarah, k'Rivkah, k'Rachel uch'Leah.
May God inspire you to live like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.
Then for both:
Y'varech'cha Adonai v'yishm'recha. Ya-eir Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka. Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v'yaseim l'cha shalom.
May God bless you and keep you.
May God's light shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.
May you feel God's Presence within you always, and may you find peace.
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Blessing for handwashing (there is no tune for this)
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav,
v'tzivanu al netilat yadaim.
Our praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to wash our hands.
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Baruch atah, Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min haaret
z.

Our praise to You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

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Mi Shebeirach (can be recited at the Shabbat table or at other times)

Prayer for healing
Mi shebeirach avoteinu
M'kor hab'rachah l'imoteinu

May the Source of strength who blessed the ones before us,
help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing and let us say, Amen.

Mi shebeirach imoteinu
M'kor hab'rachah laavoteinu.

Bless those in need of healing, with r'fuah sh'leimah,
the renewal of body, the renewal of spirit, and let us say, Amen.

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Selected prayers/blessings from Shabbat morning services

Torah Blessings (Aliyah)

Before reading the Torah (this has a call and response part at the beginning):

Reader (you):  Bar'chu et Adonai ham'vorach.

Congregation answers:  Baruch Adonai ham'vorach l'olam va-ed.

Reader repeats:  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.

Bless Adonai who is blessed.
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.

After reading the Torah:

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.

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Kiddush for Shabbat morning
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.
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Yitgadal v'yitkadash sh'mei raba.
B'alma di v'ra chirutei, v'yamlich malchutei, b'chayeichon uv'yomeichon
uv'chayei d'chol beit Yisrael, baagala uviz'man kariv. V'im'ru: Amen.

Y'hei sh'mei 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'mei d'Kud'sha B'rich Hu,
l'eila min kol birchata v'shirata,
tushb'chata v'nechemata,
daamiran b'alma. V'imru: Amen.
Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya,
v'chayim aleinu v'al kol Yisrael.
V'imru: Amen.

Oseh shalom bimromav,
Hu yaaseh shalom aleinu,
v'al kol Yisrael. 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.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel.
to which we say Amen.

May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel.
To which we say Amen.

 

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